Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1892, Labouré College of Healthcare has remained committed to our mission of providing exemplary education in nursing and allied healthcare and the Catholic values of human dignity, social justice, and compassion for the last 125 years.
Once the Daughters moved on to other Missions outside Dorchester, the Archdiocese of Boston under auspice of Caritas Health Care continued the legacy of Catholic healthcare education. As “Caritas” Health Care transitioned their hospital interests to Steward Health Care Systems, the spiritual foundation upon which the college is built looks to now engage with the laity as we pray, plan and participate in the academic and charitable lives of our faculty, staff and students. Events, programs, and opportunities for reflection are frequent and valued, given the diversity of cultures and faith traditions that the college welcomes.
In conjunction with the Order of Malta, the college sends two students to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France each year. In concert with various student and staff led organizations, the college has adopted several local charities with whom initiatives are formed to raise material and financial resources.
St. Catherine Labouré’s name graces our college, and her spirit of charity and devotion grace the foundation of its Mission. Born in 1806, St. Catherine entered the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France at age 24. Consistent with the medical and spiritual values of St. Catherine, the College recognizes the following core values of its academic, clinical, and socially responsible enterprises:
Our Life in community wherein it is the institutional intention of the College to affirm the College’s commitment to the mission and vision of Saint Catherine Labouré, particularly those involving health care education and its clinical practice.
Our Life in Prayer and Spiritual Reflection where in the College to always seek opportunities to reflect and act on the universality of the Catholic tradition by establishing Labouré College as a nurturing place for people of all faith traditions.
Our Life in Service and Education wherein the college continually seeks to be attentive to the Catholic Social Tradition through the College’s commitment to serve the marginalized in our local, regional, national and international communities.