Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo, The Catholic Register

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo, The Catholic Register

Vanessa is a communications coordinator in the Office of Public Relations and Communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto and former reporter and youth editor for The Catholic Register. 

You can follow her on twitter @V_Santilli.

TORONTO - At Catholic Family Services of Durham, clients often tell staff they feel helped, understood and safe, said executive director Elizabeth Pierce.

TORONTO - St. Mary Euphrasia, the founder of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, once said: “Lift them up in their own eyes.”

TORONTO - When Delia Avarell’s two children were growing up, she sent both to a sign-language summer camp operated by Silent Voice Canada. As a deaf parent of hearing children, she wanted them to be immersed in an environment where they could interact with children with a similar family dynamic.

TORONTO - Last year, volunteers at the Society of Sharing donated 20,000 hours of their time to ensure isolated and marginalized seniors and adults with disabilities felt a little less alone.

TORONTO - If the Ontario Liberal government falls over its provincial budget, Education Minister Liz Sandals "will be back on the street knocking on doors and defending the Catholic education system again," she told an audience of about 200 Catholic school trustees.

TORONTO - For Joshua Roldan, true peace is only found in the Lord.

TORONTO - Paul Finn, 53, can’t point to that one moment that compelled him to study for the priesthood.

TORONTO - John Marcus “Tomi” Asenuga believes the talents we have should be used to spread goodwill amongst our neighbours — and help the Church.

TORONTO - Can a wound be beautiful? According to the late priest and Catholic writer Henri Nouwen, it can.

TORONTO - Former priest Peter Doherty is happy a fellow Argentine was elevated to the papacy. But he’s even happier knowing the Church is in the good hands of the man who ordained him.