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Jlhdforg of we Queen o!.f4nge A
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The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the order of nuns that sponsors the
Queen of Angels Hospital, was formed by Reverend William Berger, Pastor in
Seelbach, Germany, in the year of our Lord 1866. In 1876, at the height of the
storm of the Kulturkampf, the Sisters were forced to abandon their convent and
forbidden to -carry on the work to which they had devoted themselves. However, even
this reversal of fortune failed to stint the zeal of these sisters. On May 17, 1876,
Reverend Mother Anastasia Bischler sailed for America hoping to find a place where
their lofty ideals to serve God and suffering humanity might be continued. Following
her arrival in New York, she journeyed to Fort Wayne, Indiana, accepting the hospi-
tality of the Sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
Considerable difficulty was experienced in finding a place appropriate for their
work and within their financial means. Finally they selected and purchased a dwelling
at Avilla, Indiana. Later in the year of 1876 the Reverend Mother Anastasia was
joined by twenty sisters. Accordingly the small farmhouse was enlarged. This original
mother house of the order in the United States still stands. Thus those who are inter-
ested may compare this modest structure with the modern institutions of the Franciscan
Upon the invitation of Bishop J. J. Cantwell, the Franciscan Sisters ,arrived
in Los Angeles, in 1925, to establish a hospital. Under the wise guidance of Revh
erend Mother General Aloysia, Q.S.F., the Queen of Angels Hospital was founded.
Her sharp perception and clear understanding of the requirements of the city aided
her in' influencing those in charge to successfully accomplish "a program, Which,
while ambitious, has proven necessary."
Sister M. Luitgardis, the first Superior of the Queen of Angels, also came
to Los Angeles at the invitation of Bishop Cantwell Qnow Archbishopj early in
1925. She was accompanied by several Sisters of the Order. Unacquainted in Los
Angeles, they traversed the streets of the city seeking a location for a hospital.
After many months of tribulation and intensive work, the present site was se-
lected. Plans were prepared, and under the wise direction of Sister M. Luitgardis,
the lfirst unit soon arose. Sister Luitgardis lived to see the first unit completed,
and died in the midst of her Work, loved and respected by all who knew her.
Her knowledge of conditions, her energy and devotion fostered the seed from which
the Queen of Angels has come forth.
In 1932, Sister M. Irene, Superior, directed the plans for the construction
of the addition to the hospital. ln 1933, the addition was completed.
Today the Queen of Angeles Hospital is recognized as one of the most modern
hospitals in the Un-ited States. It is a symbol of faith and hope and courage, it
is the manifestation of an ideal materialized.
The history of the hospital would be incomplete were not the salient points of
the College of Nursing included. During the summer of 1926, while the new hos-
pital was rapidly nearing completion, plans were being made to adequately staff
the nursing department. The School of Nursing, where student nurses would
combine the theory of class room with the vast laboratory of the hospital, must be
conducted like the hospital itself-on high Catholic ethical standards and young wom-
en must be trained in the Christian ideals of charity according to those standards.
The School of Nursing is today perhaps the most important department in what
is really a business organization-the modern hospital. On the one hand, are the
demands of that business institution for service, efficiency, and economy on the
part of the school, on the other hand, are the ever increasing demands of the Grad-
ing Committee and similar outside influences, that the school give to the student
an education which consists, first of training which produces skillg second experience,
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Dr. Dean. Dr. Donahue lResidentT, Dr. Bigler,
Dr. Heiderpriem, Dr. Bush.
Dr. Snofxcld lResidenU, Dr. Mathes flfxternej,
Dr. Swain iExte1'nf'b, Dr. Cole, Dr. Auriaudo.
lnternes' Residence, huilt in the
Spring of 1942.
lhc Nurses' Residence, built in 1927
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which forms good habits, and third, sound educational preparation, which implies
a cultural background and includes fundamental sciences, as well as an understand-
ing of human relationships, and the ideals and principles of a profession.
This, then, was the problem that Sister Luitgardis must solve in selecting an
educational directress and instructress for the school faculty, as Well as organizing
the first class of students.
For some time "The Tidingsf' the Diocesan paper, carried a notice of the
opening of the new hospital and the announcement that a School of Nursing would
be established in September, 1926. A number of very desirable young women had
placed their application for entrance with the first class.
Sister Lillosa Limacher, R.N., of St. ,Ioseph's Hospital Joliet, was chosen as
first directress. She was a graduate of the St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital School
of Nursing located in Chicago, Illinois. She had been a registered nurse for some
time prior to her entrance in the Novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred
Heart, November 5, 1910. She was later chosen Superintendent of the St. joseph
School of Nursing in Joliet, a position she held for a number' of years. At the time
of her appointment as Directress of the proposed School of Nursing she was at-
tending De Paul University, Chicago, working for her Bachelor of Science Degree.
Sister Concordia assisted in organizing the first class of probationers and acted
in behalf of Sister Lillosa for a few days pending her arrival. Sister Concordia
conducted classes in Nursing Procedures, etc., in the Reeves cottage where some
of the first students were domiciled. This cottage and property became the property
of Queen of Angels Hospital, the cottage being moved and the Nurses, Home built
on this site when the hospital was nearing completion.
On September 1, 1926, Miss Hilda Shepherd entered the School, thus she
bears the distinction of being the first student in the Queen of Angels College of
Nursing. Other young ladies followed and by the fifteenth of September, the date
of the official opening of the School of Nursing, seventeen students had registered
and commenced class work. Miss Shepherd, being in a short time before the regular
class entered, assisted the sisters in the care of the medical cases who were in the
lldembers of this first class attended classes during the day, wearing their street
clothes or house dresses, as no uniform was required at this early date, due to the
fact that they were not performing duties in the hospital. In the evening, those who
had homes in Los Angeles 1'CfLl1'I1CCl to their respective homes. Others were housed
in the cottage on Coronado Terrace. Some of the classes and lectures were held in
this cottageg for other subjects, the students attended Belmont High School.
After Sister Liillosa arrived she assumed charge of the newly founded School
of Nursing and proceeded to carry out the required curriculum. Since then Mrs.
lVIary Keating, Miss La Verne Balzar, Miss Mlary Florence Wilsorl, Sister M.
Dorothy and our present Director have each carried the responsibility of the School
of Nursing and the Nursing Qffice.
The fall of 1929, saw the first class of nineteen students become graduate
nurses. Since then the Queen of Angels Hospital has graduated 416 nurses Cin-
cluding the class of 5135.
When the school was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart,
it was their desire that a standard worthy of the highest ideals of the Nursing pro-
fession be c1'eated and maintained, and at the same time that young women of culture,
education and stability be attracted to the valuable instruction and experience offered
here. Queen of Angels graduates Wherever they may be, testify by the beautiful pin
worn over their hearts that these Sisters have not failed.
Ever serving, these Sisters seek no earthly compensation, but are grateful to
Him who said: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these Nly
brethren, ye have done it unto lVIe.',
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