By Elizabeth Iles
Ask the gray Sisters: Sault Ste. Marie and the final sanatorium, 1898-1998 tells the tale of the production and one-hundred-year background of the Sault Ste. Marie common medical institution. At a time whilst Canada's healthcare method is at a crossroads and we're requested to make the most important judgements for its destiny, it really is fascinating and enlightening to examine the vibrant prior of a regular group health facility. during the Eighteen Nineties, Sault Ste. Marie was once a city looking for a sanatorium. Its glory days on the centre of the fur-trade course have been long past and the Sault was once within the strategy of changing into a latest business neighborhood. this kind of group wanted a clinic as a centrepiece to draw traders and as an important social establishment to take care of the loads of employees who have been flocking to city with out kinfolk aid. the final clinic was once demonstrated in 1898 after the city committee charged with constructing a sanatorium were refused investment by way of either the federal and provincial governments. In desperation, the committee met with the provincial Inspector of Asylums and Prisons (the in simple terms provincial respectable with hospitals in his mandate). "If you would like a sanatorium of which the paintings is severe and lasting," he's said to have steered them, "ask the gray Sisters." And so begun a fruitful organization among the group of Sault Ste. Marie and orders of gray Sisters who've operated the health center via its one-hundred-year historical past. dependent partly at the large archival collections of either orders of nuns, this background contains fabric from the sisters' Chronicles and their own memories. the result's an intimate and particular portrait of a neighborhood health center, positioned within the context of an rising provincial method of healthiness care.
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The following day, June 29, 1897, Dr. Gibson wrote to Sister St. Cyprien, a Grey Sister working at St. Joseph's Hospital in Sudbury. St. Cyprien had already visited the town, probably on a hospital "begging tour" to the surrounding lumber camps. Gibson's letter demonstrates his grasp of what was needed to establish a hospital: a site, furnishings, and an assured source of operating funds. He leaves out the cost of the building, which he expects the religious order to assume. would have a meeting of the council called and would call a meeting of hospital committee and thus come to some definite arrangement.
Bytown (later renamed Ottawa) grew up where the Rideau and Ottawa rivers met. In 1844 Bishop Phelan of Kingston petitioned the 29 Ask the Grey Sisters The motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, standing just around the corner from the Parliament Buildings. The decision was made here to send four sisters to found a hospital in far-off Sault Ste. Marie. Malak photo. Courtesy SCO The work of the Grey Sisters of the Cross was also known to another notable person, TF. " Mere Demers's term as superior general ended in 1897, just after the sisters were approached by the people of the Sault, and she was replaced by Superior General Dorothy Kirby.
One of the presenters, Sr. Marie Bonin from Montreal, traced the amazing growth of the orders and their spread around the world. She concluded her presentation by saying, "This humble woman, Marguerite d'Youville founded our congregation. " Grey Sisters Today Six independent orders of Grey Sisters are at work today. All have evolved from the original Sisters of Charity of Montreal, and all look to Marguerite d'Youville as their foundress. 1753 Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Mere Marguerite d'Youville) 1840 Sisters of Charity of Ste.
Ask the Grey Sisters by Elizabeth Iles