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

Mt. St. Vincent,
Holyoke, Mass.
June 1892
My dear Lord Archbishop,

By Mgr. O’Bryen’s account of things, we are as far from the end as ever. I must confess I have not much confidence in the Monsignor. It seems to me he should have written us at the time Propaganda wrote to the late Bishop of Springfield; we might have been prepared for the Commission. Now that it is certain that no further action will be taken until a new Bishop is consecrated, will it not be as well for me to return to the Mother House for a while to attend to matters there?

Could Rev. Father Power, V.G. and Administrator of this Springfield diocese, not change the Confessor if applied to. For if Dr. Beaven were not acting in that capacity, I would not fear to leave.

Is it possible that Rome will overlook his action in this affair of Commission or are we to be left without any protection from such men!

May I hope to receive an answer to my request to return to Kingston from Your Grace at an early date.

Heartily thanking Your Grace for manifold kindnesses in this my hour of severe trial, I with profound respect and heartfelt gratitude, I remain
Your obedient Servant in Christ,
Sister M. Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume 1861-1892, pp. 325-326, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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