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October 13, 2021
Celebrating the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Celebrating the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we chose to bring into our liturgical celebration elements of the culture and ritual of our indigenous brothers and sisters as a way of honouring their traditions. It was also a way of showing our sorrow and acknowledgment of the denigration of these traditions by our ancestors and members of our church.

October 5, 2021
Maria Konopeskas, Providence Associate

We received some very sad news recently. Maria Konopeskas made her commitment in 1991. She has been a faithful Associate for 30 years. I was hoping to visit Maria over the Thanksgiving weekend to give her the Life Time Membership certificate. I phoned the hospital to make arrangements and was told that Maria died on August 21, 2021.

October 4, 2021
Sisters Vote!
Sisters Vote!

In light of the recent federal election, let’s take a look at the Sisters of Providence’s history of voting in federal elections. After obtaining suffrage in 1919, the first Canadian federal election in which women could exercise their right to vote was 1921. The congregation was unsure at first whether to let the Sisters exercise their right, and in the early years the Council considered the issue every election.

September 22, 2021
Missionary Returns to Canada
Missionary Returns to Canada

In 1967 when the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul were opening missions in Guatemala and Peru, Sister Rose-Marie Bokenfohr, a registered nurse, was among the first group of Sisters to volunteer for mission work.

July 13, 2021
Raphael Lake...The Lake That Wasn't
Raphael Lake...The Lake That Wasn't

Sister Mary Raphael is noteworthy on several fronts. She was especially well known for her 42 years of service at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw and was much beloved by the people of Moose Jaw. She is the only Sister of Providence who almost had a lake named after her!

June 8, 2021
Water troubles!
Water troubles!

Those of us who live in cities, take for granted that our water is provided by the city and not by a private corporation. This was not always the case in Kingston. According to the Kingston Pumphouse Museum website, the Kingston Water Works was owned by a private corporation from 1849 to 1887 when it was purchased by the City of Kingston.

May 28, 2021
Called to be ICONS of Providence
Called to be ICONS of Providence

The week after the 2021 Providence Event, Sister Jeannette interviewed several participants and correlated their responses.

First time participants who were interviewed included Bridget Doherty and Jeremy Milloy from our JPIC Office and Beverly Koski, Providence Associate. Other participants interviewed were Regina Lannon, Providence Associate and Sister Gayle Desarmia from the Leadership Team.

May 25, 2021
Providence ­– Where Justice and Radical Hope Meet
Providence ­– Where Justice and Radical Hope Meet

A good thing – no, a very good thing - happened 40 years ago and we Sisters of Providence and Associates from two nations and thirteen different Providence congregations honoured “that very good thing” on the 3rd Saturday of February, 2021. The beginning of the Women of Providence in Collaboration. And the pandemic didn’t stop us. Thanks to amazing technology and its technicians we did it virtually.

April 20, 2021
Protecting physical, mental & spiritual health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Protecting physical, mental & spiritual health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In January of 2020 an Infection, Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) was established to plan for the case of outbreaks, especially of the seasonal flu, at Providence Motherhouse. The role of the IPCT is to identify and reduce the risks of infections and restrict the exposure to the Sisters and staff.

April 6, 2021
Providence Hospital School of Nursing, Moose Jaw
Providence Hospital School of Nursing, Moose Jaw

The School of Nursing at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan was founded in 1917 by Sister Mary Raphael McCann. There were 14 students in the first class. Conditions were crowded and instruction was carried on by the doctors as they went about visiting their patients.

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