Our Mission

To give joyful witness to love: the love of God, of one another, and of all persons.

What’s New

Countdown to celebrating 175 years of joyful witness to love (2024)

In August 2024 our Congregation will celebrate the 175th anniversary of their landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia and starting their mission to give joyful witness to love! To honour this milestone, we started Throwback Thursday on our Congregational Facebook page. Every week we will count down to the anniversary by posting photos from our archives. These photos may recall a convent where the sisters lived, a school where the sisters taught or a parish where the sisters served. If the post sparks a memory within you, we invite you to share that with us.

Together we will build a living history as we give thanks to God for the work of our sisters.  We also encourage you to share with us any photos you have.  Simply email them to 175years@schalifax.ca and, if possible, we will post them.

We encourage you to follow along on Facebook!

Joyful Witness to Love

As we gather with friends and family for the holidays and are reminded of the joys for which we are grateful, we take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to you, our benefactors.

Through your gifts this year, you have made a difference in the lives of our Sisters, and those they serve. From giving hope to migrants at the border and victims of human trafficking; providing nourishment through school breakfast programs and keeping community food pantry shelves stocked; funding education to Indigenous water stewards; to providing care to our elder Sisters who ministered before us. These examples represent a small sample of the activities your donations supported in 2022.

Our work would not be possible without your generosity. As we continue to respond to the cries of the poor, racial injustices, and the climate crisis, we remain grateful for your ongoing support.

Please consider making a Christmas donation

Chapter Statement

Book — Steadfast Charity

4 Amazing Authors, 1 Book

“Steadfast Charity” covers the history of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax during the years 1972 – 2002 as the congregation met the challenges of Vatican II and created new models of living vowed religious life, new ways of praying, of being community, of giving service, of understanding the vows all required trust, openness, risk and a willingness to let go of security. As the congregation responded to the call of renewal, little did the sisters realize how much would change.

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Our Saints

Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Vincent's Way

Vincentians believe that true religion is found among the poor, and that as we attend to their needs, they inspire us and evangelize us.

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Seeking Change

We are in solidarity with those whom the world oppresses or excludes.

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Do you share our Charism?

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We Welcome You

Interested in joining us in mission as a vowed religious, Associate or volunteer?

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Joyful Witness

Sisters and Associates share stories about their ministries.

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Our Sisters currently serve in:

Health Care
Social Services
Spiritual Development
Pastoral Ministry
Congregational Service
Ministry of Prayer/Other

Our Sisters currently serve in:

  • Belize: 1

  • Peru: 1

  • Canada: 79

    • Alberta
    • British Columbia
    • Nova Scotia
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
  • United States: 129

    • Georgia
    • Massachusetts
    • Mississippi
    • New Hampshire
    • New York

Sisters of Charity Federation at the United Nations

Who are we to praise thee —
But we call on all thy creation to praise thee —
the birds of the air, the inhabitants of the earth, and the depths of the sea, the mountains
and the valleys, and whatever thou hast made to praise, to bless, to declare thy glory.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton