Providence Flashbacks

April 30, 2018
Behind the Scenes in the Archives!
Behind the Scenes in the Archives!

The first week of April was Archives Awareness Week in Ontario! With that in mind I would take you behind the scenes in the archives.

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March 27, 2018
Solving a Small Mystery
Solving a Small Mystery

We came across this photograph from St. John’s School, Gananoque in the Archives. It didn’t have a date, or a good explanation of what is going on in the photograph. Based on the clothes and the cars, it might be the 1920s, and the dignitary is clearly a high ranking church official. Let’s look at a few different sources for clues…

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February 28, 2018
Sister Muriel teaching at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing
Sister Muriel teaching at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing

Sr. Muriel taught at Sr . Mary’s School of Nursing from 1955 to 1965.

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December 8, 2017
Daylight Savings!
Daylight Savings!

Daylight Savings Time (DST) was first instituted in Canada on April 14th 1918, but was canceled at the end of WWI by the federal government. Certain municipalities, including Kingston, continued with DST. The Congregation was unsure about changing the clocks and in certain years it seems as if they only followed the new time during the school year.

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September 29, 2017
Teaching in Batawa
Teaching in Batawa

Father Dostol, s.j., the parish priest, wanted to set up a Catholic school in Batawa and in 1946 he asked for two Sisters of Providence to staff the school. Sister Mary Dorothea, Superior and Sister Mary Constance were sent to teach while Sister Mary Polycarp was to give music lessons to paying students.

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July 7, 2017
Marble statue of Mary wasn't always there
Marble statue of Mary wasn't always there

Have you ever noticed the beautiful white marble statue of Mary above the entrance to the Motherhouse?

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May 29, 2017
Exciting new treasure to the Archives
Exciting new treasure to the Archives

The Archives received an exciting new treasure in April: the first patient register of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville.

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March 2, 2017
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
Spanish Influenza Epidemic

Editorial in the Morrisburg Leader from 1918 or 1919 regarding the Spanish Influenza Epidemic.

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December 15, 2016
Cornerstones and time capsules
Cornerstones and time capsules

The finding of the 1956 cornerstone at St. Mary’s of the Lake got the Archives staff thinking about cornerstones and time capsules. Archives technician Tom McCarthy found a mention in the Congregational Annals of a time capsule that was laid in the cornerstone of the original wing of Providence Motherhouse. This cornerstone was laid on September 13, 1931, when the building was under construction.

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October 21, 2016
Spooky and spirited celebrations!
Spooky and spirited celebrations!

Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy Halloween. Here are a few tales of Halloweens past from the Congregational Annals.

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September 28, 2016
Teaching in King City
Teaching in King City

The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul served in King City from 1937 to 1973. Here are a few excerpts from Sr. Margaret Black’s reminiscences of her time in King City.

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July 5, 2016
Summer at the Villa
Summer at the Villa

The congregation purchased the cottage “Marillac Villa” in the fall of 1955 and enlarged it so it could accommodate 30 sisters at one time. 

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May 17, 2016
Where angels did not fear to tread
Where angels did not fear to tread

The Sisters of Providence ran Rosary Hall in Edmonton Alberta from 1915 to 2012. Rosary Hall was a hostel for immigrant women and girls coming to the city for study or employment until the early 1960s when the mandate of Rosary Hall shifted to serve the mentally handicapped and women suffering from mental illness.

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April 4, 2016
St. Patrick's Day celebrations through the years​
St. Patrick's Day celebrations through the years​

A favourite day for the Sisters and the wearin' of the green

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January 29, 2016
January, a hundred years ago
January, a hundred years ago

Most people start the New Year looking forward; however, let’s look back 100 years in the Congregational Annals to see what life was like at the House of Providence in Kingston in January, 1916.

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December 4, 2015
Christmas 82 years ago
Christmas 82 years ago

Flashing back 82 years to a dainty table, the bishop and Father Brady to dinner, and an enjoyable day.

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November 3, 2015
Opening the doors, 50 years ago
Opening the doors, 50 years ago

The open house at the Motherhouse this October got me wondering about past open houses and I discovered that a series of three was held in November 1964. They were held to show off the newly-completed large addition to the Motherhouse consisting of the administration wing, the extension of the Marian wing, the extension of the novitiate (where the Spirituality Centre is now), the new dining, kitchen, laundry facilities and a new heating system.

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October 5, 2015
Apple Hill
Apple Hill

In July 1929, Rev. Foley, parish priest of Apple Hill, visited Providence Motherhouse in Kingston and requested that the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul open a mission in Apple Hill and run the separate school.

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June 29, 2015
Jubilee celebrations over the years
Jubilee celebrations over the years

Jubilee celebrations from the Archives of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.

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May 8, 2015
Mothers' Day 1977 at Cristo Luz Del Mundo Parish in Lima, Peru
Mothers' Day 1977 at Cristo Luz Del Mundo Parish in Lima, Peru

The celebration of Mothers’ Day provided an opportunity for another and impressive and beautiful liturgy. Before Mass, Padre Juan placed three red roses on a table in front of the altar. One rose was placed in a delicate vase, one in Peruvian pottery, and the third in a tin can.

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