Schervier and Bon Secours
Our Bon Secours logo is a fleur-de-lis whose three branches show that we are 1) Rooted in the Past, 2) Standing in the Present, and 3) Reaching toward the Future. Once you tour our website, come visit our campus and see for yourself.
The commitment of the Sisters of Bon Secours is the foundation on which we were built.
appreciate the history
In 1824, in Paris, amidst the devastation following the French Revolution, a group of 12 women came together to form the congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, French for "Good Help." The sisters' purpose was to nurse the sick and dying in their homes.
Bon Secours in America
In 1881, the Sisters of Bon Secours arrived in the United States where they continued their work of visiting the poor, the sick and the dying in their homes. Over time, they built a multi-state network of hospitals, long-term care facilities and health care services. All preserved the Bon Secours Catholic tradition of providing quality care, especially to the poor and the sick.
Bon Secours in New York
In 1938, the Frances Schervier Home and Hospital was established in Riverdale, New York, named for Blessed Frances Schervier, the founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. In the 19th century, they left their hometown of Aachen, Germany to help care for the German immigrant population in Cincinnati, Ohio. As the immigrant population in New York City began to swell, Mother Frances gave her consent for the Franciscan Sisters to found a hospital in lower Manhattan for the sick poor. By 1931, the sheer volume of people seeking their care had outgrown the physical structure, so two years later, the Sisters purchased nine acres in Riverdale and began construction on the present day Schervier Nursing Care Center. In 2000, Schervier’s sponsorship was passed on to the Sisters of Bon Secours, who have a similar history and mission—to carry on the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
True to the original mission of a comprehensive healing ministry, Bon Secours New York is active in community outreach health programs and services.