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Friday, 11 May 2018 10:56

120 years of hospitality, healing and hope at St John of God Subiaco

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0518StJohnofGodSisters 350The St John of God Sisters joined with the broader Perth community recently to celebrate the 120th anniversary of St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

Founded in 1898, the hospital was the first permanent facility established by the Sisters of St John of God and today, as a private tertiary hospital, it remains at the leading edge of medicine and research, and is known as a place of healing and hope.

Perth Archbiishop Timothy Costelloe sdb said the hospital's ethos of loving service to the sick was grounded in the love of Jesus, The eRecord reports.

“Just as Jesus gave his life for us, so now he calls us to give our lives for him and for those he loves – and this is exactly what has been happening here at St John of God Subiaco for the last 120 years," he said at the hospital's anniversary celebrations last month.

“And because Jesus was all this, and we are as His disciples trying to be all this, our hospitality is healing, and redeeming and restoring, just as Jesus’ ministry and whole life was healing, redeeming and restoring.

0518StJohnofGodSisterslab 350“This is surely what true hospitality really means. On the part of the one who is offering hospitality, it is more than the gift of food and drink.

“Hospitality is really a gift of self for the sake of the other. True hospitality is generous, open-hearted, warm and welcoming.

“For one hundred and twenty years, St John of God Subiaco has been a place where hope has been sustained, rediscovered, or even experienced for the first time.

“Hospitality, healing and hope: may these be the precious gifts we offer to every single person who enters this hospital."

CEO of St John of God Subiaco, Professor Shirley Bowen, said the 120 year anniversary was about celebrating the enduring contribution the hospital has made in caring for generations of Western Australians and recognising the many caregivers who have carried on the Sisters’ legacy.

“The hospital has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the last 120 years.

“Commemorating our 120 year anniversary is a time to reflect on our heritage, on the many people who have a connection with the hospital, and on our contribution to medical research. It is also a time to feel inspired about our future,” she said.

Read the full article in The eRecord here.

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Top right: Sr Elizabeth Bones, Sr Angela Cox, Sr Mary Kiely from the Sisters of St John of God celebrate the 120th anniversary of St John of God Hospital Subiaco on 20 April. (The eRecord/Photo Supplied).

Bottom left: A pathology lab of St John of God Hospital Subiaco from the early days. (The eRecord/Photo Supplied).