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Sisters of St. Joseph Awards of  Excellence

St. Joseph’s Health Care held one of its premier annual events on March 19, 2019.  Four exceptional women received a Sisters of St. Joseph Award for Excellence at Parkwood Auditorium in London.  Honoured were: 

Dr. Rookaya Mather, ophthalmologist, Ivey Eye Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital

Martha Scott, occupational therapist, community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, Parkwood      Institute

Corrine Wilson, registered practical nurse, Assessment Program, Parkwood Institute Mental Health

Marie Carroll, dietary aide, Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.

Following a warm welcome by Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, CEO, and congratulations from Margaret Kellow, The Board of Directors, Sister Cecilia Dronzek (pictured far left) brought congratulations from the Sisters of St. Joseph and gave a brief address outlined below:

Today March 19th is a special day for us, the Sisters of St. Joseph, as we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph our patron. Back at our home, it is a day of great celebration. It is a pleasure for me to join in your celebration of those judged by their peers as persons who reflect and embody the values of respect, excellence and compassion in the workplace.

Last month I attended one of King’s University College lecture series. The speaker was Sr. Teresa Maya, a religious sister from San Antonio Texas. Her topic was building a culture of encounter throughout our world. She challenged us to build bridges across all that divides humanity and to cross the bridges others have built.

That same week, I read an article in the Winter Issue of Occasional Papers. The editor wrote that the focus for this issue came from a 2015 book by Daniel Goldman on the Dalai Lama entitled, “A Force for Good”.  In it, Goldman details the Dalai Lama’s belief that every compassion-driven human act is integral for a more peaceful, harmonious world. Intentionally combining our collective energy and compassion as a force for good in the world is the only way, the Dali Lama asserts, that we can tackle the intractable problems plaguing our world.

As I read through what your peers said about you, the recipients of the Sisters of St. Joseph Awards for Excellence and as I reflected on what inspired me both from the lecture and the editorial, the words, “creating a culture of encounter”, “building bridges”, and “belief that every compassion-driven human act is a force for good in our world”, I could see similar threads in both their concepts and your qualities as stated by your co-workers who nominated each of you for this special award. It is evident that the values on which St. Joseph’s Health Center was founded are alive and active to this day. - Sr. Cecilia Dronzek


Sr. Jean Moylan




St. Joseph's Day

“We Are Called By Your Name: We Are Daughters of Your Own”1

                  St. Joseph


                             Just man

                            Chosen by God

                            Protector of Mary and Jesus

                            Faithful and Humble

                            Content with the Ordinary

                            Our Community Patron


  1. Words from Joseph Was a Carpenter, by Sr. Margaret Keller, CSJ, 1972

Weekly Pause &  Ponder

Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.  Love for society and  commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals, but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones.” …social love is the key to authentic development.

- Laudato Si’: Encyclical Letter of The Holy Father Francis


Transformation and Transfiguration 

In Philippians 3:17, we hear St. Paul challenge “Sisters and brothers, join in imitating me.” How can we imitate Paul? We see it in the earlier passage (3 b) “for Him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in Him.” Paul put his faith in God as did Abram in our first reading, Genesis 15:5

How blessed we are today to know that we have Christ and have a place in Him if we keep our eyes fixed on Him, trust Him and as Paul encourages “stand firm in the Lord”.

In St. Luke’s Gospel 9:28-36, the Transfiguration is the final event before Jesus took the road to Jerusalem. Peter, James and John saw the divinity of Jesus – yet in their human weakness during Jesus’ Passion, Peter denied Jesus and the other two ran away.

How often do we fail to see the divine in those we meet daily? The first line of a hymn that we sing on this Sunday is– “We behold the splendor of God, shining on the face of Jesus.” Let us replace the word “Jesus” with the names of those we meet today.

If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, “He will transform our wretched bodies into copies of his glorious body.” Phil. 3:21

 - Carole Anne Guay CSJ


He’s Not a Tame Lion 

Through all his writing, speaking and preaching, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 2003-2012, would want us to experience the God he knows, the God who is “not a tame lion.” The quote comes from C.S. Lewis’s series of children’s books, Chronicles of Narnia, in which many of the characters, in discussing the Lion Aslan, who represents God, will remark., “He’s not a tame lion you know.”  Lewis and Williams highlight this God of surprises, the God who does the unexpected and asks us to surprise ourselves too. This God is wild, powerful, unpredictable, as well as loving.

Archbishop Williams is the author of many books and is a theologian, scholar, poet and mystic.  He speaks 11 languages. However, when Williams speaks of his experience of God, he poetically reflects the Mystery, where words about God cannot go.  That’s why his insights on the Narnia Chronicles are so powerful and helpful. He reminds us that this God of surprises stretches us and calls us to surprise ourselves. In his book, The Lion’s World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia, (2012) Williams says:  “The truth of God is found in rebellion against the oppressive clichés of the world.”   He reminds us that our idea of God is often soft and cuddly and may come from our own ego needs and not our experience...

In his latest book, Christ: The Heart of Creation (2018) Williams further challenges our ideas about God and asks us to confront the inadequacies and dangers that come from ideas and beliefs, but not from a true and personal experience of God. He wants to connect us again to the God who people experienced in the life and resurrection of Jesus. This God is not a tame lion.

A C.S. Lewis Lenten Series (2013) is available here

Even better for us, Dr. Rowan Williams will be in London beginning Saturday March 16th for three events:

  • Metropolitan United Church is holding a Saturday morning workshop March 16th.
  • The William T. Orr lecture will be held, along with evening prayer, at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday evening, March 17th
  • Dr. Williams will receive an honourary degree at Huron College on Monday, March 18th

For further information please click here



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