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.


28 September 2019. Bishop Anthony Randazzo launches Dr Jocelyn Hedley’s new book, Hidden in the Shadow of Love, which examines the life of Mother Theresa McLaughlin and the early years of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

20 February 2020. Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, celebrates a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, to officially open the Cause of Beatification and Canonisation of Servant of God, Eileen Rosaline O’Connor.

6 January 2019. You are invited to join us at Our Lady’s Home, Coogee, this Thursday (10 January 2019) to mark the 98th anniversary of the death of Eileen Rosaline O’Connor, co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor and Servant of God.

10 October 2019. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP issues an edict calling on Sydney Catholics to aid the Archdiocese with information for the cause of beatification and canonisation of Servant of God Eileen O’Connor, co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

4 November 2018. 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.

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.

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.

21 August 1918. Co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, Captain Rev. Father Edward McGrath msc, is awarded the Military Cross for repeated acts of gallantry on the Western Front.

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

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