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Celebrating a History

One of the interesting experiences of living in a community of three congregations as we do here at Providence Mother House, is learning more about one another’s founding stories. On December 13, the Sisters of Providence of Kingston celebrated 155 years since the arrival of the first group of four Sisters who came from Montreal in 1861 at the request of Bishop Horan to begin a new foundation. They were preceded by the CND’s who came in 1841 for the education of girls and the RHSJ’s in 1845, whose mission was to care for the sick by opening a hospital. The Sisters of Providence came to serve the poor and destitute of the city. Their mission involved opening an orphanage, a home for the aged, visiting prisons, and supporting the poorest people of the society of the time. The celebration in honour of the founding Sisters took place in a beautiful prayer service during which the story of the founding days was recounted along with a time of remembrance of the Sisters who had entered the community in the first ten years. During the special meal that followed, Sister Sandra Shannon, General Superior, recognized the contribution of the two communities who had welcomed and supported them in those early days, and who are now living with one another within their Mother House. “It is now as it was in the beginning,” Sister Sandra reflected.

Throughout the meal, conversations continued with sharing other foundation and community stories of each of our communities.

Thank you, Sisters of Providence, for your 155 years of devoted, compassionate service to the people of Kingston and beyond. 

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“Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy.”

And the angel said unto them

“Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy.”

The shepherds heard such a message and we at Andrews of Charlottetown experienced God’s calling of two of our sisters. Sister Elizabeth, who every day greeted one with a smile, died the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016. She was known as one who showed joy and compassion throughout her teaching years on PEI and in her mingling with the Tahlton First Nation people at Mary Magdalene Mission in Dease Lake, BC.

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Area Gatherings

On Saturday, December 10th a profitable and enjoyable gathering of sisters and associates took place at St. Joseph Convent, Mabou. Sr. Ann Broderick led us in a reflective prayer followed by a wonderful overview of the General Chapter proceedings. The PowerPoint presentation showed the joyful spirit which permeated the event. Following a short tea/coffee break Sr. Connie MacIsaac led us in looking ahead to the upcoming Provincial Chapter which takes place from July 10-16, 2017. The personal sharing following both presentations gave all of us opportunities to bring the Congrégation de Notre-Dame Orientation 2016-2021 and Visitation Province Direction Statement to prayer and further implementation. A Reflective Prayer brought our gathering to a close with deep gratitude to Srs. Ann and Connie and to all for making this gathering possible despite the busyness of the Season.

Catherine MacEachern, CND

Photo taken by Sr. Becky McKenna

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