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.


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.

The Burns family of Natick, Rhode Island, USA, returned these two lockets, which contain several strands of Eileen’s hair and fragments from Father McGrath’s crucifix, to Our Lady’s Home in 2001.

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.

16 June 1921. The Catholic Press reports that co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, Rev. Father Edward McGrath msc, has been appointed parish priest at St. Alban’s in London.

“Make a resolution to love Our Lord, giving Him all yourself, to be used in saving or helping to save souls, by giving all the help in your power. Act through love; prove your love by ever keeping Our Lord before you.”

31 May 1913. Mary Drohan enters Our Lady’s Home, just five days after Cissie McLaughlin. With two volunteer nurses, the mission of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor can begin.

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