New Associates and new committee

New Associates and new committee

From left: Debbie Muise, Barbara Baker, Regina Lannon, Debra Wade, Eleanor Casey, Carol Groten, Sister Gayle Desarmia, and Valerie Kelly.BY BARBARA BAKER, ASSOCIATES DIRECTOR The Providence Associates gathered on the weekend of April 26 – 28, 2019 to elect their Director and Providence Associate Committee members for a new term. Alice Gazeley, CND Associate, facilitated the elections. It was the final step in a six months discernment process...

After 20 years of saving seeds, award winning ministry culminates in ceremony

After 20 years of saving seeds, award winning ministry culminates in ceremony

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND, COMMUNICATIONS A rematriation ceremony was the culmination of 20 years of the Sisters’ commitment to saving heirloom seed varieties. This is not the end of the story of the seeds, only a new beginning in new homes as it once had been when the seeds moved in with the Sisters. PLANTING THE FIRST SEEDS The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul saw the needs of the time in the early 1990’s and through discernment during a...

Chapter 2019: Leadership for the future

Chapter 2019: Leadership for the future

Every four years the Congregation holds a Chapter. Sisters participate in discussion, discernment and decisions for the future including electing members to serve as the Leadership Team. This process was guided by the facilitator Sister Brenda Peddigrew, RSM. During the opening day, April 23, the outgoing Leadership Team members, Sister Sandra Shannon (General Superior), Sister Frances O’Brien (General Assistant), Sister Gayle Desarmia...

Celebrating over 331 years of religious service!

Celebrating over 331 years of religious service!

Jubilees are joyous occasions to acknowledge and celebrate the many years of dedication in answering God’s call to religious life. Celebrating 70 years are Sisters Anna Marie Willer, Rita Hanson, and Charlotte Kramps. Celebrating 61 years is Sister Reinalda Kloosterman, and 60 years is Sister Pauline Lally.  Although not all Jubilarians could celebrate their milestone at the same time, they have celebrated together. In the words of Sister...

40th anniversary of the Sisters arrival in San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala

40th anniversary of the Sisters arrival in San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala

Mass celebrating the Sisters arrival in San Francisco el Alto on July 8th, 1979. Left to Right: Sr. Julia Hamilton, Sr. Connie Kaufmann, Sr. Winnifred Callary, Sr. Shirley Morris, Sr. Stella Szybisty and Sr. Mary Bernadette.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST July 8th is the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arrival in San Francisco el Alto, Guatemala. In 1977 some local Guatemalan women expressed interest in religious life...

Providence Associates AGM/AGEM 2019

Providence Associates AGM/AGEM 2019

The April 2019 AGM/AGEM for the Providence Associates was one of transformation. The weekend went amazingly well. Through the prayerful guidance and facilitation of Alice Gazeley CND Associate, we worked very hard and elected a new Providence Associate Committee who will be working with the Director, Barbara Baker and Council Liaison, Sister Gayle Desarmia for the next three years.The members are (from left) Eleanor Casey, Carol Groten, Valerie...

Barbara Fleet, Providence Associate

Barbara Fleet, Providence Associate

BY BARBARA BAKER Barbara Fleet passed away at Providence Manor on May 21, 2019 with her family by her side. Barbara was one of the first people to make commitment as a Providence Associate in 1987. She was a woman of deep faith who served her community as a register nurse and her family as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She attended St. Michael’s Catholic School in Belleville where she began her relationship with the Sisters of...

The Gate House

The Gate House

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST This photograph shows the entrance to Heathfield property in the early 1900s, which is now the home of Providence Motherhouse. The gatehouse (visible on the left) was demolished in October 1968 when the driveway was widened to accommodate the new chapel. Today there are only two of the original gateposts left and they are slightly shorter than they appear in this photograph. Over the years the gatehouse served...

Come, Journey to Transformation

Come, Journey to Transformation

BY ALBERT DUNN, COORDINATOR OF PASTORAL LITURGY Each year, the Seasonal Planning Committee, a sub-committee of the Congregational Liturgy Committee, gathers for an afternoon of reflection and faith sharing on the scripture readings of the Paschal Cycle. This period includes the Lenten Season, Holy Week, the Paschal Triduum and the Easter Season culminating in the celebration of Pentecost. Based on the shared reflection, this year’s focus is...

Visiting Peru – A Gift

Visiting Peru – A Gift

BY MARY OLENICK, PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATE The sights, sounds and smells of Carabayllo and other areas were very familiar to me. If I closed my eyes, it was as if I was back in mission in Malawi. There are a lot of similarities but there are also a lot of differences. The congestion with people, cooking on the sidewalks, locals selling their wares everywhere, the very active markets, dogs running loose and the poverty were all very familiar. What...

A Memorable Visit

A Memorable Visit

BY SISTER GAYLE DESARMIA November 21, 2018 Sister Gayle Desarmia and Providence Associate Mary Olenick left Kingston for Peru. They spent two weeks visiting the Sisters of Providence and the Providence Associates in Carabayllo, Peru. This trip was memorable because Mary was the first Canadian Associate to visit the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul mission in Peru. Each day unfolded with its own variety of experiences as recounted...

How to Pass Heirloom Seeds to the Next Generation

How to Pass Heirloom Seeds to the Next Generation

BY CATE HENDERSON In 2017 I wrote an article for this publication that quoted Father Thomas Berry and stated: “For this reason, the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary seeds are not a collection of objects that can be packaged up neatly in bubble wrap and put in the corner of the basement to be unpacked again when we get around to it. They are living beings who must be grown out on a regular basis and given the opportunity to realize their potential.” And...

Providence Village launches website

Providence Village launches website

BY PETER PULA, AXIOM NEWS A new logo, website, enewsletter to share the unfolding story of Providence Village  A village is more than its buildings and grounds. Much more. People, their relationships, and how they care for one another is what makes for community life. Our stories shape and connect us. Our stories make sense of the life we share. Providence Village is in the early stages of coming to life. As the Sisters of Providence of St....

Profession days

Profession days

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST In the history of the Sisters of Providence there have been many profession days in March when Postulants received the habit, Novices made first profession, and Junior Professed Sisters made final profession. These were often grand occasions. Here is a description from the Congregational Annals of profession day, March 19th, 1963. We are fortunate to have several slides from profession days in the early 1960s in...

Piano / Theory : Private Lessons

Piano / Theory : Private Lessons

Sister Rita Gleason has openings for students looking for private lessons for beginners up to level 8. The lessons are open to all.  Please call for more information:Rita Gleason, A.R.C.T.Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul613-544-4525, ext. 331

50th Anniversary of the blessing of the Providence Motherhouse chapel

50th Anniversary of the blessing of the Providence Motherhouse chapel

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST January 11th was the 50th anniversary of the blessing of the chapel at Providence Motherhouse. The photo below shows how the chapel looked when it opened in 1969.It was renovated in 1992-1993. The photo at the right (bottom) shows what the chapel looks like today.A display was setup in the chapel to mark the occasion.“A day to be remembered! The blessing of the new chapel, the consecration of the altar of...

Providence Care Leadership Missioning Service

Providence Care Leadership Missioning Service

Sister Frances O’Brien was one of three Sisters from the Leadership Team that participated in the annual missioning service for Providence Care this past September 25. This is part of Sister Frances’ reflection on the Charism of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul presented during the missioning service. In the late 1970’s, after Vatican Council II,  religious orders were asked to identify their founding charism, their special gift...

Remembering for Peace…One more time

Remembering for Peace…One more time

Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. Image still from video by Clarke MackeyJAMIE SWIFT, JPIC DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF PEACEQUEST PeaceQuest wound up its formal events on November 11 with our third sold-out Remembrance Day concert at The Isabel. It was an afternoon of song and celebration. The previous day we assembled 150 people at City Hall’s Memorial Room for a conference called “Imagining Peace.” The...

November 11th, 1918

November 11th, 1918

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST   This year November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Congregational annals, which in 1918 cover life at the House of Providence in Kingston, and the annals of St. Mark’s Convent in Prescott record how the Sisters and the towns they were living in reacted to the declaration of peace.Congregational Annals - November 11, 1918 This morning while the Meditation is being read...

Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

St. Mark’s Convent in PrescottBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Fall of 1918 was a tumultuous time around the world, in Ontario and for the Sisters of Providence. 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...