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April 7, 2014
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?

April 7, 2014
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.

April 7, 2014
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.

April 7, 2014
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."

April 7, 2014
'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.

May 3, 2013
The most celebrated environmental event worldwide
The most celebrated environmental event worldwide

More than six million Canadians join one billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity. Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive.

May 3, 2013
Planting peas in April
Planting peas in April

Peas are a lovely cool-weather crop, one of the first seeds to actually be planted in the soil of the gardens, even when it is still too cold for most vegetables. One of the pea varieties is called Champion of England. What a glorious name!

May 3, 2013
San Martin builds a chapel but still needs medical care
San Martin builds a chapel but still needs medical care

In this small town there are three children with different medical syndromes. Their parents suffer because they do not know what to do.

May 3, 2013
Our Journey to Holyoke
Our Journey to Holyoke

In 1873, Sisters Mary Jane de Chantal and Mary Elizabeth went on a collecting tour in Massachusetts, where they visited Holyoke, a large manufacturing town. They got permission from the pastor, Fr. Harkins, to collect in his parish – and discovered that he had studied under Sr. Mary Elizabeth's brother, Fr. Stafford, at Regiopolis College in Kingston. He asked the Sisters to open a charitable mission in the city.

May 3, 2013
Keeping Contact
Keeping Contact

As part of the two-year formation process, Associate program co-directors Barbara Baker and Sister Irene Wilson have been traveling to the Associates across Canada. In late October they visited Camrose and led a process of Ignatian contemplation. An outcome of the visit was an agreement that, rather than starting from scratch, the Camrose group would use the same materials as were being used in Ontario for reflection, discussion and prayer. Pardon the bad pun, but there was lots of “associated” socializing and catching up as well

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