Fall 2014 Providence Pages
In this issue, you will find articles addressing:
- The installation of a peace pole at the Motherhouse; and an essential question of peace: what is truth?
- A new book on the urban food / new food revolution
- A policy success story: an electricity rate affordability program in Ontario
- The speech that may have contributed to that policy change
- How the Peruvian Providence Associates remember their poorer neighbours
- Annals entries about the chapel in Camrose, Alberta’s St. Mary’s Hospital; and the sanctuary lamp that shone within
- News of the Sisters’ long-range planning
- The Advent, Christmas and Epiphany liturgical schedule for the worshipping community
- Advent offerings from the Providence Spirituality Centre
- Twelve new videos about the Congregation and its ministries (Watch them here)
- A “save the date” notice for a day with Sr. Nuala Kenney, SC, author of Healing the Church: Diagnosing and Treating the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis
- The obituary of Sister Mary Ellen Killeen
- Sisters look to future plans
For the congregation that has ministered in health care, education and social work, and spent years advocating for society’s most vulnerable members, the coming years will carry new challenges.
- 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.
- Serving the very poor
This year the Providence Associates in Peru have undertaken an important ministry to the very poor in their area. After evaluating their own ministries and the needs present in the area of Carabayllo, they have decided to focus their ministry this year in Fray Martin de Porres.
- Behind the peace pole: truth
In the midst of global tragedies and conflicts, we, Sisters of Providence, erected a simple white peace pole in front of the entrance to our Motherhouse this summer. It has black lettering. And there it stands in simple juxtaposition to the sufferings of the world.
- A whole new take on local, when it comes to food
From Toronto to Vancouver, Chicago to California, Seoul, South Korea to Havana, Cuba and points in between, Jennifer Cockrall-King explores the future of food in Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution (Prometheus Books, 2012).
- Climate change in Ontario?
As part of a regular update to the Sisters of Service, who co-fund the Integrity of Creation position of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation team, Bridget Doherty gives an update on the work of energy poverty.