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The New Ducks Unlimited sign. The Sisters donated this wetland in Charlottetown many years ago.

Sisters of St Martha Prince Edward Island 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


Committee Mandate:

  •  To continue study and reflection on Laudato Si’
  •  To promote peace and non-violence
  • Continue efforts for the eradication of poverty
  • Share with the congregation regarding new and ongoing ecological social justice issues

The projects for 2019-2020 will be reflection on Integral Ecology and water issues.

​Sister Bernice Steele is the representative on the NGO Liaison and Social Justice Committees of the Sisters of Charity Federation.

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Earth Justice Links

​CCODP  –  https://dev.org

Canadian Department of Peace Initiative – https://canadian peaceinitiative.ca

Council of Canadians  –  https://canadians.org

Citizens for Public Justice  –  https://cpj.ca

Kairos Canada  –  https://www.kairoscanada.org

Pembina Institute  –  https://www.pembina.org

Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives  –  https://www.policyalternatives.ca

Polaris Institute  –  https://www.polarisinstitute.org

Canadian Religious Conference (JPIC) – https://www.crc-canada.org

Sisters of Charity Federation – https://sistersofcharityfederation.org


Quotes from Laudato Si’

  1. Laudato Si’, 13.  The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.
  2. Laudato Si’, 23. The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.
  3. In Laudato Si’, Chapter 4, Integral Ecology takes in every aspect of the global crisis: 1) environmental, economic and social ecology, 2) cultural ecology, 3) ecology of daily life, 4) the principle of the common good, and 5) justice between the generations.


  • Laudato Si’ Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father Francis on Care of Our Common Home, can be accessed under CCCB Publications.
  • Our Relationship with the Environment: The Need for Conversion, CCCB Pastoral Letter, November 27, 2007.
  • “You Love All That Exists… All Things Are Yours, God, Lover of Life…”
  • CCCB Pastoral Letter, October 4, 2003.
  • Ecology Reflections on the Environment from Fr. John Surette SJ at https://www.jesuitseast.org
  • DVD, The Journey of the Universe, Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • DVD. The Powers of the Universe, Brian Swimme
  • The Dream of the Earth, Thomas Berry, 1990.
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