Archdiocese of Toronto
Within the Archdiocese of Toronto, you will
find a family of faith that is alive and at work in our community. Comprised of
over 2 million Catholics, 225 parishes and 4 missions, the Archdiocese is led
by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, and assisted by Auxiliary Bishops,
Most Reverend John A. Boissonneau (Western Pastoral Region), Most Reverend
Robert Kasun (Central Pastoral Region), Most Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick
(Northern Pastoral Region), and Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen (Eastern Pastoral Region).
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and
officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council
(1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences,
established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.
In 1976, Archbishop Philip
Pocock established ShareLife
– the annual charitable fundraising appeal of the Archdiocese of Toronto –
ensuring people have access to social services based on Catholic values and
respect for the sanctity of life at all stages. Since ShareLife’s inception,
its number of grant recipients and agencies has increased to more than 40,
reflecting the growing needs of our community. Program areas include children
and youth, families, single and teen parents, elderly people, people with
special needs, immigrants and refugees. ShareLife also funds the education of
80 seminarians at St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary, as
well as the formation of permanent deacons. Around the world, countless people
receive assistance through ShareLife’s support of international missions and
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
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. The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
implies that as Vincentians, we see Christ in anyone who suffers, come together
as a family, have personal contact with the poor and help in all possible ways.
The Society’s work in response to the
local needs of the community varies from health, education, housing, employment
support, help for elderly, disabled, isolated or excluded people, and more.
Funded by donations, it also provides emergency assistance and rehabilitation
for victims of natural or humanitarian disasters, and finances development
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