Legacy of the Sisters

Sisters of St. Joseph

Our founding Sisters of St. Joseph were visionary women who advocated and cared for the most destitute people in their communities.  They were pioneers, leaders, and innovators.  Their work is rooted in continuing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, which is now our mission.

The congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of London, Ontario have a long tradition of providing compassionate health care in Southwestern Ontario. Their founding vision was to heal the broken, whatever the source, to promote wellness and restore The Sisters were originally formed in 1650 in France to respond to unmet needs, serve the poor and vulnerable and their needs.

The Need for Health Care

In 1869 the Sisters saw the need for health care in the London Diocese and founded St. Joseph’s in London, Chatham in 1890, and Sarnia in 1946. Over the years they developed the finances and personnel to build health care facilities to provide compassionate care of the whole person, always mindful of the inherent worth and dignity of each human person.

Full History

A full history of the Sisters’ amazing contribution to health care in Southwestern Ontario and their  lasting legacy can be found at https://www.sjhc.london.on.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/sisters_history.pdf