Associates

Today there are more than 100 Associates of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception in the Atlantic, Prairie and Pacific regions of Canada.  From diverse backgrounds, they are women and men who bear the Charity charism and express it in their daily lives.


Charism can be described as an original and unique gift of the Holy Spirit -- the deep and abiding story shared by Sisters and Associates.  The charism is expressed in lives and ministry focusing on persons who are afflicted, excluded and living in poverty.  It also includes awareness about and advocacy for the rest of creation, especially where it is fragile or endangered.


SCIC and Associates are committed to prayer; spiritual growth; gatherings; celebration; compassionate presence and service, as well as initiatives for social and ecological justice.


After a period of inquiry, persons seeking to become SCIC Associates may choose to make and renew commitment. For more about SCIC association, please inquire:  Tel. 506-847-2065   E-mail: cpscic@sistersofcharityic.com



ASSOCIATE DIRECTIONAL STATEMENT 2018 - 2022

We, Associates of the Sisters of Charity

of the Immaculate Conception,

are conscious of our call

and committed to the Charism of Charity.

Through connectedness and collaboration

our journey in leadership continues.

As we nurture relationships,

we are transformed

by our individual and communal ministries.

We respond with justice and mercy

to the urgent needs of the Earth

and our diverse global community

in the spirit of our Vision, Mission and Values.

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ACCOMPANYING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SCIC Associates Ann Charlton and Faye Parkinson of Langley, B.C. participated in a major gathering of the Faith and Light movement in Washington, D.C. Nov. 8-10, 2014.  In the Vancouver Archdiocese, they are both long-time, active members of Faith and Light’s Canada West province.  Based in France, Faith and Light brings together persons with and without disabilities through community and family gatherings.  Today there are more than 1,500 communities on five continents in 80 countries (www.faithandlight.org).  In August 2014, Ann and Faye welcomed a woman with disabilities into the home they share.  They also offer respite care in their home for another disabled woman one or two weekends a month plus one month in the summer.   

The Washington conference marked the North American launch of the book, Never Again Alone! which tells the story of the Christian movement.  In 1971 the author, Marie-Hélène Mathieu of France founded Faith and Light with Jean Vanier – a Canadian-born and internationally known spiritual leader.  In Washington, the author called for prayer for Faith and Light communities.  Ann and Faye also request prayer for persons with disabilities.  (Photo in Washington by Louise Major. Left to right, back:  Faye Parkinson and Ann Charlton.  Front:  Marie-Hélène Mathieu and translator Henri Major)

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ASSOCIATES COORDINATE INNER CITY HAIR-CUTTING MINISTRY


Two SCIC Associates coordinate a group providing free, weekly hair-cutting ministry at the Bissell Centre in the inner city of Edmonton, Alta.  Almost 25 years ago, Sister Mary Beth McCurdy recognized the need for such a ministry when she was accompanying people in the area.  She invited Sisters, Associates and others to volunteer among women and men living in poverty.  Many are homeless, living on the streets.  Sister Mary Beth became SCIC congregational leader and now lives in Saint John, N.B.  Since 1993, dedicated volunteers have continued the well-received ministry she began.  Today Associates Agathe Joly and Diane Legris coordinate a group of six to eight volunteers who wash and cut hair for 22-25 people weekly.  Agathe and Diane note that by spending time with the people and cutting their hair, they “see them transformed; their self-esteem heightened and a smile on their face.”  (In photo by volunteer Doris Gaudette, Agathe, standing, helps “Ann” admire her new haircut.)

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ASSOCIATE RELATIONSHIP INSPIRES HOPE & GRATITUDE


Faith was part of our family life as I grew up in Saint John, N.B. and attended St. Jude’s Anglican Church. I sang in the choir and joined other youth as a member of the parish junior auxiliary.  I attended Saint John Vocational School, now Harbourview High School.  Later, I graduated from Modern Business College with a secretarial certificate.  Read more…

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OFFERING COMPASSIONATE PRESENCE & CARE


In 2004 I found myself moving home to Saint John, having spent the previous 34 years living and working in Toronto. I was wondering how I would manage this significant change, ending a long nursing career to which I had dedicated my life.  Read more…


ASSOCIATES LIVING THE GOSPEL

Matthew 25:25 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me in.” For some time the Atlantic Associates wanted to commit themselves to a communal ministry in Saint John. Our Directional Statement from Chapter 2014 challenged us to be engaged in communal ministries and answer with justice the urgent needs of the community. We are answering St. Vincent de Paul’s constant questions “What must I do? What must we do? What must be done?” So in May 2015 we began our commitment with the Outflow Ministry to provide and serve a healthy, well balanced meal on a Sunday evening once a month. The number of men, women and children who attend the suppers averages 65-80. As one Associate has observed, “Feeding the homeless is an amazingly uplifting experience.” Associates and Sisters come together on the first Sunday of each month to take part in this mission of charity. This ecumenical experience with Outflow volunteers is a real blessing for everyone involved, those who are serving as well as those who are being served. We truly are following Honoria Conway’s example of reaching out to the most marginalized people in our community. (Photo: Sharon Jacquard)

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ATLANTIC CONFERENCE EXPLORES CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

By Sharon Jacquard (National Coordinator East ~ SCIC Associates)

HALIFAX, N.S. -- Over 80 Associates and Sisters representing most Atlantic religious congregations gathered for the ARCAN Conference (Atlantic Religious Congregations Associate Network) at Mount Saint Vincent University here June 2-3, 2017. Participating were seven Associates from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and two Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception. The theme was “Greening our Hearts” with Dolores Hall.  She is a spiritual director and facilitator at Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston, Ont.  Dolores is also an Associate member of Iona, an ecumenical Christian community in Scotland. Read More

ASSOCIATE HONOURED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

Congratulations to Agathe Joly (photo, centre), who received a Sage Award May 10, 2017 for almost 27 years of hair-cutting service in inner city Edmonton, Alta.  Agathe is a longtime Associate of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception and serves as national coordinator among SCIC Associates in western Canada.  The recognition by the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton was presented by Servus Credit Union.  Read More


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RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT DEVELOPMENT & PEACE

SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Sharon Jacquard and Michael Campbell actively promoted the fall 2017 education and action campaign of Development and Peace among Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) and Associates. Here they address a Nov. 25 gathering in Saint John focusing on the campaign with the theme, “Women at the Heart of Peace”.  They also linked the campaign with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  On Oct. 17 – the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – they helped lead prayer, followed by postcard-signing in Carmel Chapel.  The Development and Peace postcard calls on the Canadian government to increase overseas development assistance.  Michael also offered a presentation about the campaign during liturgy at Holy Trinity Parish in Saint John.  In the photo, he displays the D & P postcard as Sharon looks on.  With Associate Linda Pye, they created an engaging display to highlight the campaign.  See  “Advocating with Women at the Heart of Peace” under “What’s New”.  (SCIC photo)

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RE-CONNECTING ACROSS THE BAY OF FUNDY

One Sister of Charity, I.C. and four Associates from Greater Saint John, NB braved the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy to visit Associates in Digby, NS on Nov. 12th, 2017. The visitors were Associates Donna Schroeter, Mary Ann Kneeland, Ann Brantnall, Sharon Jacquard and Sr. Emily Lordon.  The ferry crossings were extremely calm for this time of year which made us very happy. We were met on the other side by Marilyn Moore and Betty Cosman and proceeded to St. Patrick’s Church hall where we gathered for prayer and song to begin our day led by Marilyn. Read More…

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ASSOCIATE SUMMER GATHERING 2018

Associates of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) were invited to the opening banquet of Chapter 2018 which was held on July 5th.  We were also invited to participate in a pre-Chapter retreat facilitated by Sisters Regina Bechtle and Mary McCormick (Sisters of Charity of New York).  This experience was spirit-filled with prayer, fellowship and laughter and set the tone for our Associate gathering.Read More…