Sous-fonds F01-SF12 - Sister Marie Celine Janisse sous-fonds

Sister Marie Celine Janisse making prints in Peru.

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Sister Marie Celine Janisse sous-fonds

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CA ON00279 F01-SF12

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7 mm of textual records
25 photographs : col.
50 prints ; 36 x 28.5 cm or smaller
1 print : mounted on particle board ; 36 x 27
11 paintings : watercolour ; 44 x 22 cm or smaller
10 drawings : pencil ; 28 x 21.5 cm
4 drawings: pencil ; 24 x 31 cm
1 sketchbook : pencil ; 28 x 21.5
1 scrapbook : 30 x 25.5
1 album ; 17 x 13
1 album ; 17 x 23 cm
1 album ; 28 x 22 cm
1 album ; 33 x 28 cm
1 album ; 33 x 28 cm
1 wall hanging : 59 cm x 56 cm
1 crucifix : 24 x 16 cm

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(February 13, 1928-August 4, 2022)

Biographical history

Sister Marie Celine Janisse was born in Windsor, Ontario on February 13, 1928. She was one of the seven children of Norman Janisse and Eva Tino, both of Windsor. She had her reception at Sacred Heart Convent in London, Ontario on August 25, 1946. Her first profession was August 25, 1948, and her final profession was August 25, 1951.
Sister Marie Celine received a Fine Art diploma from the Institute of Pedagogy, Montreal in 1952-53. She was awarded her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1969.

Sister Marie Celine served as a parish worker in Peru from August 2, 1983 to December 1, 1994. Upon her return to Canada, she was involved in Heart-Links, an organization started by the Sisters of St. Joseph to support community development in Peru. She returned to Peru from 1998 to 2000 to work for Heart-Links. After this, she served on pastoral and art projects with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Pembroke mission to Chincha, Peru from 2001 to 2003, and then again with Heart-Links in London from 2003 to 2007. Sister Marie Celine also served in Nicaragua as part of the Hurricane Mitch Response, for three months from 1998-1999.

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Sous-fonds consists of artwork created by Sister Marie Celine Janisse, including pencil sketches and originals and prints of watercolour paintings. There is also personal correspondence, poetry, journal entries, and reflections, written both during and after her missions in Peru and Nicaragua. There are photographs, the majority in albums, of Sister Marie Celine’s artwork and of the Sisters with whom she worked. There is also a journal kept by Sister Marie Celine during a trip to the Holy Land.

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Records donated to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives – London site by Sister Marie Celine Janisse.


Two albums rehoused in folders.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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The records are stored off-site in London, Ontario.

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Restrictions on access

These records are restricted to public access until 30 years after the death of Sister MarieCeline Janisse in the case of files containing any sensitive information.

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.

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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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The archives also holds other artwork created by Sister Marie Celine Janisse. This includes:

Ceramic vase, hand-painted by Sister Marie Celine Janisse, "Fish Bowl"
Ceramic vase, hand-painted by Sister Marie Celine Janisse, "Peacock"
Ceramic 12 piece breakfast set with gold borders, hand painted by Sister Marie Celine Janisse
Crest, original from Toronto community, hand painted by Sister Marie Celine Janisse, on wood
Four sculptures made in Peru

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