Providence Flashbacks

Celebrating Jubilees During a Pandemic

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVISTCOVID-19 is not the only pandemic in the Sisters of Providence’s history to prevent Jubilees from being celebrated. Historically jubilees were not celebrated altogether annually in June the way they are now. Instead they were celebrated...

St. Michael’s Band, Belleville

St. Michael’s Band, Belleville

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST St. Michael’s Band, a rhythm band, was formed in 1934 in Belleville by Sister Mary Mercedes. The students were originally recruited from Grade 1 at St. Michael’s Academy and many of the same children stayed in the band into their high...

Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Remembering the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

St. Mark’s Convent in Prescott, OntarioBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Fall of 1918 was a tumultuous time as the First World War wasn’t over yet, but soldiers were starting to arrive home from Europe bringing with them an unwelcome guest – the Spanish Influenza....

Women in Science Day

Women in Science Day

Sr. Mary Cornelia in November 1947 in the lab at Providence Hospital Moose Jaw, SKBY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science Day. Sr. Mary Cornelia Schauenberg worked in science her entire career, as the...

Christmas in 1909 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville

Christmas in 1909 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST A description of Christmas activities from the Annals of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville:December 24, 1909 - The donations are pouring in since early morning. Our Christmas tree was a great success. Mr. Shea acting Santa...

Election Flyers produced at the Printing Room

Election Flyers produced at the Printing Room

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Printing Room Museum closed this fall. The Printing Room operated as a functioning print shop from 1898 to 1989. Over the course of its history the printing room produced two magazines, congregational materials, and commercial...

Longest-serving and longest living Sisters

Longest-serving and longest living Sisters

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST   Do you know who the longest living Sister in the history of the congregation is? And did you know that in the history of the congregation thirteen Sisters have lived to the age of 100 years or older? And seven Sisters served in...

The Gate House

The Gate House

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST This photograph shows the entrance to Heathfield property in the early 1900s, which is now the home of Providence Motherhouse. The gatehouse (visible on the left) was demolished in October 1968 when the driveway was widened to...

Construction of the Greenhouse

Construction of the Greenhouse

BY VERONICA STIENBURG, ARCHIVIST The Greenhouse was designed and built by Maintenance staff, over the winter of 1998-1999, onto the back of the Garage, on the grounds of Providence Motherhouse in Kingston. The Greenhouse was constructed using old windows from a wing...