In commemoration of the 188 years that the Sisters of Bon Secours have been providing Good Help to Those in Need®, employees and physicians associated with the Bon Secours Health System will be reflecting on the “good help” provided daily by the Ministry on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
“On this day, we pause to commemorate the dedication of the first Sisters of Bon Secours to minister and comfort those who were sick and dying in their homes,” said Sister Patricia L. Heath, SUSC, senior vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours Hampton Roads. “Now we celebrate with them, and our Sponsor Bon Scours Ministries, by giving thanks for our co-workers in ministry who continue this wonderful commitment to bring God’s hope for the world marked by healing, compassion and liberation to those we serve. We believe that we must help build a more humane world through our ministry.”
About the Sisters of Bon Secours
Founded on January 24, 1824, amidst the devastation following the French Revolution, 12 women came together to form the congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, French for “good help.” In 1881, the congregation was invited to the Archdiocese of Baltimore and crossed the Atlantic to establish a health care ministry in Baltimore, Maryland. By 1909, convents were established in Washington, D.C. and in Detroit, Michigan.
The Sisters of Bon Secours provided the world’s first recorded formal home health care service as well as the first day care facility in Baltimore in 1907 to help working mothers whose only alternative was to place their children in orphanages. St. Edmond’s Home for Crippled Children, established in 1916, was the first Catholic home for the physically challenged. The Sisters have a long tradition of willingness to take risks in pursuit of innovation, growth and extension of mission.
The Sisters of Bon Secours established their first hospital in Baltimore in 1919 and opened their second, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in 1945. By 1980, the Sisters had established and/or managed several Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care services.
The Bon Secours Health System was formed in 1983 to provide skilled, unified management and professional resources for all Bon Secours health care operations while preserving Jesus’ healing mission and Bon Secours’ tradition of providing quality care to all, especially the poor, sick and dying.