Catholic Health Care Ministry

 PeaceHealth's mission is rooted in Catholic social teaching which emphasizes human dignity, social justice and working for the common good.

These teachings help guide PeaceHealth in its social, pastoral and spiritual responsibility, the dignity of the patient relationship, and how we care for the living and the dying.

The Founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

Our history begins in Ireland. Our founder, Margaret Anna Cusack, was born in Dublin in the mid 1800s.

Her family was Protestant Anglo-Irish. Her father was a physician, who much to her society mother's disappointment, had his practice in a clinic that served the poor of the city, not the wealthy Anglo-Irish community that her mother identified with.

Margaret's close relationship with her father and his love for the poor had a profound impact on the way Margaret's social conscience developed.

Read more about the founding of our ministry