Who We Are
Saint Marguerite d’Youville is the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Grey Nuns) and the first Canadian born saint. Her charism is trust in Divine Providence and universal charity.
Associates share in her spirituality, in her compassionate care of the poor and in charitable works. Associates are lay people from all walks of life and of all ages who want to grow spiritually and who have a genuine concern to help others.
The Association is a non-profit, bilingual, Christian organization, comprised of a Leadership Team, small group meetings, combined large group gatherings, and a variety of volunteer activities.
What We Do
Our vision is to be inspired by the charism of St. Marguerite d’Youville, recognizing God’s call to be examples of compassion, loving care and hope to those in need.
We fulfill this vision by:
- sharing and promoting the charism of St. Marguerite d’Youville;
- seeking opportunities to grow spiritually and to respond to those in need; and,
- building a community of Associates.
We live this vision by:
- spiritual growth: deepening our relationship with God and our trust in Divine Providence as exemplified by St. Marguerite d’Youville;
- service: for those in need;
- integrity: in all we do;
- unity: among Associates;
- respect: for everyone regardless of religion, race, language or social status; and,
- justice and advocacy: for all those we serve.
When We Meet
Small group meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month (September to June) in the Bernardi Meeting Room at St. Mary’s. For more information please contact the Parish Office.
Are you searching to grow spiritually, and do you want to recognize how you can make a difference in someone else’s life? You may want to pray with others, share your time and talents, develop new bonds of friendship, identify with others who share the same values, rekindle your faith and participate in projects. If this sounds like you, then please consider joining the Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville where you will soon discover that you are among friends.
You did not hesitate to venture on the path of confidence in Divine Providence and surrender to the Father’s embrace, thus finding joy in expressing God’s tenderness. We seek to follow in your footsteps. May we learn as you did the life-giving power of love, the profound peace of unfailing trust, the deep mystery of suffering and pain, the strength-giving solace of prayer, so that we too, may be signs of God’s love to all peoples of our world. Amen.