In 1949, 10 Italian sisters arrived in Quebec to bring the work of Sister Marie Clarac to Canada. In May 1954, inspired by the Marist Brothers and driven by her own faith and vitality, Sister Anselme Marie Parisotto, along with her fellow sisters, acquired two properties in Montreal-North, on Gouin Boulevard, for the purpose of creating a school. In the summer of 1954, they also established a summer camp. By the end of the year, the Community was staffed by 19 sisters. This marked the debut of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary in Canada. Today, the Sisters of Charity are more active than ever. Their work here includes running three nursing homes, set up by the Congregation in Montreal.Institutions and services
Ecuador has a tropical climate, with a diverse landscape of hills and valleys and a picturesque shoreline dotted by sandy beaches and fishing villages. Some 1,000 kilometres from the coast are the Galápagos Islands, renowned for their unique wildlife. Beyond all of these natural wonders, however, is a great need for educational support. Guided by the principle that learning means growth, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary in Tumbaco, Ecuador, focus primarily on teaching. The sisters also visit families to organize support and evangelization activities.Institutions and services
Italy is the birthplace of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary, and several Italian communities receive support from the Congregation. Currently under the leadership of Mother Myriam Sida and her council, the Italian Sisters of Charity continue to provide an excellent education to children in the first house acquired by Mother Marie Clarac on Via Pio V in Turin. They also run a retreat in Dogliani for people of any age looking for a communal experience where they can express their spirituality or simply rest and enjoy this peaceful haven.Institutions and services
In 1981, Mother Anselme Marie Parisotto, at the request of a Mexican priest, travelled to Mexico. Msgr. Talavera, who was in charge of the pastorate of Iztapalapa, a working-class borough of Mexico City, recommended she focus her energies in this area. In October 1983, four sisters arrived in Mexico City and immediately began their ministry within the Madre de Cristo parish where they coordinated sacramental catechesis. The following year, they started accepting girls interested in religious life and subsequently opened a teaching centre.Institutions and services
Peru is one of South America’s most diverse and historically rich countries, with a wide variety of terrain and millennia-old civilizations. The descendants of the Inca still live in Peru and have preserved their traditions, their language (Quechua) and their characteristic geniality. Unfortunately, successive earthquakes have plunged many Peruvians into difficult times. Countless homes have been ravaged and many families find themselves without shelter. Drinking water is in short supply, with one pump for every 1,000 families and water that needs to be boiled before drinking.
The Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary have pledged to come to the aid of families in need. They also help children with their school work and prepare one free meal a day to them in a dining room near the parish. A room has also been made available to provide support to the elderly.
Chile is a geographically diverse country that spans over 4,000 kilometers, from the hot deserts of the north to the icy landscape of Patagonia. Chile is also one of South America’s most industrialized countries – although these advances are not evident in communities in higher elevations, where the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary concentrate their efforts. In these areas, they strive to spread the Gospel within homes and tend to the sick.
The Sisters have a centre for seniors & elderly people catering to their day to day needs. Once a week, some particularly needy families are given the additional “privilege” of a shower and an extra meal. The Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary and their volunteers also help children with learning disabilities do their school work.
Marie-Clarac Hospital is an acute care facility located in Montreal North, whose mission is to offer high quality rehabilitation services. The hospital serves as a customer orthopedic (musculoskeletal), subacute (deconditioning) and end-of-life.
Marie-Clarac Hospital is part of the great family Marie-Clarac, established and run by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary.