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...

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...