The congregation of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul views its founding as a process of history involving key people guided by a deep spirituality and passion for the poor.
Our heritage is rooted in the creativity and spirituality of Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac, in the willingness of Emilie Gamelin to risk and trust in Providence, in the responsiveness of the Montreal Sisters of Providence to the call of Bishop E.J. Horan, our ecclesiastical founder, and in the courage and pioneer spirit of Catherine McKinley, the first general superior and proclaimed Kingston foundress, and the original members of the Kingston community.
The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul have worked in six provinces and in five countries, including Canada.
Once the home of Canada’s first prime minister and now the nerve centre of the only religious congregation founded in Kingston, the property known as “Heathfield” has a long and proud history