Every six years, the Sisters of Charity – Halifax convene to decide on future directions for the Congregation and to choose a new Leadership Team that will guide the Congregation.
Our present Leadership Team (2008 – 2014)
Sister Donna Geernaert is serving a second term as Congregational Leader. Collaboration with others has been a key focus area in her leadership since 2002. She has served as vice-president and president of the Canadian Religious Conference; is the President of the Sisters of Charity Federation; and actively participates in the International Union of Superiors General, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the World Council of Churches, among others. S. Donna, originally from Vancouver, BC, has a PhD in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON.
Sister Marjory Gallagher is Congregational Secretary. Sister Marjory taught at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON. She also taught in various Nova Scotia schools, worked with the Canadian Religious Conference and still serves as facilitator for various organizations. Sister Marjory is originally from Sherbrooke, QC. She holds a PhD in Canon Law from the University of Ottawa.
Sister Joan Butler is serving a second term as Congregational Treasurer. Originally from Glace Bay, NS, Sister Joan taught junior and senior high school in NS, ON, BC, the Yukon and NY before assuming her congregational role in 2002. She has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Diploma in Spiritual Theology.
Serving as Congregational Councillors are Sisters Maryanne Fitzgerald, Roberta Kerins, Sally McLaughlin and Ann Regan.
Sister Maryanne served as Chancellor and Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. Originally from Medford, MA, Sister Maryanne has spent most of her career in New York. She holds Master’s degrees in Theology and in Special Education.
Sister Roberta was Pastoral Associate for Saint Mary Catholic Community in Landover Hills, MD. Originally from North Andover, MA, she has served in religious education and adult formation in NY, MD and Bermuda. Sister Roberta has a doctoral degree in pastoral ministry.
Sister Sally served as Pastoral Associate for St. Peter Parish in Dorchester, MA. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and has also been a teacher, principal and religious education co-ordinator in the Boston area. Sister Sally is originally from Dorchester, MA.
Also from North Andover, MA, Sister Ann was most recently one of the community leaders at the Congregation’s retirement centre in Wellesley, MA. She also served as a junior high school teacher and principal, and religious education teacher. Sister Ann holds a Master of Arts in pastoral ministry as well as a Bachelor of Education.