About Founder & Foundation
The Society of Jesus Mary Joseph (JMJ) was founded in 1822 by Rev. Fr. Mathias Wolff S.J., a Jesuit Priest and a Charismatic leader, who allowed himself to be inspired and be guided by the Holy Spirit to work for the liberation of suppressed Catholics of his time in the Netherlands. The Society of J.M.J. has its establishments in Netherlands, Indonesia, India, Rome, West Africa and USA.
Charisma of the Founder: "Ever Adaptable Apostolic Availability"
The Healthcare Ministry of the Society of Jesus Mary Joseph (JMJ) began in India with the arrival of seven Dutch Missionaries in 1904. In the beginning, a small dispensary was set up and the sisters were engaged in nursing the sick, especially the mothers and children. On seeing the dedicated services of the sisters, the matron of the Government General Hospital, Guntur sought for the services of JMJ sisters. From January 1914, sisters began to work at Government General Hospital, witnessing the love of Christ. Later, sisters established their own hospitals independently and Sr. Dr. Mary Glowrey, an Australian, was pioneer in this endeavour. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Guntur, was started on 25th February 1925. It was one of the first Catholic mission hospitals in South India. The increased inflow of patients to St. Joseph’s hospital, necessitated establishment of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. The General Nursing and Midwifery School was the first Catholic Nursing School in the whole of Andhra Pradesh which began in the year 1946. The Nursing school affiliated to St. Joseph’s General Hospital provides quality Nursing education to the students with the help of well-qualified staff and wide clinical field for practical experiences.
“A center for excellence in Nursing Education which is geared towards preparation of creative, caring and competent nursing professionals to meet the needs of the time by an expression of Christian concern for the sick and suffering.”
“St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is committed to the development of nursing professionals having high sense of scholarship and a deep commitment to service. The academic programme in St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is obvious as healing ministry emanated by Love, Care and Service besides concern for spiritual health as well as body and mind for all.”