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Video clip of the Kingston Archdiocesan Mass held on December 8th, 2011, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

150th Anniversary Prayer – by Peggy Flanagan SP

View the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Providence Pages HERE


Video celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

Silent Vigil
Celebrating 150th Anniversary of
The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
12:15 p.m.
Kingston City Hall

Let’s Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario

For more details please view the poster HERE
View the news release HERE
View the letter from the Honourable Hugh D. Segal, C.M. Senator Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds HERE

Catherine McKinley and the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
– by Veronica Stienburg Archivist for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul

Serving with Compassion – by Christine Ross Special to QMI Agency

Perth EMC – Sisters of Providence celebrate 150 years, 106 in Smiths Falls

Catholic Register – Sisters of Providence mark 150 years of service to the poor

Prairie Messenger – CALLED TO SERVE
Sisters of Providence celebrate 150 faith-filled years

The Whig-Standard – Window into the future

Kingston This Week – Sisters of Providence celebrate 150th Anniversary of order

Anniversary year in Holyoke

Kingston Sisters attended the anniversary celebration in Holyoke. l to r: Sisters Una Byrne, Gayle Desarmia, Frances O’Brien, Sandra Shannon, Pauline Lally and Irene Wilson.

By Pat St. Amand
Months after the Canadian Sisters of Providene of St. Vincent de Paul wrapped up their 150th anniversary year, their U.S. counterparts celebrate their remarkable journey.

Kingston Sisters made the trip to the U.S. as the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke held three major events over the weekend of October 13-14 to celebrate two significant milestones in their congregation’s history: the 120th anniversary of their years as an independent congregation in the Springfield Diocese in 1892 and the 140th anniversary of the first Providence Sisters’ arrival in western Massachusetts in 1873.
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Website makeover

Communications office editorial assistant and web master Mike Hammond.

by Christine Ross
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — current technology buzz words. For those of us not raised on cell phones and computers, it’s a challenge to keep current.
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by Christine Ross
A year of events marking the 150th anniversary of the only congregation founded in Kingston concluded with a meal shared by Sisters of Providence, Associates and staff on December 13th, exactly one year after the anniversary year began with evening prayer in the Chapel.

It’s been a remarkable century and a half journey with deep roots in the Kingston community. In the early days, the fledgling congregation built hospitals, educated thousands, served the underprivileged, the poor and seniors. Even in its infancy, the congregation became early architects of the social justice movement and continue today with events like the weekly Silent Vigils and collaborative work with groups fighting to eradicate poverty.
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Tapestry Timeline

Photo: Jenn Goodwin
A Providence Care staff member and her long-time friend have created five quilts to celebrate Providence Care’s 150th Anniversary. One of these quilts will be gifted to the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul later at a special event November 23.


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Providence Care, two volunteers have taken the initiative to create five commemorative quilts.
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150 people gathered with Sisters of Providence at the weekly silent vigil at Kingston City Hall on September 16 to raise awareness about social justice. It marked the 16th anniversary of the vigil and the launch of an election sign blitz campaign to end poverty.

“Together in this vigil we bring before us injustices affecting our world…”
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Associates Digest

Associate Carol Groten enjoys quiet reflection at the 150th Anniversary stained glass window.

As the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul celebrate their 150th Anniversary 1861-2011, Providence Associates celebrate their journey too, 1985-2011.
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Tree Planting


The lush grounds of Providence Motherhouse served as the backdrop for a Tree Blessing ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary year.
Trees were given to the city of Kingston, Providence Manor and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Edmonton as reminders of the congregation’s roots and outreach in Kingston and beyond. View full article »

Composer Sister Rita Gleason

The story of ‘Provident Woman’ began with a phone call from Sister Catherine Cannon, member of the Anniversary Committee inviting me to compose a song or a poem for the occasion. A short while prior to this phone call, while I was on the Celtic Pilgrimage in Ireland, Monica Brown, facilitator and composer had asked me if I had ever considered composing music. So with Catherine’s invitation, I thought, maybe I could compose a song! View full article »

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