Frances Stacey, SP

Sr. Frances reveals her reluctance — and ultimate acceptance — when called to service in El Salvador.

Maggie Pastro, SP

Sr. Maggie on her love of music.

Georgette Jean, SP

Sr. Georgette reflects on the true meaning of Providence


Going to Montreal

In April 2011, temporary vow sisters and apostolic novices undertook a three-month International Formation Program in Montreal. Prior to the event, some of the participants met in Spokane, Washington, to share their hopes and dreams for that gathering.

Reflections on Montreal

Following the International Formation Program in Montreal, some of the participants reflected on the gathering.

Chilean Delegation

Sisters of Providence in Chile still were dealing with the impact of the February 2010 earthquake and tsunami when a raging fire hit their Santiago campus on January 24, 2011. The blaze destroyed a home for aged women, as well as the historic Sisters of Providence church and Bernarda Morin Province’s museum. Assistance for restoration has come from several sources, including from Mother Joseph Province.


Fort Vancouver National Trust: The Providence Academy Campaign

Mother Joseph and four sister companions arrived at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, from Montreal, Quebec, in 1856. They built Providence Academy, their first foundation in the West, and Mother Joseph’s handiwork is evident in some of the building’s furnishings. Now, the Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced a $16 million campaign to purchase and restore the landmark.


Cameroon Visit

Marie-Therese Gnamazo, of Cameroon, lived for a time with Sister Karin Dufault and others while she was in Seattle for a Come and See experience with the Sisters of Providence. Marie-Therese later became a Providence Associate and returned to her native country to live out the mission of Providence while helping people there. In late December, Sister Karin, now congregational leader of the Sisters of Providence, traveled to Cameroon with Sisters Annette Noel and Rejeanne Turcotte.

Sister Karin and Marie-Therese met again on December 29 at the airport in Yaoundè, where they warmly embraced. “She looks terrific and it was a surprise and a joy to see her,” Sister Karin reported. On their travels in Cameroon, Sister Karin and Marie-Therese were welcomed by children, who danced for them.

Information on the Death Penalty

At their 2013 Provincial Chapter, the Sisters of Providence adopted a corporate stance to end the death penalty. The action is a result of “prayer, discernment and dialogue, and will be part of our prayer and action in the future,” said Provincial Superior Judith Desmarais. This is the first corporate stance taken by Mother Joseph Province and has been in process for the last couple of hears


Mount St. Michaels Closing Ceremony

Year of Consecrated Living

Montreal General Chapter

Providence Women on the Frontier (KSPS TV)

Many of the Pacific Northwest’s medical facilities were begun in the 1800’s by a small group of selfless women called the Sisters of Providence. Discover the fascinating stories of these courageous nuns, beginning with Emilie Gamelin of Montreal and on to Mother Joseph, who helped start Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Father LaCombe Home near Calgary and Wings of Providence in Edmonton.



Our Lady of Providence Community

This story video is from the Sisters of Providence in the Philippines. Some of it relates to the 400th anniversary of the Vincentians, and some took place in early January when Provincial Councilor Josefina “Josie” Ramac was visiting the sisters there.

From the Providence Archives

Sacred Heart Hospital and School of Nursing, Spokane, Washington, 1938

Exterior of hospital, then very dim footage of a capping ceremony for the School of Nursing held in the hospital chapel. Footage then switches to color views shot from upper floor of the hospital showing fall foliage, surrounding homes, and the Rockwood Clinic.

Coeur d’Alene Indians at Sacred Heart Mission, DeSmet, Idaho, 1938

Coeur d’Alene Indians at encampment wearing traditional buckskin dress, some with patriotic themes. The Jesuit school for boys appears briefly. Brief footage of children on boardwalk at Mary Immaculate School, which can seen in the distance in several shots, though mostly obscured by the poplar windbreak. Coeur d’Alene boys perform a dance; girls, seated in two lines facing eachother, play an a games with pegs. Includes Lavinia Joseph showing buckskin dress.

Baby Homecoming, Providence Hospital, Oakland, California, ca. 1938

Silent film. Sisters of Providence leave in an automobile; then footage of mothers with children, and babies being weighed and examined in a clinic, likely as part of a “homecoming” wherein children who were born at a hospital were brought back for periodic check-ups (a documented practice at Providence hospitals in what was then Sacred Heart Province).

Providence Hospital School of Nursing Homecoming, Seattle, Washington, ca. 1939

Silent film. Homecoming mass, a tea, and banquet. Film is dark and becomes very dark near end, where various speakers are spotlighted.

Golden Jubilee, St. John Hospital, Port Townsend, Washington, 1940

Silent film. Miscellaneous scenes including the grotto at St. John Hospital; St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church; a sister feeding chickens; the hospital kitchen garden.

Views of Seattle, Washington, and Providence Hospital, ca. 1941

Silent film. Views of Seattle, probably from an upper floor of Providence Hospital; a patient or nursing student asleep on a sun porch; brief view of the hospital tower.

Providence Hospital, Everett, Washington, 1940s

Silent film in black-and-white and color showing various functions at the hospital in the early 1940s.

Providence Hospital, Seattle, Washington – Grounds, 1940s

This silent footage of Seattle’s Providence Hospital features a Chow Chow dog; grounds including flowers and a fountain; a Sister of Providence walks in background.

Sisters feeding pigeons at Providence Hospital, Everett, Wash.

In this short silent film from the Providence Archives, Srs. Vincent of Foligno (Dorothy Caissie) and (Marie) Frenette feed pigeons outside the School of Nursing building. Circa 1940.

Providence Heights College of Sister Formation, 1961 [Part 1 of 2]

Introduction to Providence Heights, founded in 1961 in Issaquah, Washington. The campus served as both the College of Sister Formation for the Sisters of Providence and other women religious, and was also the novitiate and provincialate for the Sisters of Providence, Sacred Heart Province. Narrated by Mother Judith (Teresa Lang), provincial superior of Sacred Heart Province.

Film features Mother Judith and Sr. Genevieve Gorman, College dean, explaining the development of the College from the Everett Curriculum; the College buildings and grounds, the chapel and art collection

Providence Heights College of Sister Formation, 1961 [Part 2 of 2]

Introduction to Providence Heights, founded in 1961 in Issaquah, Washington. The campus served as both the College of Sister Formation for the Sisters of Providence and other women religious, and was also the novitiate and provincialate for the Sisters of Providence, Sacred Heart Province. Narrated by Mother Judith (Teresa Lang), provincial superior of Sacred Heart Province.

Aftermath of Columbus Day Storm at Providence Academy

This silent film from the Providence Archives reveals the damages inflicted on the Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash. by a 1962 wind storm.

Providence Academy, 1966

Silent and sound film, black-and-white. Detailed shots of the Academy chapel, then an interview with Sr. Cecilia Mary, SP (Agnes Ann Kucera) about the closure of the Academy and the work of Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart (sound begins at about 52 seconds). Sr. Cecilia Mary shows the traveling trunk and tools belonging to Mother Joseph.

Probably made for television; there was likely a voice-over track during the silent portions of this film.

Providence Academy and Novitiate Tour, Vancouver, Washington, 1966

Silent film, color. Long shots of exterior of the Academy and grounds, then interior and chapel, give way to a segment showing novice and postulant Sisters of Providence touring the balconies and then entering the chapel.

Providence Academy Alumni Tea, 1966

Silent film, color. The last alumni tea held prior to the permanent closure of the Academy that year. Sisters of Providence appear in both traditional and modified habit. At the end is brief footage of St. James Acres, now known as Mother Joseph Cemetery.