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Featuring the Sisters of St. Anne

The Sisters of Saint Anne are an international congregation of over 500 women religious.

Following Christ, The Sisters of Saint Anne continue the mission bequeathed to them by their foundress, Esther Blondin (1809-1890). This mission directs them to their brothers and sisters to help them grow in truth, freedom and life. Everywhere they go, they want to open their hearts to life and to transform all those situations that try to suppress it. United and in solidarity with others, particularly with women, youth, the poor and the marginalized, they want to create a world that is more just and human. Their activities are exercised where there is a void to be filled, most notably in the fields of education, health care and pastoral work. (Some examples of these activities are given below.)

The congregation was founded in Vaudreuil, a village near Montreal when, in 1850, Esther Blondin (known in religion as Mother Marie Anne) and four companions pronounced their first vows.

In time, as the number of sisters increased, they were asked to serve in other parts of the world. They now serve in localities in Quebec, Ontario, the Pacific Northwest, the United States, Haiti, Chile, and Cameroon, Africa.

In the context of the 21st century global economy, the congregation seeks to act on the level of systemic change. The Sisters of St. Anne are actively striving for the promotion and defense of the fundamental rights of other human beings, notably the right to education, affordable housing and health care.

Some areas of concern that have been or are being addressed by the Sisters of Saint Anne include:

  1. the right of all human beings to have access to safe drinking water in all the countries where the sisters minister;
  2. the difficulties and obstacles faced by immigrants;
  3. the reality of human trafficking;
  4. Eco-economy;
  5. option for reconciliation with First Nations people, victims of colonization and the present economy.  In particular, the Sisters of St. Anne support initiatives to counteract the violence shown to First Nations women and children.

These efforts imply that the congregation will be continuing its engagement in social responsibilities to help ensure a world where human rights are respected and promoted.