Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 22, 2002
Order elects new leadership
Special to the WCR
Saint John, N.B.
Gathering from across Canada and Peru, Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) and associates pledged to deepen their commitment to social justice, especially for women and children.
During their July 1-11 congregational chapter, the 88 sisters and associates also agreed to demonstrate greater care for the earth, and to increase their involvement with young adults.
Sister Margaret Toner, SCIC congregational leader for the past eight years, ended her term by calling for action "in support of women and children to alleviate the lack of decent housing for lower income persons."
Toner said SCICs and associates seek "to make an option for the poor and for youth, to be stewards of our planet and to commit to working for justice and peace as a community."
"We are helped to develop a more global vision by partnering with others in addressing needs and learning more from participation in conferences (and) working groups."
Toner announced a key recommendation of the five SCIC leaders for specific action "in support of women and children to alleviate the lack of decent housing for lower income persons."
Sister Mary Beth McCurdy of Saint John was re-elected for a second four-year term on the SCIC leadership circle.
Newly elected for four-year terms are congregational leader Sister Sandra Barrett of Saint John, as well as leadership circle members, Sisters Margaret Coyle of Whitehorse, Yukon, Rose Ketchum of Saskatoon, Sask. and Rhona Gulliver of Saint John.
Sister Rose Mulholland is completing eight years as SCIC congregational secretary. Completing four-year terms as members of the leadership circle are Sisters Doreen McGuire of Saint John and Margaret Vickers of Vancouver.
Founded here in 1854, SCICs are dedicated to education, health care and social service, especially among the poor.
With 156 members in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Peru, they also share their founding spirit, prayer and mission with about 56 associates in these regions.