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Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

Commemorating Women’s History Month

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Observed each March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The national observation started as weeklong commemoration in 1980 until the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand it to the entire month of March in 1987.

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These photos from the Daughters of Charity archives show the Sisters who helped fund and run Hotel Dieu, El Paso’s first general hospital, including Sisters Midence and Romero from Central America at top. The Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul was the first noncloistered religious institute of women devoted to charitable work.

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Hotel Dieu, El Paso’s first hospital, opened in 1892 at Stanton and Rio Grande streets.

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The Sisters of the Daughters of Charity help doctors treat a patient. The nuns in the organization were devoted to charity, primarily providing health care to the poor.

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The 1950 groundbreaking for new wings at the origjnal Hotel Dieu in El Paso.

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Sister Louise Scheessele shows the building expansion plan for Hotel Dieu.

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