HALIFAX – Fifteen Sisters of Charity from four congregations met Oct. 19 to discern the future of the Federation Maritime Project. Focusing on advocacy for and with vulnerable women and children in areas of housing and social assistance, it also advocates for working persons living in poverty in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.   The gathering was hosted by Sisters of Charity, (Halifax,N.S.) and facilitated by Sister Patricia Wilson, SC.

At the recent gathering, the original four committee members met with leadership team members of the Sisters of Charity; Sisters of St. Martha (Antigonish, N.S.); Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur (Moncton, N.B.) and Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (Saint John, N.B.).

The project was conceived in 2007 and mandated by leadership team members from the four Canadian-based congregations of the Sisters of Charity Federation.  The committee reports annually to Federation leaders based in North America, as well as international locations.

In Halifax, all affirmed the value of the Maritime Project and the strong desire to continue common efforts for awareness and advocacy.  Growth in unity and collaboration were also identified as important fruits of the project.

Care was expressed not to overburden current committee members, who received support and affirmation for their efforts.  Leadership teams agreed to further explore ways the shared initiative might evolve, develop and engage others, including Sisters and Associates.



















Front Row (L-R) Brendalee Boisvert,CSM; Anita Holmes,SCIC; Patricia Wilson,SC; Murielle Duguay,n.d.s.c.; Marjory Gallagher,SC.

Second Row (L-R) Joan Butler,SC; Mary Beth McCurdy,SCIC; Franklyn Ferguson,CSM; Helen Danahy,SC; Roma De Robertis, SCIC; Auréa  Cormier,n.d.s.c.; Annette Dionne,,n.d.s.c.; Agnès Léger, n.d.s.c.,Alice Keegan,SCIC and Sandra Cooke,CSM (photo: Melissa Falle)

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