Sister Bonnie’s current ministry is General Superior of the congregation. After leaving her position as an Industrial Nurse with the International Nickel Company in Sudbury,
Sister Bonnie entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in March 1973, and was assigned to nursing ministry in North Bay, Elliot Lake, Blind River, Thunder Bay and Sudbury prior to being elected to congregational leadership. In 2013,
Sister Bonnie graduated with a Licentiate degree in Canon Law from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. She currently is serving as General Superior and continues to support religious congregations and Catholic hospitals in the areas of canon law and administration.
Sister Trina is currently serving on our Congregational leadership team after a variety of ministries- education, catechetics, faith animation, in a variety of places- in North Bay, in Sudbury, Blind River, Wawa, Thunder Bay and Blind River. In all of these places she says she has met and worked with wonderful people who have helped her see the face of God in a wonderful variety of expressions.
Sister Trina loves to read but still prefers to do so from a book she can hold in her hands. One of the best blessings in her life is to have a sister who also is a Sister and who is both her best supporter and most courageous critic.
Sister Alice Greer entered the Congregation in 1977. Her ministries between 1977 and 1990 were in healthcare, as a social worker and discharge planner and then in addictions, at our hospitals in North Bay, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. In 1990 she combined her healthcare experience with the field of education when she was appointed Chaplain of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. During this time Sister Alice also studied and graduated with her Doctorate of Education (Administration) from the University of Toronto. Since 2010 to the present Sister Alice has continued her full time ministry at Lakehead University in addition to serving on the Leadership Team of the Congregation as a Councillor.
Sister Bonnie Chesser grew up in a small mining town, Falconbridge, outside Sudbury. She did not have a separate school in her town, so her first contact with Sisters was in high school, at Marymount College in Sudbury, where she met her first joy-filled music teacher, Sister Irene Morrow. Her first years in ministry were as a piano teacher. From there she combined her music ministry with parish work. Later her excitement for walking with people recovering from their addictions led her to expand her ministry. Presently she is retired from a formal job, and continues to serve on a volunteer basis.
Sister Bonnie Chesser has been a Sister of St. Joseph for 54 years and has been very blessed in her life.
Sister Roberta Collins was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie ON. She first met the Sisters of St. Joseph in her elementary school and she also took piano lessons from Sister St. Michael at Sacred Heart Convent. At the tender age of 12 she came to St. Joseph’s College in North Bay as a boarder in order to continue receiving a Catholic Education.
She entered the community at 17 after completing Grade 12. Roberta trained as educator and was a teacher and later a school principal. True to the times, her education ministry took her to North Bay, Fort William, Sudbury, Elliot Lake then back to Sudbury. Roberta’s life and ministry took an unusual turn when she left the Congregation for an extended period of time and worked as an executive with Leon’s furniture Company, a position that gave her a wealth of business experience which she had put to good use since returning to the Congregation in 2008. Roberta is now the General Treasurer of the Congregation and resides in North Bay.