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Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Sub-séries
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Novitiate

This sub-series includes correspondence, invitations, documents relating to postulant requirements and lists of Novice Mistresses.

Juniorate

This sub-series includes documents relating to Juniorate requirements, conference proceedings, a bulletin from the National Sisters Formation Conference and a list of Mistresses of Junior Professed Sisters.

Photographs

  • CA ON00279 F01-S100--03
  • Sub-séries
  • [ca. 1958]-[1980]
  • Parte deFormation series

This sub-series includes photographs depicting Sisters during the formation process and encouraging other women to join the Congregation at vocational fairs and events. Sisters at the postulant, novice and other levels of formation are portrayed.

Administration

This sub-series contains correspondence relating to the planning and organizing of the summer vow renewal program of 1981. Biographies of presenters, bulletin announcements, lists of attendees, travel dates, annotated agendas, meeting minutes, progress updates from the planning committee, and the application for vow renewal are also included.

Ecclesiastical Events

This subseries consists of a summary of the Eucharistic Congress which was chosen by Bishop Fallon to be held at the Mount St. Joseph Chapel in July, 1923. After the celebration of Mass, the Blessed Eucharist was carried throughout the grounds followed by the children and Sisters. The entire service was accompanied with music from 100 children from the separate schools as well as the Sisters. The subseries also includes a summary of the visit of Cardinal Villeneuve of Quebec in 1934. The Sisters were honoured he would be visiting them and therefore decorated the halls with bunting, flags, and flowers. Throughout his speech, the Cardinal continuously addressed the school children and specifically thanked the Sisters.

Government of Ontario

This subseries contains the program and the certificate for the “Leading Women, Building Communities Award” presented to the Congregation on October 26th, 2008 in London, Ontario by Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.

Hilites Newsletters, 1975-2003

The Hilites newsletter covered a wide range of topics about the Sisters’ daily lives on a monthly basis. Pilgrimages, healthcare, and ministry information is largely discussed in each issue. Chapter is discussed during the years that Chapter was held. Sister memorial biographies and lists of deceased Sisters are present in each issue. Lists and descriptions of important Community events, such as feast days, are also provided. Newspaper articles from outside sources are included to inform the Sisters of news from the surrounding geographic locale.

“Newsletter” Newsletters, 1960-1987

The 1960 newsletter was a “trial run” of a community effort to provide news to the Sisters throughout the diocese. The newsletter successfully wove together important topics and issues for the Sisters, and was subsequently printed every two months. Healthcare, missions, ministries and important Motherhouse events, such as jubilees, are discussed in each issue. A list of new postulants is provided periodically. Community building projects, such as the Hamilton and Kitchener hospital expansions are documented.

Council Update

The Council Update is a monthly newsletter that offers Congregational, Federation, and Diocesan news. Information about the discernment and election of General Superiors and Council can be learned from these updates. Information about the budget, important events, retreats, and the local community’s goals are also provided.

Oral History Interviews

This sub-series contains transcripts of oral history interviews and digital copies on computer disks. The oral histories are first-hand accounts of the Sisters’ personal, and religious lives with prompts and questions from the interviewer. The oral history interviews were conducted by Sister Marjorie FitzPatrick for the Federation. The oral history interviews of Sisters Noella Armstrong, Mary Doyle, Augustine Long, and Margaret Ferris took place in London, Ontario in November, 1992. Sister Cathleen Flynn’s interview took place at Morrow Park in Toronto, Ontario in March, 1993.

Correspondence

The subseries consists of correspondence to and from the Sisters’ Council concerning donations, descriptions of local causes, the initial funding to form the Council, and other correspondence related to the Council’s work. The subseries also includes one newsclipping describing the Council’s work.

Guest Books

This subseries contains guest books with entries of names, dates, and addresses of visitors to the convent.

Human Resources

Subseries contains information about staff, staff activities and events, staff training, and correspondence. There are bulletins, song sheets, audio discs, and photographs related to special events including St. Joseph’s Day and Staff Service Awards. There are also printouts of slides for Mount St. Joseph driver training. The subseries also contains a collection of staff newsletters from 200 to 2006.

Diocese of London

Subseries contains information on the Mount St. Joseph and Ignatia Hall chaplains and priests in residence, Diocesan and Eucharist correspondence and University Parish Chapel liturgies for services at Mount St. Joseph chapel. There are bulletins, programs, news clippings, and song sheets related to religious ceremonies and events.

Fatima Hall

Fatima Hall was established in 1957 in a section of the original Mount St. Joseph building (former Hellmuth College) for a project called the Aspirancy (1957-1967). The Aspirancy provided girls who were inclined to religious life an opportunity to study their vocation and complete their high school before entering as postulants. This subseries contains pamphlets for the Fatima Hall Aspirancy or Junior Seminary, programs for plays put on by the Aspirancy students such as Halo Round Star which were a series of performances organized in honour of Mother Margaret Coughlin, the General Superior, (includes photographs and a tribute), and a local history of the former Mount St. Joseph and Fatima Hall. There are also aspirant student lists, newspaper clippings related to Fatima Hall, and a scrapbook dedicated to the demolition of Fatima Hall in 1976. The original Mount St. Joseph building housed a Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten which ran from 1954 to 1975 in the basement of the chapel for children aged four to six years who lived outside London This subseries contains a Kindergarten ledger for 1961-1975.

History

This sub-series contains records relating to the history of the Congregation and activities of Sisters from across Canada, the United States and Europe. There is a booklet and documents about the history of Le Puy-en-Velay, France, and a pilgrimage taken there. There is a history of the London Diocese and Mother Ignatia Campbell. There are reports, memorabilia and booklets concerning the 350th anniversary of the Congregation, and a genealogy. There are several pamphlets and litanies for a Federation event. Finally, there is a property report and a printed reproduction of the coat of arms.

CSJ International

This sub-series contains correspondence between Sisters including about the Mission Effectiveness Program offered in 2007 and a Lay Leaders Program. There is also correspondence about the International Centre in Le Puy-en-Velay, France and newsletters from the Centre giving updates on various programs including the Young Adult Program and Global Ministry. There is correspondence between the Federation and the International Centre. There is also a vision statement, financial reports, and a budget report and minutes from the Governing committee. The records comprise correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, and meeting minutes.

Embracing this New Moment newsletters

This newsletter pertains to the creation of the new congregation in 2012. The subseries contains news about those taking on new leadership roles. The recurring theme is about building a cohesive vision for the new congregation. Newsletter items included summaries of presentations from various committees such as the Material Resources Committee, which managed congregational policies, property, and revenue, the Chapter Planning Committee, the and Liturgy Planning Committee, and the Website Committee.

Technology policies and procedures

This subseries reflects the congregation’s policies and procedures for the use of technology in the early 2000s. The subseries consists of a form detailing the computer policy (including topics such as internet and email access, security, and software, as well as correspondence pertaining to an information session on the employee computer policy.

Bishop Fallon

This sub-series consists of correspondence, journal articles, historical reports, newspaper clippings, prayer cards, sermons, and photographs pertaining to the life of Bishop Fallon. These records include biographical material about the Bishop’s career as a clergyman, such as a photocopy of his his naturalization papers from the United States of America, dated 1908. Of particular note, there is material about his involvement in the bilingual controversy of 1910, where Bishop Fallon was quoted by the Toronto Globe, out of context, making derogatory remarks about French Canadians and their education within schools run by the Church, and the subsequent investigation by the Catholic Church. Also included are sermons and speeches he made during his canonical visits to the Sisters of St. Joseph between 1917 to 1926. The sub-series also contains the eulogy that was written about the Bishop after his death in 1935.

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