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

  • September 5, 2017


    Again this year, the Sisters of St. Ann will be participating in the  Peace Quest Puppets for Peace event when the puppets and their puppeteers parade to Government House on September 24th to celebrate the UN International Day for Peace.  Julie Cormier,  who heads up the Peace Quest Initiative for the Sisters of St. Ann,   talked to me about the puppets, the parade and the […]

  • June 14, 2017


    The Medicine Wheel, sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, has been used by generations of various native peoples for spirituality, health and healing.  It embodies the four directions, as well as Father Sky, Mother Earth and animals as messengers of healing. On home soil, we are blessed to have a native elder with us who can share her tradition in a way that is […]

  • May 12, 2017

    Safe, stable, supportive

          As Angela Hudson, Executive Director at St. Vincent-de-Paul, reminds us several times during our tour of Rosalie’s Village, the recently opened housing facility in Saanich, “We are not only a housing provider.” Later, I asked Angela to elaborate more on that statement as I recalled the attractive town-house and apartment accommodations which are central to the project: Angela Hudson, Executive Director […]