Billion or bust! Visit to MPP Sophie Kiwala

Billion or bust! Visit to MPP Sophie Kiwala

MPP Sophie Kiwala (in red) meets with ISARC members, from left Cam Jay, Tara Kainer and Jamie Swift.Updates on basic income campaigns: Toronto Star May 25, 2017 - Basic income hailed as way to give people chance to chase their dreams The Independent May 27, 2017 - Mark Zuckerberg calls for a universal basic income amid rumours of presidential bid by Facebook founder Jamie Swift and Tara Kainer from the JPIC Office of the Sisters of Providence...

Cornerstones and time capsules

Cornerstones and time capsules

Construction of Providence Motherhouse, October 28, 1931. This photo was taken a month and a half after the cornerstone was laid.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The finding of the 1956 cornerstone at St. Mary’s of the Lake got the Archives staff thinking about cornerstones and time capsules. Archives technician Tom McCarthy found a mention in the Congregational Annals of a time capsule that was laid in the cornerstone of the original wing of...

Staff visit to local MP on election reform and pipeline approval

Staff visit to local MP on election reform and pipeline approval

JPIC staff Tara Kainer visited Kingston & the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen on December 9 to talk about recent developments in his government related to electoral reform and pipelines. Two concerns she brought forward were due to recent action by the federal government: Were the Liberals reneging on their promise to reform the electoral system? And, how do they justify their approval of two major pipelines carrying oil and bitumen from the tar...

Magdalena Atjún Zárate, Providence Associate

Magdalena Atjún Zárate, Providence Associate

Magdalena Atjun was born on May 27 but the year was not recorded. She died in August in her home in Momostenago, Guatemala, surrounded by family and by her Providence Associate companions. Magdalena became an Associate in 1992, when the Sisters of Providence were still in mission in Guatemala. She had four children and, when her details were first recorded in 1994, 15 grandchildren. That’s 22 years ago so you have to imagine that there’s been...

Suna Smith, Providence Associate

Suna Smith, Providence Associate

Born in Turkey on April 23, 1936, Suna Smith left this world on July 8 in Camrose Alberta, where she had lived for more than half of her 80 years. An accomplished psychiatrist and professional woman, Suna held her family dear and met her first great-grandchild just hours before she died. Suna joined the Providence Associates in 2000. The following remembrance of her was written by Camrose Providence Associate Miriam Hanoski. Doctor Suna Smith...

Maryvale Abbey, then and now

Maryvale Abbey, then and now

BY VERONICA STIENBURG This July I immersed myself in the Sisters’ past, researching and writing the history of the Sisters of Providence as teachers at St. Margaret’s School and Maryvale Abbey in Glen Nevis, Ontario. Around that same time my husband and I decided to go to the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville and stay the night in the area. I soon realized we could conveniently stay at Maryvale Abbey, which is now a bed and breakfast called...

A challenge to the myth of nationhood: Vimy was not the birth of Canada

A challenge to the myth of nationhood: Vimy was not the birth of Canada

BY JAMIE SWIFT Back in the mid-1950s, Uncle Eberts offered me the gift of a lifetime. At least for a five year old boy. He got me a ride on a big yellow bulldozer that he’d hired to do some road work. We lived next door to Eberts Macintyre on the Gatineau, just south of Wakefield. He was my grandfather’s brother-in-law, my honourary uncle. Aside from the bulldozer adventure, Uncle Eberts was impressive because he was a very energetic senior,...

Looking back at a dry hot summer of drought

Looking back at a dry hot summer of drought

BY CATE HENDERSON “In Kingston, weather stations in and around the city had never recorded an April and May as dry as they’ve seen this year, going back to at least 1960. The rain that fell over the city during those two months of 2016 was less than a quarter of the normal amount,” announced Scott Sutherland, meteorologist for the Weather Network. This situation continued through July and August, accompanied by record heat, including heat at...

Leaving a ministry close to my heart

Leaving a ministry close to my heart

Called the Toronto group, these Sisters live from Huntsville to Pickering. From left, Sisters Elaine Hogan, Karen Bennett, Margo Shafer and Joanne ColliganBY SISTER MARGO SHAFER As the Congregation moves forward in our plans for the future, I have been asked to replace a Sister who is going on a well-deserved sabbatical. I will be taking on the sacristy and hospitality duties that Sister Catherine Casey so generously has done for many years. To...

Providence and the Madawaska shoreline

Providence and the Madawaska shoreline

St. Joseph Sister Betty Berrigan (left) listens to Providence Sister Pat Amyot describe how the planting of wildflowers will strengthen the shoreline.BY LOUISE SLOBODIAN A year ago, Denice Wilkins enjoyed a personal retreat at Stillpoint House of Prayer in the Calabogie area of Ontario. She’s a retired environmental educator and naturalist who was looking to spend time in quiet contemplation and mindfulness. While she was there she noticed the...

The Barque of Providence

The Barque of Providence

Sister Catherine Casey shares two writings on Catherine McKinley, founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, also known as Mother Mary Edward.The Barque of Providence So still and cool the sunbathed air ruffles my silvered hair.While secure my being sits in peace by the expansive shores.Deep down on this last Eve, my heart‘s longings stirred,This pilgrimage, a Sojourn among Creation’s still and quiet,To hone my roving compass...

Legacy Day at St. Mary’s Hospital

Legacy Day at St. Mary’s Hospital

BY SISTER JEANNETTE FILTHAUT,St. Mary's Camrose Legacy Day speaker, 2016   A Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis in 2015 has just come to a close with the closing of the Holy Door of Mercy on November 20th. But MERCY is ongoing as reflected in today’s scripture of Matthew 25, and that is very evident in the compassionate service of the dedicated staff and volunteers who have served and are presently serving here at St. Mary’s...

Sister Rita Gleason’s only worry was giving up music

Sister Rita Gleason’s only worry was giving up music

BY LOUISE SLOBODIAN Sister Rita Gleason knew that she was called by God. She had no doubt that religious life was for her. But she had one hesitation. To enter a congregation would surely mean giving up her beloved piano. She knew sacrifice was involved and that would be hers. So imagine her delight when, only two weeks after she entered the initial postulancy (candidate) stage, the Sisters of Providence approached her and asked if she wanted...

Carbon pricing, climate change and building a movement

Carbon pricing, climate change and building a movement

Steven Guilbeault, co-founder of Équiterre, came to Kingston on November 1st as part of his cross-country speaking tour.   He gave two presentations in Kingston. The first presentation focused on  Équiterre, Quebec's largest environmental non-profit organization and the building of social movements. The second presentation focused on the Ontario Cap and Trade carbon pricing system which the provincial government is introducing next year....

Wellbeing report: How are Canadians Really doing?

Wellbeing report: How are Canadians Really doing?

Today, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) launched its 3rd national report: How are Canadians Really doing? Examining eight domains of wellbeing from 1994 to 2014, the report concludes: There is a massive gap between Canadians’ wellbeing and GDP, and it has continued to grow since the 2008 recession. While the recession dealt a short term blow to the economy, it stole our leisure time, our volunteer time, our living standards, even our sleep...

Living Wage Week

Living Wage Week

Tara Kainer, Cam Jay holding the Kingston Living Wage report, and Greg deGroot-MaggettiTo kick off Living Wage Week, a recalculation of Kingston’s living wage  was released.   Living Wage Kingston announced that the new amount is $16.58. That's what each partner has to earn to keep a family of four above the poverty line. Originally calculated at $16.29 in 2011, the update reflects cost-of-living changes and Ottawa’s new Canada Child Benefit....

Time capsule located beneath a cornerstone at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital

Time capsule located beneath a cornerstone at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital

For 50 years, a time capsule was buried beneath the cornerstone of a wing of St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston. Until last week, that is. That’s when the stone was moved and a slim tarnished box was found. Originally shining copper, the box is now a mottled black and silver. It was a treasure – a time capsule -- placed in 1956 when the hospital wing was built. The Sisters of Providence ran the hospital at that time and likely placed...

The inspiring tale of the radish

The inspiring tale of the radish

White Icicle radish pod opened to show its seeds.Cate Henderson: We are all familiar with radishes. Whether or not we actually like to eat them, it’s easy to picture a shiny red radish, perhaps in a bunch with leafy greens included. By the Autumn Equinox, the radish that we normally see no longer exists. Instead a hollowed-out dry brown husk appears with a long dry stalk. But there is life! The seed pods are plump with baby seeds! The radish...

Spooky and spirited celebrations!

Spooky and spirited celebrations!

Halloween poems printed in the October 1931 edition of The Guardian magazine. The Guardian was created and printed by the Sisters of Providence from 1916 to the late 1950s. BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy Halloween. Here are a few tales of Halloweens past from the Congregational Annals: October 29, 1964 - … Fr. R. Albert of Norwalk, Conn.  Father Bob (as he is known to us) … has made arrangements for our...

Chew on This 2016

Chew on This 2016

Motherhouse Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation staff took part in this year's Kingston's Chew on This campaign. It was one of 64 across the country – in every province and territory. This year's campaign was to call on Minister Duclos to include those with lived experience of poverty in meaningful consultations in the development of a comprehensive, rights-based Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. Chew on This is a campaign of Dignity for...