Summer 2016 Providence Pages

Providence Pages Summer 2016 newsletter coverIn this issue:

Milestones and  music are the hallmarks of this issue.

You will find:

  • Our 2016 Jubilarians who celebrate 50, 60 and 70 years of religious life
  • And Sister Anna Moran who turned 100 in June
  • How Sister Marie Dundon emphasized peace in her meditation series
  • A resource for teachers on children and art: warandchildren.com
  • A follow-up to our efforts to address violence through conferences and bursaries
  • How students put their faith in action in homage to the Congregation in May
  • Climate change activity provincially and federally
  • The link to the prison farm survey that we currently open and that we support
  • A whole series of articles related to the longstanding music ministry of the Sisters of Providence
    • How our previous choir director was remembered this summer
    • Even as we welcome a new choir director
    • An organ tour of Kingston that visited the Motherhouse Chapel
    • Which is in keeping with a newly-established organ scholarship
    • A new home for unused instruments
    • And a terrific look at how teaching music has been a mainstay of ministry and missions
  • The obituary of Sister Stella Szybisty
  • Spirituality series and retreats for September, October and November on mystery, hope and connection. In fact, see the Providence Spirituality Centre's  whole new program full of possibilities
  • Sister Jeannette Filthaut's class at Changing Together

Related Content

Sr. Jeannette's class are Changing Together
July 15, 2016
Sr. Jeannette's class are Changing Together

Since 2006 I have been involved with Changing Together Centre for Immigrant Women in Edmonton, working in research and teaching levels 3 and 4 of English as a Second Language. This year I had upwards of 12 - 16 women in my classes every Wednesday morning. 

Renewed life for old instruments
July 15, 2016
Renewed life for old instruments

As music teachers retired and local convents closed, many instruments made their way to the Motherhouse in Kingston.

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

Motherhouse organ part of historic tour
July 15, 2016
Motherhouse organ part of historic tour

The Motherhouse Chapel of Mary, Mother of Compassion features a rich and resonant organ. 

Remembering Marg in song
July 15, 2016
Remembering Marg in song

Dr. Mark Sirett was first taught piano by a Sister of Providence – and he didn’t forget. Now a distinguished composer and the music director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, every year he brings at least one of his choirs to perform for the Sisters at the Motherhouse. 

A global call for just solutions on every level
July 15, 2016
A global call for just solutions on every level

Climate change is a global problem that hurts vulnerable people most. In Canada, it disproportionately affects seniors and those with pre-existing health problems, remote and First Nations communities, low-income individuals, and the marginalized.

Students give witness to social teaching in an homage to 20 years of social justice vigils
July 14, 2016
Students give witness to social teaching in an homage to 20 years of social justice vigils

Throughout the month of April, students in each of the 39 schools of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board were asked to show mercy by standing in solidarity with those who experience injustice. They did that by holding vigils and pilgrimages that honoured the legacy of the Sisters of Providence and vigil-keepers who held a Friday vigil in front of Kingston City Hall for 20 years. 

Clergy sexual abuse and bursary follow-up
July 14, 2016
Clergy sexual abuse and bursary follow-up

As a follow-up to our conference last September 11 and 12, 2015, entitled “Healing the Church: Diagnosing and Treating the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis” the Healing Violence Committee of the Sisters of Providence wishes to report on the work we have done since that time. 

Through the eyes of children
July 14, 2016
Through the eyes of children

A fascinating new web-based PeaceQuest project will soon be providing teachers with an innovative tool to help students learn about war and peace - through the eyes of children.

Sr. Marie's meditations for peace/fulness
July 14, 2016
Sr. Marie's meditations for peace/fulness

From February to April this winter, Sister Marie Dundon transformed the auditorium of the Motherhouse into an oasis of stillness and peace. Her Wednesday evening series, Kingston Meditates for Peace, was held in partnership with PeaceQuest.

Following the example of Jesus
July 14, 2016
Following the example of Jesus

Your eyes have been fixed on Jesus even before you consecrated your life to him. You accepted his invitation to join him in building the Kingdom of God. Over the years you have read the scriptures, searched the scriptures and examined his life.

Marking milestones of 50, 60, 70 years
July 14, 2016
Marking milestones of 50, 60, 70 years

At the International Union of Superiors General meeting I attended in Rome in May, we heard from Sister Mary Sujita, SND from India. Her question to us was, “Who has benefited from your vows?” On reflection I would say both “the others out there” and “community in here.” Let us see how this message relates to our Jubilarians.

Sister Stella Szybisty
Sister Stella Szybisty
Sister Anna Moran has 100 years of story to tell
Sister Anna Moran has 100 years of story to tell

Sister Anna is not the oldest Sister of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. She has not yet broken the record as the longest-serving Sister, though she is close. But because she entered at the tender age of 17, she has been a Sister longer than anyone else alive. That is an interesting vantage point to look back, as she marks a century.‚Äč

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