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Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario

The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario is the association of the Catholic bishops in the Province of Ontario in the service of Catholics of Ontario. By its very nature, the ACBO is a forum where the Bishops of Ontario reflect together and collaborate on projects to proclaim, celebrate and live the Good News of Jesus Christ in our province. It is an instrument of the collegiality that binds Bishops with each other under the leadership of the Bishop of Rome in a common purpose, a common mission, a common faith.

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

The mission of the CCBI is to promote and protect the dignity of the human person through interdisciplinary ethics research and education in health care and the life sciences.

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development And Peace

Development and Peace (The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Development and Peace is a membership led organization supported by parish collections, individual donations and government grants, principally from the Canadian International Development Agency.

Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association

The Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association is a national organization promoting excellence in Catholic education throughout Canada. CCSTA represents seven provincial and territorial Catholic school trustees’ associations in Canada. In turn, these associations represent over 90 Catholic school boards, which educate more than 850,000 students in almost 2,000 schools from Vancouver, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Windsor, Ontario.

Catholic Christian Outreach

Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge students to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world. CCO was founded by André and Angèle Regnier in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan. From the humble beginnings of a handful of students, the movement now serves thousands of students across Canada.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The CCCB is the national office of Canadian Bishops. They provide educational programs and resources, position statements and advocate at a national level for Catholic concerns. Their motto is Teach, Govern, Sanctify.

Canadian Council of Churches

This site provides you with an introduction of who they are, how they work, their council members and officials, related groups, news and events. They also have faith and witness, justice and peace and biotechnology pages. This site would be beneficial to a religion educator if they were trying to inform their students about the council of churches and what their goals and responsibilities are. As well it would be useful if they were specifically looking for information on biotechnology or social justice issues. A great research site for high school age students. — D. Ritchie

Catholic Organization for Life and Family

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) was co-founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. COLF’s mission is to build a culture of life and a civilization of love by promoting respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family.

Catholic Principal’s Council of Ontario

CPCO is the professional association for principals and vice-principals in Ontario’s publicly-funded Catholic school system.

Canadian Religious Conference

Established in 1954, the Canadian Religious Conference brings together the leaders of 250 Catholic congregations of women and men religious in Canada.

Catholic Women’s League of Canada

This site provides you with general information, list of recent updates, member resources, address and phone numbers. This site gives you a vast amount of research on this organization.A great resource for teachers and or a student working on a project. The student could inform their peers about what the women’s league offers the general population. It is also important for young women to know how they can be a part of their catholic church. — D. Ritchie

Catholic Worker

This site caters to those interested in exploring established Christian communities whose mission it is to serve. The philosophy of the Catholic Worker Movement, which was founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, is grounded in a firm belief in the dignity of every human person. Today over 175 Catholic Worker Communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and forsaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms. Toronto’s Parkdale community has a Catholic Worker House located at 1339 King W.  — Martina Smith

Christian Aid

Christian Aid works in over 60 countries helping people regardless, of religion or race to improve their own lives and tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. It works wherever the need is greatest through local organization through 16 oversees offices. It campaigns to change the rules that keep people poor and it strives for a new world transformed by an end to poverty. This is a good resource to have, support and research. — D.Brunet

Institute for Catholic Education

The Institute for Catholic Education is dedicated to working with, bringing together, and assisting all those who share responsibility for English Catholic education in their efforts to promote and maintain Catholic schools animated by the Gospel and reflecting the tenets of the Catholic faith. Contains links to the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations and other important documents and Profiles. — ICE/LM

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Canada’s vision, mission and values are delivered by Habitat for Humanity affiliates that work in over 300 communities across Canada. Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliates select and prepare partner families for homeownership, manage the construction of Habitat homes, and hold partner family mortgages. They play a vital role at the local level by engaging community volunteers, securing resources, increasing the profile of Habitat for Humanity and raising awareness about the issue of affordable housing in their communities.

Knights of Columbus

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

Jesuit Resources on the World Wide Web

We are the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic Ignatius Loyola. But most people call us “the Jesuits.”  In the vision of our founder, we seek to “find God in all things.” We dedicate ourselves to the “greater glory of God” and the good of all humanity. And we do so gratefully in collaboration with others who share our values, including laypersons. They have become part of the “we,” the extended Jesuit family. With close to 17,000-plus priests and brothers worldwide, we are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church. We are pastors, teachers, and chaplains. We are also doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society. In our varied ministries, we care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. And especially in our education ministries, we seek to nurture “men and women for others.”

Jesuits of English Canada

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier, and seven of his companions, who placed themselves at the disposal of the Pope for the service of the Church wherever the need was greatest. Today there are almost 18,000 Jesuits serving the Church in 112 nations on six continents. The English Canada Province, as part of the international Society of Jesus, serves the people in the English-speaking parts of Canada.

L’Arche in Canada

The homepage offers a French/English option. The language choice selection goes to a site menu with five menu choices each providing information about various aspects of the L’Arche community. On this page there is also a site map choice. The site map outlines in detail everything that is available at this website: History, Newsletters, Prayer of L’Arche, Jean Vanier’s letters, volunteer information etc. This faith community is a good example of the beatitudes of Jesus in action, respect for life & the marginalized. A great website for teachers in York Region because there is a L’Arche community in Richmond Hill and it is available for student reflection days, programs etc.–Pat Cooney

Manresa: Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre

In 2013 we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Jesuits in Canada. Those first Jesuit missionaries were formed and inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – the same spiritual tradition that is the core of our retreat programs at Manresa. This spiritual tradition teaches us to be men and women for others and to conduct our lives for God’s greater glory. Please join us at Manresa for some time apart with God.

Martyr’s Shrine

The Martyrs’ Shrine is the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. The Shrine honours the eight Jesuit Saints who lived, worked, and died here over 350 years ago, celebrating the significant contributions they made to the introduction of Christianity into aboriginal culture as well as the founding of the Province of Ontario and the nation of Canada.  This historic and holy site includes the famous Shrine Church, the Martyrs’ Hall and Education Centre, and 75 pleasantly landscaped acres which invite you into prayer and tranquility.  Within the Church are the relics of the Martyrs St. Jean de Brébeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Charles Garnier, while the grounds are home to beautiful walkways, monuments, and altars.

Catholic Missions in Canada

Catholic Missions In Canada exists to keep the Catholic Faith in remote and poor mission communities across Canada. Catholic Missions In Canada seeks to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in isolated, poor and hard-to-reach mission areas in Canada. These are communities where diocesan resources are insufficient to keep the Church alive. Catholic Missions promotes national awareness on the needs of our Canadian missions and raises funds to sustain the work of evangelization.

Newman Centre – Toronto

This website offers information about The Newman Centre located in Toronto. It is a Roman Catholic mission for the University of Toronto community. It is found at the St. George downtown campus. The Newman Centre offers a diverse number of programs and activities, as well as, lectures and liturgies. Great for teaching resources and volunteer work opportunities. — Janet Ferlisi

Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE)

We are the voice of parents and guardians of children enrolled in the Publicly funded English Catholic System of Education in the Province of Ontario.

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA)

We are a teachers’ association that represents 45,000 professional women and men who teach all grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario. OECTA promotes the professional and contractual welfare of our members, promotes the principles of Catholic education, and defends the constitutional rights of the Catholic school system in Ontario.

Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA)

For more than 80 years, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) has safeguarded and promoted the interests of Catholic education in Ontario. We are the central source of information about government funding and initiatives affecting Catholic education. As the sole representative of Ontario’s 29 English Catholic District School Boards, OCSTA represents the needs and perspectives of Catholic school boards to the provincial government and, when necessary, the federal government.

We are the central provider of professional services to 237 trustees elected by Catholic ratepayers every four years. The Association is managed by a board of directors made up of 18 Catholic school trustees, representing regions from across the province. Approximately 600,000 students in Ontario attend Catholic schools. Catholic school boards manage over 1,300 schools in the province and hire approximately 34,000 teachers. THE OCSTA sponsors Catholic Education Week each year.

Pontifical Mission Society

The Pontifical Mission Societies is the name of a group of Catholic missionary societies that are under the canonical jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope). These organizations include the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, and the Holy Childhood Association

Salt and Light Catholic Media

Born on the wings of the 2002 World Youth Day in Canada, Salt + Light is a unique instrument of the New Evangelization. It is dedicated to being – and helping others become – the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ and the joy of the Gospel to the world by telling stories of hope that bring people closer to Christ and the Catholic faith.

We share the joys and hopes of the Gospel through television, radio, print, and online media. Our work unites people together through prayer, celebration, reflection, education, authentic dialogue and inquiry, thought-provoking reporting and stories of faith and action. We also challenge believers to grow in the knowledge of the faith and the Catholic tradition in its many expressions. We strive to offer an invitation to all peoples, especially those on the peripheries of faith and the Church, to draw closer to the Lord and experience the community of the Church.

Scarboro Missions

Scarboro Missions is a Society of Canadian Catholics, priests and laity, motivated by the Spirit, who dedicate themselves to the person, teaching and mission of Jesus Christ as expressed in his words: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Founded in 1918 by Fr. John Mary Fraser to train and send priests to China, the China Mission College grew quickly and evolved. Today we are known as Scarboro Missions, a society whose members serve not only in China, but elsewhere in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Canada.

St. Anthony’s Cyberguide

This bilingual directory includes information on: Over sixty dioceses and eparchies; Over five thousand churches and missions; Over one hundred communities of men; Over three hundred communities of women; and current web pages of all the above.

St. Augustine’s Seminary

St. Augustine’s Seminary is the Major Seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. It also welcomes candidates from elsewhere. Its primary purpose is the preparation of candidates for ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church. This preparation for diocesan ministerial leadership embraces and promotes spiritual formation, theological education and field training. The Seminary is also mandated to form men and women aspiring to other ministries in the Church.

St Vincent de Paul Society

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:
To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.

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