Hospital Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus

A congregation of the Order of Saint Augustine, traditionally dating from the first community of women founded by Saint Augustine at Hippo, 423. The sisters appeared in the 12th century as Hermit Sisters at the Hótel-Dieu of Dieppe, France. While leading a contemplative life, they are dedicated by special vow to the care of the sick. The congregation has 30 houses, including hospitals, in France, England, Canada, and Africa. Each monastery is independent and has its own novitiate.

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