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Date: June 12, 2014

R.S.M. 1990, c. 181

The Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg Incorporation Act

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WHEREAS, from October 2, 1930, there existed in the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, an order or association of women known under the name The Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg (hereinafter called "the order"), whose objects were the practice of works of piety, mercy and charity, and in connection therewith works of art, needlework and sewing, and the establishment, maintenance and operation of charitable, educational and religious missionary works, institutions or establishments;

AND WHEREAS the order, through the officers and members hereinafter named, by their petition prayed that The sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood should be incorporated:  The Reverend Sister Mary St. Patrick, Superior and Bursar of the order (M. C. Doyle); Reverend Sisters Mary Aurelia, Assistant (Clara Boufford); Mary Agnes, Councillor (Mary Lakes); Henry Joseph, Councillor (Rosanna Gervaise); Mary Stanislaus, Councillor (Rita Brophy);

AND WHEREAS their prayer was granted, and resulted in the enactment of An Act to Incorporate The Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, assented to April 13, 1946;

AND WHEREAS the Minister of Justice has caused this Act to be prepared in English and French for re-enactment in accordance with a judgment dated June 13, 1985 and an order dated November 4, 1985 of the Supreme Court of Canada;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:



The Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg (hereinafter called "the corporation") is continued as a corporation consisting of those persons who are members of the corporation on the coming into force of this Act and such other persons as may hereafter become members of the order.

Head office


The head office of the corporation shall be at the City of Winnipeg in the Province of Manitoba, or at such other place in Manitoba as may be determined by the by-laws of the corporation.

Objects and powers


The objects of the corporation, which it is hereby empowered to execute in and throughout the Province of Manitoba, shall be:

(a) to carry on such exercises and works of piety, mercy and charity and in connection therewith, works of art, needlework and sewing, as may be determined by the council of the corporation;

(b) to establish, maintain and operate charitable, educational and religious missionary works, institutions or establishments;

(c) to establish in any place convents, novitiates, branches or establishments of the order and to nominate and appoint managers of the same;

(d) to appoint officers, administrators and attorneys and to define their powers and to nominate an attorney or attorneys not being members of the corporation;

(e) to erect in connection with or adjacent to its monastery or monasteries, chapels to which the general public may be admitted;

(f) to establish a vault or cemetery on the property of any of its monasteries for the purpose of deposing therein the remains of its deceased members, provided such burial places are established and maintained in accordance with the provisions of the by-laws of any municipality in which they may be situated, and in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the burial of the dead in the province;

(g) generally to exercise all such powers as are necessary for the carrying out of the objects and purposes of the corporation.



Three members of the corporation, namely:  the Superior, the Assistant, and one councillor, shall form the council of the corporation, and the council may, for and on behalf of the corporation, if deemed expedient, make by-laws not contrary to law for:

(a) the administration, management and control of the property, business and other temporal affairs of the corporation;

(b) the appointment, term of office, functions, duties and remuneration of all members, officers, agents and servants of the corporation and their successors;

(c) the admission of members to and their dismissal from the corporation;

(d) generally for the carrying out of the objects and purposes of the corporation.

Membership in the corporation


Only members of the order shall be eligible for membership in the corporation.

Only professed sisters entitled to privileges


Only such members of the corporation as have pursuant to the rules of the order pronounced their final vows, and have thus become professed members, shall be entitled to vote at meetings of, or to hold office in, or otherwise to take part in the government of, the corporation.

Power to hold property


The corporation may from time to time and at all times hereafter purchase, take, have, hold, receive, possess, retain and enjoy the property, real or personal, corporeal, or incorporeal whatsoever given, granted, devised or bequeathed to it, or appropriated, purchased or acquired by it in any manner or way whatsoever, to, for or in favour of the uses and purposes of the corporation, or to, for, or in favour of any religious, educational, eleemosynary or other institution established or intended to be established by, under the management of, or in connection with the uses or purposes of the corporation:  Provided that the annual revenue of the real estate held by or in trust for the corporation, excepting such property as is necessary for the actual carrying on of the works of the corporation, shall not exceed $15,000.

Power to dispose of property


The corporation may also sell, convey, exchange, alienate, mortgage, lease or demise any real or personal property held by it, whether by way of investment for the uses and purposes of the corporation or not, and may also invest all or any of its funds or moneys and all or any funds or moneys invested in or acquired by it for the uses and purposes aforesaid, in and upon any security by way of mortgage, hypothec or charge upon real or personal property, and for the purposes of such investment may take, receive and accept mortgages or assignments thereof, whether made or executed directly to the corporation, or to any corporation, body, company, or person in trust for it, and may sell, grant, assign and transfer such mortgages or assignments either wholly or in part.

Execution of real property instruments


Any deed, transfer, mortgage, charge or other instrument relating to or dealing with real estate or any interest therein in the corporation, shall be deemed to be and shall be duly executed and shall be sufficient for the purposes for which same is intended, if there are affixed thereto the seal of the corporation and the signatures of the three members of the council of the corporation.

Power to borrow


The corporation may for its purposes:

(a) borrow money upon the credit of the corporation;

(b) limit or increase the amount to be borrowed;

(c) make, draw, accept, endorse or become party to promissory notes and bills of exchange;

(d) mortgage, hypothecate, or pledge the real or personal property of the corporation, or both, to secure any money borrowed for the purposes of the corporation.

Execution of negotiable instruments


Every such note or bill made, drawn, accepted or endorsed on behalf of the corporation by the party thereto authorized by the by-laws of the corporation and countersigned by the proper party thereto authorized by the said by-laws, shall be binding upon the corporation and shall be presumed to have been made, drawn, accepted or endorsed with proper authority until the contrary is shown and it shall not be necessary in any case to have the seal of the corporation affixed to any such bill or note.

Persons leaving the order not entitled to compensation


No member admitted to the order, whether she has or has not pronounced her final vows and made her religious profession, shall be entitled upon or after ceasing to be a member of the order, to any compensation for any work done for the order while a member thereof.



The corporation shall whenever required so to do, render an account in writing of its property and affairs to the member of the Executive Council charged with the administration of The Corporations Act.

NOTE:  This Act replaces S.M. 1946, c. 109.