Sister Mary Lynn Flett, SC will serve as one of four Congregational Councillors elected on the Leadership Team. Born in Bathurst, NB into a blended family, she has three siblings more than 20 years her elder, one sister a year older and another nine years younger. She attended Sacred Heart School and Leblanc High School where she received a wonderful education from the Sisters of Charity.
Two events happened during her teenage years which had a profound impact on her life. First, the sudden death of her father. A painful and lonely experience, during this period Mary Lynn attended daily mass to help cope with her loss and developed a lifelong love of the Eucharist. Shortly thereafter, her teachers organized a class trip to “The Mount.” This second life event was momentous in providing Mary Lynn with a poignant memory of meeting the novices in the tennis court. She was moved by their sense of joy and comradery, and it was then the seeds of her vocation were planted.
She entered the congregation in September 1967 with twenty-three other young women amid a time of great change in the Church and in the world. As a postulant, she taught a catechism class in Enfield, NS and this was her introduction to a lifelong love and commitment to her education ministry.
She was missioned at the Formation House in Ottawa, ON and completed a BA at the University of Ottawa. While missioned to St. Veronica in Dorval, QC, she completed a B.Ed at McGill University. She earned an MRE degree at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago, IL. Her ministries included Queen of Angels Academy, Dorval, St. Vincent, Ste Foy, QC and Port Hawkesbury, NS. She concluded her education ministry, spending 29years with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). This included roles as Department Head, Chaplaincy Team Leader, Vice Principal and District Chair, and Religion Department Heads Association. A passionate educator and innovator, she piloted a school reporting system, lead modern technology initiatives, supported victims of trafficking, and helped students ban the sale of bottled water and fund education in developing countries. She gives thanks for the many Sisters she has served and worked alongside. She is filled with a deep sense of gratitude and hope as together they plant the seeds for the future.
What engages you most when you read the Chapter statement (and why)?
That is a difficult question to answer because everything about the statement is exciting to me. As a Sister of Charity, I believe intrinsically we are change makers responding to the needs of the world, no matter what, who or where we are called. By the very charism of charity for which we are called, the Sisters live simply and they maintain who they are, giving joyful witness with every breath of their being. I am as excited to be a Sister of Charity today as I was when I entered, and I am excited to serve in this role.
What would be an interesting fact you can share about yourself that others may not know?
I love to collect angels.