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Religious Sisters to provide spiritual and health care at St. Joseph General Hospital

Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie announced last night that a partnership with the St. Joseph General Hospital Elliot Lake will see five Catholic Sisters support hospital

patients with both spiritual and health care.

Bishop Dowd says the nuns, from the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, who provide care in Africa, Europe, and North America, will arrive in Elliot Lake soon to begin ministry within

the local hospital.

He adds the work of the Congregation, which originated in Nigeria in 1923, was first welcomed to Canada in 2005 by the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Boniface in Manitoba.

Hospital CEO Jeremy Stevenson says the innovative partnership will be a wonderful addition to both the hospital and the people it serves.

Bishop Dowd says plans are being finalized for their arrival.

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