National Catholic Sisters Week
Celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week
More than a century ago, our health system’s founding religious sisters, inspired by their love for Jesus, launched hospitals and other agencies across the region. In 1894, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville began what would become Our Lady of Consolation. The Daughters of Wisdom instituted St. Charles in 1907, Maryhaven Center of Hope in 1930 and Good Samaritan in 1959. Catholic Home Care was established in 1905 by the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, who also opened Mercy, the first Catholic hospital in Nassau County, in 1913. St. Francis was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1922.
Building on what the founders achieved, CHS has grown into an integrated health system, including Good Samaritan and St. Catherine of Siena nursing homes, Good Shepherd Hospice, St. Joseph and physician practices spanning the Island. What has remained constant is our organization’s core purpose: bringing Christ’s healing mission to those in need.
During National Catholic Sisters Week, please join me in offering our heartfelt appreciation to women religious, especially the founding congregations of CHS’s various entities.