Journey to a Mission 

Chronology Leading to the Arrival of the Sisters of Providence in Washington Territory, 1856

The story of the Sisters of Providence coming to the American West has captivated and held deep meaning for the religious community as well as its sponsored ministries. From its French-Canadian homeland to the open, frontier country of North America, this community—one of the first in the Pacific Northwest—was driven by a fervor that was outward-looking yet introspective, spiritual yet concerned with the world. This online exhibit retraces the events leading to the emergence and arrival of the mission in the West. One hundred fifty years later the relevance of these formative events and long travels are still felt.

 Bishop Blanchet The Bishop’s Petition, September 24, 1856

Mother Caron The Decision of the General Council, October 3, 1856

Missionary SPs A New Group of Missionary Sisters, October 26, 1856

Entrance of the Postulants Entrance of the Postulants, October 28, 1856

Bourget decree The Missioning, October 30, 1856

Sr. Joseph A Vow of Perfection, November 1, 1856

New York City Departure: Montreal, Arrival: New York City, November 3, 1856

Steam ship Departure: New York City, November 6, 1856

Jamaica Arrival: Kingston, Jamaica, November 13, 1856

Aspinwall Arrival: Aspinwall and Panama City, November 18-19, 1856

Acapulco Arrival: Acapulco, November 23, 1856

San Francisco Arrival: San Francisco, November 30, 1856

San Francisco Departure: San Francisco, December 4, 1856

Steamer in storm Off the Oregon Coast & into the Columbia River, December 6-7, 1856

150th logo Arrival: Vancouver, December 8, 1856 

Sacred Heart First Mass at St. James Mission, Vancouver, December 9, 1856

Deliberations First Council Meeting, December 11, 1856

St. James Mission A Room of Their Own, December 16, 1856

Infant Jesus Christmas in Vancouver, December 25, 1856

Blanchet mandate The Bishop's Mandate, December 31, 1856