What’s New

The Sisters of Charity I.C. and Associates seek to offer their assistance wherever the “Spirit of Charity” unfolds.  
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Association of Treasures of Religious Institutes
The annual ATRI conference was held in Toronto with Father Ron Rolheiser,omi as the guest speaker. His presentations on the Spirituality of Stewardship reminded us that  “We are not “treasurers” or “accountants”, or “controllers” for our institutes, we are “Stewards of God’s Abundant Providence”  This is a “real” ministry, a real vocation, just as important as “pastoring”, “teaching”, or administrating the sacrament. The faithful steward doesn’t own what he or she works with, the steward merely “stewards” it for its owner – and ultimately that owner is God. Workshops included issues and concerns regarding Canon Law and Civil Law,( Frank Morrisey,omi and Terry Carter), Employee Engagement, and Succession Planning and Legacy.


In picture: Front left to right~ Pat Poole, Fr. Ron and MaryBeth McCurdy  Back left to right:~Anita Naves, Laura Hughes and Debbie Montgomery.



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Sixty Years of Faithfulness
On September 8 th , in Carmel Chapel at Ruth Ross Residence, four Sisters of Charity celebrated 60

years of faithful service. Their many and varied ministries lead them from East to West and North

in Canada, as well as South to Peru. Left to right: Margaret MacLean, Rosemary Costley, Margaret Coyle, and Muriel Buckley. (Photo by Pat Poole,scic)

ARCAN Meeting
The annual Fall Atlantic Religious Congregations Associate Network (ARCAN) meeting took place in Halifax, NS, on October 12 and 13. Representatives from each province gathered to share what’s happening in their communities, discuss future direction planning and the upcoming conference in June, 2020. Attending the meeting were: Associates Sharon Jacquard and Linda Pye and Pat Poole, scic.


JPIC-Atlantic  2018
The Atlantic Fall assembly of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation(JPIC-CRC) was held at the Motherhouse of the NDSC’S in Moncton, NB from October 10-12.Congregational Justice Coordinators and Representatives shared their projects, advocacy initiatives and visioning. Topics of greatest concern were water, welcoming immigrants and refugees, relationships with First Nations and Care of the Earth and Creation. A Core Committee was set up to circulate pertinent materials and resources and keep connections between CRC Executive and  JPIC groups in Canada. Attending were: Pat Poole, MaryBeth McCurdy and Muriel Buckley.


Sister Elizabeth Legere Endowment  
A celebration in Carmel Chapel on October 4
th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, announced the Endowment for an Emergency Fund at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, in memory of the long-time and much-loved teacher, Sister Elizabeth Legere. Pictured with a photograph of Sister Elizabeth are Sister MaryBeth McCurdy (right) and Jodi Misheal(Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations for St. Thomas University in Fredericton).


Avenue B (AIDS) Walk
On September 23, at Rockwood Park in Saint John, the annual Avenue B(AIDS) walk took place. After 25 years, this was the last one for the city.  Each year a team of Sisters and Associates takes part. Pictured from left to right: Sisters  Muriel Buckley, Doreen McCarthy, Irene Buechler, Pat Poole, Audette Richard. Back: Ellen Robart (Associate) and Eckart Schroeter.




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The weaving “The Healing Heart” was gifted to Hestia House in Saint John at the    H.E.R Dinner on November 29th. ( Photo: Sisters Margaret Toner,Monica Plante, Mae Arsenault, MaryBeth McCurdy, Laura Hughes, Anita Holmes, Pat Poole)


“The Healing Heart “Weavers~Sr. Therese Kergoat and Sr. Ruth Monahan Back~ Sr. Margaret Toner and Andrea Butler(designer)

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YMCA Peace Medallion Breakfast November 21st.  (Left~Sisters Anita Holmes, Muriel Buckley, MaryBeth McCurdy,Anita Naves, Associate Mary Ann  Kneeland, Pat Poole and Margaret MacLean) Photo:Shelly Rinehart


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Many Sisters and Associates gathered on December 3rd at Ruth Ross Residence to take part in Amnesty International’s  Write for Rights campaign. This year’s campaign ran from November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day until December 20th, International Human Solidarity Day. The  ten highlighted cases were all women who have been imprisoned or killed for defending basic dignity and human rights. Many letters were written to the country’s leader and the Ambassador in Ottawa. In addition, postcards were sent to our Minister of International Development and La Francophonie to continue funding  Uganda which has welcomed over 900,000 refugees from South Sudan fleeing serious human rights abuses.