Legacy: Timeline


Our History in Timeline

1866
Mother Mary Blandine Matelin, Sister Mary Joseph Roussin, and Sister Mary Ange Escude arrive in Galveston, Texas. They founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

1867
In Galveston the Sisters open Charity Hospital. It is the first Catholic hospital in the state. Only months after opening the hospital the city is struck by a yellow fever epidemic which takes the life of Mother Blandine.

1869
The name of Charity Hospital is changed to St. Mary's Infirmary.

1875
New St. Mary's Infirmary with 150 beds opens in Galveston, Texas.

1887
St. Joseph Infirmary, now St. Joseph Hospital, opens and is Houston's first general hospital.

1894
A new St. Joseph's Infirmary is opened in Houston. A few months after its completion, a fire spreads from a nearby boarding house destroying the infirmary killing two Sisters.

1897
Hotel Dieu Hospital is established in Beaumont, Texas.

1898
St. Anthony's Home for the Aged is established in Houston and later becomes St. Anthony Center.

1900
Galveston is struck by a hurricane that kills more than 6,000 residents, including 10 Sisters and 90 children at St. Mary's Orphanage.

1901
New St. Mary's Orphanage opened in Galveston.

1907
Sisters take charge of Dr. T. E. Schumpert's 16-room hospital and School of Nursing in Shreveport, LA.

1908
In Lake Charles, Louisiana, St. Patrick's Sanitarium, later to be called St. Patrick Hospital, is dedicated on St. Patrick's Day.

1911
T.E. Schumpert Memorial Sanitarium, a 90-bed facility, is dedicated on the 3rd anniversary of Dr. Schumpert's death.

1916
The new Michael Meager Memorial Hospital opens in Texarkana, Arkansas.

1923
St. Mary's Hospital, now St. Mary Medical Center, in Long Beach, California is dedicated.

1925
Property purchased in Ireland, Convent named St. Michael's and used for Religious vocations.

1928
The Motherhouse, the official residence of the Mother General and her Council, is transferred from Galveston to Houston.

1930
St. Mary Hospital, a 50-bed facility, is established in Port Arthur, Texas.

1931
St. Bernardine Hospital in San Bernardino, California, is established.

1933
An earthquake destroys St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, California.

1934
The Sisters purchase Beaumont General Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, and re-open it as St. Therese Hospital.

1937
St. Mary Medical Center was rededicated after it was rebuilt following the 1933 earthquake.

1943
St. Michael's convent in Ireland was designated as a Novitiate.

1946
St. Edward-Rischar Memorial Hospital in Cameron, Texas, is dedicated.

1947
At the request of the Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah, the Sisters open a home for the aged called St. Joseph Villa.

1948
Having operated Meagher Memorial Hospital in Texarkana for 32 years, the Sisters dedicated a new 127-bed facility named St. Michael Hospital.

1950
St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, opens.

1954
Two Sisters are assigned to the San Jose Clinic, a Catholic Charities center for Latin Americans in Houston.

1962
St. Elizabeth Hospital, built to replace St. Therese Hospital and eventually Hotel Dieu, in Beaumont is dedicated.

1963
Four Sisters are missioned to Hospital National, Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

1966
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word celebrate their 100th anniversary by publishing their history, "Serving With Gladness," by Sister Mary Loyola Hegarty.

1969
The Congregation assumes the management and staffing of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sisters begin to work at the Hospital in San Pedro Necta, Guatemala.

1970
The CCVI Hospital Services opens on the grounds of the Villa de Matel in Houston.

1974
Carrigoran House in Ireland opens as a convalescent / retirement home.

1975
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System of Houston (SCH) replaces Hospital Services as the health care corporation. A new 342-bed Schumpert Memorial Hospital is dedicated.

1977
El Amparo de San Jose is established in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

1980
Casa del Verbo Encarnado Formation House opens in Guatemala City.

1981
Three Sisters arrive in Nassau Bay, Texas to convert a previous Public Health Service facility situated across from the Johnson Space Center into St. John Hospital.

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Houston is purchased from the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

1983
Two Sisters begin to work at COAR, center for children, El Salvador.

Sisters begin ministry in Molo, Kenya.

1984
Two Sisters begin ministry at El Hogar de mi Hermano, Esquipulas, Guatemala.

1986
St. Joseph's Home for the Aged in Monroe, Louisiana, is purchased by SCH. St. Anthony Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Both in Houston, Texas, have ceased to serve the SCH mission and are closed.

1989
SCH withdraws from St. Edward's Hospital in Cameron. The Sisters of Charity Health Care System begins management of Magnolia Hospital in Magnolia, Arkansas.

A ten-year lease is signed with the Jasper Memorial Hospital District for the 95 -bed Jasper Memorial Hospital in East Texas.

1991
Congregation purchases property in Nairobi, Kenya.

St. Catherine Convent becomes the Novitiate and the Sisters continued with Forest Edge Kindergarten.

1995
Congregation begins ministry with the elderly in Quiche, Guatemala.

1996
St. Mary's Hospital in Galveston, the first hospital established by the Sisters, is sold to the University of Texas Medical Branch. The Galveston ministry of the Sisters continues through community-based services.

St. Mary's Hospital and St. Bernardine Medical Center in California are transferred from the Sisters of Charity Health Care System to Catholic Healthcare West. The Congregation, through CHW, continues a sponsorship role.

1997
The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston and the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio agree to work together to form a new co-sponsored health care ministry.

SCH purchases Huckabay Memorial Hospital in Coushatta, Louisiana and renames the facility, Coushatta Health Care Center.

1999
A new health care system, CHRISTUS Health, is created through the consolidation of the Sisters of Charity Health Care System and the Incarnate Word Health System.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word cosponsors the new health system with the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

2001
The Congregation opens a new orphanage in Kenya, Africa. Elizabeth Place Children’s Center is named for Sr. Elizabeth Ryan, one of ten Sisters who died in Galveston’s Great 1900 Storm.

Through a unique partnership involving Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Constanta Municipal Hospital in Constanta, Romania, Abbot Laboratories, and our Congregation, a new center opened in Romania to care for children with AIDS.

2003
St. Bakhita Community (new Novitiate) is blessed, in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya.

2008
A Retreat Center is opened in Sacatepequez in Guatemala.

 

 

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