Through the eyes of children

Through the eyes of children

Self portrait, child soldier, northern Uganda. Courtesy: Children/Youth as PeacebuildersBY JAMIE SWIFT 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. Unlike many Remembrance Day lessons and conventional history teaching, War and Children has no patriotic message. There are no stories about heroism. No soldiers...

Clergy sexual abuse and bursary follow-up

Clergy sexual abuse and bursary follow-up

From left: Keynote speaker Sister Nuala Kenny MD, Sister Frances O'Brien SP, Barbara Baker, Sister Marie Dundon SP, Christine DiZazzo, Carol Groten, Friar Ed Debono OFM Conv., Sister Catherine Casey SP, Sister Margo Shafer SP.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...

Students give witness to social teaching in an homage to 20 years of social justice vigils

Students give witness to social teaching in an homage to 20 years of social justice vigils

BY ANN BONIFERRO 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.  These events allowed...

Suggestions on further steps for healing the church

Suggestions on further steps for healing the church

These suggestions came out of two day-long conferences held in September 2015 on the them of Healing the Church: Addressing the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis." They were presented to Archbishop Brendan O'Brien in the spring of 2016,. as promised. And they are made available for your consideration, presented according to theme. Priests                   Our priests are hurting. They do not come together to share their pain. They need encouragement...

Sister Una Byrne’s first two months

Sister Una Byrne’s first two months

BY SISTER UNA BYRNE Sitting here on a rainy Sunday evening in Norway House, I can look back on the last two months and say I am settled now. I live in a trailer between the old and the new church. It took a while to get things set up but now I have t.v. and internet (though I am out of water due to a mix up in the delivery on Friday), but then one can’t expect everything in life! Today, we had a Liturgy of the Word, then First Communion...

Summer at the Villa

Summer at the Villa

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The congregation purchased the cottage “Marillac Villa” in the fall of 1955 and enlarged it so it could accommodate 30 sisters at one time. Here is a reprint of an article from the September 1956 issue of the Guardian. The Guardian was a magazine created and printed by the Sisters of Providence at the Printing Room at the House of Providence from 1916 to the late 1950s. Proceeds from the sale of the magazine...

Retreat centers as touchstones of mercy

Retreat centers as touchstones of mercy

May 29-June 1, the North American Conference of Oblate Retreat and Renewal Centers (NACORRC) held its 39th annual meeting, hosted this year at King’s House, Belleville, IL. Twenty-three members gathered, representing eight Oblate Retreat/Renewal Centers. Providence Sister Jeannette Filthaut was there as chair of the Star of the North board (you’ll see her in the middle of the back row). The theme of this year’s gathering was “Leave No Stone...

The Road to Emmaus: Associates Retreat in Kingston

The Road to Emmaus: Associates Retreat in Kingston

The retreat, directed by Sister Irene Wilson and assisted by Sister Marilyn Kearns and Associate Sheila LaRush, was a time to reflect on mutual collaboration using the Emmaus story as a backdrop. We were invited, through story, to reflect on how we collaborate with others in our decision-making and how that collaboration brings about healing. It was a very peaceful time of reflection and integration. --Barbara Baker, Co-Director Providence...

Embraced by a merciful God: Camrose Associates

Embraced by a merciful God: Camrose Associates

Back row, from left: Sr. Jeannette, Jan Kehoe, Debbie Muise, Bernice Schlaut-Macfarlane. Front row: Kathy Leibel, Audrey Heck, Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie OMI, Connie Prost.Sr. Jeannette Filthaut organized the Camrose Associates’ meeting at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert for the annual retreat on June 6, 2016. Facilitated by the centre’s chaplain, retired archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, the theme of the retreat was “Mercy”,...

Ideas in the barn

Ideas in the barn

In June, Heirloom Seed Sanctuary staff Cate Henderson and Annie Richard were interviewed for a CBC Radio Ideas segment, likely to be broadcast in November. Interviewing them was University of Calgary English scholar Maria Zytaruk, who is producing a radio documentary on the subject of seed banks, and seed collections and exchange. Profession Zytaruk commented during the interviews that many seed banks approach their work from a vision of...

Sister Anna Moran has 100 years of story to tell

Sister Anna Moran has 100 years of story to tell

BY LOUISE SLOBODIAN The first impression of the Sisters of Providence Motherhouse property in midtown Kingston is trees. One tall old tree has special meaning for Sister Anna Moran. It’s the only tree older than her on the property known as Heathfield, one she has read beneath many times. When someone turns 100, as Sister Anna does on June 19, you look for points of reference ... and in this case, it’s the many trees younger than she, some of...

Where angels did not fear to tread

Where angels did not fear to tread

Sr. Mary Cosmas  (Sr. Verna Plue)  serving lunch to the “angels” at the back door of Rosary Hall, Edmonton in May, 1962BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST 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...

Welcome Ann Boniferro

Welcome Ann Boniferro

Ann Boniferro in 2015 being awarded her school board’s Contribution to Catholic Education Award from chair (trustee) Greg Speagle The Liturgy team is delighted to announce that Ann Boniferro has signed on as the Director of Liturgical Music, and Organist, filling the special organ shoes left by dear Marg Spooner who passed away this last year. Ann was the choir director and organist at The Church of the Good Thief in Portsmouth before it closed...

Remembering

Remembering

The second annual memorial service was held on May 9. It was simple and moving, with lots of time to remember. The list of remembrance included staff and former staff, Associates, Sisters of all three congregations and family members of those gathered. All are welcome to attend. Thank you to the Providence Spirituality Centre team for creating such a lovely service. 

An homage of vigils throughout April

An homage of vigils throughout April

In April, every school in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board held some version of a social justice vigil – honouring the 20 years of the Friday noon vigil undertaken by the Sisters of Providence with many others from the community.These actions ranged from large-scale public vigils (see the Belleville article) to smaller acts with smaller kids. Two schools with long ties to the Sisters invited them to the Masses held in...

Library Code of Conduct issue about respect for the poor and homeless

Library Code of Conduct issue about respect for the poor and homeless

At first glance, you wouldn't think that a library's Patron Code of Conduct would stir up justice advocates. But when Kingston Frontenac Public Library introduced their new code in February 2016, a public debate opened about how public spaces and publicly-funded organizations treat those who use their services -- even if they are homeless, live on the street, don't shower regularly or carry their possessions with them.  At a meeting of the...

Reflecting on a life-changing trip to Kingston, Jamaica

Reflecting on a life-changing trip to Kingston, Jamaica

Aristotle said: Educating the mind without the heart is no education at all.  From May 17 to May 24th,  2015, 17 students and 5 staff from Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School in Kingston, Ontario (RND) had the education of a lifetime! Forever changed by a trip that was a year in the making and six days in Jamaica, a piece of our hearts will now belong to the people and places of Kingston Jamaica. BY MARY ELAINE CARTY, RND COORDINATOR OF...

Students share trip with Sisters

Students share trip with Sisters

Thanks to trip organizer Mary Elaine Carty, RND's Chaplaincy Coordinator, for bringing students and teachers to speak with Sisters of Providence, Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph as part of their ongoing education process.