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!

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

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

Citizenship Ceremony for the Ismael Family

The Ismael family of Taleb, Kifah, Yazan, Sara and Daniel celebrated their citizenship ceremony, Tuesday November 23, via zoom with a total of 75 participants. They were Permanent Residents for over 4 years since they arrived from Syria as refugees in March of 2017.

Sisters Debbie and Gemma were at the Ismael home to witness the ceremony.

This was a joyful experience as they took the oath of allegiance and sang O Canada with gusto!

Judge Mahoney from Halifax presided over the ceremony and she gave them a wonderful welcome as well as talked to everyone about the rights and responsibilities as Canadian citizens. 

At the end of the ceremony each family had time to get a photo with the judge on computer.

Later on Friday, November 26 a group of Sisters gathered at 47 Conamore Drive to celebrate with them in person.

It was a red and white party with all finger foods in red and white and a beautiful Canadian Welcome cake for all to enjoy. 

The Sisters were delighted to celebrate this milestone in the family’s journey.


The Associates of the Sisters of St. Martha  planned a Memorial Service of Remembrance to celebrate the deceased Sisters and Associates of the Sisters of St. Martha over the past two years. 

They gathered on Friday, Nov. 26  to celebrate  by sharing stories of each person and lighting a Candle of Remembrance before celebrating the Mass together.

Pictured above are members of the Associate Executive- Mary MacLean, Sr. Debbie Peters, Sr. Lauretta White, Sheila MacDonald, Dianne McCarville and Gary Clow.

The Executive meet on the first Wednesday of the month and the full Associate gathering is the fourth Friday of the month.

Associate Co-Directors are Mary MacLean, Sr. Debbie Peters and Sheila MacDonald.

Both groups meet at The Living Well, located at Martha Place, which is the newest project of the Sisters of St. Martha .

Seniors College at The Living Well

During the months of October and November we are delighted to be hosting a course entitled Living Well: Tending to our Human Needs.

Facilitated by Sister Rosemary, the course topics of understanding our human body, medications, exercise, nutrition, mental health, communicating effectively, embracing aging and finding purpose and meaning in life were offered each week by a qualified presenter in their respective field of expertise.

Here Dr. Janice Keefe presents on Embracing Aging: Managing the Challenges and Finding the Opportunities.

Sisters of St. Martha Centennial Award

This Centennial Award, funded by the SDU Board of Governors,  was established in 2016 in honour of the 100th Anniversary of Foundation of the Sisters of St. Martha on PEI. 

This year on November 19, we recognize Emily Cormier, a third year student pursuing her studies in the field of Kinesiology at UPEI, as the recipient of this award. 

Sr. Gemma Dunn, congregation leader, presents Emily Cormier with the Sisters of St. Martha Centennial Award for 2021.

Congratulations Emily !

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