Our Mission

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


Ministering in the Americas, the Sisters of Charity Halifax strive to show forth the compassionate love of God. We believe in a Spirit that carries our best selves through the winds of time and reminds us of our sacred trust to Mother Earth and to each other. The recovery of the unmarked graves at former Canadian residential schools is a stark reminder of the most vulnerable and enslaved in our nations. We hear the cries of hidden children, women, and men. Our breath is laboured as we begin to understand the harm inflicted on the innocent.

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

Loved and energized by the One who calls us, we Sisters of Charity have been responding to the needs of the world around us for over 170 years. Through our mission to live in joyful witness to love, we continue to respond to the needs of the time.

As we listen and respond to today’s world, our charism of charity compels us to respond to the cries of the poor, support efforts to combat climate change, and shape community initiatives to end systemic racism. We also support the needs of our elder Sisters, whose wisdom and tireless charism still inspires.

We, as Sisters of Charity, have a history of facing big challenges. And we have always been blessed with a circle of friends and supporters who share our charism, and make overcoming these challenges possible.

Join us once again by supporting our Joyful Witness to Love campaign, and become a part of our collective mission of change.

Donate to our Joyful Witness to Love campaign

By giving to the Sisters of Charity, you support our goals to respond to the cries of the poor, engage in actions to address climate change and support efforts to end systemic racism. Your generous gift will support diverse local and global initiatives including:

  • Supporting life-saving water projects for communities struggling against poverty and climate change;
  • Helping survivors of human trafficking rediscover a life of possibility;
  • Shaping community initiatives eliminating systematic racism;
  • Empowering women to help break the cycle of violence;
  • Providing brighter futures for youth lacking financial resources for education; and
  • Responding to the needs of our elder Sisters, who have lived as the faces of charity.
Click here to view the PDF of our Joyful Witness Campaign

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: 87

    • Alberta
    • British Columbia
    • Nova Scotia
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
  • United States: 138

    • 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