Thursday, July 31, 2014
Posted at 5:04 PM
One of the most amazing things we learned about Mother Gamelin was the story depicted here. M. Gamelin, her husband, was set upon by robbers and was saved by Dodais, a deaf-mute boy who was also mildly retarded. When M. Gamelin died he asked Emilie to care for Dodais and this is why the SP's continue to have special ministries to the deaf and to the mentally ill. At one time, they had a mental hospital in Montréal that was so large it was its own town. The Sister Superior of Jean de Dieu was also mayor of the town. Five hundred sisters worked in that one hospital alone. It was taken over by the government in the sixties when the Québécois decided the Church had too much control over social services.
Posted at 12:48 PM
The Mother House is so enormous that there is almost unlimited space for the Archives. We looked at one of several exquisitely perfect volumes documenting all the properties of the Sisters from the beginning. We also saw the chair Bishop Bourget sat in when he came to visit the sisters, and the desk of Mother Gamelin.
Posted at 12:39 PM
Here we are at the International Centre of the Sisters of Providence. We each have our own room. (!) It's a beautiful residence. Here's the painting outside my room:
Many sisters live here and in the adjacent buildings. This sister's taste for artificial flowers and needlework has overflowed her room into the hall.
Mother Gamelin's tomb is here, just outside the Chapel in the Maison-Mère, the Motherhouse:
Inside the Chapel:
Outside the International Centre with our rental car, which is brand-new. We are the first renters of it.
Posted at 9:48 AM
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Considering this is an old maid's blog, it sure has had a lot of baby pictures lately. Today was the day for Peter Thomas's baptism. As you may recall, we are godmothers to his darling sister Charlotte:
She and her old friend Ella looked rather wary on their first meeting. "How old are you, Ella?" "Three." "How old are you, Charlotte?" "Three and a half."
They were united in their desire to test the water in the font.
The big moment! Peter behaved perfectly.
In the Mary shrine following the baptism.
Isn't he adorable?
With Father Brant and the godparents. Wish we could have spent more time with this lovely family! Oh, well... I guess we'll have to go to England next year.
Posted at 5:45 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Today we are in Vancouver. We joined in a tour of the old Providence Academy which Sister Susanne was leading for employees of Providence hospitals.
The whole building is the handiwork of the amazing Mother Joseph:
The building needs a bit of work:
Closets for the sisters on the 4th floor:
A prayer at Mother Joseph's grave with Sister Susanne:
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