Vowed Members

Celebrating God’s love for all peoples and the fullness of creation . . . . Grateful for the generous life, death and resurrection of Jesus . . . Energized by the gifts of God’s Spirit . . . Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception profess and uniquely express vowed commitment for the sake of the common good and the flourishing of creation.



Sister Rita Coumont, SCIC returned to Canada in mid-2017 after living and ministering among peoples of Peru since 1970.  She was the last Sister of Charity, I.C. to leave Peru, completing 50 years of SCIC presence and ministry among peoples there.  Here is a link to an article by Kristen Blacksher with the Sisters of Charity Federation based on an interview with Sister Rita and dated March 26, 2018: www.sistersofcharityfederation.org





SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) were among those honoured by the YWCA as Women of Distinction May 25, 2017 during a gala evening at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal here.  The Sisters received the Marianna Stack Honorary Recognition Award, named for the late co-founder and pioneering leader of the Saint John Elizabeth Fry Society.  The society helps improve the lives of marginalized and criminalized women in New Brunswick.  Offering thanks, Sister Mary Beth McCurdy, SCIC congregational leader, accepted the award on behalf of all the Sisters.  “Let us continue to be women weaving solidarity for the love and care of our world,” she said.  She also called women leaders to entrust their “vision of empowerment for the greatest good to the coming generations of young women whose voices will sing and carry the message of justice, integrity, healing and resilience so needed at this time.”  Seven other Saint John area women were honoured individually in distinct categories.  The event also served as a fundraiser for the YWCA in Saint John.  (In photo, Sister Mary Beth displays the hand-carved statuette at St. Vincent Residence. SCIC photo.)



Congratulations to Sister Mae Arsenault who received the 2017 Terry MacNeill Wellness Award May 10 in Fredericton during the annual general meeting of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes Inc.  This year Sister Mae is celebrating 20 years as mission coordinator at Rocmaura Nursing Home in Saint John.  The award honours a nursing home employee who demonstrates leadership in the workplace and serves as an example of the importance of healthful living.  Continuing to hike and stay fit, Sister Mae walked the Camino de Santiago on pilgrimage in Spain in 2015.  The award is named for the late Terry MacNeill who was an athlete and executive director of the Church of St. John and St. Stephen Home Inc. in Saint John.  (Photo courtesy of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes Inc.  Left to right ~ Mélanie Martin of the association with five representatives from Rocmaura:  Holly Jones; Kim Roberts; Theresa Mercer, Sister Mae and Michael Gauthier.



SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception joined Sister Mary Beth McCurdy, congregational leader (third from right) to accept an award for community commitment and service from the Rotary Club of Saint John during a fundraising gala here May 3, 2017.  

Other recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship were retired Senator Erminie Cohen for community leadership and social entrepreneur Barry Ogden.  The guest speaker was entrepreneur and innovator Gerry Pond.



High in the western Canadian Arctic, Sister Fay Trombley has been a pastoral leader among Inuvialuit indigenous people since November 2005.  A theologian and church historian, she is spending her “retirement” serving in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories at Our Lady of Grace mission.  On the shores of the Arctic Ocean, the community affectionately known as “Tuk” witnesses midnight sun in summer and Northern Lights in winter. For an in-depth article with photos about Sister Fay’s ministry among the people of Tuktoyaktuk, please go to the link below. The article first appeared Nov. 10, 2014 in Global Sisters Report online and was later printed in the Feb. 13-26, 2015 edition of the National Catholic Reporter newspaper: http://globalsistersreport.org/ministry/ministry-top-world-14526