Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
February 9, 2009
Geernaert recognized for ecumenical contribution
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
HALIFAX – Sister Donna Geernaert, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax, will be awarded an honourary doctor of divinity degree by the Atlantic School of Theology.
Geernaert, a long-time national leader in ecumenism, is a former advisor to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and has taught at several Canadian universities, including St. Joseph’s College of the University of Alberta.
She was recently elected to a second six-year term as leader of her religious order.
She will receive the honourary doctorate at the Atlantic School of Theology’s May 2 convocation.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul-Halifax work on behalf of those who are poor, locally and globally.
Geerneart has chaired the Canadian Council of Churches’ Faith and Witness Commission, and was instrumental in bringing the CCCB into the Council of Churches.
As a CCCB staff member, she provided advice to the bishops on ecumenism and interfaith relations, and issues of concern to women.
With the CCCB and since, she has participated in many bilateral dialogues – both within Canada and internationally – with the Anglican, Lutheran, United churches, Canadian Jewish Congress and the Council of Muslim Communities in Canada.
She continues her international involvement, especially with the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Among other leadership roles, Geerneart has served as president of the Canadian Religious Conference and actively participates in the International Union of Superiors (UISG).
Copyright © 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 -- Western Catholic Reporter
Our mission: To serve our readers by bringing the Gospel to bear on current issues in the Church and in secular culture through accurate news coverage and reflective commentary.