Catherine McKinley / Mother Mary Edward
Catherine McKinley was born in Kingston, Ontario on August 14, 1837. Her father was John McKinley, a ship-owner, and her mother was Sarah McCaffrey. Catherine trained as a dressmaker prior to seeking admission to the newly founded religious congregation in Kingston.
The Blessed Mother Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin was the Canadian foundress of a Montreal religious order that in turn played a major role in establishing the Kingston-based Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.