About Us

Encircled by the magnitude of the mountains and the sea, we, The Sisters of Saint Ann, founded in 1850 by Blessed Marie Anne Blondin in Vaudreuil, Quebec, have served in the Pacific Northwest since 1858.


Throughout our history in British Columbia and other areas of the Pacific Northwest we have carefully preserved the records of our lives and the works we established to serve the people of this region.


A woman’s influence is not limited, life will be mostly what women truly wish it to be.


The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater its chances of growing, branching out, and bearing fruit.


I write so I can remember and reflect on my experiences and to share the stories with those who come after.


The circular “stained glass” image represents belief in one eternal inclusive God who is Source of all goodness. Lives dedicated to education, health care, and dignified living for all people are the means revealing the Light of God’s Presence. Mountains and water locate the place of service in the Pacific Northwest. Rising beyond and embracing the mountains and water, the Cross, the symbol for Christians of the eternal power of the goodness of God, signifies the unconditional love that uplifts lives of service in the Spirit.

The Latest From Our Blog

  • March 15, 2018

    “Be More Than a Bystander” for PeaceQuest

    Julie Cormier, PeaceQuest Co-ordinator for the Sisters of St. Ann, reports on the “Be More Than A Bystander” assembly that took place on February 22nd at St. Andrew’s High School in Victoria. The “Be More Than a Bystander” program was started by the  Ending Violence Association of BC  and led by the BC Lions football team to deliver to schools across British Columbia. BC Lions players, […]

  • October 11, 2017

    Celebrating at St. Paul University

    On October 4, 2017, four Sisters of Saint Ann, Sisters Rita Larivée, Congregational Leader and General Councillor Madeleine Lanoue from Lachine and Sisters Marie Zarowny, Province Co-Leader and Patricia Donovan from Victoria,  drove from Lachine, Quebec to St Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario.  The University wanted to recognize the “transformational gift towards the addition of a specialization in the Counselling and Spirituality program with […]

  • September 20, 2017


    Urged by the Holy Father and given pastoral direction by the Bishops of Canada who insisted, “that every Catholic parish and religious community in Canada that has the resources to sponsor a refugee family ought to seriously consider doing so,” the Diocese of Victoria moved into action. The Sisters of St. Ann of St. Joseph’s Province responded by working in collaboration with the parishes. […]