Commitment Statement for Laudato Si Action Platform

As Sisters of St. Martha of P.E.I., our charism is expressed in simplicity, attentiveness and hospitality. From this perspective, we embrace our common home and all people living on it with the anticipation of journeying with our Indigenous people.

As women committed to a ministry of presence, who are striving to embrace ecological justice and the vision of all creation as a community of life, we pledge ourselves to protect Earth, to listen to the cry of the poor and to respond by education, contemplative practices and action.

We commit ourselves as a Congregation to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to respond to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.

We join the Global Church and commit to undertaking the challenge of the Laudato Si Action Platform with others- the whole earth community.

Leadership Team                              Earth Justice Committee

Sr. Gemma Dunn                                  Sr. Bernice Steele

Sr. Joan Campbell                                 Sr. Frances Johnston

Sr. Debbie Peters                                    Sr. Wanda MacDonald

Sr. Rosemary MacDonald                     Sr. Theresa Perry

Scholarship Available: Sisters of St. Martha Centennial Award

Sisters of St. Martha Centennial Award, funded by the St. Dunstan’s University (SDU) Board of Governors, was established in 2016 in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of St. Martha.

The scholarship also recognizes the contribution the Sisters made to SDU.

It will be awarded annually to a third or fourth year Prince Edward Island female student in a post-secondary institution who is pursuing studies in the field of ecology, ethics, theology, education, healthcare and social work areas.

The scholarship is valued at $2,016 per year and is non-renewable. 

Application deadline is May 15, 2022

For an application form visit:       https://saintdunstansuniversity.ca 

Helping UPEI Students Volunteering in Honduras

Lauren Rainford from UPEI Global Brigades is receiving a sponsor donation from the Sisters of St. Martha to assist her group in travelling to Honduras in June 2022 to volunteer alongside medical professionals at a local clinic. 

Global Brigades is a student-led global health and sustainable development program.

This is UPEI ‘s first ever service project abroad.

Blessings on these youth volunteers!

Job Posting:  Coordinator of Earth Justice Ministry    

Sisters of St. Martha of Prince Edward Island

Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, New Brunswick

 Coordinator of Earth Justice Ministry    

The Sisters of St. Martha of Prince Edward Island and the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of New Brunswick are seeking a full-time Coordinator for Earth Justice Ministry.

Social and ecological justice are essential values to our Congregations. The Coordinator will enable us to move into the future with renewed energy and commitment to continue to promote these values through education, advocacy and deepening our scientific and theological understanding that leads to action. 

The Coordinator creates and facilitates learning opportunities, experiences, methods and processes; coordinates actions directed by each of our Earth Justice Committees; and represents both congregations at regional and national conferences and public events related to social and ecological justice.  

The successful candidate will have post-secondary education with a preference for a BA or MA degree in a related field. Studies in Adult Education is an asset. This position requires 3 to 5 years of experience in justice, ecology or a related area; excellent written and oral communication skills, a working knowledge of Office 365, as well as IT and social media skills. A good working knowledge or an openness to learn about Catholic Social Teaching and the Living Universe Story is preferred. Some travelling will be required for this position.   

If you possess the desired qualifications and would like to apply, please email Sister Gemma  Dunn srgemma@eastlink.ca  or Sister Mary Beth McCurdy marybeth@sistersofcharityic.com  for more information about the position and about the Earth Justice Ministry. Your emailed application should be saved as one PDF file and contain cover letter, resume and three reference names with contact information.

Please include Coordinator Social/Ecological Justice in the subject line.  

Application deadline is June 30, 2022.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted 

A Synod Discussion from January to March

Some Marthas are meeting on Zoom to enter into the process of sharing about how we as Church as called to journey together in faith and in action.  

Although our wish would be to be a part of local parish groups, this does not appear to be happening due to Covid restrictions. 

While we have to re-learn what it means to walk together, this is also an opportunity for the Church leadership to listen to the voices of ordinary men and women of the Church, both those who are actively engaged and those who have turned away/ felt rejected and disrespected.

This process includes prayerful reflection, shared discussion and prayer to discern where the Spirit of God is speaking.    

Sr. Jovita’s Presentation

Sister Jovita MacPherson Spiritual Presentation


At our fall meeting, Sister Jovita MacPherson, a member of the St. Martha’s Congregation (Antigonish), spoke of ministering with people in Halifax.

The name of the presentation was, Things I Learned While Working with Folks on the Street.

She is currently living in Sydney, NS, and again she is ministering on the streets. Find out more about Sister Jovita at
https://themarthas.com/cmsb/uploads/sr-jovita_-ministry-story.pdf.

Please click on the link below to see Sr. Jovita’s Zoom Presentation. This will be of special interest to the Associates.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RyWZ4d8UZznkKvkQAmja87iq-VkFvMGc/view?usp=sharing

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