Your sweet letter came Saturday evening and I made known Mother’s decision at once to the Pastor and I tell you he gave them a grand announcement at both Masses yesterday; it will not be his fault if they are not well received. I hope the weather will keep cool for their sakes, as I too am anxious for the onset of the collection, as you know Mother General has promised the half of it to help me out of my present financial difficulties. Will you please ask Mother to allow the Sisters to bring the 4-3 vols. of C. Perfection. We have just finished l-2 Vols and we want to go on with the whole book. Will you clear Sisters order at once from Craig’s the articles on this bit of paper; tell them to send them by boat at once for our tea is out. Try hard to get the very same for it was delightful. We had a great day yesterday. The B. Sacrament exposed in the Church for High Mass till Vespers and Benediction at 7. P. M. Although we had little to work with, I think we opened their eyes as to how we decorate Altars. The Members of the L. of the S. Heart took half hours in adoration, then each Sister brought in her Class of children and at 4 the Children of Mary wearing their badges kept watch till 5. I was very proud when all was over. I see how well my little flock manages things. I celebrate the event by spilling a glass of oil on the front of our habit, the only accident that happened handy pandy [?] of course. I prayed for you dear child and for all the members of our loved Institute. Will you thank our Mother General for the permissions so kindly given; she may rest assured if an opportunity offers we will avail ourselves of her permissions. The Sisters will be with us for dinner on Wednesday and my little ones are so anxious to know who is coming; of course I pretend I can tell not; if they come in on the little band it will be pleasant for the road is long and dusty in the bus since they charge 25 cts, it is only 10 in the train. How is Sr. M. Jane de Chantal; I never hear a word of her now. Remember we will have our first Mass since house cleaning began. Then we will have our clean look again with us. I hope nothing happened to prevent Alban from making his first Com yesterday.
Undated, June 1903 – To Sister, House of Providence Kingston from Mother Mary Edward, St. Peter’s Convent, Trenton
Catherine McKinley’s Letters
This letter is part of a large database of correspondence written by and to Catherine McKinley, who is considered one of the founders of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. As a Sister of Providence she was known by her religious name Mother Mary Edward.
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