Bishop Demers goes east from Victoria to New York and Montreal for help. (p. 80).In Montreal, the Bishop asks for help from the Sisters of Saint Ann. Sister Mary Theodore records the reception of Bishop Demers:
The Sisters were asked to vote by secret ballot (to determine whether or not they would send sisters to Victoria). The return in favour of acceptance was fifty-nine to one. The poorest order in the country had not hesitated to take upon itself to work in the poorest diocese in the world. The departure (for Victoria) was fixed for April 14, 1858. (p. 81).
During a fourteen day stopover at San Francisco, the Sisters received hospitality from the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul.
The missionaries left San Francisco, May 28, and headed north on S.S. Pacific. All went placidly until they had crossed the bar in the Columbia River. Here, at Astoria, as the boat came up the river, a party of citizens met them in a rowboat, came on board, and made directly for the Sisters.
Addressing them, they said, "Sisters, we are so glad you are here. You must stay with us. We will not let you go to that savage Vancouver Island where you have nothing to start with. Here we have a little convent and a school all ready for your accommodation, and we promise you our support." (The devil took (Jesus) to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”—St. Matthew 4:8-9)
The speakers were a delegation of prominent citizens from Portland(.) The ladies and gentlemen were in earnest. Their offer was enticing, the advantages both present and future beyond anything to be hoped for farther north.
Bishop Demers stood by taking it all in. He asked, "Sisters, will you leave me now?" Sister Mary Angèle answered, "My Lord, we will follow you to the end." (p. 82).
In ideal weather, with the sea calm, the S.S. Seabird, an American paddle steamer, glided into Victoria Harbour. It was three o'clock in the afternoon, Saturday, June 5, 1858. (p. 82).