October 11, 1891 – To Archbishop of Kingston, Ontario from from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, , Holyoke MA

Oct. 11, 1891
My Lord Archbishop

The dispatch of the 29th ult. that one of the 30th and the one of yesterday which Your Grace so kindly sent me were all received and served to give me a little courage, especially the one of yesterday, which has assured me that Your Grace has had communication from Rome.

I am more than ever convinced that an exceedingly strong resistance to us will be made both by the Bishop of Springfield and Sister M. of Providence. She it was who took Sr. M. Philip to Springfield and had her personally tell the Bishop that she did not wish to return to the Mother-house in Kingston. She it was who came to Mt. St. Vincent and invited Sr. M. James into the House in the City to spend Sunday and bid the Sisters Good bye and then when she had her there to dictate a letter and get Sr. M. James to write it to the Bishop telling him she (Sr. M. James) did not wish to return to Kingston, when every one in the Community here knew that Sister M. James had asked the end of May or the beginning of June, and again in September to be taken home on account of her health. Sister M. Providence having acted thus in the case of a Sister living in another House and one over whom Sister had no authority, goes to prove to me that my suspicions of her were not without foundation and I thought, Your Grace of suggesting that a Sister who has acted thus should be represented to Rome as the one here aiding the movement against her own Community and whose greatest ambition is to be at the head of the New Institute here.

As it may be a long time before anything is settled by Rome and as I have done all that I possibly could do to strengthen the Sisters in their allegiance to their own C. and explained again and again their obligation of obeying, I feel now that perhaps Your Grace would permit me to return home. My Asst. Sr. M. Mt. Carmel is sick and I am anxious about the New House. I did not communicate the contents of Your Grace’s Dispatches to only one Sister here, (one on whose fidelity I knew, I could rely. Lest I might not be doing right, will Your Grace kindly instruct me how (to) act. Are the Sisters to know, or am I right in keeping all information from them-I have divided my time equally between the Sisters in Holyoke and Mt. St. Vincent.

Hoping ---
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter October 11, 1891, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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