The Marillac Residence is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax. It is a Residential Care Community licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It is owned and operated by the Sisters of Charity, Halifax. Marillac Residence’s approach to residential care is a wellness model, designed to support and facilitate independence and healthy aging. Today the administrators and staff at Marillac Residence are proud to continue the legacy of excellence in residential care that the Sisters of Charity began in 1980.
History of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, in Wellesley and Beyond
Four Sisters arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1849 to open a school. By the end of their first year in the city, they had doubled the number of students and their convent was also serving as an orphanage. The growing work and increasing numbers of Sisters led to the establishment of an independent congregation, the Sisters of Charity (Halifax), in 1856.
Sisters willingly responded wherever there was a need. By 1887, a request came to staff an all-girls’ school in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Sisters opened Saint Patrick School and over the next five years, thousands of children were placed under their care. By 1895, the cornerstone was laid for the Academy of the Assumption in Wellesley Hills, then Saint Joseph’s Academy for boys, later Elizabeth Seton High School. That campus is now the site of Mass Bay Community College. Sisters also taught at St. Paul’s School in Wellesley, and St. Joseph’s School in Needham for many years.
Across the street, Mount Saint Vincent was built – originally as a formation center for young girls wishing to become Sisters of Charity, then renovated and repurposed for retired Sisters. In 2018, Marillac Residence obtained their Level IV Rest Home License to allow them to admit members of the public to their Residential Care Community.
Sisters of Charity (Halifax) serve in schools, hospitals, parishes and social service agencies in Massachusetts and New York, across Canada and elsewhere. See some of their stories at www.schalifax.ca
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125 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481