The Archives does not have a copy of a necrology for Sister Mary Madeleine. The following summary was compiled by Archives staff.
Date of Entrance: June 25, 1908
Date of Reception: August 27, 1909
Date of First Vows: August 28, 1910
Mary Gourdier was born on October 14, 1887 to Louis Gourdier and Elizabeth Backus in Kingston, Ontario. On June 25, 1908, Mary entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul located at the House of Providence in Kingston. Sr. Mary Madeleine moved with the Novitiate from the House of Providence to the new Novitiate at St. Mary’s of the Lake on August 1st, 1910. She made her first vows at the end of that month and stayed at St. Mary’s of the Lake working in the orphanage.
Sr. Mary Madeleine passed away at the House of Providence on November 15, 1911, with Sr. Mary Raphael McCann and Sr. Mary Majella Coughlin by her side. Rev. Fr. McDonald, chaplain, Mother Mary Gabriel Cunningham and three Sisters assisted at Sr. Mary Madeleine’s burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery on April 29, 1912. Sr. Mary Madeleine’s father, brother and sister were also present.