Welcome is one of the signs that a community is alive. To invite others to live with us is a sign that we aren't afraid, that we have a treasure of truth and of peace to share. If community is closing its doors, that is a sign that we are closing our hearts as well.
~ Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p. 266
Good neighbours mark 125 years together
On March 17, a very special neighbourhood celebration took place, marking the 125th anniversaries of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church and St. Joseph’s Hospital. St. John’s Church was filled for a special joint worship service.
Together, Dr. John Thompson, a member of St. John’s and a part of the St. Joseph’s family for forty years, and Dr. Gillian Kernaghan welcomed everyone. They both spoke of the common roots of both organizations in serving others.
Sister Margo Ritchie, Sisters of St. Joseph, gave a moving message (homily), in which she reflected on how St. John’s opened its doors to support and nourish the families of patients when SARS hit the Province in 2003. Members of St. John’s and St. Joseph’s shared in readings and prayer. The St. Joseph’s and St. John’s choirs came together to perform the anthem, “Peace Like a River.” MP Susan Truppe and Deputy Premier, Hon. Deb Matthews brought formal honours on behalf of Steven Harper, Prime Minister and Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, respectively.
St. Joseph's Hospital choir joined St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church's choir for the celbration of 125 years as neighbours.