Ask any Daughter of St. Paul why she entered the community, and the answers will be as varied as the women you ask. At the heart of each response, however, will be an absolute dedication to evangelization, to bringing the hope of the Gospel to today's world with the fastest and most effective means possible, the means of communication.
The Daughters of St. Paul are a community of vowed women religious who dedicate their lives to sharing the mystery of Christ's love with the people of today through the media. God has chosen, called, and consecrated each Daughter of St. Paul to himself so that he might send her to proclaim the Good News of a loving God who sends his Son into a world that is desperate for hope.
Our world has become a global media network that overwhelms us with information but often leaves us empty and longing for more: for love, hope, meaning, and connection. As communicators of Christ, immersed in the culture of communication, the Daughters of St. Paul offer the Gospel to all people as the way to find the "ultimate Connection" -- an encounter with Christ that will not only fill them with hope, but transform them so that they too can be Christ's love, peace, and justice in the world.
The sisters are active in all forms of media, from traditional publications to e-books, TV to social media, and the internet to mobile apps -- working in the areas of writing, publishing, recording and broadcasting, screen-writing, media literacy, vocation ministry, as well as offering seminars and workshops. They operate 14 Pauline Book and Media Centres throughout the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.
Our Toronto Presence
The Daughters of St. Paul have been in Toronto since 1956, living on St. Clair Avenue prior to our current location on Dufferin Street in 1969. In 1989 the twin concerns of vocational formation and furtherance of the mission prompted the Sisters in Toronto and U.S. to merge, creating the province of the United States and English-Speaking Canada.
Toronto serves as the Canadian distribution centre for the publications of the Daughters of St. Paul and the Society of St. Paul, our male branch. After many years of intense pastoral work for vocations, this community effort has borne fruit as young women seek admission to the community from Canada and have made their profession of vows.