Sisters of Providence (Western Canada)
We are members of the Church through baptism, and therefore share in its universal mission: to bring the Good News to the whole world, and to be a sacrament of salvation for all. Our fidelity to the consecrated life and to our community mission is the means by which we contribute to the Church’s mission.
Mother Emilie Gamelin and Bishop lgnace Bourget founded the Congregation to respond to the urgent and multiple needs of the poor. It is to the continuance of this mission of charity that we commit our lives in the effort to make Jesus present to the world.
The mission of our community is to proclaim Providence as the loving presence of God, watchful over the created universe, attentive to the needs of all, active in us and through us. We also proclaim the compassion of our Mother of Sorrows, who participated intimately in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus. We live these mysteries primarily by our compassionate love of the poor.
This mission calls each of us to discover Jesus more particularly in those who suffer by serving him through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, especially towards the poor, whether young, or sick or aged, bringing a sign of hope and resurrection to the world.
The motto of the Congregation, The charity of Christ urges us, draws us toward the poor. We go to them with an openness that allows us to be evangelized by them while we share the Good News.
Our apostolic life binds us to each other and to all the people of God, especially the poor. Responsive to the Spirit, we are always in search of better ways to incarnate the Providence of God in our lives.
In a spirit of sharing and of openness, we are willing to participate in the particular mission of the community wherever the Providence of God may lead us, whether in our own country or in other parts of the world.
Our MISSION is to proclaim Providence as the loving presence of God, watchful over the created universe, attentive to the needs of all, active in us and through us. We also proclaim the compassion of our Mother of Sorrows, who participated intimately in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus. We live these mysteries primarily by our compassionate love of the poor.
PROVIDENCE for us, is God’s love for us, acting within us and through us, revealed fully in the words and deeds of Jesus. It is God’s love for each of us that drives our desire to love and serve one another, especially those most in need. We believe that, when answering God’s call to service, Divine Providence will provide what we need to be responsive.
The CHARISM of our Providence Community is the manifestation of the mysteries of the Providence of God and Our Mother of Sorrows in compassionate love and creative prophetic solidarity with the poor.
Our Charism is a gift inspired by the Holy Spirit and motivated by Christ for the good of others. It is the inner voice that urges us onward to fulfil certain needs in the Church.
Emilie Gamelin’s Charism was her burning desire to help alleviate the suffering of the poor of her day. She cared for them with the compassion of Our Mother of Sorrows and with deep trust that Providence would provide for their needs. It was also her great desire that her mission be carried out with simplicity, humility and charity.
Our MINISTRIES are diverse and fulfilling. They continue to evolve and change to address the current needs in our society. We are involved in the following areas of service:
- Parish Ministry
- Healing Ministry
- Pastoral Care
- Spiritual Direction and Retreats
- Food Banks
- Working Against Family Violence
- Deaf Community Service
- Foreign Missions
- Refugee Sponsorship
- Service within the Providence community
The Sisters of Providence in the 21st Century continue to be inspired, shaped, focused and energized by their understanding of the original call: to care for the poor, the rejected persons of society, and those with unmet needs. The emphasis today is on leadership to promote justice through effective social change and providing direct service to the needy.