Society of Jesus Mary Joseph with the Catholic Health Association India (CHAI)
On 21 January 1920, Dr Mary Glowrey, aged 33, left Melbourne on a ship bound for India. She arrived in Guntur, India on 11 February where she joined the Congregation of the Society of Jesus Mary Joseph.
In 1922, after the completion of her religious training, Glowrey began practising as a doctor-Sister.
Sr Dr Mary Glowrey's arrival in India marked the beginning of a new chapter in the healthcare of the country. A true visionary and Servant of God, Mary Glowrey developed processes and structures to promote efficient and sustainable healthcare delivery to the poor.
In 1942, she established the Catholic Hospital Association of India (CHAI) along with a team of 15 sisters and laid the foundation of the world's largest health network.
CHAI wishes to commemorate this momentous occasion along with our member institutions. CHAI, along with the Society of Jesus Mary Joseph (JMJ) has prepared a poster and Novena Prayer for this occasion.
Coincidentally, 11 February is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of the Sick. We encourage you to combine both these celebrations.
Sr Mary is only the second Australian to be considered for official recognition as a saint and was declared a Servant of God in 2013.
You may download print files of the poster and the prayer sheet from the following links.
Download the Mary Glowrey poster here
Download the Novena prayer here