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Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

Location: St. Paul University and the Canadian Museum of History

This three-day conference (October 21-23, 2017) explores Canada’s involvement in the central issue of our time: the global search by refugees for a safe home in light of this country’s history of immigration and nation-building. Recognizing Canada’s 150th celebrations and also the 60th anniversary of the arrival and settlement of 38,000 Hungarian refugees during 1957, this conference uses their example to investigate how government and civil society can work together. We begin with the example of Hungarian refugees because this was the first time that such a large group of refugees arrived here from one county. That experience, identified by the Canadian government in 2010 as an event of national historic significance, helped shape the development of subsequent refugee policies and programs. When large numbers of Ugandan Asians and Vietnamese refugees arrived in the 1970s, and more recently the refugees escaping Syria, Canada had the example of 1957 as a benchmark. This bilingual conference will look at the impact of the arrival of refugees from these and other groups on Canadian society and culture. What, then, is Canada’s role today, given the global rise of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee movements? This conference and its diverse cultural component address this important question. The keynote address will be given by The Hon Bob Rae. The conference is open to the general public and is organized by the University of Ottawa, Saint Paul University, The Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation, The Canadian Immigration Historical Society, St. Joseph’s Parish, The Canadian Museum of History, The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and other interested partner institutions and individuals.

The full conference registration fee is $75. Reduced fees for students or those wishing to register for a single day is $30.

To pay online in advance, please visit Canada Helps here:

For Canada Helps payments, please not that you will automatically receive a charitable tax receipt from the site, on behalf of the key conference organizer, the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation. But to help cover the administrative costs of using this service, please make your payment in the amount of $80 and please also indicate your full name when donating. You may bring your Canada Helps tax receipt as proof of payment to the conference.

Please find the Conference schedule here and visit the Conference Facebook page for more information.


Ontario Trillium Foundation Recognition Event – August 12, 2017

After Mass on Saturday, August 12th, parishioners and members of the community gathered in the Parish Hall to recognized the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s contributions towards the new stair lift via the Ontario150 grant. The new stair lift (connecting the Sanctuary to the Parish Hall) allows St. Joseph’s to better serve all members of the community, regardless of their level of mobility.

Ottawa-Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers was on hand to present the official Ontario Trillium Foundation plaque to St. Joseph’s, as was City Councillor Mathieu Fleury. Both shared their thoughts on the importance of mobility and congratulated St. Joseph’s on remaining an open and ever-changing community.

Executive Director, Chris Adam, also took a moment to thank the late David Wink, a parishioner who passed much too young, whom provided the parish with a bequest upon his passing with the hope that it would be put towards a noble cause. A photo of David will be placed alongside the Ontario Trillium Foundation plaque. His contribution, paired with the Ontario150 grant, put this project in motion.


Thank You to the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

ON150_OTF_VertIn late 2016, St. Joseph’s Parish applied for and received a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to replace the stair lift in the Parish Hall and make our space more accessible for parishioners, our on-going renters and the broader community that uses our facilities. The Ontario Trillium Foundation provided the parish with $34,000 in funding. We are thankful for this generous contribution to our parish community. The Ontario150 Community Capital Program aims to enhance public spaces where Ontarians gather, particularly during the 150th anniversary of Canada and the Province of Ontario. As a downtown Parish in the heart of the nation’s capital, and a historic presence in this community going back to 1856, we are pleased to announce this enhancement to our space.

Looking for a grant? Visit to find out how the Ottawa Trillium Foundation can help you!

Job Opportunity – Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry & Faith Formation

Job Title: Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry & Faith Formation
Job Type: Continuing full-time at 37.5 hours per week
Location: 151 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8
Job Category: Pastoral
Number of Positions: 1
Date Posted: May 4, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled
Salary: $38,000 – $42,000 (Commensurate with experience) + Benefits
Approximate Start Date: June 2017

St. Joseph’s Parish, an inclusive and vibrant Roman Catholic faith community is hiring a Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry & Faith Formation to join our staff team. We are an urban church, located adjacent to the University of Ottawa. Established by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1856, it is the Parish’s mission to reach out to the most marginalized in our broader community in the spirit of social justice and to sustain a faith community that is open and welcoming to all.

Full Job Description

All those interested are invited to apply by submitting:

  1. A cover letter, which outlines how the core competencies in the attached job description are met through a combination of relevant employment, volunteer experience, as well as educational background, and attests to the applicant’s understanding of our Parish mission;
  2. An updated curriculum vitae;
  3. The contact information for two professional references who can speak to the candidate’s relevant educational, employment or volunteer experience.

Please submit the above documents by email to Christopher Adam, Executive Director: [email protected] .

We thank all applicant for their interest in this position. Only candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted.


***HR Note: Equivalencies, where appropriate, will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications.


St. Joseph’s Christmas Message on CHIN Radio

This morning, our Executive Director, Chris Adam gave the following message to the CHIN Radio – 97.9 FM listeners (It will air on Dec. 25th and January 1st, 2017):

“St. Joseph’s Parish wishes listeners of CHIN Radio a Merry Christmas and the very best for the New Year. Our Roman Catholic faith community has a mission of reaching out in solidarity to those who are poor or marginalized in the Ottawa community at large. Five days a week, we serve hot, nutritious meals to over 100 guests at our St. Joe’s Supper Table community meal program, while our St. Joe’s Women’s Centre day program provides meals and programming to women and children in need. We strive to be an inclusive community—in our liturgical celebrations and in our outreach programs alike. And we look forward to welcoming you! For more information on what St. Joseph’s has to offer, please call 613-233-4095 or visit our website:

St. Joseph’s Parish of Ottawa – Welcoming all!”


Thank you to CHIN Radio for their continued support and for allowing St. Joe’s to spread the word to the City of Ottawa this Christmas season.



International Day Festival & 160th Anniversary Photos

On the weekend of November 26/27, 2016, St. Joseph’s Parish celebrated its 160th Anniversary by hosting an International Day Festival Festival and two Anniversary Masses. The weekend was a great success and showcased St. Joseph’s long history, close community, and love for cultures from around the world. Please see photos from the weekend below!


Parish Fundraising Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish the rules and requirements for Parish-approved or supported ministries and committees to raise money for use by the Parish, its approved ministries, or other organizations whose missions and goals match those of St. Joseph’s Parish. This policy does not apply to normal Parish offertory collections, stipends, or donations. The determination of whether or not an event is approved rests with the Parish Council, which will then make the final decision.

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St. Joseph’s Parish Fundraising Policy – Final