Providence Flashbacks

December 6, 2019
Christmas in 1909 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville
Christmas in 1909 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville

A description of Christmas activities from the Annals of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville

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October 30, 2019
Election Flyers produced at the Printing Room
Election Flyers produced at the Printing Room

The Printing Room Museum closed this fall. The Printing Room operated as a functioning print shop from 1898 to 1989.

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October 2, 2019
Longest-serving and longest living Sisters
Longest-serving and longest living Sisters

In the history of the congregation, thirteen Sisters have lived to the age of 100 years or older and seven Sisters served in the congregation for 80 years or more.

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June 28, 2019
40th anniversary of the Sisters  arrival in San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala
40th anniversary of the Sisters arrival in San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala

July 8th is the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arrival in San Francisco el Alto, Guatemala. In 1977 some local Guatemalan women expressed interest in religious life consequently the Sisters of Providence opened a House of Formation in San Francisco el Alto in 1979.

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May 30, 2019
The Gate House
The Gate House

The gatehouse was demolished in October 1968 when the driveway was widened to accommodate the new chapel. Today there are only two of the original gateposts left. Over the years the gatehouse served many purposes, as recorded in the Congregational Annals.

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March 29, 2019
Profession days
Profession days

In the history of the Sisters of Providence there have been many profession days in March when Postulants received the habit, Novices made first profession, and Junior Professed Sisters made final profession. These were often grand occasions.

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February 28, 2019
50th Anniversary of the blessing of the Providence Motherhouse chapel
50th Anniversary of the blessing of the Providence Motherhouse chapel

January 11th was the 50th anniversary of the blessing of the chapel at Providence Motherhouse.

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December 1, 2018
November 11th, 1918
November 11th, 1918

This year November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Congregational annals, which in 1918 cover life at the House of Providence in Kingston, and the annals of St. Mark’s Convent in Prescott record how the Sisters and the towns they were living in reacted to the declaration of peace.

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November 1, 2018
A Game of Hide and Seek
A Game of Hide and Seek

November 5th, 1970 - An amusing incident occurred this afternoon. A lady from an apartment house which borders on our property telephoned that she saw some boys carrying a bag enter one of our out-buildings.

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September 28, 2018
Teaching in Lancaster
Teaching in Lancaster

The Sisters of Providence taught in Lancaster Ontario from 1923 to 1937. They lived in a cement house, known as St. Joseph’s Convent. The Sisters found it very cold in winter, telling of how they had to wear cloak and gloves to Morning Prayer.

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June 30, 2018
Summer at Marillac Villa
Summer at Marillac Villa

Every summer the Sisters go to the cottage. There are lots of fun images from the 1950s of Sisters of Providence at Marillac Villa on Howe Island.

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May 31, 2018
Movies at the Motherhouse
Movies at the Motherhouse

The Congregational Annals document the major events in the congregation’s history, but they also document smaller happenings in the Sisters’ lives, including what movies the sisters watched.

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April 30, 2018
Behind the Scenes in the Archives!
Behind the Scenes in the Archives!

The first week of April was Archives Awareness Week in Ontario! With that in mind I would take you behind the scenes in the archives.

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March 27, 2018
Solving a Small Mystery
Solving a Small Mystery

We came across this photograph from St. John’s School, Gananoque in the Archives. It didn’t have a date, or a good explanation of what is going on in the photograph. Based on the clothes and the cars, it might be the 1920s, and the dignitary is clearly a high ranking church official. Let’s look at a few different sources for clues…

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February 28, 2018
Sister Muriel teaching at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing
Sister Muriel teaching at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing

Sr. Muriel taught at Sr . Mary’s School of Nursing from 1955 to 1965.

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December 8, 2017
Daylight Savings!
Daylight Savings!

Daylight Savings Time (DST) was first instituted in Canada on April 14th 1918, but was canceled at the end of WWI by the federal government. Certain municipalities, including Kingston, continued with DST. The Congregation was unsure about changing the clocks and in certain years it seems as if they only followed the new time during the school year.

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September 29, 2017
Teaching in Batawa
Teaching in Batawa

Father Dostol, s.j., the parish priest, wanted to set up a Catholic school in Batawa and in 1946 he asked for two Sisters of Providence to staff the school. Sister Mary Dorothea, Superior and Sister Mary Constance were sent to teach while Sister Mary Polycarp was to give music lessons to paying students.

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July 7, 2017
Marble statue of Mary wasn't always there
Marble statue of Mary wasn't always there

Have you ever noticed the beautiful white marble statue of Mary above the entrance to the Motherhouse?

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May 29, 2017
Exciting new treasure to the Archives
Exciting new treasure to the Archives

The Archives received an exciting new treasure in April: the first patient register of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville.

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March 2, 2017
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
Spanish Influenza Epidemic

Editorial in the Morrisburg Leader from 1918 or 1919 regarding the Spanish Influenza Epidemic.

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Kingston, Ontario, K7L 4W4

613-544-4525
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