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Providence Associate Jan Kehoe offered a blessing along with her chaplaincy team colleague Mark Vigrass


by Sister Jeannette Filthaut

On March 27, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Hospital in Edmonton officially opened its palliative care wing. Our congregation having opened the hospital originally, in 1948, we Sisters of Providence in Edmonton were invited to the blessing of this newly-renovated wing.

Sister Rita Gleason and myself were able to participate. We were honoured to assist in placing the first crucifix in the hallway as the doors were opened. This crucifix once hung in the original St. Joseph’s Hospital on Whyte Avenue.




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News from the West

Sister Bernadine Bokenfohr presents the Sister of Providence Award to Kristen Baumgardner

Kristen Baumgardner was honoured with the Sisters of Providence award given to an employee of Covenant Health in Camrose, Alberta.

Six staff members were nominated for the highest award given during a special banquet held on March 14.
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Sister Elaine at the “Find Your Way Desk”

By Christine Ross
Who better to welcome patients and friends to St. Mary’s of the Lake than a former Director of Nursing at the Kingston hospital. Sister of Providence Elaine Jacob returned to Kingston from the west three years ago, after a long ministry in health care. She began searching for a fulfilling ministry here in Kingston.
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New Hospital

left to right: Glen Wood (Chair Providence Care Board of Directors), Sister of Providence Sheila Langton (Board member Providence Care Board of Directors), Shelagh Nowlan, (VP, Long-Term Care at Providence Care) and Dale Kenney (Providence Care CEO). All were special guests at the 150th anniversary weekend events May 7th and 8th.

Every year for the past 12 years, Providence Care has benefited from a significant fundraising event called Founders’ Dinner. The 12th annual fundraiser on March 26, 2011 was memorable in several ways. The event highlighted the 150th anniversary celebration of Providence Care and its compas-sionate and quality service to residents of Kingston and the surrounding region. View full article »

Providence Health System

“A noble work is being done by our little Hospital,” wrote Catherine McKinley, the congregation’s first general superior, in an 1894 letter describing work at the fledging St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville. “Good seed is being sown that will in God’s own time bring forth an abundant harvest.” She was, as usual, prescient in her vision for the future. View full article »

by Christine Ross

Sr. Elaine JacobWith her trademark wit and humour intact, Sister of Providence Elaine Jacob has returned to Kingston, ON from Edmonton, AB to live among her community. During a visit to the Communications office, the octegenarian chuckles, lifting her pant leg to reveal mismatched socks. The faux pas comes as no surprise to her friends — she’s always in a rush due to her tardiness!
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Sister of Providence Joanne Colligan has received a prestigious award for her work with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
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Sr. Mary Benilda is settling into her new surroundings in Kingston after retiring from ministry work in pastoral care and as a hospital purchasing agent in the west.

On June 25, seventy five guests attended a very special Mass of Thanksgiving in Edmonton presided over by Archbishop Joseph MacNeil. The celebration was part of Sister Mary Benilda’s retirement from St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital after 45 years of employment.
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