Dec., 1889 – To Sisters of Mount St. Vincent Orphanage, Holyoke, MA from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Dec. 25, 1889
Sisters of Charity, Mt. St. Vincent
Holyoke, Mass
Very dear Sisters,

The approaching Feast of the Birth of our loving Saviour reminds us that away in the East there is a band of faithful, loving children expecting a word of tender greeting from the Mother that God has given them. Dearest Sisters, could we give full expression to all the kind wishes that spring up in our heart for each and every one of you, this paper would soon become exhausted. We will then content ourselves by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a thrice-Happy New Year. May God be pleased to be born in your hearts on that morning and bring into them Peace and Love both of which has been promised to those of “Good Will”.

You will dear Sisters, rejoice with us that our affairs are in a fairly good condition; that our poor, God’s heritage to us are well and comfortably cared for; that our Novitiate is really a Garden of delight to us; so many good promising Subjects putting forth all their energies to fit themselves for the Service of God.

We have at present two Professed, two [ten?] Novices and eight Postulants making a very happy Novitiate. We will now ask you dearly beloved Sisters to join with us in thanking Our Most Merciful God for all that He has done for this little Vineyard and to beg His Divine protection in the future, that we may correspond in all things to the designs of His Fatherly Heart. May He in return reward you liberally for all you have accomplished in His name.

In sentiments of the most cordial affection we are devotedly and affectionately in the Heart of Mary Our Mother.
Sister Mary Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, pp. 108-109, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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