Apr. 11, 1892 – To Archbishop Cleary, Archbishop of Kingston ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Holyoke MA

Convent of Sr. of Charity,
Hampden St.,
Holyoke, Mass.
Apr. 11, 1892
My Lord Archbishop,

This morning I received the enclosed from Msgr. O’Bryan and with it I send, Your Grace, a copy of my letter to him, (see page 273). I have not made a word known about my letter to Rome, nor will I of the answer until I am directed to do so by Your Grace.

If Mgr. O’Bryan be correct, the poor Bishop of Springfield is not making much out of his “Appeal”.

I hesitate to write the words, still I am pressed by my love and devotion to my poor struggling Community to say that I think Sr. M. of Providence should be told once more to go to Canada and that should she refuse, let her be expelled and take as she herself says the consequences. If any others wish to follow her, let them do so. Of such subjects we would be well without. I believe, and Fr. Moran told me Saturday, that already they are speaking of a Coadjutor with right of successorship.

Hoping that the little rest enjoyed at the Beach has proved beneficial to Your Grace and praying that God may give you length of days.

I am dear Lord Archbishop, with reverence and humble submission,
Most gratefully yours,
Sister M. Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume 1861-1892, pp. 295-296, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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