Holy Angels Province in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Sisters of Providence is an international community of women Religious, inspired and founded by Blessed Emilie Tavernier Gamelin in 1843. Today more than 700 Sisters and over 1000 Providence Associates serve people in Canada, the United States, El Salvador, Haiti, Chile, Argentina, the Philippines, Egypt, and Cameroon. While each culture is unique and the needs vary, the Sisters of Providence are united by their profound faith, total confidence in Providence and compassion for those they serve.



Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence first came to western Canada in 1886 and established St. Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia. From there, they were called to serve at many other locations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon, caring for children, the sick, and the elderly.

Holy Angels Province is the name of the western Canadian region of the Sisters of Providence of Montreal. Formed on August 8, 1912, the headquarters for Holy Angels Province was first located at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. The provincialate was moved to St. Eugene Hospital, Cranbrook, BC in 1914, to Lacombe Home in Midnapore, AB in 1920, and to its present location at Providence Centre in Edmonton, AB in 1965. Today, the Sisters in western Canada provide for the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable by working together with existing social, education and health care organizations.

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.
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