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Our History

We take our inspiration from Mother Emilie Gamelin, who founded the Sisters of Providence in 1843.

Mother Emilie Gamelin

Emilie Gamelin, a young widow of Montreal, founded the Sisters of Providence in 1843. Emilie was moved by the love of Christ to serve the many poor, hungry and sick people who lived around her. The people, who looked upon Emilie as "providence" for the needy, named her work "Providence."

Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart

In 1856, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and four other sisters traveled to the Pacific Northwest, establishing schools, hospitals, orphanages, and other homes of care for those in need.

150th Anniversary

In 2006, the Mother Joseph Province celebrated 150 years in the West. Visit our 150th Anniversary Celebration pages by clicking here.

Providence Archives

  • For information about Sisters of Providence and their ministries, click here.
  • For specific inquiries about records, click here.


 

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