Teaching in King City

Teaching in King City

Sacred Heart Convent, King City, between 1946-1948. Left to right: Sr. Mary Laura Otterson, Sr. Mary Magdalen Collins, Sr. Mary Aloysia Killeen, Sr. Mary Georgina BolandBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul served in King City from 1937 to 1973. Here are a few excerpts from Sr. Margaret Black’s reminiscences of her time in King City. She was known as Sr. Mary Imelda when she served in King City from...

Warmth on Wednesday afternoon at the market

Warmth on Wednesday afternoon at the market

It was an event day. A festival. There was music. Food for the taking. An artist making dragons and tigers out of boys and butterflies and flowers out of girls. Even though it was the end of September, the Community Harvest Market in Kingston's North End was aglow with sun and with human connectivity. It was perfect. The market is all about making good food available in an area of town that is too poor and where food is too far away from most...

News from Carbayllo

News from Carbayllo

BY SISTER SARA AND PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATE ELSA LEGUIA For six years we have been working in the rural town of “Fray Martin”. Many families here have come from different areas in the country-side, like the sierra, the jungle and the coast. Many are young families, but there are also single moms. There are no water and sewer utilities yet in the village. Nevertheless, there is hydro. There are no schools or health clinics. There are many children...

At year 7, the Community Harvest Market is a going concern

At year 7, the Community Harvest Market is a going concern

Over 100 visitors turned out for Community Harvest Market’s Special Event on August 26. Regular produce and craft vendors, as well as Community Harvest Kingston itself, which sells a variety of fresh, healthy produce from its own urban, organic gardens, were on hand. There were also several booths featuring community services offered in the north Kingston area. In exchange for completing surveys, market customers received coupons to help pay...

Passionate prison farms’ town hall and rally

Passionate prison farms’ town hall and rally

The Save Our Prison Farms organization put out the message that the town hall meeting being hosted by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Corrections Services Canada was "a pivotal moment," in the struggle to re-instate prison farms. And their call for attendance was answered in plenty. The rally brought lots of people and, when the rain started to pour, the City Hall meeting room started to fill up. Hundreds streamed in.  Minister Goodale...

The death of John the Baptist and the misuse of power

The death of John the Baptist and the misuse of power

Address by Sister Pauline Lally, SP Half Moon Bay among the 1000 Islands July 14, 2015 How happy I am to be with you once again.  What a privilege it is to be asked to conduct a Sunday service that holds an over-100 year old tradition in such a beautiful bay.  But what a passage upon which you have given me to reflect.  I did not find it easy.  The death of John the Baptist.  Now Jane did say in her email that I could change it.  Then I...

Motherhouse organ part of historic tour

Motherhouse organ part of historic tour

The Motherhouse Chapel of Mary, Mother of Compassion features a rich and resonant organ. When the Royal Canadian College of Organists began planning their 2016 convention in Kingston, they ensured that the organ was on the program. Indeed, the organ was included three times this year: For a member concert in February, a student concert in March, and for the college`s convocation as part of the July festival. The 30-rank Casavant pipe organ...

Remembering Marg in song

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. For many years, this was coordinated by the director of liturgical music for the Motherhouse, Marg Spooner, who passed away in December to great sadness.  Born of her love of...

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

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

Sr. Mary Mercedes and the St. Michael’s Junior Band, Belleville, Ontario in 1938.BY VERONICA STIENBURG 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.  When the Congregation opened its teaching mission in Perth in 1892, St. John’s Convent was staffed...

Sr. Jeannette’s class are Changing Together

Sr. Jeannette’s class are Changing Together

BY SISTER JEANNETTE FILTHAUT 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. These are women of all ages, some married, some single, who come from a variety of countries seeking assistance in learning English and other life skills to help...

Renewed life for old instruments

Renewed life for old instruments

As music teachers retired and local convents closed, many instruments made their way to the Motherhouse in Kingston. After a while, quite a collection accumulated made up of tambourines, drums, many recorders and more. There were a fair number of pitch pipes and metronomes as well.  This winter, many of those instruments were donated to the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.), a first-of-its-kind charity...

A global call for just solutions on every level

A global call for just solutions on every level

The Kingston climate change town hall. Photo: Kim Sutherland MillsBY BRIDGET DOHERTY 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. That’s why it’s necessary to talk about climate change not just as an environmental issue, but also as an issue of...

Marking milestones of 50, 60, 70 years

Marking milestones of 50, 60, 70 years

Providence General Superior Sister Sandra Shannon offered these remarks to the Jubilarians:  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 Josephine...

Following the example of Jesus

Following the example of Jesus

At the Jubilee mass, Friar Ed at the altar with Archbishop O'Brien and eucharistic ministers.From the Jubilee homily of Friar Ed Debono OFM Conv. 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. Over the years you have turned to Jesus for guidance in...

Sr. Marie’s meditations for peace/fulness

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. PeaceQuest is a movement that started in Kingston to bring peace to the anniversaries of war, especially the years marking the centenary of the Great War. Its focus is largely outward – public events, school...

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...