“Trust God in our Life Journey”

This is a statement that has become very real in Sister Charlene Belay’s life. Over twenty years ago she had the notion that she wanted to be a nurse. However, the timing was not right.  She was afraid that she did not have what it takes. God had another plan for her, one that would surround her with a loving community that is encouraging and supportive. Through her trust in God, this call to serve others as a nurse is now becoming a reality. In a few months Sister Charlene will be completing the License in Practical Nursing Program in Swan River, Manitoba.  Currently she is doing her Senior Practicum at Holy Family Home. “This ministry of working with the residents and staff has been a wonderful experience especially during this time of pandemic. To be able to be present to the residents at a time when their loved ones are not able to visit has been a humbling life-giving experience. This is God’s plan to enable me to be in this ministry at this time.”

Sister Charlene is enrolled in LPN program in northern Manitoba, which has taken her away from living daily community life with the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. Coming back to Winnipeg to do her practicum has been a real coming home for her. She has missed her Sisters, and has been filled with joy to be living in community with them again.

Sister Charlene entered the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in 1993 but took a leave in 2000. She returned to the community in 2007 and made her final profession and commitment as a Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate in August 2015.