Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, has extended practical care to the sick poor in their own homes for over 100 years.
The order was co-founded by Melbourne born, Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor and first priest in charge of Coogee parish, Fr Edward McGrath MSC, working from Randwick Parish in April 1913.
At a time when no publicly funded healthcare was available, the order was dedicated to caring for the sick and dying poor in their homes.
More commonly known as the Brown Nurses because of their distinctive brown cloaks and bonnets, the order’s work continues to this day in Sydney, Newcastle and Macquarie Fields.
The Sisters extend practical care to all who seek help, without discrimination and in the spirit of the Good Samaritan of the Gospel.
Our Lady’s Nurses exercise their ministry by:
- Caring: Home nursing, visiting, hospitality and being a comforting presence.
- Friendship: Supporting families and individuals facing hardship, broken relationships, bereavement or isolation.
- Advocacy: Standing with those unable to oppose unjust structures and systems.
- Listening: Responding to the needs of the poor who require specific skills and diversity of expression.
The Brown Nurses
Established in 2008, the Brown Nurses is an independent ministry of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, offering home care and support to the most disadvantaged in the City of Sydney Local Government Area.
Many of their clients live with debilitating physical and mental illnesses or are at risk of homelessness and the Brown Nurses is their last chance to live independently.