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Sisters of Charity - Halifax Annual Report 2009

  1. 1. We’re There... Educating Advocating Empowering Dominican Republic Bermuda Peru A Report from the Sisters of Charity-Halifax 2009 Canada United States
  2. 2. Committed to Action This statement represents a shift toward global systems but direct service in specific areas will continue to be an important part of the Sisters’ work. In fact, our Sisters have always tried to tackle This is a significant time for the Sisters of Charity-Halifax. Reading the “signs of the times” in recent the “big picture” issues along with the immediate needs before years has brought the Congregation to focus on the just sharing of water and eradication of human them. For instance, we’ve been active as a non-governmental trafficking, in particular. Looking at the root causes of poverty led to the development of a broader organization (NGO) at the United Nations for more than 10 Congregational Statement, in 2008, which will guide decisions and actions in the coming years. years. And many of our Sisters work with partners to make real change both in our local areas and in our global community. In this Report, you’ll see a few examples of that: Two Sisters in Nova Scotia opened their doors as a safe house for prostitutes long before the word “trafficking” was part of our vocabulary. A Sister in British Columbia is lobbying government officials to control human trafficking at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. What's systemic Through seemingly simple actions such as letter- writing campaigns, a small group of Sisters is change? having an impact in eastern Canada. Generally speaking, Our Sisters are at the table for policy any action contributes discussions at the United Nations. to systemic change: History has taught us that one person can make a difference. Especially when that one person adds her passion to if it has a wide-ranging others’. There’s strength and power in uniting with one social impact on the voice, to speak out in unison with those who are poor. life of a poor person We Sisters of Charity-Halifax if it's sustainable, that is accept the Gospel challenge if it creates a structure for to be a prophetic congregation. ongoing, permanent change We are moved by the pain of the world if the strategies used can be and by the energy of our charism. replicated to solve similar problems elsewhere We commit ourselves through prayer and dialogue, study and analysis, if it brings about social collaboration and action change by transforming to bring about structural change traditional practice in the unjust systems that cause poverty in all its forms. if it develops or implements We embrace the personal and corporate transformation a pattern-forming idea, to which this calls us. allowing people to see the world with new eyes
  3. 3. Change Through Education She also put together a spiritual ecology program in Quito for more than 80 people, many of whom were religious educators, leaders of base church Maritime Federation Project communities and Associates of Franciscan Sisters. It was clear that they saw care of the environment as a Four congregations based in eastern Canada, representing almost 1,000 women religious, have ministry for all conscientious people. The program collaborated to advocate for the most vulnerable was wildly successful. As the local organizer says, in society. Their work focuses on housing and “It was a day of awe, respect, joy, love and prayer.” social assistance, especially for women and children. Primarily through research, education Sister Paula observes, “The concept of ecospirituality and letter-writing, the Maritime Federation may have been new, but the almost immediate Project has already received response and connection that people experienced was evident. commitment from provincial governments. Seeing the profound interconnectedness of all that exists reminds us about relationships – with So far, the committee has highlighted God, with the rest of our 6.5 billion human sisters the need for increased social assistance and brothers, and with all our other-than-human Accommodation at Cerro Blanco rates, greater accessibility to heating relatives: the oceans, mountains, deserts, forests, rebate assistance, and workable poverty and the other living beings which call earth home. Committee members (l to r): Sisters Helen Danahy (Treasurer); reduction plans in the provinces of New Franklyn Ferguson, Sisters of Saint Martha, Antigonish, NS (Secretary); Brunswick and Nova Scotia. They’re also Aurea Cormier, Notre Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur, Moncton, NB (Chair); “Thomas Berry reminds us that there are four major looking at the need for affordable and and Roma de Robertis, Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate ‘scriptures’ we must read: the cosmic scriptures, mixed-income housing. Conception, Saint John, NB (Communications). the scriptures of human cultures (their history and wisdom), the written scriptures of world Along with the Sisters of Charity-Halifax, the other Sisters of Charity Federation congregations involved are Sisters religions and the scriptures of the human heart.” of Saint Martha (Antigonish, NS), Les Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur (Moncton, NB) and Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (Saint John, NB). While doing a bit of post-program sightseeing, Sisters Maureen and Paula were shown a school in a poor barrio of Duran named after Saint Elizabeth Ecospirituality Ann Seton. It was founded 20 years ago by a married couple who built the school with their own resources Through the Congregation’s Global Connections program, and the generosity of others. A Cincinnati Sister Sister Maureen Wild spent a month in Ecuador earlier this year. In a who had served in Duran for almost 30 years had country which has recently adopted a new constitution recognizing been a friend to them, so the name of the Charity the rights of nature, it seems appropriate that she was invited congregations’ founder was an appropriate name for the there to guide programs on the Earth Charter and ecospirituality. school, which now serves more than 500 students. The Cosmic Walk at Cerro Blanco Accompanying her as translator was colleague and environmental educator Sister Paula Gonzalez, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. Making the Change Sustainable Sister Maureen was invited by Pro Bosque Fondación (Pro Over the past five years, Sisters of Charity-Halifax have contributed more than $500,000 Forest Foundation) of Guayaquil, to guide programs about to support water projects in the Dominican Republic and Peru. Partnering with local the New Cosmology and the Earth Charter. The setting organizations has meant safe drinking water and sanitation for hundreds of people. was Cerro Blanco, Pro Bosque’s ecology centre and the site of over 14,000 acres of protected tropical forest. True to its The long-term success of these projects, though, depends on much more than installation principles, accommodation provided at Pro Bosque was an of pipes and storage tanks, toilets and taps. An education and empowerment component is eco-cabin of bamboo with a thatched roof and a solar panel equally important. As well as providing much of the labor, the families who benefit from the for electricity. None of the committed staff and volunteers project learn about water storage and conservation, health and hygiene. Then they dig the who participated in the workshop had ever heard of the Earth Sister Maureen Wild trenches for pipes. And only then, their hard work is rewarded with a new water storage tank Charter, though they work by many of its principles every day. on their roof. Local committees are responsible for ongoing maintenance of the systems. 2 3
  4. 4. An important part of Sister Marcella’s ministry “I have learned that people is participation in monthly meetings with other Change Through Collaboration companions for theological reflection. She’s a group all over the world, no matter facilitator and says these meetings are a way “to keep rooted in our faith and God’s love for us and where they come from, all peoples. It keeps us focused on why we’re doing Collaboration is at the heart of Becoming Neighbours, a ministry reaching out to newcomers to Canada Sister Marcella has accompanied families from Ghana, Afghanistan and northern China. The have the same basic needs” what we’re doing with the newly arrived in Canada.” through companionship and prayer. Ghanaian woman calls Sister Marcella her There is also an opportunity to share difficulties “Canadian Mom”; others call her “friend”. She Sister Marcella responds: “Sometimes I wonder and lessons learned. “One of the things that offers a listening ear, encouragement to the parents who’s helping whom. I have learned that we’ve become deeply aware of is the great need and their children, and practical guidance. people all over the world, no matter where they to change our immigration laws. We need come from, have the same basic needs. to make them more humane,” she says. Through a donation from the Congregation, Sister “Sometimes, for instance, we have to move Marcella has also provided these families with food “They want to be protected, they want to be in and act as advocates when somebody is respected, they want to be able to contribute threatened with deportation for no reason.” to their newly chosen country. The pain and frustration lived by the newly arrived gradually Sister Marcella sees the parallel between the lead to increased trust, confidence and hope.” Becoming Neighbours ministry and the Sisters of Charity Congregational Statement. “When “And for me, the global experience was right in my we talk about our commitment statement, we backyard. I connected with China, with Afghanistan can’t live out that commitment if we don’t do and with Ghana, and I didn’t have to go anywhere.” the collaborative piece. That’s the glue.” Erandy says it all with her sign. In 2003, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto, ON, invited other women and men religious to join them in exploring the unmet needs in the Greater Toronto Area. Nineteen congregations came together, and Becoming Neighbours was established in 2006. “With a collaborative ministry you’re not alone and you don’t get overwhelmed,” says Sister Marcella Ryan, who has accompanied three families for three vouchers, transit tickets and telephone calling cards. years. “With the collaborative aspect, you have Keeping connected to their families at home is a great people around you, you have people you can call.” help in combating the loneliness of a new country The program, directed by Father Peter McKenna, SCJ, that many immigrants and refugees experience. offers newcomers accompaniment on three levels: When asked what she’s learned from accompanying Sister Marcella Ryan (centre) was among the 150 people from 23 countries gathered in a Toronto park, in late September. companions, who are involved in direct service; Sponsored by the Becoming Neighbours program, the celebration featured music, dancing, face painting and food prepared telephone call partners; and prayer partners. the families – who are now all Canadian citizens – by a local Afghan Women’s Group. 4 5
  5. 5. Connecting with the world Creating Change at Rikers Island Systemic change takes time, and it takes collaboration. In her 12-year ministry at the ‘We’re getting “I feel the presence of the Sisters United Nations, Sister Marie Elena Dio has forged all these of Charity here so strongly” many connections with other congregations letters on pink and non-governmental organizations to help bring about that kind of change. stationery stamp and sent her on her way. She said, ‘I would from nuns. have felt you didn’t care about me personally’. These Initially she represented the Sisters of Charity How do women are so used to this kind of response.” Federation as a non-governmental representative they know (NGO) to the Department of Public Information And this response is exactly what Sister Eileen of the UN. Later, the role became that of an about this?’ is hoping to change. She wants these women to NGO representative to the Economic and Social It was on know that they are valued and respected. She Council, a progression which meant that she global debt. Sister Eileen Schulenburg wants them to know how unconditional God’s could make verbal and written interventions. Sister Marie Elena Dio love really is. She also knows that it’s a cold world As a chaplain at the women’s prison on Rikers Island, for many of these women when they leave jail. Sister Caroljean Willie, a Sister of Charity ‘We’re getting all these letters on pink stationery NY, Sister Eileen Schulenburg is making a substantial of Cincinnati, is the current representative from nuns. How do they know about this?’ It was on Without proactive measures like mental health difference in the lives of incarcerated women. programs and proper discharge planning, it’s easy for the Federation, but Sister Marie Elena global debt.” keeps connected in a volunteer capacity. She for people to slip back into the old routines that contributes to UN orientation sessions offered Sister Marie Elena worked closely with representatives Rikers Island is a tough place. There are about 16,000 landed many of them at Rikers in the first place. through the Partnership for Global Justice. from other NGOs. They shared in lobbying efforts inmates who are either awaiting or serving sentences and gave panels and workshops at - and about - the for a variety of convictions in the State of New York. Sister Eileen is not alone. Each of the 10 jails When she started in 1997, “it was an opportunity UN. They also shared information and perspectives. About 1,300 of them are women. Allegations and at Rikers has a Jewish, Muslim, Protestant to be more involved in global social justice and She goes on to say: “Others have insights, particularly convictions are related to drugs, domestic violence, and Catholic chaplain. She also works with it was an opportunity to work with our Sisters people from the poorer countries, that we don’t have.” child abuse, murder... but Sister Eileen doesn’t affiliated departments and outside agencies toward that,” says Sister Marie Elena, who see the crime, she sees the reasons that led to the to advocate on the women’s behalf. focused particularly on the issue of international Over time, Sister Marie Elena witnessed a change in crime. She believes that incarceration is often the debt and finances. “Something happened after how non-governmental input was received. “Initially, result of victimization. False allegations may be I got the position that I didn’t expect, and that when it came time for the non-governmental But it’s when Sister Eileen walks through the placed on women coming from human trafficking, gauntlet of women waiting for social services or was an appreciation for the Federation itself. I organization to speak, a lot of the government representatives would just leave the room,” she says. immigration and deportation situations, for instance. down the long hallways that you see the immediate developed a real love and understanding and knowledge of all the different congregations.” “But over the years we've seen things happen. Now results. Smiles spread across the women’s faces our statements get into government papers, some “When I look into the women’s faces, I experience as she passes by. Some ask her for prayers, some Sister Marie Elena identified the need for of our statements get into the final documents. God in so many ways,” she says. “I am humbled simply say hello. A book in her office gives inmates each of the Federation’s 13 congregations to Some of our committees now give one of the by their openness, by the pain of their lives and by a chance to ask for prayers from retired Sisters. The have a liaison with her, who would provide opening statements at the government meetings. their courage.” She has learned that when these requests are simple and handwritten. Some ask for insights and assist with communication. That That was just not so when I first went there.” women ask for something—whether it be a stamp, prayers for their children at home, some ask for included distribution of monthly action envelope, phone call home, or rosary beads— relief, some ask for hope of a better tomorrow. alerts, a practice that continues today. Looking ahead, Sister Marie Elena hopes that that recognition of their dignity and attention Sisters will raise awareness and motivate people to who they are is what they want the most. “I feel the presence of the Sisters of Charity here so “Every month we would pick something that beyond the congregations to become involved. was relevant at the time and we would ask all strongly,” she says. Sister Eileen is consoled knowing For instance, Sister Eileen says, “one day a woman that she can advocate, pray and just be present for of our Sisters to participate in letter-writing “I really believe it's the world movement of campaigns,” Sister Marie Elena says. “We got citizens which is going on right now that came for a stamp. I invited her to sit down and asked these women. “The spirit of Saints Elizabeth Ann a lot of answers back. One time, for example, will bring about changes,” she says. “It’s not who she was. She looked startled but then shared Seton and Vincent de Paul energizes me,” she says. the director of the International Monetary going to be the governments, it’s going to her story through her tears. At the end of our time, “God’s action, movement and voice are stirring Fund said to another NGO representative, be the world movement of citizens.” I asked how she would have felt if I just gave her the at Rikers Island with such profound power.” 6 7
  6. 6. Space for Change The need for Covenant House is greater than ever. “I’m a Vancouverite and it’s very sad for me to say our streets are becoming extremely violent with gangs, not “Everyone is being A Safe House only related to drugs but also to sexual exploitation,” encouraged to be agents Sister Nancy says. of change in their own Twenty years ago, long before "human trafficking" was part of our vocabulary, two Sisters opened And it’s very likely that problems will increase with the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver. communities, to stop their home as refuge for women working the streets in Halifax, NS. It was a simple decision “At a meeting yesterday, we were saying that the streets seem to be getting more violent as the Olympics sexual trafficking.” that made a huge impact on the lives of the women approach. The city is trying to clean up the streets; who came their way over the next few years. the police are coming down harder on the homeless, based local organization that works with women who so the violence goes underground,” she says. have been trafficked and provides public education. Stepping Stone, a local agency, was looking REED’s current campaign, called Buying Sex Is Not for a safe house for former sex workers. Sisters Sexual trafficking is a real concern. “There’s a a Sport, is a grassroots initiative for education - using Pauline and Nora Deal (two of three in the group in the city pushing for the legalization everything from public forums to T-shirts and DVDs. family who became Sisters of Charity-Halifax) of prostitution, pushing for a brothel to be provided temporary accommodation, until the “We need to make more people aware that the demand women could be moved to another location. for paid sex fuels the market for women and children They also offered an environment of respect that to be trafficked,” Sister Nancy says. “Everyone is many of these women hadn't known before. being encouraged to be agents of change in their Sister Nancy Brown own communities, to stop sexual trafficking.” "When the women arrived, they usually had their belongings in green garbage bags," a friend Another group working toward change is the her in a car and on the sidewalk, threatening, recalls hearing from Sisters Pauline and Nora. One is Too Many Summit. Sister Nancy says her telling her what she ought to do and not do. It "When it came time to get them to the airport, decision to become involved with the One is Too got to the point where we had to relocate her to we couldn't see them leaving like that. Many Many Summit was directly related to the Sisters of another safe home away from Vancouver.” suitcases went on their way! They were always Charity’s Congregational Statement, which speaks amazed that we all ate together... they never to bringing about “structural change in the unjust Sister Nancy could relate many stories of the expected to be treated as part of the family." systems that cause poverty in all its forms”. homeless young people who come to Covenant House Vancouver, where she works on the senior When the location became too well known and It’s a theme which connects all of her work, whether management team. Her roles includes pastoral had to be given up in 1991, Stepping Stone staff it’s leading workshops on trafficking for parents, or counseling, overseeing and working with case were disappointed. "The Sisters there offered speaking to various groups, participating in postcard management, and acting as an ombudsperson. a warm, nurturing environment that gave the campaigns to governments, or speaking one-on- Sister Nancy says most of those living at Covenant women who stayed there the space they needed." one with young people at Covenant House. House are escaping situations of family abuse, drugs, sex trafficking, or gangs. After a period of respite, A Voice for the Voiceless each meets with case workers to develop a plan - or “I stay at Covenant House because I think if we covenant - for going forward and making changes. can change the lives of younger people, there’s a A young woman living in poverty in the greater chance of change in our society,” she says. Toronto area is sold into prostitution by her opened just before the Olympics,” Sister Nancy “We need to speak out to governments, to raise “This is why I like the work we do here at Covenant mother. Somehow, she escapes and lands in says. “We all know the demand will increase. public awareness, and I believe it is happening.” House, because it’s all about change,” Sister Nancy Vancouver, BC, where she receives sanctuary at It’s documented that at any world sports event, says. “It’s developing ways we can help young people Covenant House. In time, she feels comfortable trafficking and prostitution increase.” Sister Nancy has no illusions that effecting structural live more productive and healthy lives. So we might enough to leave the house on a safety plan. change is a quick and easy undertaking. She get them back into school or a drug treatment Sister Nancy is collaborating with others to ensure acknowledges that it’s a very slow process, and one program; we might get them a job; or we might “A gang member assaulted her but she escaped,” that the reality of human trafficking is put in which can be disheartening. “But,” she says, “we as actually send them back home if that home is a Sister Nancy Brown says. “While walking down the spotlight. She’s a board member of REED Sisters of Charity need to be a voice for the voiceless, safe environment and that’s what they want.” the street, another gang member followed (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity), a faith- we need to challenge the injustices around us.” 8 9
  7. 7. Small Change, Big Results: Sister Cecilia connected with Oikocredit British Organizations currently benefiting from the Congregation’s Columbia after her local Alternative Investments Fund: Alternative Investments KAIROS group (an ecumenical initiative BCA Holdings Limited Located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the focused on social justice) invited the organization organization is run by volunteers and Microfinancing, or microcredit, systems, strengthen the bonds focuses on raising funds for local business are terms relatively new to of caring communities, and to speak to churches in small-to-medium enterprises development. Hundreds of jobs have been many people, as a concept in support all persons in the full Richmond. Sister Cecilia in the developing world. created with funds raised. community development and realization of their humanity,” then shared information in assisting entrepreneurs. But Sister Cecilia explains. about Oikocredit at a Sister Cecilia says, “In the co- Boston Community Loan Fund the Sisters of Charity-Halifax meeting of the Vancouver operative culture of Oikocredit, With a mission of building healthy have been practicing microcredit She goes on to say: “This Sisters Association, communities where low-income people people’s initiatives and for many years. Through its requires the localization and and the group decided live and work, the Fund invests in participation are central to Alternative Investment Fund, distribution of power within all their actions and policies. to invest $2,000 of its businesses that create social and financial the Congregation has made low a framework of responsible Oikocredit extends credit to savings in shares. The returns. It finances affordable housing, or no-interest loans totalling an citizenship and international marginalized people – irrespective Archdiocese got involved child care facilities, arts programs, estimated $300,000 over the cooperation. It is wholly of their faith, culture, age and now more than schools, health clinics, youth programs past 20 years. Currently, seven within our means, and or gender – and favours the $300,000 has been and other community services. organizations receive support. consistent with our higher initiatives of women, as they are invested in Oikocredit consciousness, to create such the backbone of their families from that area. Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative These groups have put the economies. Countless groups and thus of society as a whole.” Open to registered Canadian charities, the CAIC was formed in the early 1980s by funds to good use in supporting and individuals throughout “There’s a direct link religious congregations wanting to pool financial resources to promote social justice. business creation, affordable the Earth Community between our monies and They are particularly interested in investments that promote alternative economic housing development and are moving to partnership the people who need it,” structures and act as catalysts for structural change. educational opportunities, to models of prosperity.” Sister Cecilia says. “It’s name a few examples. “Through change happening at the Institute for Community Economics, Inc. these small loans we can A notable example is roots, so to speak. So The ICE builds the capacity of community land trusts and other locally controlled effect change and improve Oikocredit, which describes the people who are poor organizations to develop permanently affordable housing and local small businesses, lives,” says Sister Joan Butler, itself as “one of the world’s are making the decisions throughout the United States. Congregational Treasurer. “Those largest sources of private about how the monies are the most powerful dividends.” funding to the microfinance loaned to them can be Leviticus 25:23 sector.” It also provides used in their own areas.” “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; with me you are but It’s a sentiment echoed by Sister credit to trade cooperatives, aliens and tenants.” Cecilia Hudec in Richmond, fair trade organizations and And these decisions can With a service area covering New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, this British Columbia. She says we be life-changing. As Sister organization’s mission is to provide flexible capital and financial services for the all need to relearn economics, development of affordable and supportive housing, and community facilities Cecilia observes: “To the from the perspective of including child care centres. They have a specific focus on smaller cities and extent that Oikocredit building 'earth community'. suburban neighbourhoods beset with poverty. has financing, they help more and more She refers to some of David C. New Community Corporation people to gain control This New Jersey organization provides community-based services and programs Korten’s ideas in his book, The of their lives, coming Great Turning: From Empire to including housing, early childhood education, transitional housing for the homeless, to grips with their own job training, education, health care, community arts, youth programs and a host of Earth Community. “The Earth capacities to make a Community prosperity story social services for children, families and senior citizens. living and to support depends on life-serving economies their communities that satisfy our basic material Oikocredit gives the poor access Oikocredit to credit through microfinance and their families.” Oikocredit provides loans to about 500 microfinance institutions which have needs, maintain a sustainable balance with Earth’s natural institutions. touched hundreds of thousands of families in 70 countries. 10 11
  8. 8. Advancements in Clean Water In summer 2008, Advancement sent out a Advancing the Mission special appeal focusing on the Congregation’s support of water projects in Peru and the Dominican Republic. Our friends and For more than 10 years, our Advancement supporters responded generously, donating program has moved forward with the help more than $26,000. The Congregation has and support of family members, colleagues, since dedicated those funds to a project in a alumnae, former members and friends. community called La Guama in the mountains Our partnerships - and your donations - enable north of Bani, Dominican Republic. Partnering us to direct needed funds to Sisters ministering in with Hermandad Inc., the La Guama aqueduct Canada, United States, Peru, Dominican Republic project will feed water from high in the and Bermuda, and to support the health care mountains to the community’s 28 homes. and retirement needs of our elder Sisters. For more information on the Advancement In addition to raising funds, our Advancement program program, the Sisters’ support of water projects, strives to keep our donors connected by providing or to make a donation, visit www.schalifax.ca. an annual newsletter, special appeals and events. Our Advancement Associates show their dedication In Celebration of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to mission in their daily work. Below you will read in their own words how they see their role in the The past year, 2009, marked the 200th Anniversary of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Advancement program and with the Congregation. founding of the Sisters of Charity. It’s also the 10th year for the Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards, given in celebration of the spirit of the Congregation’s founder alive in our world today. These awards are given out at events in Boston, New York and Halifax. My daily activities go from planning events to contributing to our publications, interacting Recipients include Sisters and lay people, and they represent many areas – the arts, with the Sisters and communicating with our great volunteers. The work is challenging, ever- business, education, healthcare, civic service, social service and pastoral care. changing and gratifying. Our various events raise much-needed funds, and bring together Sisters and friends in celebration of the work and mission of the Congregation. I find the warmth and support for our Sisters’ mission expressed at these events nothing short of inspiring. Through changing times and increasing social ~ Rosemary Previte, Advancement Associate (Massachusetts) concerns, Sisters of Charity seek to respond to the needs of the poor with compassion and loving service. The Advancement program supports this Much of the focus of my work involves sharing the great works of the Sisters with our in two ways: many friends and supporters. Overseeing the creation and mailing of our fundraising appeals allows me to speak with Sisters from across the Congregation, collecting the stories by promoting awareness of our of their ministries to pass along to our donors. From bringing fresh water to poverty- mission and inviting others to become stricken communities, to fighting human trafficking, our Sisters fearlessly tackle needs and partners in this endeavour; and issues that most of us shy away from. by generating new sources of ~ Carrie Flemming, Advancement Associate (Nova Scotia) revenue to expand our ministries, and support the healthcare and It’s extremely rewarding to be in touch with donors, family members, former students and retirement needs of our Sisters friends of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax. A lot of people tell me that when they read the Advancement appeals on the website or see information about events in their area, they’re The Advancement program facilitates excited to get involved with the Sisters. When they share our excitement about the Sisters’ work, opportunities for those with means and generous hearts to have a real part in changing the lives Sister Marie Sorenson (back, left ) is Director of Advancement for we’ve done our jobs. the Congregation. Shown here with Elizabeth Ann Seton Award ~ Lauren Manning, Advancement Associate (New York) of the poor and marginalized of our world. recipient Mary McMahon and her children, Evelina and Edward. 12 13
  9. 9. Our Financial Picture Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose The Sisters of Charity-Halifax no longer have a Motherhouse, but they’ve ensured that elements of the building will continue to serve for many years to come. Congregational Income Congregational Expenses The huge complex was opened in 1959, designed to accommodate 900 Sisters and Academy students. It hasn't served the Sisters' needs Retirement & for many years, and was deconstructed through the spring and Health Care, Support of summer of 2009. Resident Care/ Congregational Canada Other Income Medical Subsidies Mission/Ministry Administration (includes Sisters’ (including 3% Materials will be reused to the extent possible. A few significant Investments) 12% household admin expenses) elements were incorporated into the new Caritas Residence, and 28% 31% 43% more than 12,000 items were sold at public auction, with proceeds A new church for Saint Benedict Parish, designated to support Sisters' projects locally and internationally. But Contributions 4% 26% Halifax, NS, will incorporate stained most of the contents of the huge Motherhouse complex found new (including glass panels from the Motherhouse homes with other nonprofit organizations. Advancement) 13% 24% 16% Charitable Donations in support of Salaries & Stipends Retirement Income Retirement & Ministries (Pensions) Health Care,US and Programs Advancement Income Advancement Disbursements TOTAL $321,049 TOTAL $321,049 $61,044 $27,290 $99,230 Other Elizabeth Ann Seton Support of Retired Sisters Donations Award Brunch, NS $33,596 $26,604 Elizabeth Ann Seton Water 8.5% Award Luncheon, MA 19.1% Appeal 10.5% 30.9% $39,203 8.2% Elizabeth Ann 12.2% Seton Award $28,651 8.9% Luncheon, NY 7.2% 69.1% Dedication of Casavant organ, Saint Agnes Church, Halifax, NS Christmas Appeal 22.4% $23,055 The Casavant organ was donated to Saint Agnes Church, Halifax, where local Sisters were invited to a special Journey of Love dedication Mass in September. Built by Casavant Frères of Quebec, the organ was originally a gift to the event, MA Congregation by the Boston family of Sister Marie Agnes White. $9,604 Seton Hall $72,002 $221,819 Legacy Golf Outing, NY Support of Ministries Stained glass panels went to a new school and church, and to private collections. Pews went to various churches and event, NY even a restaurant in Bedford, NS. The green plush auditorium seating found new homes with several theatre groups 3% in the province. Paintings were donated to various collections including the Musée de Kent in Bouctouche, NB (home town of artist Sister Agnes Berchmans) and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Furniture and hundreds of other Financial Data from January 1 to December 31, 2008 pieces were donated to other nonprofit organizations, with some items going as far as Ghana. 14 15
  10. 10. If you would like additional copies of this Report, or further information on the Sisters of Charity- Halifax, please contact: Communications Office Sisters of Charity Centre, 215 Seton Road Halifax Nova Scotia B3M 0C9 CANADA email communications@schalifax.ca www.schalifax.ca If you would like details on how you can help In the logo of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax, the cross support the mission and ministries of the Sisters of represents Sisters’ commitment to the work of Christ Charity-Halifax, please contact: and the church. Its position inside the moving globe represents our place in today’s world: taking a values- Advancement Office driven, contemplative stance to reach out as part of a Tel 1-800-247-6509 OR global community. email advancement@schalifax.ca OR Front Cover New York Dominican Republic Close to 1,000 families in Ilo and Cutervo, Peru; San Pedro de Macoris and San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican . Sister Marie Sorenson, Director of Advancement Tel 718-424-1813 msorenson@schalifax.ca Republic; and Fondwa, Haiti, have access to safe wa- ter for the first time, thanks to the collaboration with local partners in water projects. . Lauren Manning, Advancement Associate Tel 718-424-1813 lmanning@schalifax.ca Mailing Address: Bermuda Sisters Dolores Michael Sullivan and Judith Rollo Sisters of Charity-Halifax, 85-10 61st Road serve in the House of Prayer, Hamilton, Bermuda Rego Park NY 11374 USA Top Left Massachusetts Sister Catherine Hanlon is among the 80+ residents at the Sisters of Charity retirement residence in Wellesley Hills, MA Peru Along with the three Sisters who live in Lima and Ilo, a group of Vicentinas live the charism of charity in . Rosemary Previte, Advancement Associate Tel 781-997-1210 rprevite@schalifax.org Top Centre Bert and John Jacobs, founders of Life is Good, were recognized with the Community Leadership Award at this their own neighbourhoods. Vicentinas are similar to year’s Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards Luncheon in Boston, MA Associates in North America and Bermuda. Mailing Address: Sisters of Charity-Halifax, 125 Oakland Street Top Right Canada Wellesley Hills MA 02481 USA Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick (swinging) was one of three Sisters who picked up the clubs at the August Golf Four congregations based in eastern Canada collabo- Outing in New York. This annual event raises funds to support Sisters’ ministries, health care and retirement needs. rate in advocacy (see pg 2). Nova Scotia United States . Carrie Flemming, Advancement Associate Tel 902-406-8114 cflemming@schalifax.ca Bottom Left Sister Jolaine States (right) recently celebrated her 25th year as a Sister. Sisters Virginia Blend (pictured) and Barbara Buxton volunteer with St. John’s Bread and Life mobile soup Mailing Address: Bottom Right The 248th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York honored the founding of Sisters of Charity 200 years kitchen in Brooklyn, NY. Sisters of Charity Centre, 215 Seton Road ago. Sisters of Charity-Halifax were invited to join in the parade with Sisters, Associates, family and friends from Halifax NS B3M 0C9 CANADA Federation congregations. 16
  11. 11. At A Glance Sisters of Charity-Halifax currently serve in: Bermuda 2 Dominican Republic 2 Peru 3 Canada 211 Alberta 11 British Columbia 11 Nova Scotia 179 Ontario 8 Quebec 2 United States 253 Georgia 1 Maryland 3 Massachusetts 175 New Hampshire 1 New Jersey 2 New York 71 Total 471 Primary Ministries Spiritual Development 2.1% Social Services 3% Health Care 4.5% Congregational Service 6.6% Pastoral Ministry 6.8% Education 8.9% Ministry of Prayer/Other 68.1% www.schalifax.ca Statistics as of September 1, 2009