Present in 73 countries
5580 sisters worldwide
We can safely compare the convent on Laurier Avenue to a beehive. Groups of all ages and ethnic backgrounds move about and the various meeting rooms are usually full. We also host our various provincial meetings such as provincial chapters, provincial councils, retreats, guest sisters and conferences that are transmitted to the sisters in the infirmary thanks to modern communication means. Many external groups use our facilities, like the Foyers de Charité, the Carmelite Secular Order, Narcotics Anonymous, Bible study groups, a Taizé prayer group, Malagasy singers and dancers, youth from the parish, our Associates and other groups. In this vast convent, a large staff works at overseeing the needs of the infirmary and the actual building. An administrative manager coordinates their activities under the direction of the local superior and an administrative council.
Saint François d’Assise Community
The Saint François d’Assise Community of Saint Francis of Assisi is located in Parc-Extension, the poorest neighbourhood in Montreal. Our sisters are involved in parish ministry at St. Francis of Assisi (English-speaking) and Saint-Roch (French-speaking) with women, adolescents, young adults, and with children. They offer spiritual accompaniment, retreats, Taizé prayer; pastoral home visits, catechesis for children, activities for teenagers, young adult groups, choir, distribution of bread to the poor, Saint Vincent de Paul counter, etc.
“The purpose of the service of authority is to help communities and the Institute as a whole to build themselves up in unity, fidelity to the charism, and the realization of the missionary vocation.” (CS 129) The sisters of the Provincialate are at the service of the FMM province of Canada. The work of the secretariat and of the bursar expands throughout the country and the world, because our collaboration with different provinces requires a serious follow-up of all the files in addition to assuring the services within the country. A multicultural community, the members use equally French and English in their work, since the country is bilingual. The Provincial Council holds regular meetings in Montreal. Being at the service of the province, it seeks to attain the objectives of the Province Plan and continues listening to the signs of the times to respond to the needs of the world. The sisters are attentive to help the Provincial Superior in her duty of animating the province, of collaborating at the level of the Institute in welcoming sisters from various countries for mission in Canada, for formation or for studies.
Joanna Madynska, Karen Corera, Liliane Rancourt, Provincial Superior,
Anne Adounkpe and Arlene van Zyl
Notre-Dame de Guadaloupe Community
Our small fraternity started its journey together in the beginning of September 2018 after the Provincial House team moved to Montreal. Our mission is to reach out to those who feel a calling to religious life. The sisters are also sent to walk with those fleeing war, university students looking for accompaniment, and children growing in their faith in need of education. We also visit and distribute communion to the homebound. Some sisters work for the protection of our Common Home (Mother Earth) and with newcomers who are learning English.
Saint Joseph Artisan Community
Since 1969, the community in Toronto has been engaged in a long period of assistance to immigrants and refugees; this ministry of assistance is still actively present today. In response to new calls, in 2016, the community made a commitment to serve the Kachin refugees. Our commitments still vary through animation of Portuguese parishes’ prayer groups, commitment with Pax Christi and in the program Becoming Neighbours, a catechism course for Chinese adults, participation in the Franciscan restaurant, Saint Francis Table, visits to the sick and ministry of Communion in a residence for seniors in the area.
Our Lady of the Rockies Community
The work with immigrants and refugees is still a priority as they require assistance to fill out documents for the government and they look forward to home visits. Our sisters are also present to the elderly and families in need. Our priority for the poorest and those for whom no one cares leads us to «acknowledging that mission is, first and foremost, a mutual relationship where we evangelize and are transformed and evangelized». (Chapter Document 2014)