Saskatoon RC Diocese

JOY : Justice Outreach Year

J.O.Y. at a Glance 

The J.O.Y. (Justice & Outreach Year) of Formation is an experiential learning program that links Catholic Social Teaching with the real-life challenges experienced by people living on the margins. 

During 10 weekend sessions(September – June), participants will explore various issues of social justice including: 

  • International development, Economic Injustice & Peace 
  • Refugees 
  • Walking with Indigenous/ Métis people 
  • Anti-poverty 
  • Human Dignity 
  • Health & Elder Care 
  • Hunger & Food 
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Youth & Family 
  • Care of the Earth & Ecological Justice 

By visiting local service agencies, meeting with those who work in these social justice fields and being with the people they serve, participants will gain an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the issues at hand and become equipped with the skills to engage in service outreach. Participants will be invited to enter into a process of personal transformation. 

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J.O.Y. in Spiritual Formation 

During the 10 J.O.Y. weekends participants will be invited to bring their experiences of service and solidarity to prayer and theological reflection, benefitting from the support of their J.O.Y. community and a Spiritual accompanier. 

2016 – 2017 

August 27 (Pre-Program Retreat) February 10 - 11 
September 16 – 17March 10 - 11 
October 14 – 15April 7 - 8 
November 18 - 19May 12 - 13 
December 9 - 10 June 9 - 10 
January 20 – 21 


J.O.Y. in the Field 

In addition to the 10 weekend sessions, participants will have an opportunity to become familiar with and grow in one particular area of service through a volunteer Field Placement Experience. After a process of mutual discernment, participants will be partnered with an agency in their home community throughout the Diocese of Saskatoon for the duration of the program. 

J.O.Y. in Your Life 

This experiential opportunity will be offered to all lay people living in urban and rural communities. Through participation in the J.O.Y. of formation program, participants will become evangelizers of God’s deep love for those we encounter. 

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Contact Information: 

306-659-5847

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