Our Story

Our Mission

The mission of the Sisters of Charity – Halifax is to give joyful witness to love: the love of God, of one another, and of all persons.

“Corporately and individually, we strive to develop a sensitivity toward those whom the world oppresses, to right in great ways or small the injustices we see around us, to heal the wounds of the embittered, to speak peace to the troubled, to urge the mighty to right wrongs.” (From the Constitutions)

We live our mission through loving presence, through prayer, through ministry to others.

Our charism is rooted in the tradition of Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac.

Our Beginnings

The ways of God are often mysterious, bringing about wonderful events through simple human instruments. No one would have predicted that a young girl walking the paths of Emmitsburg, Maryland, on her way to school in the early 1800s, would some day be a means of bringing God’s grace to the people of a far-off northern city.

Elizabeth Ann Seton

On September 14, 1975, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was canonized, becoming the first American-born saint.

Vincent de Paul

Even today, members of the extended Vincentian family — including all of us who are part of the Charity charism – continue to embrace his life, legacy, mission and ministry.

Louise de Marillac

Devoted mother, loving wife, cherished friend, founder of a ‘new type’ of religious order for women, advocate for the poor and marginalized, single parent, compassionate teacher, social reformer…

January 4th – Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 Click here to read more about the remarkable life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

40th Anniversary of Seton Foundation

On Tuesday, November 3  Sisters, Associates and friends will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Seton Foundation in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Seton Foundation was created to meet the growing needs of the community in Cape Breton.   Sister Louise Bray led the charge with her congregation along with Father Greg Campbell and Father John […]

A History of the Sisters of Charity Federation

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Welcome to the Heritage Garden

Click here for a virtual tour of the Heritage Garden and a close look at the interpretive panels and plaque.

Heritage Designation

In recognition of the Congregation’s service in education, health care and social services.

Our Spirituality

Sharing the gift of a call.