Celebrating Jubilees During a Pandemic

Celebrating Jubilees During a Pandemic

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVISTCOVID-19 is not the only pandemic in the Sisters of Providence’s history to prevent Jubilees from being celebrated. Historically jubilees were not celebrated altogether annually in June the way they are now. Instead they were celebrated throughout the year as the anniversaries occurred.Sister Mary Aloyisus (left) and Sister Mary Stanislaus (right) were blood sisters who entered the congregation on the same day,...

St. Michael’s Band, Belleville

St. Michael’s Band, Belleville

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST St. Michael’s Band, a rhythm band, was formed in 1934 in Belleville by Sister Mary Mercedes. The students were originally recruited from Grade 1 at St. Michael’s Academy and many of the same children stayed in the band into their high school years. The band played for the King George V and Queen Elizabeth (who we know as the Queen mother) outside St. Mary’s Cathedral during the royal visit to Kingston in 1939....

JPIC Committee goes Virtual

JPIC Committee goes Virtual

The JPIC Committee meeting held using Zoom video conferencing.BY BRIDGET DOHERTY,  JPIC DIRECTOR “The Gospel, our Church’s social justice teachings, the spirit of Vatican II, the congregational constitutions, charism and Mission Statements repeatedly urge us to respond to the needs of the times.” This is how the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office’s Committee mandate begins.  We are called to respond to the needs of the...

Provident Easter planning during pandemic

Provident Easter planning during pandemic

Good Friday reading of “The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ” according to John. From left: Barbara Baker, Providence Associate, and Sisters of Providence Frances O’Brien and Jeannette Filthaut.BY ANN BONIFERRO PA, DIRECTOR OF LITURGICAL MUSIC, AND ASSISTANT TO LITURGY OFFICE Planning the Triduum liturgies is always a creative process, but this year required more innovation than usual as we adapted to the ever-changing challenges of COVID-19....

Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

St. Mark’s Convent in Prescott, OntarioBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Fall of 1918 was a tumultuous time as the First World War wasn’t over yet, but soldiers were starting to arrive home from Europe bringing with them an unwelcome guest – the Spanish Influenza. In Ontario alone, there were 300,000 cases of the flu and approximately 10,000 people died. The majority of those who died were previously healthy adults between the ages of 20 and...

Women in Science Day

Women in Science Day

Sr. Mary Cornelia in November 1947 in the lab at Providence Hospital Moose Jaw, SKBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science Day. Sr. Mary Cornelia Schauenberg worked in science her entire career, as the Director of the Clinical Laboratory at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw from 1937 to 1979. Here is an extract from her obituary: After receiving her laboratory technologist...

Spotlight on Peruvian Associates

Spotlight on Peruvian Associates

BY SISTER GAYLE DESARMIA From November 27 to December 13, 2019, Associate Wen Bogues and I travelled to Peru to visit the Sisters and Associates in Carabayllo. A highlight of the time in Peru was the opportunity to visit several Peruvian Associates in their places of work and witness their ministry to those in need.The school where Providence Associate Hector Reyes is the Principal. Hector is standing at the back of the classroom next to the...

Canadian Peruvian Encounter

Canadian Peruvian Encounter

Carmen Alomía Guía, Coordinator of Providence Associations in Peru with Canadian Providence Associate Wen Bogues.BY WEN BOGUES, PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATE What a privilege it was to be the Associate who would accompany Sister Gayle Desarmia to Peru. I came to believe it was my most spiritually satisfying journey to date. When I arrived in the wee hours of the morning, the taxi ride from the airport to the Sisters’ home in El Progreso went through a...

A Special Anniversary

A Special Anniversary

Sister Rose-Marie BokenfohrBY SISTER GAYLE DESARMIA Friday, November 29, 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Health Centre in El Progreso, Carabayllo. The Director of the Centre, Doctor Valverde, had invited Sisters Rose-Marie Bokenfohr, Sara Jiménez, Gayle Desarmia and Associate Wen Bogues to attend the anniversary celebration. It began at noon with a Mass. Both Sisters Rose-Marie and Sara were invited to sit at the head table for the...

Sowing Hope for the Planet

Sowing Hope for the Planet

Pope Francis has called for an ecological conversion, asking us “to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and to discover what each of us can do about it.” Laudato Si #19 The Congregational Liturgy Committee answered this call and supported the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign. The committee organized an event on Climate Change...

Housing and climate change

Housing and climate change

This is a shortened version of the article published in Horizons, a publication of Queen’s Department of Family Physicians Global Health Program. Tara Kainer is employed in the Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Office of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul and a member of Kingston’s Task Force on Housing.Tara Kainer during one of the weekly Friday Vigils held by the JPIC ministry of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent...

Printing Room Museum closes

Printing Room Museum closes

Final open house of the Printing Room Museum on August 22, 2019.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Printing Room Museum at Providence Manor closed this fall. The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul ran a print shop from 1897 until 1989. Over the course of its history, the printing room produced two magazines, congregational material and commercial work such as dental charts, business cards, invitations, etc. When the Printing office...

Providence Archivists get together!

Providence Archivists get together!

Left to Right: Veronica Stienburg, Archivist of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Kingston; Phyllis Ladd, Archivist of the Sisters of Providence Holyoke; Marie-Claude Béland, Sisters of Providence, Montreal. Photo: Nadia Bertoluci.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Sisters of Providence in Montreal were founded by Emilie Gamelin in 1843. In 1861 four Sisters of Providence began a new congregation in Kingston, now known as the...

Coming home by leaving home

Coming home by leaving home

Sister Jeannette Filthaut returned to Providence Motherhouse this Fall after many years of ministry in Western Canada. She wrote about her experiences in a poetic style.BY SISTER JEANNETTE FILTHAUT Sixteen years at home in the west (2003-2019)     These days were some of the challenging best! Nine years after leadership – a creative sabbatical on Salt Spring Island     With hiking, basketry, painting, Tai Chi – Island Rain forest was truly...

ALG Conference in Kentucky

ALG Conference in Kentucky

Participants in the 2019 ALG conference. Photo courtesy of WPC.BY VALERIE KELLY, PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATE The five of us (Ann Boniferro, Regina Lannon, Barbara Baker, Carol Groten & Valerie Kelly) started our drive to Kentucky Monday, Sept. 16 with a prayer for safe travel to our Lady of the Highway. We arrived and settled into St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, once St. Anne’s Convent of the Sisters of Divine Mercy. The convent, retreat center, and...

Christmas in 1909 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville

Christmas in 1909 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST A description of Christmas activities from the Annals of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville:December 24, 1909 - The donations are pouring in since early morning. Our Christmas tree was a great success. Mr. Shea acting Santa Clause. Nearly all the Sisters went to midnight Mass.

Associates refresh manual and logo

Associates refresh manual and logo

BY BARBARA BAKER, ASSOCIATES DIRECTOR When the Providence Associates gathered in October to ratify their new manual they also went through a simple exercise to determine a new cover page and a new logo. A graphic designer was hired to create four different styles of covers for the manual and four ideas for a new logo. The Providence Associates present were each given two small stickers. They were asked to put one sticker on the cover design...

Election Flyers produced at the Printing Room

Election Flyers produced at the Printing Room

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Printing Room Museum closed this fall. The Printing Room operated as a functioning print shop from 1898 to 1989. Over the course of its history the printing room produced two magazines, congregational materials, and commercial work, such as municipal election flyers and posters. Here are a few from our collection – including some with the printer’s notations on them.

Providence Motherhouse Has New Owners

Providence Motherhouse Has New Owners

From left: Hume Martin (CHSO Board Chair), Sister Sandra Shannon (General Superior of the Sisters of Providence) and John Ruetz (CHSO President and CEO)Sisters of Providence Transfer Their Home and Property to Catholic Health Sponsors of OntarioFor 89 of their 157 years of service, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Vincent de Paul have lived and worked from their Motherhouse and grounds at 1200 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. With...

Longest-serving and longest living Sisters

Longest-serving and longest living Sisters

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST   Do you know who the longest living Sister in the history of the congregation is? And did you know that in the history of the congregation thirteen Sisters have lived to the age of 100 years or older? And seven Sisters served in the congregation for 80 years or more?!The three longest-serving Sisters in the congregation pictured above, in order from left to right, are: Sr. Anna Moran (84 years) Sr. Nora...