Friday silent vigil

For almost 20 years, Sisters of Providence, along with other Kingstonians, have held a silent vigil every Friday noon in front of City Hall. It is an act of witness, an act of solidarity with people who live in poverty. And it is coming to an end in the midst of a federal election. 

Concluding event:

A celebration of 20 years of vigil keeping will be held on Thursday, September 17 at Kingston City Hall, 5-8 pm, refreshments served.  See details: The vigil concludes

final final vigil will be held on Friday, September 18, usual time, usual place.


Lots of vigil stories!

December 14, 2015
Vigil closing / retrospective
Vigil closing / retrospective

Joe Gunn, the executive director of Citizens for Public Justice (cpj.ca), spoke at the September 17 closing of the silent vigil.

December 9, 2015
A closing celebration ... and one final vigil
A closing celebration ... and one final vigil

It was fitting that the weather was so beautiful on September 17 and 18 when, after 20 years of fidelity, the silent vigil in solidarity with the poor and so many others, came to an end.

October 19, 2015
The B.C. Catholic - Sisters end vigil; protested weekly for two decades - October 19, 2015

A group of sisters who have ended a 20-year vigil for social justice hoped their concerns would stay in the spotlight during the federal election campaign.

September 18, 2015
Vigil concludes
Vigil concludes

After 20 years, the silent vigil for social justice ended on Friday, September 18 after a large event the evening before. Thank you to the many many people who joined us in marking this occasion. 

September 16, 2015
Vigil's silence was golden

"The good that we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain "¦ until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."

Those 25 words adorn the front of a little leaflet that a small group of us hand to passersby every Friday noon in front of City Hall. We've been standing there every week for 20 years. It's been quite a run.

September 13, 2015
Weekly social justice vigil concludes after 20 years

In 1995, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, along with other Kingstonians, decided to hold a silent vigil in front of City Hall; the vigil was an act of solidarity, a way to show opposition and give a voice to poverty and social justice issues in the province and the country. The vigils quickly became a weekly affair, but on Sept. 17, after 20 years, they will come to an end.

September 11, 2015
Nuns to end public vigil after 20 years

That first gathering in front of City Hall on a November day was to begin a Friday tradition that would last 20 years. The final vigil will take place on Friday, Sept. 18, of this year.

September 11, 2015
Poverty vigil runs its course

For 20 years, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul have lined a small corner in front of Kingston’s City Hall to stand in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in society.

On Sept. 17, the sisters of the Kingston community will celebrate the end of their silent social justice vigil from 5 to 7 p.m.

September 1, 2015
The Vigil mentioned at Queen's Park

Twice local then-Member of Provincial Parliament raised the vigil in the Ontario Parliament (Queen's Park).

September 1, 2015
Ads for bulletins and newsletters

Here are a variety of ads in two formats that we hope you can use to promote the concluding event of the social justice vigil. 

Each one comes in PDF and JPG formats.

August 10, 2015
The beginnings: Sister Shirley Morris looks back
The beginnings: Sister Shirley Morris looks back

Sister Shirley Morris helped to create the silent vigil for justice. She looks back on 20 years.

July 3, 2015
#FridayVigil July 3: Talking to police
#FridayVigil July 3: Talking to police

What does the FridayVigil do best? Not only does it witness, but the long-term vigil keepers know how to engage. So we spoke with several police officers who were curious about what we were doing.

July 3, 2015
After 20 years, the vigil will end on September 17
After 20 years, the vigil will end on September 17

Mark your calendars,” as they say. “Save the date.”

We want to celebrate this milestone by inviting people in Kingston and beyond to stand with us for a final vigil. We’ll celebrate with song and stories, food and drink. Our last vigil takes place as a federal election campaign gets underway. So we’ll be making some new signs just for the occasion: “Vote to End Poverty.”

December 10, 2014
Standing in vigil at Kingston's City Hall
Standing in vigil at Kingston's City Hall

As the Friday social justice vigil turns 19, Sr. Una Byrne reflects on why she takes part.

April 10, 2014
Poverty dolls: Silent vigil's 18th anniversary
Poverty dolls: Silent vigil's 18th anniversary

Six thousand children live in poverty in Kingston, roughly 600,000 in Ontario. The Sisters of Providence and friends made a display of more than 6000 paper dolls to represent these children for the 18th anniversary of the silent vigil. 

May 3, 2013
A living wage for Kingston?
A living wage for Kingston?

This spring is seeing a resurgence of action to keep attention on a living wage for Kingston. It is a focus of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office and a whole raft of allies.

September 15, 2011
16th anniversary of the vigil / 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence
16th anniversary of the vigil / 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence

The Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton had to raise his voice above the hum of traffic in front of City Hall. But most of the 150 supporters gathered to mark the sixteenth anniversary of our Silent Vigil could hear Kingston’s new Anglican Bishop as he led us in prayer.

September 12, 2011
16 Years Standing For Social Justice
16 Years Standing For Social Justice

Sixteen years standing for social justice. This Friday Kingstonians will show their support for the Sisters of Providence and their silent vigil by joining thousands of voters in communities across Ontario.

June 25, 2009
25 in 5 creating real change
25 in 5 creating real change

On May 6 Ontario’s Legislature unanimously passed the Poverty Reduction Act. It was one more step forward for 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, a social justice coalition that has been lobbying for two years.

April 17, 2009
Multifaith Prayer Vigil
Multifaith Prayer Vigil

A band of two dozen Kingston vigil keepers and friends traveled by bus to Toronto on March 11. Our goal was to participate in the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition’s prayer vigil at Queen’s Park.

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