Spring 2014 Providence Pages

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In this issue, you will find articles addressing:

  • Women Do Peace, a March conference
  • Montreal founders of the Congregation
  • Home children and our archives about them
  • The Marillac Mission Fund’s work in Peru
  • Land at rest and planning for Spring
  • New terms to describe poverty today, including precariat and energy-poverty; along with a moving poem on hunger
  • The path of an Edmonton Associate
  • Hearing the Pope (in 1931)
  • The liturgy schedule and Providence Spirituality Centre possibilities
  • In Memoriams of four dear Sisters who left us last year: Lucy McGrath, Nancy Hunter, Nancy Wilson and Sarah MacDonald

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Sister Nancy Hunter
Sister Nancy Hunter
Sister Nancy Wilson
Sister Nancy Wilson
Sister Mary Lucy McGrath
Sister Mary Lucy McGrath
Sister Sara MacDonald
Sister Sara MacDonald
A Red Letter Day
A Red Letter Day

In these times of mass media coverage we take for granted seeing and hearing Pope Francis on television, radio and online. This access was not always the case…what if you had never heard the voice of the Pope? What would the first time you heard his voice mean to you?

The 400 'Home Children' who passed through the House of Providence
The 400 'Home Children' who passed through the House of Providence

Between 1870 and the late 1930s over 100,000 “home children” were sent to Canada from Great Britain. Due to the industrial revolution, cities in England in the mid-19th century were overcrowded and living conditions for many poor and destitute adults and children were terrible.

Sister Mary Angelica was a Home Child
Sister Mary Angelica was a Home Child

Lillian Blanchfield, her two sisters and her two brothers, were “rescued” from the Shaw Street Workhouse in Liverpool, England by the Catholic Children’s Protection Society of Liverpool. They crossed the Atlantic in 11 days aboard the Parisian steamship in the company of Mrs. Lacey and 60 other home children.

The perfect garden plan
The perfect garden plan

Many gardeners enjoy planning their gardens over the winter time, as it means dreaming of all the beautiful flowers and delicious, perfect veggies they can grow. In the planning stage, no pests come to chew on leaves, no drought makes plants droopy, and no worries of poor pollination need apply. The perfect garden of the imagination is all there is!

The business of rest
The business of rest

The idea of rest is somewhat deceiving. We know as human beings that when we sleep we appear to others to be resting, to be immobile and still. But we also know that, in fact, our minds can be quite busy as we sleep – sometimes living a whole other life in a dreaming world of our own imagination and doing much of our best neurological processing of information.

Blessed Émilie Gamelin and Bishop Ignace Bourget
Blessed Émilie Gamelin and Bishop Ignace Bourget

As Associates and Sisters began the second stage of the renewal and celebration of the historical roots of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, we felt a certain excitement moving from 16c France to 19c Montreal, Canada. Associate Marie McCartney, and Sister Shirley Morris brought to light the lives of Bishop Ignace Bourget and Sister Émilie Gamelin.

My Providence Path
My Providence Path

Earlier this year, Providence Associate Jan Kehoe retired from the chaplaincy team at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital, which had been founded by the Sisters of Providence. She used that opportunity to look back at her long association with the Congregation.

Precariat: A new word for an old and growing problem
Precariat: A new word for an old and growing problem

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."

'Energy poverty' - when it costs too much to stay warm
'Energy poverty' - when it costs too much to stay warm

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.

But I'm Hungry
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.

Women Do Peace
Women Do Peace

You know about best-laid plans? After 10 years of holding great conferences, the Congregation's Healing Violence Committee had sworn off them. But then, a great synergy happened.

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