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St. Joseph's Care Group

St. Joseph's Care Group



Spiritual Care Collaboration (Links)

*Please note that any of the following linked sites are for directory purposes only and do not, in any way, imply endorsement of any of the sites, their views or policies, or the accuracy of the information that they contain.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.

"Right now there are about two billion Christians on the planet. If a significant portion of them were to embrace the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, the emerging global society would experience a powerful surge toward enduring peace." - Fr. Thomas Keating, Trappist Monk, internationally renowned theologian and author, founder of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

Clincial Pastoral Education

The Spiritual Care department of St. Joseph's Care Group has a fully accredited Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education Supervisor (CAPPE) of 15 years experience, who offers a Masters level program for the spiritual care interns.

Canadian Association of Pastoral Practice and Education

CAPPE/ACPEP is a national multifaith organization which is committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in pastoral care and pastoral counselling. CAPPE provide educational programs for lay persons and clergy who are preparing to become chaplains, pastoral counsellors, ministers, priests, or community based pastoral care workers. They also provide education and certification for supervisors and specialists.

CAPPE/ACPEP is concerned with a holistic approach to health care and personal development with a special focus on spiritual and religious care.

Ethical Consultation

The purpose of the Ethical Consultation Committee is to cultivate an enduring ethical disposition throughout St. Joseph's Care Group. By systemically commending ourselves to a regular practice of ethical reflection, we are really taking on a labour of love which purposes to revere life as sacred, and to be actively engaged in our relationships with others with no less than the best care that we can possibly offer. Staff and clients can be consulted on ethical dilemmas presenting at either the contextual or systemic levels.

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

Mission: To promote and protect the dignity of the human person through interdisciplinary ethics research and education in health care and the life sciences.

Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

Mission: To strengthen and support the ministry of Catholic health care organizations and providers.


  1. Advocacy: To be the national voice of Catholic health care organizations.
  2. Governance: To foster the distinctive mission and organizational culture of Catholic health care organizations.


Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual discipline that invites us to trust the path, to surrender to the many turns our lives take, and to walk through the confusion, the fear, the anger, and grief that we cannot avoid experiencing as we live our earthly lives.

The Labyrinth: Walking Your Spiritual Journey

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world.

The Labyrinth

Labyrinth is an interactive installation for spiritual journeys. It's for anyone who wants a break from surfing the surface of culture to contemplate the deeper things of life.

The Medieval Labyrinth

The Medieval labyrinth is a graphical solution to a rhythmical problem. The Chartres labyrinth is not the only perfect Medieval labyrinth possible: there are 20 such perfect Medieval labyrinths!

The Labyrinth Society

The Labyrinth Society is an international organization whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking and opportunities to experience transformation. The website contains educational and experiential resources and services for the labyrinth community.

Labyrinth Community Network

The Labyrinth Community Network (LCN) is a group of volunteers who value the experience of walking or tracing a labyrinth. In our modern, often chaotic culture and times the opportunity to step into an oasis of calm is rare. Labyrinths provide such an opportunity. Toronto Public Labyrinth is situated in the heart of Toronto’s bustling metropolis.

Liaison with Community Faith Groups

Clergy and faith leaders are welcomed and encouraged to provide spiritual care for those clients/residents from their faith communities. Spiritual Care staff recognizes and respects the fact that clients/residents are members of specific faith communities, and their faith leaders are their faith leaders are their primary spiritual care-givers. We encourage and advocate ministry with clients.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Thunder Bay

The official website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Thunder Bay. This website provides information on the Diocese, located in North-western Ontario and consists of 71,700 Catholics, 20 active diocesan priests, 11 retired diocesan priests, 25 religious priests, 13 religious sisters, 26 permanent deacons, three seminarians, 42 parishes, 8 missions and 51 Catholic schools, including three high schools.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie

The life and works of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie have as their purpose: the union of ourselves and all people with God and with one another. This purpose requires of us docility to the Spirit, humility, charity and zeal, characterized by gentleness, peace and joy.

Multi-Faith Responsive

The charism of the Care Group's founding community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, is RECONCILIATION. This disposition and ethic undergirds all of the components on which the Care Group's Mission statement is predicated. The Spiritual Care Department is one dimension, within the many comprising the Care Group, which perceives that advancing "the healing ministry of Jesus," entails an explicit posture of hospitality towards and right relationship between the other than Indigenous and the Indigenous People(s) of this context. Likewise, health and healing from the perspective of all known Indigenous Spiritual Traditions, has indispensably involved the imperative of harmonious relationships.

The Assembly of First Nations

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. The AFN represents all citizens regardless of age, gender or place of residence.

Tobacco Wise

Traditional tobacco has been used by many Aboriginal people in ceremonies, rituals and prayer for thousands of years. Using tobacco in non-traditional ways like smoking g cigarettes or chewing tobacco or snuff is abuse of its traditional purpose.

"Traditional Tobacco is our SACRED connection to our Creator." - Pauline Shirt, Elder, Cree Nation

Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual.

The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH)

The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH) was established at Lakehead University in 1991. The Centre brings together professionals, educators, researchers, students, caregivers and older adults in a collaborative effort to learn more about the aging process and its relation to health and well-being.

Center for Loss and Life Transition

The Center for Loss is dedicated to "companioning" grieving people as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives. We help both mourners, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and both professional caregivers and lay people, by serving as an educational resource and professional forum.

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute- Palliative Care

To promote and protect the dignity of the human person through interdisciplinary ethics research and education in health care and the life sciences. The section on care for the terminally ill and the dying is a resource for Catholics who are faced with end-of-life decisions about dignity, quality of life and spiritual well-being. This section also includes an overview of moral theology regarding death, information on medical, legal and spiritual issues and links to Catholic resources and other healthcare sites.

Ontario Palliative Care Association (OPCA) official website

Ontario Palliative Care Association (OPCA) is a non-profit organization and its membership reflects the important interdisciplinary approach to hospice palliative care. OPCA offers a range of benefits to its membership and, most importantly, it presents a strong, proactive voice on issues specific to the provision and delivery of quality end-of-life care - professional education, standards of practice, government policy development and funding, and public awareness.


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