groupOn June 10th, 2018, friends and former students of the Daughters of Providence were invited to attend a Thanksgiving celebration held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert in honor of the Sisters 200th year of the foundation of their Congregation and 120 years of their presence in the city of Prince Albert, Sk.

The celebration started with a Mass concelebrated by Most Rev. Albert Thevenot M.Afr, and Emeritus Blaise Morand from the Diocese of Prince Albert and several other priests.

The Sisters’ Congregation originated from St. Brieuc, France in 1818. Their founder was Jean-Marie de la Mennais from St. Malo, France. Their main charism was to make known Jesus Christ and loved. The new Congregation then extended its mission to England, Africa: Uganda and to Eastern and Western Canada. They arrived in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1897. Their first Provincial house was in Prudhomme, Sk. They established many schools to educate the young, the poor and the sick children in all aspects of life and worship. One particular school was in St. Brieux, Sk. in 1924.

Following the Eucharist, a cold buffet was served and a short program was held where S. Huguette Provost, Mother General from Quebec welcomed everyone. Then Sister Dolores Bussière from Saskatoon presented a slide show explaining where the first houses and schools of their communities were built. Following this, one of their Sisters entertained the people with a sing song of Thanksgiving.

The Sisters had a great relationship with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary; some of their Sisters actually spent their last years at the infirmary of the Sisters of the Presentation. The oldest one, Sr. Irene Ouellette died there at the age of 103.

The Sisters now live in simplicity in the cities of Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

We wish that the spirit of providence may continue to grant them success in their mission, to live the gospel with deep faith and always to trust in God’s providence.