Religious order ends 166-year-old healing ministry in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY - It is the end of an era in local health care and the work of a religious order dedicated to that field.

A mass held Sunday honored the legacy of the Sisters of Charity order, which arrived in Buffalo in 1848 to serve in various ways, including health the founding of Sisters Hospital.

Eventually, they became the Daughters of Charity with more than 850 nuns serving at the hospital and elsewhere. They in turn helped establish the Catholic Health System in 1998.

The work of the sisters has been shifted to lay people and professionals, but their caring tradition remains.

"So many Buffalonians have probably started their life out here in Buffalo at Sisters Hospital," said Sister Keim of the Daughters of Charity, "or has had family members or [receive care themselves] at Sisters Hospital."

The Daughters of Charity order will now move on to other parts of the country with fewer resources to continue their work in serving the poor in health care and education.


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