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.


Feb. 22, 1885 - To unamed priest from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

J.M.J.
House of Providence, Kingston
Feb. 22, 1885
Rev. and Dear Father:

I am just in receipt of a letter from Sister M. Leonard, in which she fully explains their uncomfortable situation, and feeling obliged to relieve them at once I considered it more satisfactory to communicate with you and would suggest that the old lady be brought to the House here in Kingston where she will receive good care and every attention her weak state demands. She can come with the Sisters. But to allow the Sisters to remain with her circumstanced as she is at present would hardly be just.

I have not written the Sisters not knowing what to advise but I rely on your judgment and kindness for the settling of the affair and ask you, Rev. Father, to counsel the Sisters how to proceed.

Hoping I am not giving too much trouble, I am Rev. Father, with much respect,
Yours sincerely,
Sister Mary Edward, S.G.

Notes: The original letter is missing. An earlier transcription was used.
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter Feb. 22, 1895, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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