For the poor & the poor only

For more than 100 years, Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor – fondly known as the Brown Nurses – has performed a unique ministry of healthcare, advocacy and friendship for the sick poor and disadvantaged.


Servant of God

Australia’s ‘saint in waiting’, Eileen O’Connor, has been recognised as Servant of God by the Holy See.


Many of the photographs from the early years of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor were taken by the community’s co-founder, Eileen O’Connor. 


“Think not of the sorrow or the pain, but of all you can do by them: Do not be afraid, love and trust, working through the cross.”

15 April 1973. Co-founder Rev. Father Edward McGrath msc and three of the foundation nurses celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.


15 April 2013. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, gives an Apostolic Blessing to the congregation of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, their associates and friends on the centenary of the foundation of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has selected Eileen O'Connor as the official spiritual companion for the Archdiocese of Sydney’s young people in the Year of Youth, which is being held around the country by the nation’s bishops.

3 April 1916. The community of Our Lady's Home, Coogee, witness an apparition of Our Lady. Lalie McNamara describes the amazing scene: “It grew more distinct with each moment and we could plainly see the crown on her head.”

1 April 1962. Mother Superior Cissie McLaughlin with Sisters Patricia Davoren, Marie Purcell and Greta Gabb at the opening of Our Lady’s Home, Newcastle.

Please contact Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor if you would like copies of prayer cards for the beatification of Eileen O’Connor.

22 March 2018. The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, begins the formal process for the beatification of Eileen O’Connor.

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