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Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
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Originals and Copies

This subseries consists of an original piece of artwork depicting a globe nailed to a cross and a watercolour painting entitled ‘God so loved the world’, there are a number of copies of this painting. There are also photographic negatives of the piece of art by Sr. Margaret Ferris entitled ‘World and Cross’ alongside two photographs of this same piece of art.

Jubilees series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S132
  • Series
  • 1932-2017

This series contains records related to the celebration of Jubilees by the Sisters. It includes photographs, programs, invitations, speeches, hymns and clippings.


Donations series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S131
  • Series
  • 1995-2017

The series contains records documenting the various activities of the London Donations Committee. These include charitable donations in Canada and abroad, educational bursaries given predominantly to community members in London and southwestern Ontario, as well as donor awards and recognitions received by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Records include administrative correspondence, annual reports, newsletters, press clippings, a magazine, photographs, certificates, and a plaque.

Donations Committee

Celebration Histories

This subseries contains speeches, reflections, programs, historical sketches, and lists pertaining to jubilees celebrated by the congregation. Often, programs of jubilees contain opening remarks, lists of Sisters celebrating jubilees, lists of Sisters helping with the event, agendas for the jubilees, processional hymns, and joint thank you remarks from Sisters celebrating the same jubilee. The historical sketches contain accounts and sometimes newspaper clippings about the jubilees that were celebrated. The oldest dated document is a speech made to the Sisters celebrating their jubilees in 1932. The author is not indicated.


The subseries contains administrative correspondence regarding bursaries for educational purposes. In particular, there is correspondence confirming the receipt of applications as well as confirming approval of bursary applications. The records are in alphabetical order by applicant surname.

Hellmuth College/Mount St. Joseph series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S137
  • Series
  • 1853-2015, predominant 1976-2005

This series consists of contracts, deeds, plans, and newspaper clippings relating to Hellmuth College from 1866-1952. There is a general history and photographs of Hellmuth College. The series includes photographs of the Chapel and Motherhouse. The series contains a description of the layout of the Orphanage as well as information regarding the day-to-day routines. The series also contains notes on the process of purchasing the Mills property and written summaries of ecclesiastical events such as the Eucharistic Congress at Mount St. Joseph in July, 1923 and the visit of Cardinal Villeneuve in 1934. There are also special issues of the Western Gazette and magazine and newspaper articles, including a biography of Bishop Hellmuth, and the building of the new Motherhouse.

Hellmuth College

St. Mary's Orphanage sous-fonds

  • CA ON00279 HF01-SF01
  • Sous-fonds
  • 1852-2015

This sous-contains fundraising documents pertaining to rural collections and the Orphans’ Festival which show that the Sisters needed support from the surrounding community in order to operate the orphanage. Articles, tickets, programmes, and receipts from the annual Orphans’ Festival show the importance the event held, not only to the Sisters but also to Hamilton citizens. Financial records further illustrate how much money was needed to care for the orphaned children. The account books detail the necessary items Sisters purchased to successfully run the orphanage. The fee books show how much parents paid to foster their children. These records also demonstrate the needs the Sisters had on outside resources, like government grants and surrounding community funding. Documents pertaining to regulatory compliance are also found, including the 1965 Children’s Institutions Act and Regulations which outlines the rules the orphanage had to follow in order to operate within the law. Correspondence on a variety of topics is also present in the collection, including finance, education, and daily operations. There are photographs which offer a “snapshot” into the life of the orphanage. These images depict Sisters working in the orphanage, the Orphans’ Festival, children’s communion celebrations, and the dining hall. The sous-fonds also contains records created by the Advisory Committee of Mount St. Joseph Orphanage. These records outline the types of work the committee did, including structural changes to the building. There are several summaries of the history of St. Mary’s Orphanage, and a brief summary of the history of Mount St. Carmel Infants’ Home. The registers offer significant information about the children who remained in the care of the orphanage. These list information such as the orphan’s name, date of birth, religious denomination, nationality, date of admission and discharge, date of death [if applicable], and who took the child after he or she was discharged. There are also registers that list information about children who stayed for day stays, as well as children who were moved into foster homes. The sous-fonds contains information about orphans who received their religious sacraments, as well as baptismal records. Also found personal folders and admission cards, which provide information about application and departure, correspondence and parental addresses and occupations.

St. Mary's Orphanage


This sub-series contains one of the many handmade quilts that Sr. Mary Leo Kirwin created during her life. She often quilted with students and the needy, and this quilt was created with one of the women living at Elaine Lucas Place, a low income housing complex. The quilt is a hand stitched cotton quilt that is a variation of the wedding ring pattern with a scalloped edge.


This series contains memorabilia from Sister Mary Leo’s life of volunteerism, both with the Red Cross and with underprivileged women.


The subseries contains Mary DeLoof’s memoirs of her life at the orphanage, including a description of the layout and daily routines. There are photographs of Mary DeLoof as part of the first graduating class of Catholic Central High School in 1951. There are newspaper articles about Isaac Hellmuth and some about the building of the new Motherhouse as well as "London City Life Magazine' articles on this subject. The subseries also contains information about Annabelle Leed who was an orphan, including photographs of her from later in her life and her obituary.

Sister Mary Leo Kirwin sous-fonds

  • CA ON00279 F01-SF13
  • Sous-fonds
  • 1939-2015

The sous-fonds contains photographs of Sr. Mary Leo Kirwin’s Congregational and family life, as well as pamphlets and memorabilia from the reunions she attended for her teacher training class, personal prayer books, religious artifacts, a photo directory from the Diocese of London, correspondence, a quilt she made by hand, and a Red Cross pin she earned for her service.

Kirwin, Sister Mary Leo


This series includes historical summaries about St. Mary’s Orphanage, from the time the orphanage was located at 204 Park Street, to the House of Providence, Mount St. Joseph, and the Mount Carmel Infants’ Home. There is a list of the Sisters who worked in the orphanage from 1958 to 1961. There is also a timeline of events that outlines important milestones in the orphanage’s history, such as when it was moved into new buildings, and information about fundraising. A copy of the Motherhouse annals also comprises this series. There is also a brief summary of the history of the Mount Carmel Infants’ Home. Frank Mayer’s 1989, "There ‘With’ the Grace of God Go I", text details his life growing up in Hamilton. In Chapters 13-16, he recollects his time spent at St. Mary’s Orphanage in the early 1930s after the Great Depression made it difficult for his father to find work. He discusses topics such as the Orphans’ Festival, the building, the Sisters, as well as outlining what an average day was like living in the home. An October 26, 2015 Hamilton Spectator article details the demolition of Mount St. Joseph.


Series consists of photographs documenting the fundraising events, activities, and projects of Heart-Links.


Subseries consists of newsletters that address questions and answers from the Sisters and staff about the construction of the Hospice. Also includes a preliminary digital drawing of the building before construction and comments regarding the Hospice. This subseries also consists of a notice of the official opening and newsletters regarding the Hospice.

London draft publication

This subseries contains a draft publication which focuses on the Sisters’ contribution to the health field in Canada and in Peru, and to the education field in Canada and other parts of the world.

London, Ont.

The subseries contains records illustrating the history of the Sisters. It consists of articles and prayers, history snippets, notes describing the establishment of the London congregation, hospital stories, and information on formation and tertianship. This subseries also includes articles on the history of Josephs’ House, Killam General Hospital, Marian Villa, and orphanages, as well as publications and calendars. Photographs and newspaper clippings on habit commission from 1996 to 1980 are also included in this subseries. The photographs illustrate the experimentation in habit changes in 1968.

Medaille Retreat House series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S094
  • Series
  • 1969-2014

Series contains scrapbooks and photo albums, notes, cards, DVDs created and used by staff, meeting minutes, financial records from the Time Out program (1975-1980), program brochures, administrative records, annals from 1975-1990, newspaper articles about Medaille Retreat House, colour photographs, colour photograph negatives, and historical information about the retreat centre.

Medaille Retreat House

London Neighborhood News

This subseries contains a single newsletter with information on staffing changes, retreats, Sisters moving to new residences, and notices of jubilees. There is also information on a workshop hosted by the Council General Treasurer and the Congregational Leadership Circle attending the Canadian Religious Conference.

Heart-Links sous-fonds

  • CA ON00279 F01 SF07
  • Sous-fonds
  • 1976-2014

Sous-fonds contains correspondence, newsletters, documentaries, project files, school donor files, publications, and records of the administration of and work supported by Heart-Links.


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