Community services in the United States

In 1855, the Grey Nuns were called to Toledo, Ohio, to provide care for the sick and orphans in a swampy area where many were suffering from cholera. This was the beginning of ministries in the United States that have demonstrated to millions of people what needs to be done to make a difference. From Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, and, eventually, to Africa and South America, the spirit of Marguerite has blossomed.

Covenant Health Systems in the United States

In 1983, a non-profit corporation, the Grey Nuns Health System, was established by the Grey Nuns in Massachusetts in order to transfer to laypeople the administration of their institutions that had been providing health care in the northeastern United States. The name of this organization was changed in 1986 to Covenant Health Systems, but it remains a Catholic institution faithful to the spirit of compassion for the most deprived people, as in the community initiated by Saint Marguerite d’Youville. The authority to administer the institutions founded by the Grey Nuns was fully transferred to this corporation in 1996.

United States (partial list with year of founding)

  • Mary Immaculate Restorative Center, Lawrence, MA, 1868
  • St. Antony Orphanage, Toledo, OH, 1855
  • St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, OH, 1855
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, NH, 1907
  • St. Joseph Orphanage, Nashua, NH, 1900
  • Youville Place Community, Lexington, MA, 1996
  • Youville Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Cambridge, MA, 1882