June 27, 1895 – To Miss Caemron from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
June 27, 1895
Dear Miss Cameron,

Your letter asking information respecting our Community reached me duly. I am pleased to know that you are desirous of consecrating your life to the Divine service and I sincerely pray that light and grace may be given you in your choice of Community.

Undoubtedly you have formed some idea of our Institute owing to your intercourse with our sisters on their charitable mission through Alexandria, and there remains now for me to tell you briefly that as “Sisters of Charity” we embrace all the duties such a life imposes, namely, the care of the aged and infirm, orphan boys and girls, the sick and afflicted whether their sufferings be mental or physical, likewise visiting and assisting the poor and sick in their own homes. For the performance of these works, as you may easily imagine, many and great sacrifices must be made, but when done through a pure motive of pleasing God they are rendered sweet and agreeable.

The sisters of this Community teach the parochial school when required to do so. In Perth a number of sisters are engaged exclusively in teaching and here in the City we have charge of several large classes in the ‘Boys’ School, while it invariably falls to our lot to educate the orphans and others who reside in the Institution.

The conditions, etc., required for admission to our Novitiate are few. The Candidate must be of respectable parentage, healthy, possess a fairly good education, have sufficient means to defray the expenses of the term of probation and be not older than twenty-five years. Of course there are other requirements, which may not be here, detailed, but should you decide upon seeking admission as a member of our Community you can state your circumstances and a full explanation shall be cheerfully given.

Earnestly asking God’s blessing on your fervent desires, I am in the Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Yours very sincerely,
Mother M. Edward, Sup. Gen.
Notes: This letter is a typed copy pasted into the copybook.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, pp. 274A & 211, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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