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

Our world is facing many hardships and those most vulnerable are experiencing pain and suffering. Even those currently employed who were holding their own may now find themselves struggling. The insecurity that follows can affect every element of their lives, and their futures.

A parent struggling may work two jobs and long hours just to keep the lights on. Daily survival leaves little time or energy for proper rest or time with their family. A child who lacks a nourishing breakfast or an adequate lunch has trouble concentrating at school. A minimum wage earner may have to choose buying gas or bus fare to get to work over purchasing food or paying bills. They need us to help change their circumstances and create opportunities for a better life.

The Sisters of Charity-Halifax are listening and responding to the cries of the poor. By making a donation, you are helping us provide solutions, alleviate suffering, and spread hope and joy. I would like to share these few examples of our Sisters in action helping those in need:

Click here to read our Fall Appeal

Donate Now

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.

Buy a copy of Steadfast Charity

Our Saints

Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Seeking Change

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

Learn More


Do you share our Charism?

Learn More

We Welcome You

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

Learn More

Joyful Witness

Sisters and Associates share stories about their ministries.

Learn More

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