Our History

Lurana Shelter Society and Lurana Shelter are named after Lurana White, the Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.  Lurana White was a woman of vision and supported endeavors to support women at a time in history when women did not experience equality.  The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement have been providing services in Edmonton, Alberta since 1928.  More information is available at www.graymoor.org.

Lurana Shelter has offered services since November 1993 including safe refuge and life changing services to women and children who were victims of domestic violence in our community.  Our hope is not to be needed someday but for now, our priorities include providing safety for victims and their children, empowering the women and children we serve, and working toward social change through education and advocacy.

Lurana White, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement often reminded her spiritual daughters ‘that they were other John the Baptists’ preparing the ways of the Lord. March 31, 2021 was
the last day for the programs to be administrated by the Sisters.

The Sisters will continue to pray for Lurana Shelter to be safe refuge to women and their children under Catholic Social Social Services.