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Toronto’s “Media Nuns” Staying Put

When Religion News Service (RNS) carried an article one week ago about the Daughters of St. Paul, and their bookstores, which operate as Pauline Books and Media, there were a couple of references to Toronto, and after reading the article, some might have had the impression that the Toronto store was going to be closing.

The article, ‘Media nuns’ say goodbye to sweet home Chicago after more than 40 years stated that,

After six years of prayer and outside consultation, and a shove from the COVID-19 pandemic, the order has decided to reconfigure its presence across the United States and Toronto, according to Sister Tracey Matthia Dugas, director of Pauline mission advancement. That means closing four locations in the U.S., including the Chicago book center and the convent above it.

So in addition to Chicago, was the Toronto location at 3022 Dufferin Avenue also closing?

I reached out to them for clarity and Sister Margaret Moran replied,

We have no intention of closing our presence in Toronto. Our Book Centre is very busy and we are serving many people here.

That’s better news.

Generally, Roman Catholic bookstores in the Toronto metropolitan area have fared much better than their Evangelical counterparts across the wider GTA. Stores like Joseph’s Inspirational in northeast Scarborough, and Broughton’s along the 401 corridor in North York while undoubtedly feeling the pandemic pain we all have, continue to serve their constituency.  All three stores have a strong online presence and ship across Canada.

Only one east-end GTA store, Cherub’s Cupboard, has cut back to a ‘mobile’ presence as well as a more severe cutback in hours, along with a move of its base from Oshawa to Courtice.

Cherub’s Cupboard now operates from a mobile location, currently in the parking lot of the Roman Catholic Church in Courtice, Ontario.

Further into the RNS article, there was this clarification,

The Daughters of St. Paul have about 120 sisters across 13 locations in the United States and Toronto. In total, about 1,900 sisters, affectionately known as the “Media Nuns,” serve in more than 50 countries around the world.

The other closings are in Texas, South Carolina and Hawaii.

A reader comment on the RNS article also noted,

In English-speaking North America, stores that will remain in operation are in Alexandria, Virginia; Dedham, Massachusetts; Culver City, CA; Manhattan, New York; Menlo Park, California; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; and Toronto, Ontario.