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SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Sisters and Associates gathered in Carmel Chapel here March 7 for a Share Lent solidarity ritual with symbols honouring the Development and Peace 2018 campaign theme, “Together for Peace”.  In response to the campaign, Sisters of Charity, I.C. and Associates also distributed Share Lent educational materials and offered donations for D & P partners in the Global South.  For more about the campaign and work of D & P, see www.devp.org  Photo L to R:  Sisters Rose Mulholland, Irene Buechler and Muriel Buckley;  Associate Sharon Jacquard; Sister Anne Wanner and Associate Mike Campbell.  Artwork by Sister Muriel. (SCIC photo)

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VICTORIA, B.C. – Longtime northern Canadian missionary Sister Fay Trombley received the prestigious Polar Medal from Governor General Julie Payette at Government House here March 21, 2018.  The Sister of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) has ministered in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. since late 2005 among mainly Inuvialuit Indigenous people.  Governor General Julie Payette, left, with Sister Fay Trombley, SCIC wearing her Polar Medal on a garment made by Indigenous women in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.  (Photo by Master Cpl. Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, Ottawa) Read More

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Sisters of Charity, I.C. and Associates participated in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise here April 14, 2018 guided by regional facilitators from the United Church of Canada.  The popular participatory exercise explores historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and other peoples in Canada.  Photo of facilitators, left to right:  Ida MacPherson, Sheila Croteau, Bette Ashley and David MacPherson.  Sheila is an Indigenous elder and drummer from Saint John and a member of KAIROS Saint John and Area.  Ida, Bette and David are with Two Rivers Pastoral Charge of the United Church in Westfield and on the Kingston Peninsula at Summerville and Long Reach, N.B.  As members of a committee called Church in the World, they facilitate the Blanket Exercise in the area as part of their commitment to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada relating to education.  After participants engage in the Blanket Exercise, they are invited to share feelings and insights in a talking circle.  They may also express earlier experiences relating to Indigenous awareness. For more, see www.kairosblanketexercise.org  (SCIC photo)

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Ending plastic pollution was the focus of an Earth Day liturgy in Carmel Chapel here April 24, 2018 among Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC).  The theme was adopted from the global 2018 observance on April 22 which this year coincided with the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  Sister Irene Buechler presided during a liturgy of the word with communion which included an Earth Day prayer, time for reflection and both small and large group conversation.  Earlier, Sisters and staff were invited to consider ways to reduce their use of plastic.  SCIC and Associates are committed to awareness and advocacy for environmental sustainability and the integrity of creation. (SCIC photo)

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BURNABY MOUNTAIN, B.C. -- Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Unitarian, Christian and interfaith groups stood with the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation here April 28, 2018 in calling for protection of their traditional, ancestral and unceded territory.  United in prayer and song, many fixed signs of their faith to a work site gate of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. Seven people were arrested.  Photo, L to R:  Cecilia Hudec, Sister of Charity of Halifax; Maureen Fowler, Sister of Charity, I.C. and Jennifer Henry, executive director of KAIROS:  Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.  They united with KAIROS members from BC-Yukon while Jennifer publicly expressed the ecumenical justice movement’s solidarity with the Tsleil-Waututh people. (Photo: Glenn Davis)


NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Two Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception and two colleagues from Greater Saint John, N.B. were among participants here in the 2018 annual conference of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.  In photo (left to right) are Sister Mae Arsenault, Sister Anita Holmes, Michelle MacNeill and Kim MacIsaac.  Sister Mae is mission coordinator at Rocmaura Nursing Home in Saint John while Sister Anita chairs the board of Catholic Health International.  Sister Anita is also a former administrator of Rocmaura.  Michelle is head nurse at Ruth Ross, the SCIC retirement residence in Saint John where Kim serves as a resident attendant.  The conference was held May 9-11 with the theme, “Towards Formation:  Creating the path to strong lay leadership of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in Canada.”  For more, please see www.chac.ca  (Photo:  Larry Gullickson)


HALIFAX, N.S. – Three Sisters of Charity, I.C. from Saint John, N.B. were among 46 participants at the Religious in Atlantic Canada gathering May 18-20, 2018 at Mount Saint Vincent University here.  The theme was, “Dancing in the Darkness” with Franciscan Sister Nancy Schreck as presenter and facilitator.  In photo (left to right):  Sisters Pat Poole, SCIC, Nancy Schreck, OSF, Muriel Buckley, SCIC and Irene Buechler, SCIC.  Sister Pat was a member of the 2018 organizing committee.  Sister Nancy is executive director of Excel Inc., a community service organization in Okolona, Miss.  She is also a past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States.  The annual gathering brings together Atlantic religious with different guest presenters for mutual enrichment, growth and support. (Artwork by Sister Muriel.  Photo by Sister Eileen Penny, RSM)

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MONTREAL, Que. – Sister Mary Beth McCurdy of Saint John, N.B. (photo, centre), congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC), participated in the 2018 assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference here.  She and other members of the Sisters of Charity Federation from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were among about 300 women and men religious participating May 24-27 from across Canada.  Also in photo (left to right) are members of the leadership team of Les Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur (NDSC) of Moncton, N.B.:  Sisters Thérèse Belliveau, NDSC; Agnès Léger, NDSC general superior; (Mary Beth McCurdy, SCIC); Céline Belliveau, NDSC and Stella Arsenault, NDSC.  The CRC brings together leaders of 240 Catholic congregations in Canada with assemblies held every two years.  

The 2018 assembly theme -- “The nights are laden with life.  Watcher, what do you say?” – was developed by Elena Lasida, Uruguayan-born professor at the Institut Catholique de Paris.  Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, she reflected on ways issues of sustainable development and the new economy can be applied to Canadian religious communities. (Photo courtesy of NDSC)

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HALIFAX, N.S. – Three members of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) were among about 100 leadership team members from the Sisters of Charity Federation to gather here July 13-17, 2018.  Together, they explored the theme, “Creating a Shared Future … Now is the Time.”  Sisters of Charity of Halifax hosted while Franciscan Sister Florence Hee facilitated.  The gathering included inspiring prayer, contemplative dialogue and creative reports, with abundant food and fun!  Guest entertainers reflected intergenerational, multicultural and interfaith dimensions of the Maritimes.  Read More

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ROTHESAY, N.B. – Delegates of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) gathered July 9-14, 2018 at Villa Madonna Retreat House here to focus on their community life and mission and elect new leadership for the next four years.  Those elected are (photo, left to right) Sisters Anita Naves, Patricia Poole, Mary Beth McCurdy (re-elected congregational leader) and Anita Holmes.

The congregational Chapter gathered Sisters from eastern, western and northern Canada with the theme, “God of the Cosmos . . . Drawing Us Forward.”  Emerging from the gathering was the Call of Chapter 2018 highlighting SCIC commitment to respond “with justice and mercy to the cry of Mother Earth and emerging world and local needs.”  Read More

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Sister Ludovin Gallivan celebrated her 100th birthday July 22, 2018 during a eucharistic liturgy at Carmel Chapel and festive dinner at Ruth Ross Residence here.  She was surrounded by other Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC), friends and family members from Fredericton, Deerville and Woodstock, N.B. as well as Boston, Mass.  Father Aaron Knox presided and offered the homily.

Addressing Sister Ludovin during the liturgy, Sister Mary Beth McCurdy thanked her for “the intentional way” she “entered the renewal of religious life from the beginning.” The SCIC congregational leader added, “You re-created your ministries in colourful fashion, driving to visit the homebound, bringing communion and friendship to many.” Read More