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.


Aug. 1884 - To Rev. Harkins, Holyoke MA from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

J.M.J.
House of Providence, Kingston
Aug. 21, 1884
Rev. P. J. Harkins, P.P.
Holyoke
Dear. Rev. Father:

Doubtless you received the telegram I sent you yesterday announcing the appointment of Sister M. of Providence to the office of Superior at Holyoke. I hope this arrangement will be satisfactory to you especially when I tell you that although Sr. M.P. has full charge of the house, her first duty is to be the care of the Schools of St. Jerome’s Institute. She has for assistants in the House on Dwight Street, Sister M. Agnes, and at the “Mount” Sister M. Ignatius C two Sisters quite competent to attend to all domestic arrangements, leaving plenty of time for Sr. M.P.’s special and personal supervision of the School.

I am, dear Rev. Father,
Very respectfully yours,
Sister Mary Edward, Supr.

Notes: Another copy of this letter exists as an individual letter. 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter August 1884.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook p. 39, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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