One hundred and seventy five years ago the Sisters of Charity landed on the shores of Australia to begin their work of building schools, hospitals, and outreach services to care for the poor and marginalised of this young Nation.
The small group of five Sisters who travelled across the world by tall ship from Ireland, to a distant colony on the other side of the world, reflected the pioneering spirit of the Sisters of Charity to go where they were needed. This spirit was a calling of the heart and a response to the invitation to be of service to the communities that sought their help.
This spirit has continued in the generations that have followed with new health services being established across the country to form the largest not for profit healthcare provider in Australia, known as St Vincent’s Health Australia.
When the community of Griffith approached St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) to begin the conversation about establishing a new Private hospital for their community, this spirit which was lived powerfully by the Sisters of Charity, stirred a sense of excitement to consider extending their Mission to serve marginalised communities by opening a new hospital in rural NSW.
SVHA is proud to partner with the community of Griffith to realise their dream of establishing a Private Catholic healthcare facility for the community of Griffith and surrounds.
The Sisters of Charity came to Australia to care for all people. Our mission in Griffith is an extension of this original Charter. We are delighted, that in 2014, we are welcoming the people of Griffith to journey with us in caring with compassion, justice, integrity and excellence.
Anthea Groves rsc