Catherine McKinley's Letters

This letter is part of a large database of correspondence written by and to Catherine McKinley, who is considered one of the founders of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. As a Sister of Providence she was known by her religious name Mother Mary Edward.

April 26, 1885 - To Bishop of Springfield, MA from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Apr. 26, 1885
Rt. Rev. P.T. O'Reilly, D.D.
Bishop of Springfield
My Lord,

For a long time past the Sisters at Mt. St. Vincent have urged the necessity of enlarging the Orphanage - giving many good reasons for so doing. During my recent visit there, they pressed me for permission to erect even a temporary wooden building to serve as class and recreation rooms, but I withheld my consent deeming it more prudent to liquidate the present debt than increase it. The amount due on the property at Mt. St. Vincent is $11510.81 - the interest of which being as much as they can pay annually. I have advised certain means to be taken to cancel it in part, and as another thought of asking Your Lordship for a collection through the Western portion of your diocese. I have hesitated My Lord to ask this favor for many reasons, but knowing no other means by which the difficulty might be overcome, I have finally decided to ask it.

Hoping that your Lordship may be pleased to grant my request and awaiting a reply at your convenience, I beg to subscribe myself My Lord
Most Respectfully
Sister Mary Edward, Supr.

Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook pp. 46-47, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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