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Oct 07
The Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Their 170th Year in Toronto

​The Archdiocese of Toronto thanks the Sisters of St. Joseph for their tireless service to our parishioners, as the religious order enters its 170th year in Toronto. 

On October 7, 1851 the first of the Sisters of St. Joseph arrived in Toronto from Philadelphia to care for the children who were orphaned by the typhus epidemic. Under the direction of Mother Delphine, the first leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto, the order quickly grew. 

Since then, the sisters have served the most vulnerable members of society and helped build some of the most enduring Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese of Toronto, including the St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare (now jointly known as Unity Health).

More recently, the Sisters of St. Joseph have created ministries as diverse the Furniture Bank, which helps those in need to turn a living space into a home and the Fontbonne Ministries, which brings people together at a time when we are increasingly isolated.

Over the next year, the Sisters of St. Joseph will tell the story of their time in Toronto via their website and social media accounts. We encourage you to learn more about their contribution to this region. 

Sisters of St. Joseph, we couldn’t imagine the Archdiocese of Toronto without you!


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