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Needed A Coordinator for the Earth Martha 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  or Sister Mary Beth McCurdy  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 March 25, 2022.  

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted 

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.

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 !

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Restoration

During the months of September and October, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine received an upgrade under the wise consultation of Alan MacPhee.  Sculptor Henry Chikoti, his son, home on vacation from his studies, donated his skills to repair the Fatima children and wash the Statue of Our Lady.  In the Photo Gallery below you can see Henry washing down the Madonna. When he returns home next summer, he will repaint Our Lady of Fatima and the restoration will be complete.

Members of the Knights of Columbus (Brady Grant, Phillip Beaulac and Luke Pierlot) volunteered to re-install the children while their organization supplied the materials. Other Knights Glen Mahar and Stephen LaPierre repaired, painted and re-installed the white cross on the entry sign to the Mount.

David Walsh was hired to remove the old steps and re-design the pathway to the Shrine, remove large stones from the Shrine as well as remove low-hanging branches and dying shrubs to enhance the tidiness, visibility and accessibility to the Shrine. The Sisters are delighted with the project and are grateful to these generous men and pray that their families will be richly blessed for their loving service to us.

Monday, November 8th, a Remembrance Day Service was held in the chapel at the Mount Continuing Care Community.

Sister Gemma Dunn, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of St. Martha, stands in front of the wreaths laid by various groups.

In attendance were Lieutenant Governor Antionette Perry, representatives of the 201 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association, veterans residing at the Mount along with Mount residents and staff and Mount Academy students.

Frank Nabuurs played The Last Post.

Celebrating 90 Years Young !

Sister Kathleen Bolger celebrated her birthday with her Martha community
at the Mount Continuing Care on the afternoon of August 5th in their community room.
Enjoying her birthday with her 1950 Martha classmates (from left to right)    Sisters Shirley Hackett, Joan MacDonald and Cecilia Keizer.

Sister Teresa Currie receives Citizen Recognition Award from the City of Charlottetown
Sister Teresa with Mayor Philip Brown

This award “recognizes extraordinary Charlottetown residents that go above and beyond to positively impact the people and community around them” as stated by the City of Charlottetown.

In the afternoon of July 29th Sister Teresa was honored at City Hall for her long years of caring for the less fortunate. Her many years of service in prison ministry first on PEI and then for over 30 years in Springhill have been truly a gift to prisoners and their families within the Atlantic region. 

Members of Sister Teresa’s congregation celebrate with her. From left to right are Sisters Gemma Dunn, Aldona Arsenault, Joan Campbell, Teresa Currie, Rosemary MacDonald and Debbie Peters.

Installation of the Leadership Team 2021-2025

The new Leadership Team was installed on the Feast of St. Martha, July 29th, 2021, with a special Mass.

From left to right are: Sister Rosemary MacDonald, Sister Debbie Peters, Sister Gemma Dunn, Sister Joan Campbell and Presider Father Brian MacDougall, Diocesan Administrator.
Congregation Leaders

On July 29th, 2021, six Congregation Leaders were together as the 2021-2025 Leadership Team was installed. From left to right are: Sister Kathleen Bolger (1989-1997), Sister Lauretta White (1997-2005), Sister Rosalia Kane (2005-2009), Sister Rosemary MacDonald (2009-2017), Sister Lorraine Chaisson (2017-2021) and Sister Gemma Dunn (2021-2025).