Bravery in the Times of Typhus

During the spring of 1847, thousands of women and men from Ireland set sail to Montreal, fleeing from the famine that plagued their homeland.  Many of them contracted typhus during their journey. To stop the contagion, the new immigrants were confined to structures known as “fever sheds”.  Ignace Bourget, the Bishop of Montreal, then asked […]

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Providence Spirituality

Reflection on the Gospel  of March 19, 2023- Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John 9:1-41 Reflection: A behavior full of contradictions is portrayed by this poor blind man, who nevertheless gives us all the answers that justify his actions and kindnesses towards the  who healed him of his blindness: Jesus. Humans have a flickering […]

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Sr. Karin Dufault Reflects on Her Time as Congregational Leader

Post date: February 11, 2023 from Mother Joseph Province web site. From developing the revised Consitutions and Rules to grappling with a worldwide pandemic, Sr. Karin Dufault, SP, who just completed her tenure as the 18th Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Providence, witnessed the hand of Providence guiding the Congregation in living the Mission […]

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Presenting my ministry at Providence Saint-Joseph CHSLD.

I have been living here at Providence Saint-Joseph CHSLD (a long-term care facility in Montreal) for more than 10 years. My role, as a Sister of Providence, is to coordinate the spiritual services for our 143 residents who are vulnerable elderly persons in their loss of autonomy. We are one of the few CHSLDs in […]

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The Sisters of Providence pray for Peace

Deeply concerned for the current situation and the uncertainty that reigns in the world, we invite you, following Pope Francis, to pray for peace. “Once again, he stressed with great sorrow, the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests… God [who] is the God of peace and not of war, who is the Father […]

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World Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a plague on the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.” Pope Francis. “Journeying in Dignity” is the theme for this year’s World Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Human Trafficking. The event takes place every year on February 8, the […]

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World Day of Consecrated Life – February 2, 2023

As a young child, Emilie, was initiated by her mother to welcome beggars and all those who knocked at the door and asked for “charity for the love of God.”  She was always attentive to God’s will for her. She married, at the age of 23, Jean-Baptiste Gamelin, who was 50 years old, and the […]

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Sister Mary Phillips’ Perpetual Profession

The impelling love of Christ was certainly evident during the celebration of Sister Mary Phillips’ perpetual profession in Providence Centre Chapel, Edmonton on December 10th. The readings, chapter 13 of First Corinthians on the gift of love, and the gospel from Matthew 25 and its call to care for the poor. The readings speak to […]

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Feast of St. Vincent de Paul – September 27

As part of the Congregational Retreat, offered by the Congregational Continuing Formation Service, on September 26, 2022, Sister Margaret Botch reminded us of Emilie Gamelin’s connection to St. Vincent de Paul, who was a guide and inspiration to her in her service to the poor, and to whom she devoted great loyalty and devotion throughout […]

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