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Attend the Festival of Women and Girls

"It will be seen that women in time to come will do much" - Mary Ward
"It is important that women find their voices" - Sr Ellen Leonard CSJ

2 women and 1 girl dancing
St Joseph Sisters; Women's Wisdom Dancing by Mary Southard

Join us at this free event at the Mary Ward Centre, Toronto on Saturday March 4 from 1 to 5:00pm as we celebrate our Loretto Sisters (175 years in Canada) and the Sisters of St Joseph in Toronto (172 years in Canada) and their continuing work to empower women and girls to be agents of change.


There will be music, poetry, key note presentations, finger foods, workshops, booths, reflection and ritual.




Proposed agenda for the afternoon

Doors Open/Registration: 12.30pm.

  • Slideshow

  • Welcome and prayers

  • Elizabeth Smyth: Contribution of Women Religious to the Education and Empowerment of Women and Girls

  • Interlude – poems and music

  • Speaker: Shelley MacDonald


BREAK – food and refreshments – booths

  • Young Women and Ecological/Climate Justice: Yusra Shafi, Tia Kennedy, Emily Lukasik (D&P), Angelica Vecchiato

  • Speaker: Leah Watkiss

  • ‘Popcorn’ booths


BREAK – food and refreshments - booths

  • 2 mini-workshops

  • Closing


Register here

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