Mar. 11, 1895 – To Miss Dowdall from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Mar. 11, 1895
My dear Miss Dowdall

Your letter of the 19th ult. is before me and although Sr. Superior had previously acquainted me of your desire of becoming a member of this Institute of Sisters of Charity, I have not in my possession the requisite knowledge of your character and dispositions, etc., to obtain the decision of the Community regarding your application. If you would kindly answer the following few questions with any other information you deem necessary I shall consider your case and let you have a definite answer at an early date: – Have you consulted your Confessor on the subject of your vocation? Have you at any time actually asked your entrance to another Community? What is your age? Have you any means of your own? Or must you expect assistance in defraying the expenses of the Novitiate from your relatives.

I am not surprised that your sister desires you to remain with her in her loneliness; the loss of so fond and devoted a mother may long be mourned. Kindly offer your good sister my sympathy and accept for yourself my very kindest wishes and fervent prayers that you may accomplish your noble purpose of consecrating your life to the service of God.

Hoping to hear from you soon, I am sincerely yours,
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, p. 203, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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