Why I Love Toronto
The Haunting at St. Michael’s Hospital
St. Michael’s Hospital is an icon in the downtown core. Located close to the heart of the city this hospital has gone through many expansions over the past few years, but its oldest portion at 30 Bond Street has stood for decades and is the focus of our haunting .
Hospitals are a great place for a hauntings because death is constantly occurring. Therefore, you would think that the tale I am about to tell you is terrifying and one that would make you fear hospitals even more. On the contrary, this tale will highlight how some spirts are kind and are there to continue their work.
What I find most interesting about this haunting is that it revolves around a nun. Sister Vincenza, who passed in 1958, is the accused haunter of the hospital which used to be run by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The nun was a constant figure in the hospital comforting patients on the 7th floor of the facility. According to the St. Michael’s website Sister Vincenza, who was referred to as Vinne, graduated from the nursing program at the hospital in 1922 and worked there from 1928 to 1956. She worked in obstetrics as a supervisor and even though the 7th floor where she worked now houses the Heart and Vascular program, she still makes her rounds.
So what acts of kindness is the spirit of the Sister bestowing on the patients of St. Michael’s? She turns the lights on and off for people and sometimes she will approach them and touch their arm before offering a blanket. Those who have seen the nun reportedly say that she is in full habit and that her face is never revealed, but is in a permeant shadow.
So why is the nun sticking around the hospital? Well there could be many reasons why. Reason one, she loved her work and wants to continue to watch over patients of the hospital that was really a home to her for decades. Reason two, she may also haunt the hospital because she feels her service to God is not over and that she needs to be there for the living in an ever-growing society in which many are slowly losing their faith. Therefore, maybe she is still there to remind us that we all need a little faith. But really who knows. It seems like Vinnie is a kind soul who just loved what she did an chose to do it after death.
Oh yeah and the picture above is from the St. Michael’s archives of the sister.