Becoming Neighbours Joint Apostolic Ministry

What is the Becoming Neighbours Ministry?

Compelled by the Spirit to address basic needs, 22 Religious Congregations of women and men established the Becoming Neighbours Joint Apostolic Ministry (JAM) in 2006. Sr. Margaret Myatt and the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto extended the initial invitation to other Religious Congregations to gather together to form this collaborative team in the fall of 2003.  Sr. Judith Kidd IBVM (left, first row) is one of the founding members of the Joint Apostolic Ministry Collaborative.Compelled by the Spirit to address basic needs, 22 Religious Congregations of women and men established the Becoming Neighbours Joint Apostolic Ministry (JAM) in 2006. Sr. Margaret Myatt and the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto extended the initial invitation to other Religious Congregations to gather together to form this collaborative team in the fall of 2003. Sr. Judith Kidd IBVM (left, first row) is one of the founding members of the Joint Apostolic Ministry Collaborative.Becoming Neighbours Ministry is a volunteer program that is designed to provide community support for immigrants and refugees through a ministry of befriending. Pastoral workers commit to working on a one to one basis with an immigrant or refugee. They help them develop the skills which will assist them to adapting to living in a new culture. Becoming Neighbours is a collaborative ministry with a multicultural focus. It is a collaborative response of religious congregations of women and men to unmet needs, working in partnership with agencies that work with immigrants, refugees and undocumented workers.

Opportunities for Ministry

Becoming Neighours offers a variety of opportunities for volunteer ministry to newcomers. Volunteers act as friends, guides and mentors and support the work of Becoming Neighbours in a variety of other ways.

The Long View

A Prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero

It helps now and then, to step back
And take the long view,
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
It is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
The magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
Which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything.
And there is a sense of liberation in that.
This enables us to do something,
And to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
An opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own