What We Do
Care for body, mind and spirit infused with the strength and hope of God’s love
It all began in 1823 when 12 young women joined together to provide compassionate nurturing, care and hope to the sick and dying in Paris. The French Revolution and foreign wars brought tremendous suffering to their French countrymen, and these women worked to ease that suffering. The Sisters of Bon Secours have tirelessly dedicated our lives to reaching out to provide care and support to those in need and to sharing the message that there is a God who loves each of us.
we are called by God and sent by the Church
To help people to wholeness;
To alleviate human suffering in all forms especially in the poor and dying;
To help others to an awareness of the redemptive meaning of suffering and death – and to an awareness of their relationship with the Father.
By…Reproducing in ourselves
Christ always aware of the needs of others.
We have also created a Spiritual Center with extensive retreat facilities on our campus in beautiful Marriottsville, Maryland where we host more than 125 retreats and programs attended by people from many different faiths each year and provide spiritual direction.
To help us achieve all the work we’re called to do, we work closely with our lay co-workers, volunteers, and associates. We have over twenty thousand lay members working with us in our various ministries.
The work is never easy, but it is rewarding. Share our experiences and learn more about the work we do as you surf through this section of our web site.
We treat all people well because we believe each person has dignity.
We support, protect and promote the rights of all individuals and have special concern for the poor.
We are honest in our dealings; our behavior is consistent with our thoughts, feelings, and values.
We use all of Bon Secours resources in a responsible way.
We experience and express empathy with the life situations of others.
We continuously improve our service through understanding and acting on the needs and expectations of being served.
We strive to expand our services to meet new needs, and we promote the development of our co-workers.
We look for new ways to meet people’s needs and improve our service.
Bon Secours’ Common Vision
We are women of prayer whose vibrant, hopefilled faith communities draw new Sisters and others to share in innovative ways our charism of healing, liberation and compassion.
As prophetic women totally committed to do justice in radical solidarity with the poor, the suffering and those most in need, we proclaim the Gospel where it is not.
Our witness to God’s presence is marked by a passionate spirit and enthusiasm for the kingdom.