For the poor & the poor only

For more than 100 years, Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor – fondly known as the Brown Nurses – has performed a unique ministry of healthcare, advocacy and friendship for the sick poor and disadvantaged.


Servant of God

Australia’s ‘saint in waiting’, Eileen O’Connor, has been recognised as Servant of God by the Holy See.


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4 November 2019. It is with deep sadness that Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor has announced the death of Sister Kathleen Conlan, who died this week at St Joseph’s Aged Care Facility, Kensington, in the 74th year of religious life.

28 September 1918. Co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, Captain Rev. Father Edward McGrath msc, is recommended for the Victoria Cross after rescuing a seriously-injured British Army officer from no-man’s land during an action on the Western Front. 

10 September 1914. The world-famous singer, Miss Ella Caspers, headlines a concert held at Concordia Hall in Elizabeth Street, Sydney, in aid of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

30 August 1962. His Eminence Cardinal Norman Gilroy, approves a prayer for the beatification of Eileen O’Connor.

19 August 1977. The Grange Lions Club donates its sixth Chrysler Galant to Our Lady’s Home in Brisbane. 

2 August 1951. The Catholic Weekly publishes this obituary for the Very Rev. Father Edward Gell, who was a generous benefactor and ardent supporter of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor throughout his long life.

7 July 1934. The Catholic Freeman’s Journal provides this gritty account of the ministry of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

13 June 2018. It is with deep sadness that Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor has advised of the death of its former Congregation Leader, Sister Patricia Murphy, in the 60th year of her religious profession. 

The community at Our Lady’s Home, Coogee, is presented with its first car, thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of benefactors. Sister Agnes (May) McGahey becomes one of the first sisters to obtain a driver’s licence.

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