Catherine McKinley's Letters
This letter is part of a large database of correspondence written by and to Catherine McKinley, who is considered one of the founders of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. As a Sister of Providence she was known by her religious name Mother Mary Edward.
April 26, 1885 - To Bishop of Springfield, MA from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON
Bishop of Springfield
For a long time past the Sisters at Mt. St. Vincent have urged the necessity of enlarging the Orphanage - giving many good reasons for so doing. During my recent visit there, they pressed me for permission to erect even a temporary wooden building to serve as class and recreation rooms, but I withheld my consent deeming it more prudent to liquidate the present debt than increase it. The amount due on the property at Mt. St. Vincent is $11510.81 - the interest of which being as much as they can pay annually. I have advised certain means to be taken to cancel it in part, and as another thought of asking Your Lordship for a collection through the Western portion of your diocese. I have hesitated My Lord to ask this favor for many reasons, but knowing no other means by which the difficulty might be overcome, I have finally decided to ask it.