The mandate of our Congregational Archives is to identify, collect, preserve and organize materials pertaining to the history, spirit and growth of the Sisters of Charity – Halifax. These include not only the official papers of past administrative officers, but also material reflective of the life and works of the Sisters as individuals.
Sisters of Charity Centre
215 Seton Rd.
Halifax, NS B3M 0C9
Research visits are by appointment only
Monday – Friday – 8:30am – 4:30pm AST
Closed on public holidays
About the Archives
The first Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse was destroyed by fire on January 31, 1951. Sister Emmanuel Sullivan carefully reconstructed many of the documents that were lost in the fire using various archives including the Archives of the Propagation of the Faith, the Archives of the Sacred Congregation of the Religious, and the Public Archives of Canada.
Sister Francis d’Assisi was appointed Congregational Historian (Archivist) in 1965, a position she held until 1978. Like Sister Emmanuel, she concentrated on the reconstruction and copying of important documents that had been lost in the fire.
Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse fire, Halifax, NS, January 31, 1951
If you are searching for the gravesite of a Sister buried in Halifax, please consult the Catholic Cemetery Commision’s interment search: http://www.ccchalifax.com/
For information on the history of nursing schools in Nova Scotia, including Halifax Infirmary and Mount Saint Vincent University schools of nursing, see the Nursing History Digitization Project: http://forms.msvu.ca/library/tutorial/nhdp/index.htm
Sisters of Charity – Halifax Archives fonds in the Council of Nova Scotia Archives’ database, MemoryNS: https://memoryns.ca/sisters-of-charity-halifax-archives