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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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 Austin Mugan

Sister Mary Austin Mugan

On Tuesday morning, July 27, 1948, Sister Mary Austin died, after a lengthy illness which kept her confined to the infirmary, at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister was the former Catherine Mugan, a native of Bothwell, Ont. She entered the Novitiate in Kingston,...

Sister Mary Bernardine Young

Sister Mary Bernardine Young

On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1947, Sister Mary Bernardine died suddenly at St. Gregory’s Convent, Picton. She had been Local Superior at the Convent and was in her usual health until the evening of her death. Being the last day of the year she seemed to make it a...

Sister Mary of the Visitation Fahey

Sister Mary of the Visitation Fahey

On Saturday night, October 25th, 1947, Sister Mary of the Visitation (Emmeline Fahey) died, after a short illness, at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister, who at the time of her death was the fourth senior member of the Community, died rather suddenly and...

Sister Mary Isabel McNamee

Sister Mary Isabel McNamee

On Monday morning, July 21, 1947, Sister Mary Isabel (Elizabeth Anne McNamee) died, after an illness of some months, at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. Formerly Miss Elizabeth Anne McNamee, a native of Stanleyville, Ont., she entered the Novitiate at the...

Sister Mary Gabriel Cunningham

Sister Mary Gabriel Cunningham

Mother Mary Gabriel passed to her eternal reward on Monday morning, December 11th, 1946 after an illness which had kept her confined to bed for more than a year. As Mary Elizabeth Cunningham of Kingston, her native city, she entered the Novitiate at the House of...

Sister Mary Amedia Walsh

Sister Mary Amedia Walsh

On Saturday morning, September 9th, 1946, Sister Mary Amedia (Catherine Walsh) died at the House of Providence, Kingston, after an illness of fourteen years. She was a native of Castlebar, Ireland, and had been for some time in Canada prior to her admission to the...

Sister Mary of Calvary Hayes

Sister Mary of Calvary Hayes

On August 10, 1946, Sister Mary of Calvary, who had been ill but a few days, died an early hour on Saturday morning, at the House of Providence, Kingston. On March 25th, 1897, she entered the Novitiate and was professed in 1899. Sister was appointed to the nursing...

Sister Mary Cecilia Joyce

Sister Mary Cecilia Joyce

On July 14th, 1946, Sister Mary Cecilia (Florence Joyce) died at the House of Providence, Kingston. She suffered greatly and had been for many years a patient at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, before coming to Kingston. When St. Mary’s of the Lake served as...

Sister Mary Alexander Houlahan

Sister Mary Alexander Houlahan

Sister Mary Alexander was called to her eternal reward on July 1st, 1946, the feast of the Precious Blood, at “Heathfield”, Kingston. Sister died after a lengthy illness which confined her to bed for nearly two years. She, who had been blessed with physical health and...

Sister Mary Lucille Borden

Sister Mary Lucille Borden

On Wednesday morning, May 1st, 1946, Sister Mary Lucille (Lucy Mary Borden) died at the Hotel Dieu, Kingston. Since her admission to the Hospital in January, her condition was considered serious. She submitted to a critical operation (removal of the spleen), since...

Sister Mary Anna Kinlin

Sister Mary Anna Kinlin

Sister M. Anna died on Tuesday evening, April 2, at St. Francis General Hospital, Smiths Falls. Sister had been in delicate health for some years previous, although hopes were held out for her recovery. A few weeks ago she suffered a serious relapse to which she...

Sister Mary Loretto Meagher

Sister Mary Loretto Meagher

On Thursday, February 28th, 1946, Sister Mary Loretta (Agnes Meagher) died at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister was the second senior member of the Community, and had been in failing health for some years. She had become quite childlike toward the end and...

Sister Mary William Dowdall

Sister Mary William Dowdall

Sister Mary William died on Thursday morning, January 24, at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister had been ill but a short time, having taught in her class room until the closing of school for the Christmas holidays. The news of her death was unexpected and...

Sister Mary Rosalia Canning

Sister Mary Rosalia Canning

Elizabeth Canning entered the novitiate at the House of Providence from North Adams, Mass. while our sisters were still in charge of the mission at Holyoke, Mass. Four years later, when that mission separated from Kingston and became an autonomous Motherhouse, the...

Sister Mary Agnes Braniff

Sister Mary Agnes Braniff

On June 6, 1944, Sister Mary Agnes (Catherine Braniff) died at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. After her profession Sister was organist and had charge of the choir in the House of Providence. She taught music in Belleville, Prescott and Kingston. Later she...

Sister Mary Pulcheria Curley

Sister Mary Pulcheria Curley

On June 5, 1944, Sister Mary Pulcheria (Helen Curley) died at St. Mary’s Hospital, Camrose Alta. As a young Sister she went to St. Francis General Hospital, Smiths Falls, then to Providence Hospital, Moose Jaw. She was Superior for some time at Camrose and Smiths...

Sister Mary Remigius Adrain

Sister Mary Remigius Adrain

On February 25, 1943, Sister Mary Remigius (Marie Adrain) died at Providence Hospital, Moose Jaw, Sask. After leaving the Novitiate, Sister spent some time at Rosary Hall, Edmonton, and at Providence Shelter and St. Joseph’s Vocational School, Winnipeg, Man. When...

Sister Mary Anthony Curran

Sister Mary Anthony Curran

On September 13, 1942, Sister Mary Anthony (Catherine Curran) was called in death at the House of Providence, Kingston. Practically all of Sister’s religious life was passed in the House of Providence, in the discharge of various assignments. These she earnestly and...

Sister Mary Lawrence Whalen

Sister Mary Lawrence Whalen

On August 30, 1942, Sister Mary Lawrence (Elizabeth Whelan) died at the Ottawa General Hospital. During her forty-four years of religious life Sister devoted herself to the care of the sick, the infirm and the orphans. Her assignments of Sacristy work were her joy and...

Sister Mary of the Immaculate Conception O’Dea

Sister Mary of the Immaculate Conception O’Dea

On May 27, 1942, Sister Mary Immaculate (Ellen O’Dea) was called to her eternal home at the House of Providence, Kingston. She had the distinction of being the senior member of the Community for several years, but had lost nothing of her youthful faculties with the...