Restoration

Restoration

May 2013

Fifty Years of Friendship — by Melanie Murphy. There is movement in the quiet village of Combermere. Cars line Highway 517 on both sides as far as the eye can see. Clusters of people and vehicles are also gathered on the southeast corner where the...

Our Good Neighbours — by Lorna Tonack. My memories of St. Joe’s stretch back to the spring of 1980, when my husband Carl and I moved to Combermere from Edmonton, Alberta, with our two young daughters. We were a young family hoping to...

A Nursing Story — by Catherine Doherty. Catherine liked to reminisce about her early years in Combermere. Here is one of her favorite stories—and one of ours, too. The day had been hard. The bed was so wonderful. Sleep was instantaneous and deep....

Memories of the Early Days — by Trudi Cortens, first director of St. Joseph’s House. "Nothing is alien to the apostolate except sin," Catherine often told us, and that left her, and us, wide open to take on just about any kind of work to...

Helping at St. Joe’s — by Toni Austin. In the fall of l961, I was assigned to work at old St. Joe’s to help with the preparations for Christmas. I was a young working guest from Toronto, twenty years old....

Growing Up Near St. Joe’s — by Christina Milan. My earliest memories of St. Joe’s are of the toy box and being bounced on the knee of Marie Therese McLaughlin. That toy box held endless wonders for me while the adults chatted. And the bouncing...

St. Joseph, the Protector — by Pope Francis.  The mission which God entrusts to Joseph is that he is to be the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church....

My Way of Praying — by Sandra Wood, a former director of St. Joseph’s House. Here’s a glimpse into the life of a staff worker of St. Joseph’s House in 2003. Usually only God sees this sort of thing. I’d like to begin this...

Gifts from Strangers — by Brenda Read. In the early days of Madonna House and into the ‘70s, one major work of St. Joseph’s House was selecting, preparing, gift-wrapping, and distributing Christmas gifts for people in the area who would otherwise not have...

 

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