Obituaries

From the first member of the congregation to pass away in 1870 to recent deaths, all the obituaries of deceased Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul are accessible and searchable. You can search by name, or use the birth date, death date and location filters.

These are not typical obituaries, in fact in the world of consecrated life we refer to them as necrologies. These biographical sketches are written by the General Secretary of the congregation shortly after the death of each individual sister. The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates. The necrologies are presented here as they were written.

If you would like more information about a deceased sister please contact the archivist.

Sister Mary Anastasia McCormick

Sister Mary Anastasia McCormick

Mary Myrtle McCormick, daughter of John McCormick and Margaret Mooney, was born December 7, 1891, in the rural parish of Erinsville. On the day following her eighteenth birthday, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 1909, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of...

Sister Mary Edith Marchand

Sister Mary Edith Marchand

Gertrude Maud Marchand, daughter of Charles Ed. Marchand and Susan Bertrand, was born in Kingston, November 15, 1892, and educated in this city by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame. In 1917 she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence and made...

Sister Mary Evarista Boyle

Sister Mary Evarista Boyle

Evelyn Anne Boyle was born in Belleville, Ontario, November 1, 1893, daughter of James Boyle and Elizabeth Powers. She received elementary and secondary education at St. Michael’s Academy and Belleville Collegiate Institute. She then attended Peterborough Teachers’...

Sister Mary Patrick Collins

Sister Mary Patrick Collins

Mary Catherine, daughter of Francis Collins and Gertrude Mary Garry, was born on April 14, 1882, and baptized in St. Mark’s Church, Prescott, on May 20 of the same year. In 1905 she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence, and after profession in 1908 was...

Sister Mary Albert Gribbon

Sister Mary Albert Gribbon

On January 30, 1968, Sister Mary Albert died in the Marian Infirmary, “Heathfield”, Kingston. The former Sarah Ann Gribbon was born and baptized in the parish of St. Alphonsus, Chapeau, P.Q., in the diocese on Pembroke. She was trained as a teacher and after following...

Sister Mary Evangelist Byrne

Sister Mary Evangelist Byrne

Sister Mary Evangelist, a patient at the Marian Infirmary, “Heathfield”, since 1951 died on June 2, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 1967. The former Henrietta Byrne, daughter of John Byrne and Catherine Bennett, was born in the rural parish of Stanleyville seven miles...

Sister Mary Jane Prior

Sister Mary Jane Prior

On October 7, the feast of the Holy Rosary, 1919, Marie Prior, the daughter of Timothy Prior and Jane Walsh, left her lovely farm home on Howe Island, her four brothers and her widowed mother to enter the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence where her maternal aunt,...

Sister Mary of Nazareth MacDonell

Sister Mary of Nazareth MacDonell

The Sisters of Providence, “Heathfield” lost their eldest member on May 9th when Sister Mary of Nazareth died at the Marian Infirmary. Sister was in her ninety-third year and the seventy-third of her religious life. Born in the historic parish of St. Raphael’s,...

Sister Mary Pius Ennis

Sister Mary Pius Ennis

For the first time in the history of the Sisters of Providence a double funeral took place at the Motherhouse, “Heathfield” Kingston. On March eighth, within a few hours, two Sisters were called by death - Sister Mary Pius, a venerable religious, who had spent...

Sister Mary Teresita Kennedy

Sister Mary Teresita Kennedy

For the first time in the history of the Sisters of Providence a double funeral took place at the Motherhouse, “Heathfield” Kingston. On March eighth, within a few hours, two Sisters were called by death - Sister Mary Pius, a venerable religious, who had spent...

Sister Mary Raymond Moore

Sister Mary Raymond Moore

On February 27, 1967, the Sisters of Providence lost one of their venerable members when Sister Mary Raymond died at Hotel Dieu Hospital after an illness of six weeks. The former Caroline Moore was born in the parish of Chrysler, Ontario, and entered the novitiate of...

Sister Mary Matthia Kavanagh

Sister Mary Matthia Kavanagh

Sister Mary Matthia (Mary Monica Kavanagh) died at Hotel Dieu Hospital on November 8, 1966 after an illness of two months. Sister was born at Vinton, Quebec, in the diocese of Pembroke, one of eight children of Edward Kavanagh and Ellen Ferrigan Kavanagh. On August...

Sister Mary Urban Mulholland

Sister Mary Urban Mulholland

Only ten days after the funeral of Sister Mary Alfred on May 31, 1966, another Sister was called unexpectedly to her eternal reward. Sister Mary Urban (Ethel Mulholand) was born in Kingston, the daughter of James Mulholand and Annie Dunphy, and lived all her life in...

Sister Mary Alfred Kilroy

Sister Mary Alfred Kilroy

Sister Mary Alfred (Margaret Louise Kilroy) died suddenly at the Marian Infirmary, Heathfield, on May 29, 1966, where she had been a patient for twelve years. Sister Mary Alfred’s was, what would be called a late vocation; but actually it was late only in the sense...

Sister Mary Gonzaga Burke

Sister Mary Gonzaga Burke

Sister Mary Gonzaga died in the Marian Infirmary, Heathfield, on May 22, 1966, after an illness of several months. Although at the time of her death she was in her eighty-fourth year, she had been retired from teaching only six years, and for only three of these years...

Sister Mary Henry McMahon

Sister Mary Henry McMahon

Sister Mary Henry died suddenly at the Marian Infirmary, “Heathfield” on April 27, 1966. Sister was born in Chesterville, Ontario, the daughter of Thomas McMahon and Mary Ann Kearney from whose family of six, three dedicated themselves to God as Sisters of Providence....

Sister Mary Scholastica Brennan

Sister Mary Scholastica Brennan

Sister Mary Scholastica was born in the parish of Kilmactique, in the diocese of Achrony, Eire, one of the eight children of Thomas Brennan and Bridget Healy. The atmosphere of that home may be judged by the fact that four of the eight children devoted themselves to...

Sister Mary Matthew Kelly

Sister Mary Matthew Kelly

Sister Mary Matthew, daughter of William Kelly and Catherine Ellen Farrell, was born in the town of Brockville and received her elementary education there. After high school at the Convent of Notre Dame, Kingston, she entered the Novitiate at the House of Providence...

Sister Mary Macrina Joyce

Sister Mary Macrina Joyce

Sister Mary Macrina died suddenly on Thursday, September 17, at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. This is the last fact to be recorded in the almost forty-five years in the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. She was a daughter of...

Sister Mary Rose of Lima Vos

Sister Mary Rose of Lima Vos

Sister Mary Rose of Lima died March 29th in Providence Hospital, Moose Jaw, Good Friday afternoon, exactly at three o’clock. The hour was remarkable in so far as it was a reminder of that first Good Friday, and like the good thief who “stole Heaven” it is to be hoped...