Mass celebrates nuns service in Austin as they get set to move on

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A special mass Friday celebrated a legacy of helping those in need.

The special gathering was held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church for the Daughters of Charity.

The nuns are leaving Seton Hospital after the missionary group founded the hospital back in 1902.

With a dwindling number of new sisters, the group is moving on to other area where their services are needed.

Looking back on a career here the nuns talked about the spirit of Austin giving to help those needing medically service.

“I am just overwhelmed at times, to see how over the years, that amount of  dollars can be contributed to the people of Austin and the surrounding areas who are poor and vulnerable,” said Sister Helen Brewer. “It is just amazing to me, the strength.”

Seton has hired a vice president for mission integration to ensure the Daughter’s mission continues at all of their facilities.

And as show of support for the Daughters and Seton’s new teaching hospital at the University of Texas, philanthropist Lucy Baines Johnson — and daughter of President Johnson — announced at the celebration a donation of $1 million.

Construction on the complex broke ground just this year. The money from Johnson will go not just to the project, but also to help build a chapel in the new facility.

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