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December 13, 2017
Catherine McKinley's Letters and Archival Online Outreach
Catherine McKinley's Letters and Archival Online Outreach

In the Archives of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul the majority of our early records are handwritten and are not always easy to read. Since the 1980s numerous Sisters and archives staff have transcribed many of these records by deciphering the handwriting and typing out copies of these documents.

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July 14, 2017
'To build a home': The Sisters of Providence at the time of Canada's confederation
'To build a home': The Sisters of Providence at the time of Canada's confederation

The Archives is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by reflecting on what life was like for the Sisters of Providence in 1867.

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December 9, 2016
Maryvale Abbey, then and now
Maryvale Abbey, then and now

This July I immersed myself in the Sisters’ past, researching and writing the history of the Sisters of Providence as teachers at St. Margaret’s School and Maryvale Abbey in Glen Nevis, Ontario. Around that same time my husband and I decided to go to the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville and we stayed the night at Maryvale Abbey, which is now a bed and breakfast called the Abbey Inn.

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November 2, 2016
Time capsule located beneath a cornerstone at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital
Time capsule located beneath a cornerstone at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital

For 50 years, a time capsule was buried beneath the cornerstone of a wing of St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston.

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July 15, 2016
From private students that paid for missions to choirs and bands, Sisters taught them all
From private students that paid for missions to choirs and bands, Sisters taught them all

Music has a long history as an important ministry of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. From the 1880s until today, Sisters of Providence have shared and continue to share their musical talents with the communities they serve. 

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April 11, 2016
The 'mission history' of Apple Hill, Pincher Creek, San Cristobal, Edmonton, Moose Jaw...
The 'mission history' of Apple Hill, Pincher Creek, San Cristobal, Edmonton, Moose Jaw...

Did you know the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul served in La Loche and Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan? In Lancaster, Ontario? In Pincher Creek, Alberta? In Entebbe, Uganda? Over the course of their history, Sisters have served in six Canadian provinces and five countries.

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December 15, 2015
The story of the congregation, one life at a time
The story of the congregation, one life at a time

The history of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul has often been written about in terms of the missions, institutions and ministries of the congregation. The focus has been on the works of the whole instead of the individual; yet the whole would be nothing without the women who have served since 1861.

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December 9, 2015
Reviewing the legacy
Reviewing the legacy

The Catholic Archivist Group conference was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan a week before the unveiling of the “Called to Serve” monument in Regina. 

In light of that upcoming event, Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, gave a fantastic presentation at the conference about the history of the 61 congregations of women religious who have served in Saskatchewan since 1860.

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April 7, 2015
The 400 'Home Children' who passed through the House of Providence
The 400 'Home Children' who passed through the House of Providence

Between 1870 and the late 1930s over 100,000 “home children” were sent to Canada from Great Britain. Due to the industrial revolution, cities in England in the mid-19th century were overcrowded and living conditions for many poor and destitute adults and children were terrible.

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January 16, 2015
Shining a light in St. Mary's Hospital, Camrose
Shining a light in St. Mary's Hospital, Camrose

Ninety years ago, Sister Mary Angel Guardian Mangan supervised the building of St. Mary's Hospital in Camrose, Alberta. The hospital opened in October 1924 and was staffed by eight Sisters. While, according to the annals, the Sisters' days were "spent opening boxes, unpacking furniture, trying to place it, picking [their] way among workmen of all trades," they also had to go to the parish church every day for Mass, as the hospital chapel was not ready yet.

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June 7, 2014
Sister Mary Angelica was a Home Child
Sister Mary Angelica was a Home Child

Lillian Blanchfield, her two sisters and her two brothers, were “rescued” from the Shaw Street Workhouse in Liverpool, England by the Catholic Children’s Protection Society of Liverpool. They crossed the Atlantic in 11 days aboard the Parisian steamship in the company of Mrs. Lacey and 60 other home children.

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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?

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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.

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November 20, 2012
Anniversary Year in Holyoke
Anniversary Year in Holyoke

Months after the Canadian Sisters of Providene of St. Vincent de Paul wrapped up their 150th anniversary year, their U.S. counterparts celebrate their remarkable journey.

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July 13, 2012
SP's Featured During Museum Month
SP's Featured During Museum Month

Ten Kingston museums set up temporary displays under one roof on May 12 to commemorate Museum Month.

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June 12, 2012
Kingston Heritage Fair
Kingston Heritage Fair

Kingston area students and teachers were offered a glimpse into the 150 year history of the Sisters of Providence during the annual Regional Heritage Fair held on May 3 and 4.

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June 1, 2012
Motherhouse turns 80
Motherhouse Turns 80

The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul have had two motherhouses over the course of their history. ‘Motherhouse’ is the official administrative home of a religious congregation. The House of Providence, now Providence Manor, served as the congregation’s motherhouse from 1861 to 1932 when the motherhouse designation moved to the new Novitiate building at Heathfield on Princess Street.

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July 13, 2010
Annual Conference – 'Celebrate Ourselves'
Annual Conference – 'Celebrate Ourselves'

The Archives team at Providence Motherhouse got to play "dress up" during a quick stop at the Stratford Festival Archives and Costume Warehouse in mid-May.

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May 10, 2010
Scenes of Early Kingston
Scenes of Early Kingston

Members of the Kingston Historical Society meet monthly at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to listen to presenters discuss Kingston history

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April 16, 2009
Special Documents Returned
Special Documents Returned

Ninety-two years after preparations for a new hospital to be built and operated by the Sisters of Providence in Kitchener, Ontario were cancelled, the original architectural drawings were returned to the Sisters of Providence Archives.

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