St Joseph's Hospice Overseas

  • Our Overseas History and Legacy

    In 1962, Father Francis O'Leary began his groundbreaking missionary work establishing a series of Hospices across the world in some of the most economically deprived communities where basic health care services were inadequate or non-existent. With little money and often in difficult local circumstances he went on to found 12 hospices in Asia, South America, Central America and North America. 

    Almost all of these Hospices now operate independently of the UK services, being managed and supported locally by a variey of organisations, many of which still have strong links with St Joseph's Hospice Association. You can read more about some of these Hospices below:

  • St Joseph's Hospice in Pakistan

    The Rawalpindi Hospice was the first Hospice established by Father O'Leary and it now operates independently of the UK serv ices. The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) lead this small, dedicated and close knit community which continues the work of our founder. In 1962 Fr. O’Leary realised the need for a hospice when he tended to a dying woman near the railway track. By 1964 he and FMM Sister Dolores, from Spain, had established our pioneering Rawalpindi home and registered it as a non-profit organization under the Pakistan Donor Welfare Agencies Ordinance.

  • St Joseph's Hospice in Guatemala

    Father O'Leary opened a small hospice in Guatemala City in 1990 to care for the most needy in that area. Very soon the building became too small and inadequate. Not only was the Hospice caring for people with end of life illnesses, but also for a number of orphaned children that were either children of patients who had passed away or babies that had been abandoned in the area. The Hospice now operates independently of the UK services.

  • St Joseph's Hospice in Ecuador

    The Hospice established in Ecuador now operates independently of the UK services and is managed through our longstanding relationships with missionaries including The Society of Saint James and Mill Hill Missionary Fr. Frank Smith.

  • St Joseph's Hospice in Honduras

    In 1990, Father O'Leary opened a 25 bedded hospice in San Pedro Sula Honduras. This is the second city of the country, and the hospice is situated on the outskirts of the city. It cares for patients who are terminally ill and supports their families. 

    A Mother & baby unit opened in Morazan in 1977, and provides basic health care to thousands of adults and children in that region. Another outpatient clinic in Noeva Esperanta, a very remote area, opened in 2000.

    St Joseph's Hospice still supports this work and has an English nurse/manager running the centres based in the country. In 2012 we sent a 40 ft container full of suppliesto the Honduras Hospice.