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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

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Sister Mary Liguori Traynor

Sister Mary Liguori Traynor

On August 7, 1937, Sister Mary Liguori (Mary Traynor) died at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Brockville.  Most of Sister’s religious life was devoted to teaching in the various schools of the Diocese. As a teacher of primary grades Sister was outstanding, and as years...

Sister Mary Aloysius Corrigan

Sister Mary Aloysius Corrigan

On June 6, 1937, Sister Mary Aloysius (Mary Corrigan) died at the House of Providence, Kingston. After profession Sister devoted her time to study, and was employed in light duties. Later she went to St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, and after training as a...

Sister Mary Joseph McCarthy

Sister Mary Joseph McCarthy

On May 20, 1937, Sister Mary Joseph (Mary McCarthy) was called to her eternal home at the House of Providence, Kingston. After her profession Sister took part in the laborious works of the House, caring for the poor, soliciting alms, nursing the sick in their homes....

Sister Mary Cleophas Raby

Sister Mary Cleophas Raby

On May 2, 1937, Sister Mary Cleophas (Lucy Raby) died at the Hotel Dieu, Kingston. Sister was not in her usual health for some weeks, and being advised by her physician to submit to an operation, she did so. The results seemed to be beneficial and she was apparently...

Mary of the Annunciation McDonagh

Mary of the Annunciation McDonagh

Sister Mary of the Annunciation (Alicia McDonagh) was called to her eternal reward in the midst of the Christmas rejoicings on January 4, 1937. From the time of her entrance into religion Sister devoted herself to the love and service of her Divine Master, recognizing...

Sister Mary Rodriguez Whelan

Sister Mary Rodriguez Whelan

On December 2, 1936, Sister Mary Rodriguez (Margaret Emily Whelan) died at the Hotel Dieu, Kingston. After profession Sister was appointed to resume her studies in order to qualify for a teacher. Her first appointment was principal of St. Peter’s School, Trenton,...

Sister Mary Jerome O’Reilly

Sister Mary Jerome O’Reilly

On November 4, 1936, Sister Mary Jerome (Mary O’Reilly) was called in death to her eternal home at St. Francis General Hospital, Smiths Falls. Sister’s life was spent in teaching. She had taught near her own home before entering the Convent. After making religious...

Sister Mary Angela Chalk

Sister Mary Angela Chalk

On October 23, 1936, Sister Mary Angela (Elizabeth Chalk) passed to her eternal reward at the House of Providence, Kingston. From the beginning of her religious life a high sense of responsibility characterized her every action. Great exactitude in the performance of...

Sister Mary Ethelreda McCann

Sister Mary Ethelreda McCann

On September 8, 1936, Sister Mary Ethelreda (Adelia McCann) passed to her eternal home at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. After her profession Sister went to study at Maryvale Abbey, Glen Nevis. After graduating from Ottawa Normal School she taught with...

Sister Mary Michael Houlahan

Sister Mary Michael Houlahan

On March 9, 1936, Sister Mary Michael (Mary Houlahan) with startling suddenness was called to her eternal reward, at the House of Providence, Kingston. During the entire religious life Sister was a model of fervour and generosity. She had a gentle, refined and...

Sister Mary Francis Regis Young

Sister Mary Francis Regis Young

On January 21, 1936 Sister Mary Francis Regis (Elizabeth Young) passed to her eternal home at the House of Providence, Kingston. At different times sister was appointed to offices of responsibility and for a number of years she was Mistress of Novices and later Local...

Sister Mary of the Cross Whelan

Sister Mary of the Cross Whelan

On January 10, 1936, Sister Mary of the Cross (Helen Frances Whelan) was called to her eternal reward at the House of Providence, Kingston. Endowed with exceptional skill in the nursing profession, Sister spent the greater part of her life in St. Vincent de Paul...

Sister Mary Delphine LeFebre

Sister Mary Delphine LeFebre

On September 5, 1935, Sister Mary Delphine (Julie Lefebvre) rendered her soul to God at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Camrose, Alberta. After her profession Sister joined the staff of St. Francis General Hospital, Smiths Falls, completing her training course, she spent...

Sister Mary Callistus Nelligan

Sister Mary Callistus Nelligan

On August 4, 1935, Sister Mary Callistus (Bridget Nelligan) was called to her eternal reward at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister devoted a number of years to the sick and poor in the House of Providence. She was also stationed at St. Francis’ General...

Sister Mary Celestine Donegan

Sister Mary Celestine Donegan

On June 27, 1935, Sister Mary Celestine (Mary Donegan) died at the House of Providence, Kingston. In 1904 Sister entered the preparatory Novitiate at the House of Providence, to begin her religious training. After completing her Novitiate term she made profession....

Sister Mary Priscilla Kavanagh

Sister Mary Priscilla Kavanagh

On May 18, 1935, Sister Mary Priscilla (Mary Kavanagh) passed to her eternal reward at the House of Providence, Kingston. After her profession Sister was engaged in the different works of the Institute, spending several years in the direct services of the poor. She...

Sister Mary Francis Clare Cannon

Sister Mary Francis Clare Cannon

On November 27, 1934, Sister Mary Francis Clare (Genevieve Cannon) died at Toronto on her way to St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. She died before she could be removed from the train to St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. After her religious profession Sister was...

Sister Mary Dolorosa McGuiggan

Sister Mary Dolorosa McGuiggan

On October 13, 1934, Sister Mary Dolorosa (Sarah McGuiggan) died at the House of Providence, Kingston. After her profession Sister was sent to St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, to take up the study of nursing. Gifted with admirable qualities of mind and heart,...

Sister Mary Teresa Mangan

Sister Mary Teresa Mangan

On September 18, 1934, Sister Mary Teresa (Margaret Mangan) passed to her eternal home at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister was a zealous and successful teacher, having taught in the Separate Schools of Perth, Belleville, Brockville and Portsmouth. On retiring...

Sister Mary Agatha Armour

Sister Mary Agatha Armour

On April 3, 1934, Sister Mary Agatha (Annie Armour) died during her sleep while on a visit to her sister, Sister St. Zeno of the Grey Nuns’ Community, Ottawa. Sister’s life was chiefly devoted to the care of the aged poor and sick. She spent some years at Saint...