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This Christmas season marks the end of ten full years for me as the Executive Director of ShareLife; in January I will begin my eleventh year with the archdiocese. 


I continue to be inspired by the generosity of our parishioners, clergy, schools and corporations toward ShareLife.  We are blessed to have, and are grateful for, the support that we receive in support of the work of our agencies.


Pope Francis encourages us to “show loving concern for each and every person”. 2015 was such a year, as our parishioners once again contributed generously to the ShareLife appeal, raising $12,459,357! Over $14.2 million was raised from our collective parish, corporate, schools, and employee campaigns – slightly more than the year before!  As an archdiocese, we continue to put the needs of others at the forefront, and our 2015 ShareLife campaign has once again done just that.


But there is so much more! Throughout the year, there are food banks, out of the cold programs, and poor boxes that provide support in difficult times. These are enhanced at Advent through the distribution of food hampers and the set-up of giving trees to provide food and gifts to families in need. We also extend our love for one another to our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world – this year alone we contributed in excess of $500,000 to the relief effort in Nepal, and are now working toward raising $3 million for Project Hope to help settle 100 refugee families into Canada. 


These examples show the love and generosity that we show as an archdiocese toward one another.  When there is a need to help, we have demonstrated our commitment to fulfilling the core direction of Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love as found in the archdiocesan Pastoral Plan.


While we contribute to our annual appeal, many of us are unaware of the ways that our support is making a difference.  This year, we were made aware of many new examples of how ShareLife is making an impact. Stories like the one of Brittany, a pregnant teenager, who received support for herself and her two children from Rose of Sharon, or Tina and Gayle,  residents of Mary Centre’s homes for developmentally challenged adults, who were offered a safe place to succeed in their lives. We celebrated the ordination of Priests and Deacons who were formed through St. Augustine and Redemptoris Mater seminaries and learned about Aaron, who received counselling help with his addictions from St. Michael’s homes, one of our agencies. Together we are indeed working wonders!


Thank you once again for your generosity to ShareLife; know that your support is greatly appreciated. Please continue to visit our website to see stories of how your contributions are showing loving concern to one another and helping those in need. We look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary at ShareLife together with you in 2016!


From our ShareLife family to you and your loved ones, we wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year in 2016.


Arthur Peters

Executive Director


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For Parish Campaign resources, click here.

Thank you for making a donation to ShareLife over the past year. We are grateful for your support. Read about the difference you can make in our 2015 Report to Donors! 

Together we are making a difference – together we are working wonders!

ShareLife Golf Tournament!
A great time was had on Monday, June 9th at Markland Wood Golf Club for our annual ShareLife Corporate Golf Tournament in support of the social service agencies funded by ShareLife. For further information, contact the ShareLife office at 416-934-3411, or click here.
Corporate Review
As we look back over our past year, it was one of remarkable corporate generosity. We deeply appreciate those who chose ShareLife as their way of making a difference in the lives of the marginalized in our community!
ShareLife Alive in Catholic Schools
Check us out on twitter or on Facebook for the latest updates on ways your school can creatively raise funds for ShareLife!

38 Years of Sharing Wonders at Work!    Find an Agency

The tradition of Catholic charity runs deep in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Catholic agencies have been serving the poor, the needy and the sick among us for more than 150 years.


ShareLife agencies provides over 381,000 services to over 114,000 people every year in the Greater Toronto Area and reaches countless more in the developing world. Every day, with the help of ShareLife funding, people in need are treated with dignity and respect. 


From Toronto to Penetanguishene and from Oshawa to Orangeville, ShareLife-funded agencies extend a helping hand to all who call on them in the community, regardless of background, faith or circumstance.

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