Providence Flashbacks

A SUNsational Disappointment

A SUNsational Disappointment

The last time Ontario had a total solar eclipse, like the one we are expecting this year on April 8th, was on January 24th, 1925. In 1925 Kingston was not on the path of totality, but was expecting to see a 97% partial eclipse. Excitement was high across Ontario, as...

Leap Day!

Leap Day!

February 29th only occurs once every 4 years, which makes it feel like a special day. Let’s look back at what the Sisters of Providence were doing on a few past Leap Days via excerpts from the Congregational Annals: 1888, February 29On February 29th two large gongs...

Who do you think they are?

Who do you think they are?

You may have noticed the display of full size cut-out Sisters in habits in the Display window that faces the auditorium hallway, beside the Heritage Room. These three photographs were picked because the quality was good enough to be scaled up to a large degree, and...

Chapters of the Past

Chapters of the Past

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul held their final Chapter recently. What is Chapter? Chapter is a collegial body representing the entire congregation and when in session constitutes the highest authority within the...

Looking back on the Garage

Looking back on the Garage

Garage in June 2023.  BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The garage was demolished in September, but it served the Motherhouse well for almost 60 years. A large garage, including living quarters for employees, had been built on the Motherhouse property in 1951;...

Looking back on the barn

Looking back on the barn

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Barn on Providence Motherhouse property has more of a history than you might think. We aren’t sure how old it is, but it was on the property when the Sisters purchased Heathfield in 1930; although, it was in a slightly different...

Contemplating the Labyrinth

Contemplating the Labyrinth

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Labyrinth in the back field of Providence Motherhouse has returned to nature, but for a time it was an important prayer space used by sisters and retreatants at Providence Spirituality Centre. It was planned by a committee of...

Who built the Motherhouse?

Who built the Motherhouse?

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The original wing of the building, known as the 1932 wing, was designed by Architect Colin Drever and the contractor was Angus Robertson of Montreal. This is a photograph of the workmen, hired by Angus Robertson, who actually built the...

What did Heathfield look like in 1930?

What did Heathfield look like in 1930?

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST In June 1930 the Sisters of Providence purchased Heathfield, an approximately 30 acre property just outside the western limits of the city of Kingston, from Mr. H. Jennings. The property was surveyed on September 25th, 1930 and the...

Motherhouse Offered Shelter During 1998 Ice Storm

Motherhouse Offered Shelter During 1998 Ice Storm

Trees and barn covered in ice on the Motherhouse property, Kingston Ontario, January 1998.An office is converted into an emergency bedroom at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario, in January 1998.BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST This January is the 25th...