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The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul have served the poor since the founding of the congregation in 1861, when they began providing compassionate care to the orphaned and the aged. Over the past century, their work with the poor in Canada has evolved to meet the needs of the times and Sisters now do hands-on ministry in soup kitchens, clothing depots, prisons, schools and shelters for people in need. As well, the Sisters work in some of the poorest areas of Peru.

At the same time, the Sisters of Providence have felt compelled to work to overcome the root causes of poverty, in keeping with our mission statement of seeking to empower others, especially the poor and oppressed, to achieve a quality of life in keeping with their human dignity. In the early 1990s the congregation officially established a Justice and Peace office to identify and take nonviolent action on issues that affect the poor. That action includes being a voice that challenges all — from members of the congregation, to elected officials, to the general public — to become more aware of the impact our decisions have on all members of society.

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Richard Jack. The Second Battle of Ypres, 22 April to 25 May 1915. CWM 19710261-0161. Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. copyright Canadian War Museum

by Jamie Swift

Two oil paintings. Two artists who painted battlefield scenes. Two dramatically different ways of telling a story.

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Sister Mary Clare Stack OSU, Sister Jeannette Filthaut SP and Dr. Bob McKeon walking in the closing march of Truth and Reconciliation on a very cold March 30th day in Edmonton


by Sister Jeannette Filthaut

Listen to your heart * Listen to the Creator * As leaders, as women, we have to be strong to stand alone and we have to move forward * Go beyond the evil dark energy * Put your children close to your heart * If you don’t have an elder adopt one to learn from them
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But I’m Hungry

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation staff member Tara Kainer’s first book of poetry was published in 2011 by Hidden Brook Press. She read this poem at the Put Food in the Budget inquiry into poverty in Ontario in September.




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by Bridget Doherty

Imagine you have two children. You work full time at the store down the road. Your husband is a cook at the local restaurant. When the bill for heating and lighting your home arrives, you receive quite a shock. The utilities cost more than the rent. You have to make a tough decision. Do you heat the home or feed the family? Not heating the home may result in child services knocking on your door.

Or you’re a senior citizen who has lived in the same house all your life. It’s a beautiful, but worn, brick home. Built at the turn of the century, there is not a stitch of insulation in the walls. You have always been a good saver and collect a pension. You’re on a fixed income and have learned to budget – but rising utility costs have meant that you’re dipping into your savings. Your income is relatively good but this cold winter has resulted in utility bills that have made you decide to keep the home much cooler than you would like. You are worried that the added sweaters have not adequately kept you warm and think it may be the home that is making you sick.

There are many citizens for whom these or similar scenarios are a reality. In Canada some 1 million people are affected by “energy poverty,” and the numbers are rising. View full article »

by Jamie Swift


The precariat? What’s that? The funny-sounding word has recently been creeping from university seminar rooms into public discussion. Precarious work + the proletariat = the “precariat.”

It refers to the decline of reliable, decently-paid work and the rise of part-time, temporary jobs that pay minimum wages.

Just before Christmas, veteran journalist Michael Valpy described the brave new world of work as a “fearsome cave of economic insecurity and the place where dignity and a sense of meaningfulness and self-worth are left at the door.”

Working at a full time, minimum wage job (if you can find one) in Ontario still leaves you well below the poverty line.

The JPIC Office is involved in several efforts to fix a world of work that is increasingly fractured, a community ever more sharply dividing between the rich and the rest. View full article »

Sisters of Providence and the faithful friends of their weekly silent vigil in front of City Hall will mark 18 years of faithful witness to the need for justice, equality and peace.

Thursday, November 28
Memorial Hall at Kingston City Hall
6-7 pm

  • Speakers, including two Kingston women who have struggled with inadequate incomes
  • Music
  • Food
  • Display



You are welcome to make arrangements to photograph the dolls at any time before the vigil. We are willing to bring them to studio if helpful.

On Wednesday, November 20, 1-3 pm, a crew will be mounting the dolls made by the Sisters themselves.



It started in 1995 when a demonstration against cutbacks turned violent. One of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul figured there was another way, and began a small action outside of City Hall. Ever since, the weekly vigil has been held. Every Friday, 12:15-12:45, a faithful crew of vigil-keepers gathers to hold signs, witness for justice, and act as a visual reminder that the job isn’t done.They have addressed in their vigils everything from climate change to peace, from prison farms to the cost and availability of food, from fracking for oil to a consumer culture.

Poverty has been one of the most consistent issues.

Back in 1995, Paul Martin’s federal budget marked a milestone in shredding Canada’s safety net and the newly-elected provincial Conservative under Mike Harris launched a poor-bashing program aimed at social assistance and affordable housing. Public provision for the most vulnerable has not been restored. Far from it. Precarious jobs that keep workers below the poverty line have become a permanent feature of a two-tier labour market. Too many wore working class jobs no longer provide enough to live on. In one of the world’s richest places.

At the municipal level, after a two year campaign for a living wage for Kingston initiated by the (now-defunct) Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, the City of Kingston decided this fall that a living wage was a policy not worth pursuing.

How do you make that real for people? You make it visual. And that is what the Sisters and their friends have done.

Who made the dolls?

* Sisters of Providence — including those in the infirmary and in their 90s

* Sister Kay Morell’s T’ai Chi Chih students, Art Therapy and Spiritual Journey participants, who join her in a charity project each fall. She says:

My people are so generous that we ended up with 3,000! The students/ participants worked on the boards before and after their classes for over two weeks. We were very generously helped by Sr. Mary Hurley, RHSJ, and Sr. Ruth Resch, RHSJ, who put in about 20 hours of work , coming every day for two weeks. The six boards are our donation.


Other vigil anniversaries:

Detail of paper doll display 1

Detail of paper doll display 2

Detail of the 3900+ paper dolls that will be on display to represent children living in poverty in Ontario



Detail 4



Mounted paper dolls



Sisters of Providence cut out paper dolls for stunning visual display



More mounted paper dolls


Louise Slobodian
Director of Communications
Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
613-544-4525 x150

Next week, Thursday, November 28:

Announcement of silent vigil celebration November 28 at 6 pm at Memorial Hall, City Hall


by Jamie Swift

Those 13 words speak volumes about the why of war. Particularly since they were uttered at a 1936 Vimy Ridge Pilgrimage by Canada’s first Silver Cross Mother.

Charlotte Susan Wood was speaking to King Edward VIII as they gazed across the former killing fields subsequently planted with uncountable white crosses row on row.

Mrs. Wood was a Winnipeg laundry worker whose son Percy had perished at Vimy Ridge before he turned 18, one of her five sons killed in World War I.

“Please God, Mrs. Wood,” replied King Edward, “It shall never happen again.”

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Youth drum group from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (K.I.)

by Bridget Doherty

Last fall, the Sisters of Providence, the Rotary Club of Cataraqui, Kingston, along with a host of organizations and caring citizens, welcomed the 3rd World Canada Tour.

The tour comprised of a youth drum group from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (K.I.) and Andrée Cazabon, a young filmmaker from Montreal.

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