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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Mary Colette Grondin

On Wednesday, March 15th, 1933, Sister M. Colette, (Josephine Grondin) of the Sisters of Providence, Kingston, Ontario, died at Providence Hospital, Daysland, Alta. where she spent twenty years of faithful and devoted service. Not having any separate school in...

Sister Mary of the Rosary Mangan

Sister Mary of the Rosary Mangan

Oh, the Goodness and Providence of God! How admirable is His Mercy, how unsearchable His Ways! When we see a large family of little children bereaved of their parents by death, we are, sometimes, tempted to say “What a deplorable loss! What will become of these little...

Sister Mary Martha Sheehan

Sister Mary Martha Sheehan

What gratitude we owe thee, O God! We whom you have called out of a wicked world into a home of Your own, to be protected, cared for, all our wants supplied, and when the time comes for our departure from this world, to be tenderly prepared and strengthened for our...

Sister Mary Clare Cunningham

Sister Mary Clare Cunningham

When our Community was asked to open a teaching mission in St. John’s Convent, Perth, it was remarked that, in all probability it would be the means of obtaining many worthy subjects, as there was a large Catholic congregation in the town, many Catholics in the...

Sister Mary Perpetua Murphy

Sister Mary Perpetua Murphy

When the application for entrance into our Novitiate of Miss May Emily Murphy of Napanee was received, the members of the Council were not long in coming to a favourable decision as to her admission, as it was accompanied by a recommendation from her pastor, Rev. T.P....

Sister Mary Stanislaus Corrigan

Sister Mary Stanislaus Corrigan

In the evening of September 30, 1891 before the hour of prayer, two apparently little girls arrived at the Novitiate in company with their mother and sisters to enter the Novitiate. They were bright with the gladsomeness of youth. They were the daughters of Mr. and...

Sister Mary Clement Shea

Sister Mary Clement Shea

The death of Reverend Mother Mary Clement, Superior General of the Sisters of Charity, Kingston, came not only as a shock, but as a profound sorrow to her Sisters in Religion, and to the large number of others who came within the happy radius of her influence....

Sister Mary Magdalen Clancy

Sister Mary Magdalen Clancy

Sister Mary Magdalen (Ellen Clancy) daughter of John Clancy and Ellen O’Donnell was born on Howe Island April 1, 1850. Her mother dying early, the care of the home where her father and brothers resided, devolved upon her. Feeling an attraction to the religious life,...

Sister Mary Andrew McLellan

Sister Mary Andrew McLellan

What secrets, what destinies may be enclosed in a single day. What cause for joy or grief. So realized the dear Sisters of the Trenton mission, on that eventful day, Monday November 26, 1928. So was it brought home to each Sister of the Institute when the message...

Sister Mary Stephen Crane

Sister Mary Stephen Crane

The subject of this sketch was born in Ireland in the County of Kerry, April 17, 1859. On reaching the age of maturity, she, like many others left her parents and family, in order to seek in this free land of America the betterment of her condition. Encouraged by...

Sister Mary Justina Boland

Sister Mary Justina Boland

On New Years’ Day, 1928, a message was received from St. Mary’s of the Lake, that Sister Mary Justina was very ill. For the previous six months or more, it was frequently remarked that she was failing very much in her appearance and manner. Though she did not...

Sister Mary Julia Sommers

Sister Mary Julia Sommers

By the death of Sister Mary Julia at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, the Sisters of Providence lost one of their most promising young members. Every artifice that medical skill and attention could devise was employed to stay the precious life of this dear young Sister,...

Sister Mary Julia Sommers

Sister Mary Angelica Blanchfield

When we consider the life and death of many persons, even of our own dear Sisters, we are impressed with the truth of these words, “Through many tribulations must we enter into the Kingdom of God”. Heaven is not reached without struggle, without suffering of mind or...

Sister Mary Vincent McDonnell

Sister Mary Vincent McDonnell

Little did the Sisters dream as the joyous notes of the Alleluia rang out on Easter morn, April 17, 1927 that, these were to be soon to be followed by the doleful knell of the “De Profundis”. Mother Vincent attended all the religious services of Holy Week, and with...

Sister Mary Imelda Murphy

Sister Mary Imelda Murphy

Sister Mary Imelda known in the world as Lucy Murphy was the daughter of Thomas and Johanna Murphy of the parish of Marysville. She was born Sept. 13, 1869. When she wrote December 1911 asking admission into our Novitiate and enclosing a recommendation from her...

Sister Mary Ignatius McMahon

Sister Mary Ignatius McMahon

Our dear Lord has His own time and manner of calling labourers into His vineyard. He selects one here, and another a hundred miles distant, a third in a far-off land and so on. How strange it seems at times! The subject of our sketch, Elizabeth McMahon was the first...

Sister Mary Justina Boland

Sister Mary Leo Tierney

Sister Mary Leo whose name in the world was Elizabeth Tierney was born November 17, 1874. She was the daughter of Michael and Ellen Tierney living in the vicinity of Ottawa, near Easton Springs. Recommended by her Reverend Pastor, she sought for and obtained admission...

Sister Mary Catherine O’Connor

Sister Mary Catherine O’Connor

Sister Mary Catherine O’Connor, was born Ireland, March 1, 1860. At the age of twenty-five years she entered our Novitiate from Holyoke, Mass. on May 5, 1885. Proving herself very earnest, faithful and generous, she was advanced to the Reception of the Holy Habit...

Sister Mary Helena Joyce

Sister Mary Helena Joyce

Sister Mary Helena whose name in the world was Catherine Mabel Joyce, was the daughter of Richard and Ellen Joyce of the Parish of Railton. On May 24, 1900, at the age of nineteen years, she entered our Novitiate having previously graduated from Notre Dame Convent....

Sister Mary Elizabeth Stafford

Sister Mary Elizabeth Stafford

What stability of character, what tenacity of purpose, what deep spirituality marked the early Foundresses of our Community. Having left the world and all that it contained behind them, they came freely and willingly to devote themselves to God's Service. No sacrifice...