BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For 166 years, the Daughters of Charity have brought comfort to the sick and healing in Buffalo’s Catholic hospitals.
Sister Jane Keim told News4, “Most places the Daughters went to, we had one hospital, but here at any one time we had four hospitals and schools and work areas so the history is very rich here.”
However, that tradition came to last October when the sisters announced they are handing over their healing work to doctors, nurses and other support staff.
Sister Keim explained, “Often a sister was in charge of the pharmacy, the kitchen every nursing unit but that has changed through the years.”
The Western New York community had a chance to say goodbye and thank you during a mass Sunday,
Sisters from across the country joined the five Buffalo sisters that remain as they prepare leave the city they consider home.
Sister Mary Anne Brawley has been at the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo for two years.
She said, “I really wish I would have stayed longer because I think I would have formed some good friendships here and dug, so I leave here with the best feelings, except for the weather that I wasn’t too crazy about but past winter past winter I said if Buffalonians can do it, I can do it.”
These sisters will move on to hospitals in other communities that have fewer resources and fewer people to help heal more than just sick bodies.
“We all want to be cared for well and competently but we all want to have that compassion and no matter what faith you are that spirit of compassion is conveyed by our sisters but also all of our associates.” said Sister Keim.