When we began St. Joseph Catholic Hospice, we chose to step out in faith. This meant upholding the founding prolife hospice philosophy that was the cornerstone of Dame Cicely Saunders Hospice Ministry in the 1960’s.
The Church’s prolife teachings on end of life care mirrors Dame Saunders hospice vision. Therefore, as we provide excellent care to community members of ALL faiths, Catholic Hospice upholds The Church’s teachings as stated in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as The Vatican’s Declaration on Euthanasia from 1980.
This Declaration is the foundation of St. Joseph Catholic Hospice’s ministry. The Vatican makes clear the right to life not just for Catholics, but for all faiths, and encourages each to live that life to the fullest as God has determined without manmade restrictions. The teaching of our most beloved Pope John Paul II regarding sickness and death reflects that our Lord has a passionate concern for the sick, the suffering and the dying. Pope John Paul II raised the voice of The Church, urging that those experiencing terminal illness receive the care due to them according to Scripture, and are not preyed upon and offended at a sacred time of life. The terminally ill particularly deserve the solidarity, communion and affection from those providing care until a natural death occurs.
St. Joseph Catholic Hospice welcomes the opportunity to care for you and your loved ones and we vow to always uphold those teachings. St. Joseph Catholic Hospice encourages families to interview several hospice programs prior to signing on for service to ensure that patient and program share the same philosophy regarding their care plan.
Just as we do with the unborn, we need to uphold life at end of life.