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Faith Connections

Faith Connections welcomes young adults (aged 18 to 39) in the Greater Toronto Area to engage in opportunities that generate spiritual growth and community building.

Faith Connections

Get connected!

  • We’ll keep you informed about upcoming faith-based events, retreats and programs for young adults 18–39 around the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Check out the event calendar at www.faithconnections.ca

Faith Connections events are comfortable environments that provide a wonderful opportunity to meet young adults who are searching for ways to deepen and share their faith with others. — a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto

Have faith!

  • Through our own events and retreats, we hope to nourish your spirituality. 
  • We embrace the charism of unity and community exemplified by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.

Thank you for helping to connect me with a spiritual director. She has supported me through some really tough decisions. — a young adult

Make a difference!

  • We will encourage and support you in your efforts to effect positive change in our world.

Faith Connections gives the young people of my parish a meaningful opportunity to see their faith at work in a larger context. — a parish priest

Looking for more?

  • We can arrange one-on-one meetings, help you network with other young adults, and put you in touch with other faith resources. Call us!

Trying to minister?

  • We are happy to share our resources with other ministries and collaborate with you on events and programs.
  • We can help you spread the word about your programs!

Our collaboration with Faith Connections allowed our older ministry to build bridges with a new generation of young adults. — a ministry director

Aaron, a Faith Connections participantA Faith Connections Story

I experience camaraderie, faith, knowledge and the presence of Jesus through Faith Connections. — Aaron, a participant

Several years ago, while pursuing his Masters’ degree in Chemical Engineering, Aaron attended one of the Faith Connections’ popular ‘Theology on Tap’ events—a chance for young adults to explore spiritual themes during conversation at a local pub. Aaron was ‘hooked.’ “Whenever I attend a Faith Connections event, it will be a well-attended gathering with an excellent speaker.” Aaron has made many new friends through Faith Connections, and is growing community through his parish Young Adult group.

Last year, participation more than doubled—from 861 young adult ‘experiences’ to almost 2,000! In addition to the always popular Theology on Tap, young adults enjoyed ‘Hike and Prayer,’ and young adult ‘mixers’ as a chance to socialize and network.

Young adults remain connected with the ministry through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. “Faith Connections means meaningful messages for reflection and an environment for sharing these experiences with others,” Arron says. “I’ve never known a stronger sense of sharing with a faith community. There is no better group to bring young people closer to their faith—and for this, I am forever grateful to Fontbonne Ministries.”

 

Contact Faith Connections
www.faithconnections.ca
faithconnections@csj-to.ca
416-467-2645
Mon-Thurs, 9am-4pm
101 Thorncliffe Park Dr
Toronto ON   M4H 1M2
Ministry Director
Sr. Mechtilde O'Mara
momara@csj-to.ca
Program Director
Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt
faithconnections@csj-to.ca

How Faith Connections Came to Be

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto were exploring new ways to minister to and with young people after a long history in education in Canada. Sister Thérèse Meunier spent three years visioning, reading, learning, talking to people engaged in young adult ministry and gathering information. As she spoke to those in ministry, she discovered a gap in programs and spiritual resources for young adults aged 18 to 39. Click here to learn more.

Fontbonne Ministries offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive. The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a community of women who, through their compassionate presence, respond to various needs. Fontbonne Ministries continues, with the Sisters, their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour.

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