Focusing on the Heart
“The call of Jesus pushes each of us to never stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person,” says Pope Francis. “We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see of how much generosity everyone is capable.”
Pope Francis has designated 2016 as the Year of Mercy. Mercy includes forgiveness, kindness and compassion which are especially needed in our world today.
Even before the Year of Mercy was announced, Fontbonne Ministries exemplified these values, especially compassion. This characteristic encompasses care, empathy, and concern; these are the gifts that are rooted in the various programs offered through Fontbonne. Staff, volunteers, and participants demonstrate their caring and thoughtfulness by their presence and actions.
In 2015, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Fontbonne Ministries; 15 years of nurturing community with the neighbour especially with the homeless, the alienated, the economically poor, women at risk, our wounded earth and young adults.
Fontbonne Ministries was created out of compassion. We recall the concern of Mother Delphine Fontbonne for the poor, the orphans, and the sick when she arrived in Toronto in 1851. We build on the kindness of the Sisters of St. Joseph who responded to the needs of the ‘dear neighbour’. We are grateful for the vision that led to the founding of Fontbonne Ministries as a sustainable expression of the ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Since its creation, Fontbonne Ministries has been blessed with dedicated volunteers and donors. With your generosity, we are able to be the hands, the feet, and the face of compassion to those who are isolated, to persons in search of spiritual nourishment, to the lonely, and to people seeking community and life skills.
Let us together during 2016, this Year of Mercy, continue to be the face of compassion wherever we are: in our families, our neighborhoods, and within Fontbonne Ministries.
Sister Thérèse Meunier
President, Fontbonne Ministries
Congregational Leader, Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
From left to right: Sr. Thérèse Meunier and Fontbonne Ministries’ Directors
Sr. Mary Mettler, Sr. Mechtilde O’Mara, Sr. Helen Kluke, Sr. Conrad Lauber, Sr. Gwen Smith