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 -
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.
Associate Directional Statement 2018 -
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.
TWO WOMEN SHARE ROLE OF NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF ASSOCIATES
Early in 2014, Agathe Joly (left) and Sharon Jacquard (right) began to share the
newly created role of National Coordinator of Associates of the Sisters of Charity
of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC). Based in Edmonton, Alta, Mrs. Joly has been
an Associate in the Prairie region for 20 years, serving as regional coordinator
Donna Schroeter (right) of Rothesay, NB is the Atlantic regional coordinator of Associates of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception. Mrs. Schroeter has been an Associate for twelve years and was a member of the Atlantic regional team for almost four years. She began her new role in November 2014.
Diane Legris (left) of Edmonton, AB is the Prairie regional coordinator of Associates of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception. Ms. Legris has been an Associate since 2005 and has served on the Prairie Associate team for three years. She began her new volunteer role August 1, 2014. To read Diane’s story, please Click Here
RIGHT RELATIONSHIP BLOSSOMS FOR SCIC ASSOCIATE
With two other women, I made first commitment as an SCIC Associate on Dec. 8th – feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – at Ruth Ross Residence in Saint John, N.B. in 2013. Earlier, for a year and a half, I met with a team of SCIC Associates to gain an understanding of what it means to be an Associate. These meetings were spiritual as well as insightful. Today, I continue to participate in regular gatherings of SCIC and Associates.
PRAIRIE WOMAN CHERISHES ASSOCIATE RELATIONSHIP
After more than 50 years in Saskatchewan, my husband, Miro and I moved to Edmonton, Alta. in 1988. As luck would have it (or was that God's plan?), our home parish was St. Matthew’s. We made good friends there and had our first encounter with Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC). The special talents of Sisters Mary Beth McCurdy, Arleen Brawley and Theresa Hucul enriched the life of that parish.
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-
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-
ASSOCIATES COORDINATE INNER CITY HAIR-
Two SCIC Associates coordinate a group providing free, weekly hair-
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…
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-
LOVE OF CREATION INSPIRES JOY & COMMITMENT
Jeannette Martin (in photos) is an Associate of the Sisters of Charity living in Edmonton, Alberta.
I was introduced to Bunchberry Meadows in the spring of 2015. I dreamed of this
610 acres or 250 hectares of old-
ATLANTIC ASSOCIATE RESPONDS TO GOD’S CALL
By Ellen Robart ~ The song “We Are Called” by composer David Haas, based on the scripture passage Micah 6:8, calls the people of God into action. “We are called to act with justice. We are called to love tenderly. We are called to serve one another and to walk humbly with God.”
These same words give meaning to my own life as a wife, mother and grandmother. They
are the cornerstone and give direction to my journey as an Associate of the Sisters
of Charity and guided me during my 16-
PRAIRIE ASSOCIATE LED TO INNER CITY PASTORAL MINISTRY
Born in January 1940 – a cold and white day, unusual in The Netherlands – it was a sign of much more to come. My official schooling ended at Grade 9, proficient in three foreign languages. In August 1958, there was a call for help from Canada! An Aunt, with four children ages 3-
Then I married, had seven children, and finished high school by correspondence and
evening classes. In my forties, I studied theology. What a great blessing that was.
Liberation and wonderful insights. Post-
ATLANTIC CONFERENCE EXPLORES CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
By Sharon Jacquard (National Coordinator East ~ SCIC Associates)
HALIFAX, N.S. -
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-
RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT DEVELOPMENT & PEACE
SAINT JOHN, N.B. -
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…