by Monica and Brian Shebib
Many of our Associate groups are discussing the need to be connected to one another, to follow the Charism of the Sisters of Charity in what we do and how we are connected to the world we live in today.
My connection to the Sisters of Charity started when I was named for two Sisters at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in North Sydney, NS run by the Sisters of Charity who were instrumental in helping our family of twelve. My schooling from grades one to eleven was under the guidance of the Sisters at St. Joseph School. My career started at St. Elizabeth Hospital and then the Halifax Infirmary under the guidance of the Sisters. My connection continued for 30 years while living in Halifax. Two Sisters I might mention are Sisters Joan O’Keefe and Nancy Fader.
Our move back to Cape Breton set me in another direction. Sister Agnes Burrows, whom I had met in Halifax at one time, was the lead Sister of the Associates in North Sydney. I knew all members of the group so I was invited to join. In 2006 I made my commitment to follow the Charism of the Sisters of Charity. Sister Agnes was instrumental in my journey forward as my Spiritual Director.
The path I am following today I believe was influenced by my connection to the Sisters of Charity. I started as a Palliative Care volunteer at our local hospital. I was invited to join the Hospice Board six years ago.
Excerpts from an interview with Nancy King, The Cape Breton Post. (edited)
“Brian and Monica, Co-Chair the campaign to raise money for the construction of the long-planned Hospice. Their joint challenge of leading the fundraising efforts began a few years ago. Because of Monica’s involvement with people over the years and her interest in Palliative care, she is able to talk about her experiences. On the other side, Brian knows about the Hospice, he’s been hearing about it for a long time, and he’s the business part of it.”
When the Hospice residence is finished it will complete The Circle of Care here in our Community. A special thanks to the Congregation, my Associate and Sister friends for their support to help build our Hospice.