A Virtual Tour of the Providence Academy
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The Academy Chapel With a "Haunted Bell".
Fortunately for us all, in the 1960's Robert began restoring the Providence Academy and turned it into a mixed use office building. Robert and his wife Margaret went to Seattle to bring back the pieces of the Providence Academy's chapel (Mother Joseph's woodwork) that the Sisters and had taken with them. The altar and other pieces inside the chapel are on "permanent loan" from the Sisters as long as the Providence Academy building remains standing in Vancouver.
The Truth About The Chapel's Bell.
Mother Joseph originally sourced this bell from Troy, New York and it was taken to Issaquah, Washington for safekeeping when the Academy closed in 1966. Tragically, the pilots that were flying the bell back to Vancouver in February 1975 perished in a terrible crash when their helicopter hit the side of a mountain near Chehalis, Washington. There is an urban legend that the bell itself is "haunted" from the terrible and bizarre accident, and an additional grisly story linked back to the Academy's belltower has no factual basis. The real story behind the return of the bell to the Providence Academy is the one we should all remember. Every time SJ talks about the bell she always says a little prayer for the two men - Captain Arnold J. Kraushaar of Molalla, Oregon and Sargeant DAC William L. Kinsey of Vancouver - who lost their lives bringing this historic treasure back to its original home.