Our specific apostolate of nursing Christ’s sick poor who suffer from incurable cancer or kindred diseases is at the heart of Mother Mary Alphonsa’s unique mission.
In each of our Homes we continue Mother’s desire to treat each of our dear patients as our loved ones and "to put them in our very best bedroom to receive God's loving and tender care". Our Homes are God's Homes and we are happy to welcome His poor so that we can shower His love upon them until He calls them to their eternal Home.
The apostolate of the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer is founded on a living and dynamic faith in Jesus Christ and his twofold commission of witnessing to the truth of the Gospel and serving the poor. Because ours is a Congregation of both contemplative and apostolic elements, each Sister has been called by God to witness first to the reality of Christ’s presence in this world through her life of consecration. From this consecration flows our engagement in the works of the apostolate.
"How does your nursing apostolate fit into the Order of Preachers?"
This is a question we are frequently asked. Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P. answers this question in his article: Sanctuaries of Compassion: The Idea of Care in the Dominican Tradition. As Brother Ignatius explains, compassionate care for the sick is at the heart of the Dominican Order. Many of the great Dominican Saints like Catherine of Siena, Martin de Porres, and Rose of Lima spent their life caring for the sick. (Read article...)