Collection F01-S008 - Collection about the General Council

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Collection about the General Council

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  • Multiple media

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CA ON00279 F01-S008

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  • 1965-2013 (Collection)
    Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada (London, Ont.)

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Physical description

0.5 cm of textual records
5 photographs : b&w
44 photographs : col.

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This collection contains material accumulated by the archivist of the London congregation. It includes photographs of the General Council members, a farewell reflection written by Sister Patricia Hogan thanking the last General Council members and lists of General Council members and their duties and dates of service.

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Immediate source of acquisition

These records were accumulated by the archivist of the London congregation.


Order was imposed on the records by the archivist.

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    Script of material

      Location of originals

      The records are located at The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives.

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      Restrictions on access

      The Archives reserves the right to restrict access to the collection depending on the condition of the archival material, the amount of material requested, and the purpose of the research. The use of certain materials may also be restricted for reasons of privacy or sensitivity, or under a donor agreement. Access restrictions will be applied equally to all researchers and reviewed periodically. No researcher will be given access to any materials that contain a personal information bank such as donor agreements or personnel records, or to other proprietary information such as appraisals, insurance valuations, or condition reports.

      Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

      Permission to study archival records does not extend to publication or display rights. The researcher must request this permission in writing from the Archives.

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      There is a series and file list available.

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      No further accruals are expected.

      General note

      On November 22, 2012, the congregations of Hamilton, London, Pembroke, and Peterborough were amalgamated into one charitable corporation under the name Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada under the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Act, a Private Act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario which received Royal Assent on June 13, 2013. Before this, each congregation was governed by a General Superior who led a General Council. The first General Council was established in 1870 and was led by Mother Ignatia Campbell, the first General Superior. In 1920 the first Chapter was held and members were elected to General Council by the community. The General Council usually had five or six members with one councilor serving as the General Superior’s assistant. There was also a General Secretary and a General Treasurer, though the General Treasurer was not always a member of the General Council. Sisters in the position of General Superior were referred to as “Mother” rather than “Sister” until 1975.

      The General Superiors of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of London were:
      Mother Ignatia Campbell 1870-1902
      Mother Angela McKeogh 1902-1911
      Mother Celestine McCarthy 1911-1917
      Mother Mechtilde McCarthy 1911-1923
      Mother Philomena Hussey 1923-1935
      Mother Constance Dunn 1935-1947
      Mother Margaret Coughlin 1947-1959
      Mother Julia Moore 1959-1971
      Mother Mary Brendan Flynn 1971-1979
      Sister Katherine McKeough 1979-1987
      Sister Theresa Marie Caillouette 1987-1995
      Sister Mary Diesbourg 1995-2003
      Sister Valerie Van Cauwenburghe 2003-2007
      Sister Margo Ritchie 2007-2012 (term extended due to amalgamation with four other congregations)

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      Dates of creation, revision and deletion

      March 26, 2024

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          Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives, “History of the Congregation,”, accessed 5/19/2023.

          Dictionary of Biography of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada.

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