Associates

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.

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 from 2009-2013. Mrs. Jacquard, based in Saint John, N.B. has been an Associate in the Atlantic region for more than six years and has served on the regional team. Agathe and Sharon will collaborate with each other, with regional coordinators and teams and with the SCIC. They will also connect with regional, national and Sisters of Charity Federation networks relating to Association. Earlier overall coordinators of SCIC Association were members of the Sisters of Charity.

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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

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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.  


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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.

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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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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-growth trees and wetlands being bought and protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).   I had the privilege of walking in this natural oasis of serenity with my friends and the NCC person in Edmonton involved in the campaign to purchase this land. Read More

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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-year career as an educational assistant. Read More

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 3-10, was dying of brain cancer. So at the end of October, I arrived in Prince George, B.C. Yes, more snow! and a comfortable warm home – compared to Holland with no central heat in those days. The agreement was to stay two years until the youngest child would start school.


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-Vatican II church was exciting, indeed.  Read More


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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…