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St. Francis of Assisi

Patron Saint of Ecologists and Merchants
Founder of all Franciscan Orders
Feast of St.  Francis of Assisi is October 4th

A young man torn by enticements of his society, anguished of heart with such thoughts as "Who am I?", "What am I to do with my life?", "Who is God and what is He to me ?"  This was Francis of Assisi.

Francis was born in 1182 of a middle class Italian family.  He was educated and respected by the people of his hometown, Assisi.  Like any young person in his early twenties, Francis began to question what he should do to live a meaningful life.  He wanted recognition and fame.  After several unsuccessful attempts to discover the purpose of his life, he was shaken in his worldly aspirations.

The conflict that inflamed his heart led him to the deserted church of San Damiano in Assisi during which Francis heard a command of the Crucified Lord while he was absorbed in prayer.  "Francis," the voice told him, "go and repair my house, which, as you see, is falling completely into ruin."  From that moment on, Francis learned that living a Christian life would place him in opposition to the values of his society and set him apart from family, friends, and many of his own age.

The Franciscan Order

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SJSH Hosting Information Session(Posted:2/12/2018)

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall is hosting an information session for interested parents and students on Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Join us to learn more about our academic and extracurricular programs including Advanced Placement, French-as-a-Second Language programming and certifications, outdoor education, dual credit and so much more. Register today at

Support Catholic Education(Posted:10/30/2017)

DID YOU KNOW?  Your school support defaults to English Public each time you move residences. You must re-declare yourself as English Separate.    

By ensuring that you are accurately recorded as a Separate School Supporter, you will be able to cast a vote for Catholic trustees in the October 22, 2018 Municipal Election and you are helping to deliver a powerful message to the Ontario government about the level of support for publicly funded Catholic education in our province.

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