2024 marks 175 since the founding of the Sisters of Charity – Halifax.

175th Anniversary Proclamation

by Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick

We are standing on the shoulders of the 2500+ professed Sisters and hundreds of Associates who came before us and are with us now. We are lifted by their longing, vision, and call to service. We rejoice knowing that we continue to be courageous, that we go beyond ourselves to the other, that we stand with all life that is vulnerable. We act with justice and kindness for we are charity.

We celebrate the past, the present, and the future. We thank the Sisters of Charity of New York for missioning four Sisters to Halifax. Their arrival on May 11, 1849, is our foundational moment. True to Elizabeth Ann Seton, “There is no road, the road is made by walking.” We remember each Sister of Charity and Associate who in great ways and small responded to the needs and yearnings of the people and events around them. 

There is an urgency to our 175th celebration year for we know that these ensuing years are precious. We know that we give joyful witness to love with our every breath.

So let us celebrate. I proclaim the opening of our 175th anniversary year on this day, August 15th, 2023 culminating with a celebration in Halifax on August 15th, 2024. 

‘Loved and energized by the One who calls us,

We hear the cries of those who are poor,

Embrace our own vulnerability, and

Trust the presence of the Spirit in every moment.’

(Chapter 2020)

175th Profiles

Throughout our 175 years of Giving Joyful Witness to Love there have been more than 2500 inspiring stories of lives well lived. We are happy to share stories of how we have made God’s love visible in all the places we’ve ministered.

We would love to be able to feature the incredible stories of all of our Sisters. However, time and space limits us to these 175 individual Sisters of Charity/projects you will read about over the course of our celebratory year. We endeavored to represent the geographic spread of our Congregation as well as every area of service.

Let us rejoice in celebrating God’s love made visible through these 175 profiles!

Week 28

Sisters Margaret Bickar and Betty Toohig

Sister Margaret Flahiff

SCHalifax Archives #1390 S. Margaret Flahiff in Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse archives, 1980

Sister Mary McCarthy

Sister Yvonne Theriault

Week 27

Sister David Marie Campbell

Sisters Edna Clark and Julia Heslin

Sister Peggy Dolan

Week 26

Associates

Sister Irene Egan

Sister Margaret Young

Week 25

Mother Mary Evaristus Moran

Sister Mary Jean Burns

Sister Kathleen O'Donnell

Seton Asian Center

Week 24

Sister Appolonia de Jong

Sister Maris Stella Murphy

Sister Judy Park

Week 23

Sister Joan Conway

Elizabeth Seton Academy

Sister Marie Gillen

Week 22

Adsum House

Sister Marguerite Armstrong

Sister Laura Buckley

Laura Buckley at the Falvey's house on Edward Street in Halifax, NS. Laura was sent from Ireland to Halifax after she graduated from high school.

Week 21

Sister Romaine Bates

Sister Margie Gillis

Sister Maryann Sherlock

Week 20

Mother Mary Louise Meahan

Sister Ruth Anne Brighton

Sister Nancy Fader

Sister Anne Gill

Week 19

Sister Kathleen Crowley

Sister Louise Adelaide Hills

Sister Ann Kielley

Week 18

Mother Mary Berchmans Walsh

Mother Mary Berchmans Walsh

Sister Elizabeth Adams

Sister Barbara Buxton

The Girls, Wellesley

Week 17

Sister Yvonne Pothier

Sister Kerry Rowland

Sister Jolaine States

Week 16

Mother Mary Fidelis Eustace

Sister Nuala Kenny

Sister Mary Ellen Loar

Sister Mildred Schubert

Week 15

Bermuda

De Paul Centre

Sister Mary Corona MacDonald

Week 14

Mother Mary Bonaventure Kennedy

Sister Marie Elena Dio

Sister Aileen Halleran

Seton Spirituality Centre

Week 13

Dominican Republic Mission

Northern Canadian Missions

Peru Mission

Week 12

Mother Mary Cleophas Connors

Sisters Carmelita Currie and Anita Gagnon

Sister Mary Foley

Sister Cecilia MacNeil

Week 11

Sister Idella Cooke

Sister Ann McHugh

Sister Florence Patrice Nearing

Week 10

Sister Eileen Therese Boyle

Sister Marjory Gallagher

Sister Mary Providence Rini

Week 9

Mother Mary Benedicta Harrington

Sister Anne Marie Harlow

Sister Mary Bibiana McInnis

Sister Mary Simeon McKinnon

Week 8

Mother Mary Francis Maguire

Corporate Stance on Debt

Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking

Corporate Stance on Water

Week 7

Sisters Barbara Gorham and Maureen Beale

Sisters Elizabeth Bellefontaine

Sister Mary Burns

Sister Fleurette Sweeney

Week 6

Mother Mary Elizabeth O'Neill

Two Honourary Members -- Sister Elizabeth Cody

Two Honourary Members -- Sister Claire Murphy

Seeking Truth and Reconciliation

SC Reconcili-action Inspired by the TRC

Week 5

Sister Rose McNeil

Sister Maura Power

Sister Martha Westwater

Week 4

Mother Mary Josephine Carroll

Sister Mary Emmanuel Sullivan

Sister Blanche White

Week 3

Sister Annata Brockman

Sister Mary Pius Devine

Sister Mary Vincent Power

Week 2

Mother Rose McAleer

Sister Mary Rosina McMullin

Sister Elaine Nolan

Week 1

Mother Basilia McCann

Sister Agnes Berchmans Landry (Profile 1)

Sister Agnes Berchmans Landry (Profile 2)