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December 21, 2021
Christmas Crib
Christmas Crib

Every year at Christmas, we all enjoy the large outdoor Crib that is on display in front of Providence Motherhouse in Kingston. The Statues were purchased by Sr. Mary Roberta, General Treasurer, in 1961 and she requested that a stable be built to display the statues.

November 4, 2021
Providence Associates Retreat 2021
Providence Associates Retreat 2021

In a cosmic moment in early October, 30 Providence Associates and 3 Sisters of Providence gathered via Zoom from our own homes to spend Friday evening and Saturday with Sr. Brenda Peddigrew, RSM, as retreat director once again.

November 2, 2021
St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Time Capsules
St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Time Capsules

It was standard practice to lay a cornerstone with the date of construction engraved on it when building a new wing or building. When the cornerstones were laid at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in the 1958 and 1968 additions, a time capsule was placed in the cavity in each cornerstone, another common practice at the time.

October 25, 2021
Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul Community Impact Fund
Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul Community Impact Fund

It was with both gratitude and excitement, shared by everyone present, that Community Foundation for Kingston & Area board members Rob Wood (Chair) and Gayle Barr (Past Chair) met with several Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul at Providence Motherhouse to receive their change-making $5 million gift to the community.

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.

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