Oct. 15, 1891 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Holyoke MA from Rev. Kelly, Archbishop’s Palace, Kingston ON

Archbishop's Palace, Kingston
Oct. 15, 1891
Dear Mother Edward,

The Archbishop wishes you to come to Kingston about this day week, when he shall have returned from the Visitation in the West. He will require communication with you for preparation of his big document to Rome, on which the final question will rest. He wishes you to inform the Sisters of both houses that your Visitation is not terminated, but only interrupted for a while, and you will return again to Holyoke.

His Grace leaves it to you to order things, for the term of your absence, as you may deem most prudent. You may, if you think it well, appoint a deputy to act in your name, as Asst. Superior General, during your absence. Authority must be firmly upheld, especially in presence of disloyalty. You may say to the Sisters of both Houses, that the Archbp. of Kingston, received last week a letter from the Cardinal Prefect of Propaganda announcing that the Bishop of Springfield had sent to His Eminence a certain petition and asking His Grace’s opinion upon it, and emphatically assuring the Archbp. that nothing shall be done in reference to said petition without consultation with the Archbp. of Kingston and mature consideration of his opinions on the subject. The Archbishop sends you his blessing and best wishes.

I remain dear Mother M. Edward, Yours most respectfully,
Thomas Kelly, Sec.
Notes: Another copy of this letter exists, with minor differences, as an individual letter. 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter Octoper 15, 1891.
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume 1861-1892, pp. 220-221, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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