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        Providence Women on the Frontier: Contributions in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond

        Many of the Pacific Northwest's medical and educational facilities were begun in the 1800's by a small group of selfless women called the Sisters of Providence. Discover the fascinating stories of these courageous nuns, beginning with Emilie Gamelin of Montreal and on to Mother Joseph, who helped start Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Father LaCombe Home near Calgary and Wings of Providence in Edmonton.

        Use these video segments and accompanying learning guide to teach students about the lasting contributions the Sisters of Providence made in the Pacific Northwest.

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        Providence Women - Introduction

        Sisters of Providence Overview

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        Providence Women - Emilie Gamelin

        Emilie Gamelin founded the Sisters of Providence in Montreal, Canada

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        Providence Women - The Sisters of Providence

        The Sisters of Providence’s charitable works in Montreal are explored.

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        Providence Women - Esther Pariseau

        Ester Pariseau, later Mother Joseph, joins the Sisters of Providence.

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        Providence Women - Mother Bernarda

        Mother Bernarda establishes houses of Providence, schools, and orphanages in Chile.

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        Providence Women - Mother Joseph of Sacred Heart

        Mother Joseph establishes the first permanent school and hospital in the Northwest.

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        Providence Women - Sacred Heart Hospital

        Mother Joseph designs Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA in 1886.

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        Providence Women - Legacy of Mother Joseph

        Mother Joseph's legacy includes the establishment of 75 ministries in the Inland Northwest and dozens more world-wide.

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        Providence Women - Sisters of Today

        6,000 Sisters of Providence currently serve in Eastern Washington and abroad.

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