In 1855, the Grey Nuns were called to Toledo, Ohio, to care for the sick and orphaned in the swamp infected area where many were suffering from cholera. This was the beginning of ministries in the United States that have shown millions of people what it takes to make a difference. From Ohio to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, and eventually to Africa and South America, the spirit of Marguerite has taken root.

In 1996 the time came for the Grey Nuns to evaluate the continuing sponsorship of their health care facilities in the United States. It was their trust in Divine Providence that enabled them to take a heroic step in order to make a difference. They transferred sponsorship to Covenant Health Systems, thus assuring the growth of Catholic healthcare in the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville.

The Grey Nuns ask you to “Join with us!” “Together, we are summoned to be vibrant and compassionate signs of hope in our broken world,” a world not unlike the one that Marguerite knew as she went about showing compassion for all. Joining with us in whatever way you wish can answer the question, What does it take to make a difference?