Who
ARE WE?

Sisters with a charism of compassion in the service of the Church, bearing witness to the tenderness of the Father.

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Our Presence
IN THE WORLD

Inspired by the missionary ardor of Élisabeth Bruyère, we are present where Love urges us on.

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Becoming
A SISTER OF CHARITY

You want to build a world of love and hope? Enter into the great movement of the gift of your life.

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Word of Welcome
OF THE GENERAL ANIMATOR

Welcome to the web site of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa! It will allow you to better know our founder, Élisabeth Bruyère, the Sisters, the Associates and the Consecrated Lay Persons who seek to continue in our present day her charism of compassion and spread her charity. The Sisters of Charity are involved in several areas: education, health care, social and pastoral ministry. Like Mother Bruyère, the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa seek to be committed in all those fields which require an attentive ear, an open hand and a loving heart. Shortly after the foundation in Ottawa in 1845, the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa ventured into the United States. Then, in 1931, they brought the charism of compassion overseas to Lesotho, then to Malawi and Zambia. In 1960, Brazil and Japan received them. Finally, in 1996, they went to Cameroon. Today, our Congregation has become multicultural, inviting us to live in the wealth of our cultures. Our mission is ever vibrant as much in Canada as elsewhere. On our site you will discover our history, the fields of our involvement, our spirituality, the principal activities of the Congregation and so much more. Enjoy surfing our site!

Sister Lorraine Desjardins, sco
General Animator

Come, you whom my Father has blessed! (...) in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me!

Mt 25:34.40

My dear and beloved daughters, be charitable, love each other and be of service to your neighbour for the love of God. (...) Let us all together be of one heart and one soul.


Testament of Élisabeth Bruyère