Sisters of Providence Motherhouse, Heathfield
Sisters of Providence Motherhouse, Heathfield

In the 1830s a villa was built on the property which later became the location of the Sisters of Providence Motherhouse. The villa changed hands a number of times, and eventually was sold to a Charles Heath; from this time on the property was known locally as Heathfield. In 1865 ownership passed to John Williamson, a brother-in-law of Sir John A. MacDonald, and for ten years it provided a home to Sir John whenever he was visiting from Ottawa.

The congregation of the Sisters of Providence is the only religious congregation founded in Kingston, and they have had a long history of service to the poor. The mid-19th century was an especially difficult time for the aged, orphaned and imprisoned in Kingston, and so in 1861, at the invitation of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kingston, four Sisters arrived from Montréal to form the new community.

Sisters of Providence, Heathfield - Chapel Sisters of Providence, Heathfield - Chapel

In 1930 the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul purchased the Heathfield land, and a Motherhouse constructed of Kingston limestone was officially opened two years later. Many renovations followed, and in 1964 the original villa was demolished to allow for construction of a new wing on the Motherhouse. In 1969 the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was added. The Chapel was completely redesigned in 1993, with a round, flowing Baptismal font covered by a canopy as its centrepiece.

Sisters of Providence, Heathfield - Organ Console Sisters of Providence, Heathfield - Organ Console

The 30-rank Casavant pipe organ (Opus 3008) was purchased and installed in the new Chapel in 1969. Keeping the original specifications, it was completely restored and revoiced in 2006 by Alain Gagnon and Sylvain Brisson. The Sisters of Providence Motherhouse Chapel will be the site of our Festival’s Convocation service.

Sisters of Providence Motherhouse, Heathfield

Casavant Frères (1969)
Alain Gagnon (complete restoration and revoicing, 2006)

Great

  • 1 Prinzipal 8
  • 2 Bordun 8
  • 3 Oktav 4
  • 4 Rohrflöte 4
  • 5 Oktav 2
  • 6 Mixtur IV 1⅓
  • 7 Trompette 8
  • Swell to Great

Swell

  • 8 Salizional 8
  • 9 Vox Coelestis (GG) 8
  • 10 Rohrflöte 8
  • 11 Prinzipal 4
  • 12 Spitzflte 4
  • 13 Waldflöte 2
  • 14 Scharf III ½
  • 15 Krummhorn 8
  • Tremulant

Pedal

  • 16 Prinzipal 16
  • 17 Subbass 16
  • 18 Octave 8
  • 19 Gedacktpommer 8
  • 20 Choralbass 4
  • 21 Mixture IV 2
  • 22 Fagott (L/2) 16
  • Great to Pedal
  • Swell to Pedal

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