Agnes Campbell (Sister Saint Ann Carmelita)
Congregation Leader from 2016 to today
Agnes Campbell was born in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She was the third child in a family of ten. During her elementary and high school education at Holy Redeemer (Whitney Pier) and Holy Angels (Sydney), most of her teachers were sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame. Other CND influences in her life were her two aunts who were also members of the Congregation, Sister Saint Aurelius (Catherine Ann MacDonald) and Sister Saint Agnes of the Redeemer (Theresa MacDonald).
After graduating from high school, she attended Xavier Junior College in Sydney and completed her first year of University studies. Sister Agnes made her profession in 1960 and then attended Saint Francis Xavier University where she obtained her teacher’s license. From 1961 to 1996, she worked as a teacher and/or administrator in the Nova Scotia school system. During that period she served part time for four years on the Council of Saint Joseph Province and also obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from Saint Francis Xavier University. For six years she worked full time in youth ministry as a member of a parish pastoral team. After a year of study at Saint Paul’s University in Ottawa she received a diploma in Theology.
In 1996 she retired from teaching and attended McGill University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 1997. That same year she was elected associate to the provincial leader of Saint Joseph Province and served for four years. In 2001, she was elected councillor for the newly formed Visitation Province and served until 2005. In 2006, she became the local leader of Holy Redeemer Convent until 2011 when she was elected to the General Administration. In August 2016, she was elected Congregation leader.