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Soul Sisters : Documentary Screening


An intimate glimpse into the lives of the Catholic Sisters of Manitoba, this documentary is part of the two-year tribute to Religious Women led by the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba.  Showing at Cinematheque Feb. 3, 4, 8, 10, 11. For details, check Cinematheque’s movie listings. Watch the trailer

Book Launch & Premier of Soul Sisters

Sr. Ilia Delio Keynote a huge success

Two hundred people gathered at the St. Boniface Albrechtsen Research Centre on September 17th to listen to Sr. Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister, speak on the subject of 'The Unbearable Wholeness of Being'.


This Legacy of Care, Courage and Compassion event piggy-backed into the 7th Annual Peace Days festival in Manitoba.

A workshop with close to 100 participants ensued on the weekend at the St. Benedict's Retreat Centre.


The Lance of Canstar News showcases monument unveiling

Click HERE to view the page dedicated to the monument unveiling



Inspiring Upcoming Conference in September

Legacy Monument & Panels Unveiled

On the beautiful Monday morning of June 20th, 2016 250 persons gathered to take part in the official opening of the St. Boniface Heritage Garden and partake in the unveiling of the Legacy of Care, Courage and Compassion commemorative monument and interpretive panels.  The event paid tribute to 49 Catholic Women Religious congregations who since 1844 have served, and of which 24 orders still serve in Manitoba.  These pioneering women established Manitoba's health system and were major players in the province's social service and education systems.  The Sisters monument and interpretive panels are a lasting legacy that shall inform and educate the general public on how they have always been there to respond to needs of the community, the unfortunate, sick and impoverished.

We invite you to visit the site located at the corner of Taché Avenue and de la Cathédrale in St. Boniface across the street from the St. Boniface Cathedral and its historic cemetery.

Sisters Reflection promoted by The Times

KPMG contributes to Sisters Heritage Garden

CHAM is pleased to announce the addition of KPMG as a sponsor of the Legacy of Care, Courage and Compassion project.  The firm has been an avid supporter and service provider of many of the Communities of Service that the Catholic Women Religious have been involved in for many years.

The firm is particularly keen in supporting an area of the Heritage Garden located at the corner of Taché avenue and avenue de la Cathédrale particularly dedicated to render homage to the Catholic Women Religious.  

The unveiling of a commemorative monument, interpretive panels, pathways and benches will be taking place on June 20th, 2016.  More information will follow.

Reflections Exhibit now at St. Mary's Academy

We invite you to visit the Sisters Reflection Exhibit until March 7th at the Atrium of St. Mary's Academy

CHAM receives funding from Francofonds

The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba is pleased to receive a contribution of $1,919 from Francofonds, Manitoba's French community foundation.  Thank to you the Fonds L’abbé Maurice Deniset-Bernier for accepting our request for funding.

These funds will be used towards the development of Interpretive Panels for the Catholic Women Religious to be located in the Heritage Garden located at the intersection of Taché Avenue and avenue de la Cathédrale in St. Boniface, Manitoba.

La Liberté Newspaper renders homage to Catholic Women Religious

After a number of months of research and interviews, Manitoba's French weekly newspaper released a special edition paper rendering homage to Manitoba catholic women religious. The release of the paper coincided with the launch of the Sisters Reflection Exhibit which took place on September 11th, 2015.

Over 6,000 copies of the French edition were put into circulation through La Liberté's readership, and 3,000 more copies were produced in English and French for the Catholic women religious and the general public.

We invite you to read the paper by clicking here.  

Happy reading!

CCCO brings conference to Winnipeg - Impact of Human Rights on Capital Cities

The City of Winnipeg will host the Canadian Capital Cities Conference in Winnipeg from August 18 – 21,2015.

Founded in 1995, the Canadian Capital Cities Organization (CCCO) serves as a network for beneficial cooperation among the 14 provincial, territorial and federal capital cities. The CCCO builds links, relationships and collaboration with other capital cities to define and express their unique identities.

The conference theme is:  Impact of Human Rights on Capital Cities.  Please click onto the following link to view the outline of the exciting program :

Registrants in past conference have included local chambers, tourism agencies, various government officials, other organizations and interested individuals. We are looking for local and national registrants to have present to benefit from the robust program as well as the local and national networking opportunities.

A Legacy that Must Live On!

The goal of the Legacy of Care, Courage & Compassion project is to honour the all Catholic women religious orders that have worked to ensure the wellbeing of Manitobains, while also guaranteeing that their legacy endures. 

Keep reading: A Legacy that Must Live On!


Catholic Foundation of Manitoba honors Consecrated Women

International Women's Day recognizes consecrated women

International Women's Day celebrated Manitoba's 48 Catholic Women Religious Orders who have been serving in Manitoba since 1844 at the St. Boniface Cathedral, in Winnipeg.

The celebration began with a Eucharistic Mass co-presided by Archibishops Albert LeGatt, Richard Gagnon and Metropolitan Lawrence, as well as several other priests honoring the consecrated women in this year dedicated by Pope Francis to all who have made vows to consecrated life.  The processional was led by the Ukrainian and Catholic Women's Leagues, and the first tri-diocesan choir since Pope Jean Paul's visit to Winnipeg in 1984 sang angelically throughout the service.  Sisters from numerous congregations assisted throughout the mass and were well recognized by over 700 attendees.

A recognition luncheon ensued in a beautifully decorated hall to honor the occasion.  The sold out event participants had the opportunity to hear beautiful tributes from the Minister of Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover, Premier Greg Selinger, Archbishop Richard Gagnon, as well as four lay persons who shared wonderful testimonials about the Sisters.  The crowd was also entertained by the very talented Selo Ukrainian Dancers, singer and musician Ginette Roy, and served a wonderful lunch provided by GJ Andrews and served by students from St. Mary's Academy.

This event served as the kick-off celebration for the Legacy of Care, Courage and Compassion project that will run through to the end of 2016. 

Video to celebrate Consecrated Life in 2015

Pope Francis dedicates 2015 to Consecrated Life

Pope Francis announced that the year 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life. This special year "will be a great occasion to evangelize the vocations and witness how wonderful it is to follow Christ according to the multiple forms of consecrated life.  It will be suitable to look back on the heritage of the founders’’… As Pope Francis stated…"Those who have dedicated themselves to consecrated life must talk about and live their great story".

Goals include reflecting on the unique role religious men and women have in the Church. Everything from their charisms to their challenges. Dedicating a year to Consecrated Life, will give religious the time and resources to reflect on what their personal vocation and charism is really all about. 

Reflecting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, the Pope emphasized just how special nuns are for the Church and for society. He described them as the leaven that carries the message of Christ. 

"What would happen if there were no nuns? No nuns in hospitals, in missions, in charitable institutions, in schools… Can you even imagine a Church without nuns…? No, it is unthinkable!