Providence Flashbacks

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.

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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!

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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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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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March 17, 2021
A Lenten Letter
A Lenten Letter

Mother Mary Clement was General Superior from July 1927 to July 1930. She wrote a letter to all the Sisters for Lent in 1930 that was sent to all the convents and missions.

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December 16, 2020
Dating Architectural Photographs
Dating Architectural Photographs

Many photographs in the Archives do not have dates, but we can try to use clues in the photographs themselves to establish a date range.

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November 24, 2020
The Novice in the Sewing Room
The Novice in the Sewing Room

Sister Black made first profession in August 1952 taking the religious name Sister Stella Maris. As a novice, Sister Black, as she was known in the novitiate, wrote several humorous articles for the Guardian magazine about life as a novice.

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October 7, 2020
Learning Home Economics
Learning Home Economics

Sister Mary Anita taught Grade 7 Home Economics from 1954 to 1958 at St. Michael’s Academy in Belleville, Ontario. Here are a few photos of her students during those years.

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July 3, 2020
A Summer Outing
A Summer Outing

A lovely summer excursion by two Sisters in Trenton to Lake on the Mountain near Picton, as described in the Annals of St. Peter’s Convent, Trenton.

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June 2, 2020
Jubilee cancelled during pandemic

COVID-19 is not the only pandemic in the Sisters of Providence’s history to prevent Jubilees from being celebrated. Historically jubilees were not celebrated altogether annually in June the way they are now, but were celebrated throughout the year as the anniversaries occurred.

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April 30, 2020
St. Michael's Band, Belleville
St. Michael's Band, Belleville

St. Michael’s Band, a rhythm band, was formed in 1934 in Belleville by Sister Mary Mercedes. The students were originally recruited from Grade 1 at St. Michael’s Academy and many of the same children stayed in the band into their high school years.

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March 31, 2020
Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The Fall of 1918 was a tumultuous time as the First World War wasn’t over yet, but soldiers were starting to arrive home from Europe bringing with them an unwelcome guest – the Spanish Influenza. In Ontario alone, there were 300,000 cases of the flu and approximately 10,000 people died.

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March 3, 2020
Women in Science
Women in Science Day

Sr. Mary Cornelia Schauenberg worked in science her entire career, as the Director of the Clinical Laboratory at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw from 1937 to 1979.

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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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