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.


Jan. 8 - 1903 - To Sister from Mother Mary Edward, St. Peter's Convent, Trenton

J.M.J.
St. Peters Convent,
Trenton, Ont.
Jan. 8, 1903
My Well Beloved Sister

What conclusion have you arrived at regarding my long silence? The poet says that disappointments link the heart of man and I suppose woman are included and when I read your Christmas letter and found that you had really intended spending the Feast with us but could not obtain permission my heart went nearly to my boots. I thought by your previous letters that something of that nature was what you were hinting at.

Well dear you need not be told that I would have enjoyed your visit but as that pleasure has been denied us we must only hope on, another time may come when you will be allowed to make a visit to Trenton and be assured your welcome will not be less cordial. I feel that I have little to tell you as you saw two of my Sisters so recently; they gave more news of me than I can write. Now Sister you are always putting me in your debt; I never thought of getting the framed Vows for nothing but I will not complain only thank you for them, they are beautifully done; and if ever we get anything done in the way of cleaning the Convent they will certainly be an ornament to the Community. I hope Sister told you the coffee came safely. Your good Father did not forget us at Christmas. May God bless him and his. I have had a great bilious attack, come on Saturday and F. Twoohey sent the Dr. to see me Sunday; I spent Monday in bed and am as well as ever, a few doses of Calomee made me all right. I intended going out to day but it is snowing so I must stay in.

Wishing you dear Sister a happy New Year and many of them.

I am always your devoted and affectionate
Mother M. Edward.

Source: 601.2-1-C, Sister Mary Edward collection, Correspondence series, Letter January 8, 1903, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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