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Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence, a catholic religious community, in Montréal in 1843, in response to the needs of the poor, the sick and the marginalized.

Thousands of women of different origins and social status joined the Community over the years, inspired by the mystery of the Providence of God and the compassion of our Mother of Sorrows (Mary at the foot of the Cross). As “Women of Providence”, they invested their spiritual energy and anchored their actions in the realities and the needs of the society of their time, always choosing to live in solidarity with the most destitute … “The charity of Christ impels us!”

Today, we are present in Canada, the United States, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, Haiti, Cameroon, Egypt and the Philippines. Our active apostolic life engages us in charitable and pastoral commitments in the areas of health, education and social service and in the promotion of social and ecological justice.

The offices of the General Administration of the Congregation are located at the Providence International Centre, in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough of Montréal, Canada.


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My Ministry


VOLUNTEERING WITH INCARCERATED WOMEN : More than four years ago, I started serving as a volunteer at the Tanguay women's prison, on Henri-Bourassa Boulevard in Montreal.

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CAPSULE about Place Émilie-Gamelin, Montreal


presented by Radio-Canada during the celebrations of the city’s 375th  anniversary.

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60th Anniversary of Religious Life - Sister Hélène Julien


This year I am delighted to celebrate in joy and remembrance my Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of consecrated life in the community of the Sisters of Providence. Also, I give thanks to “remember the past gratefully”, “embrace the future with hope”, and “live the present with passion” in the wake of our foundress, Blessed Emilie Gamelin.

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