Sustainable Eating

By Sister Cecilia Hudec

Most of us have grown up with the understanding that in order to have a nourishing diet, we need meat, fish or chicken protein. But now we realize that elephants, gorillas, buffalos don’t eat protein and yet they are healthy and strong. So is a plant based diet healthy? Well yes, a whole food plant based diet includes grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes which give us all the nutrients we need for a healthy body and lifestyle.

During Lent this year, we were invited to fast from meat/fish/poultry for two days a week and we were provided with the video entitled, Eating our Way to Extinction for our reflection and greater knowledge. We learned that it is unsustainable for our Planet to continue to eat the vast amount of meat we consume. It was suggested that our insatiable appetite for meat is causing the agribusiness to produce more emissions in the atmosphere (methane gas) than all the global transportation together.

What we eat matters. Each persons’ choices makes a difference. Thoughtful eating gives us good nutrition and health. Our choices will dictate the market and we will feel nourished and satisfied. Whole plant based food creates health and delight as we commune with Earth and one another around the table. We can choose to eat food worthy of eating. And in doing so we are reclaiming our food sovereignty from agribusiness. We are also attending to climate collapse and the degradation of our planet. We are living both eco and social justice while contributing to the greater flourishing of our Earth Community.

More Charity Alive – June 2023

Assembly 2023

In this issue of Charity Alive, we have asked some of our writers to recapture the Assembly experience from their perspectives.

Bridge Group 2023 Assembly

We met as a whole once again on the afternoon of June 1st, taking advantage of the free afternoon before the start of Assembly 2023.

Associate Assembly Meeting 2023

The best way to describe our Associate gathering on June 2nd is to celebrate it as our first Hybrid Associate Gathering: “Zoom and In-person”.

From the Archives — Immaculata Hospital

The Sisters founded Immaculata Hospital in rural Westlock, Alberta at the beginning of what would be a time of expansion in the community under Mother Mary Louise Meahan.

More Charity Alive – March 2023

Women Working Together

As you read the articles in this month’s Charity Alive we hope that these will just be the beginning  of sharing your own experiences of this gift of love revealed in community.


When looked at from a global perspective, remedies seem daunting. Yet, when focused on individual choices, small things do make a difference.  Sustainability calls each of us to think globally but act very locally.

From the Archives — Sisters helping Sisters

In sharing the history of the congregation, the ministries in education, orphanages, and social services are often highlighted. In this article, I wanted to share ministries within the congregation – Sisters helping Sisters.  

More Charity Alive – December 2022

Bringing light into darkness

The soft darkness of winter night helps us to recall our communal gatherings, our contemplative prayer, our care for each other.

Renewal of Vows and Commitment

On December 7, 2022, the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception we joined together (via zoom) as members and associates in a prayer service to renew our vows and  commitment.

Christmas Cards

As the Christmas season approaches, we are filled with gratitude for the many benefactors who have joined us in giving Joyful Witness through gifts in 2022.

Charity Alive – November 2022

Ebony Etchings

I invite each of you to join me in my exploration of my home space, my heart space, my God space where I live my truth as an African Nova Scotian woman and a member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul, Halifax.

Associate Retreat May 2022

A sense of peace and serenity welcomed fellow Long Island/Queens Associates Betty Erdos, Helen Ogden, Mickey Madden, Ann Masters and me when we arrived at the tranquil and cozy house on the eastern bay for the weekend of May 20–22, 2022.

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