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The Sisters of Providence, Émilie-Gamelin Province, pursue community and individual ministry works in Winooski (Vermont), Egypt and Haiti.

Our Lady of Providence (Vermont, United States)

In 1863, the Sisters of Providence opened a school in Winooski, a suburb of Burlington, Vermont. A bigger school was rapidly built to meet increasing demand. St. Louis Convent was inaugurated in 1869. Demolished in 1968, it was replaced by St. Francis Xavier School, which continues to offer excellent elementary-level education.

In March 29, 2005, the Winooski home was incorporated under the name Our Lady of Providence (Vt), Inc. The convent became an assisted-living residence for seniors. Sisters from various congregations, priests and lay people live there.

École Émilie-Gamelin (Torbeck, Haiti)

Built in 2016-2017, the Émilie-Gamelin school officially opened its doors in September 2017, at the request of low-income families living in Paroisse Sainte-Véronique, in the community of Torbeck, Haiti, that were concerned about their children’s education.

Since it first opened, the school has continued to expand. In the 2023-2024 school year, nearly 450 children were enrolled in one of the many preschool and elementary-level classes.

The mission of École Émilie-Gamelin is to provide quality instruction, and develop children’s full potential and their ability to play an active and responsible role in society. It espouses such values as respect, compassion, justice, excellence and accountability.

Its fundamental goals include consistent, dynamic and progressive development, as well as a search for new and adapted methods.

École Émilie-Gamelin is a testament to the stability of the Providence mission, begun in Haiti in 1976, and the testimony of the evangelical message.

Pastoral ministry for children of Émilie and aid to the poor (Agami, Egypt)

Begun in Minya in 1977, the mission of the Sisters of Providence in Egypt shifted to Agami in 2000. In this city located 15 km from Alexandria, sisters welcome children aged 5 to 22 from poor families in different parts of the country.

These young people are fed and housed at the convent free of charge, and attend schools in Agami, through the generosity of the Congregation and a number of people who donate locally. The youth take part in various programs that promote their overall development, and spend their vacation time with their families. Depending on their school program, they participate in prayer and celebrate holidays with the sisters.

Four times a year, the sisters welcome some one hundred people in need. The meetings provide opportunities to address various topics, find out about family situations, visit the sick and provide comfort following a death.

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