Health Care

In our Health Care ministry today we are involved in public health, hospice care, clinical pastoral care, hospital and home visiting, care of the elderly and complementary medicine.

Public Health


Some of our Sisters continue to nurse in the Public Hospitals and in Community Health Care and aim to bring a holistic approach in dealing with the patients and their families.

Hospital/Home Visiting

A number of Sisters visit patients in hospitals and also the sick and elderly in their own homes. This ministry is greatly valued by the elderly and those who are ill.

Hospice Care

The St. John of God Hospice was opened in 1989 to deliver palliative care to cancer patients in the Newry area. It has since developed extensively and is now known as the Southern Area Hospice Services providing care, in a much wider catchment area, for terminally ill patients including children.

Care of the Elderly Sisters


As far as possible, we care for our elderly Sisters at home. Nursing care is provided and an Activities Co-ordinator engages the Sisters in physical exercises, computer skills, art and crafts. Outings are also encouraged and all help to keep our elderly Sisters mobile, alert and interested in living life to the full.

Complementary Medicine

A number of our Sisters are qualified to practise Reflexology, Aromatherapy massage, Holistic massage and Indian head massage. Our Retreat and Conference Centre in Ballyvaloo offers Reflexology and massage by appointment.