Providence Flashbacks

Daylight Savings!

Daylight Savings!

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST Daylight Savings Time (DST) was first instituted in Canada on April 14th 1918, but was canceled at the end of WWI by the federal government. Certain municipalities, including Kingston, continued with DST. The Congregation was unsure...

Teaching in Batawa

Teaching in Batawa

Farewell for Sisters in Batawa in June 1975.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST Batawa was established as a factory town by the Bata Shoe Company in 1939. Initially the children of Batawa attended public school in nearby Frankford. Father Dostol, s.j., the parish priest,...

Marble statue of Mary wasn’t always there

Marble statue of Mary wasn’t always there

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST Have you ever noticed the beautiful white marble statue of Mary above the entrance to the Motherhouse? It wasn’t always there. A niche for a sculpture was built when the entrance was constructed in 1932; however, the niche sat empty...

Exciting new treasure to the Archives

Exciting new treasure to the Archives

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Archives received an exciting new treasure in April: the first patient register of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville. The Register documents the patients treated at the hospital from November 28th, 1887 to January 9th,...

Spanish Influenza Epidemic

Spanish Influenza Epidemic

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST Editorial in the Morrisburg Leader from 1918 or 1919 regarding the Spanish Influenza Epidemic: During the past fortnight two Sisters of Charity have been nursing the sick in Morrisburg. Most of our citizens do not know who these...

Cornerstones and time capsules

Cornerstones and time capsules

Construction of Providence Motherhouse, October 28, 1931. This photo was taken a month and a half after the cornerstone was laid.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The finding of the 1956 cornerstone at St. Mary’s of the Lake got the Archives staff thinking about...

Spooky and spirited celebrations!

Spooky and spirited celebrations!

Halloween poems printed in the October 1931 edition of The Guardian magazine. The Guardian was created and printed by the Sisters of Providence from 1916 to the late 1950s. BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy Halloween. Here are a...

Teaching in King City

Teaching in King City

Sacred Heart Convent, King City, between 1946-1948. Left to right: Sr. Mary Laura Otterson, Sr. Mary Magdalen Collins, Sr. Mary Aloysia Killeen, Sr. Mary Georgina BolandBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul served in King...

Summer at the Villa

Summer at the Villa

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The congregation purchased the cottage “Marillac Villa” in the fall of 1955 and enlarged it so it could accommodate 30 sisters at one time. Here is a reprint of an article from the September 1956 issue of the Guardian. The Guardian was...

Where angels did not fear to tread

Where angels did not fear to tread

Sr. Mary Cosmas  (Sr. Verna Plue)  serving lunch to the “angels” at the back door of Rosary Hall, Edmonton in May, 1962BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Sisters of Providence ran Rosary Hall in Edmonton Alberta from 1915 to 2012. Rosary Hall was a hostel for...