The History of Women’s Charitable Orders in the Brno Diocese in Recent Decades
This study gives an account of the work of individual women’s charitable orders and congregations in the Brno Diocese and also endeavours to substantiate the usefulness and benefit of the care they provide at the present time. Charitable care can be considered the predecessor and precursor to professional nursing. Attention is focused on ten charitable orders that worked or work in the Brno Diocese. The work maps out their operations, their precise function, their number of members and age structure, and the intrinsic nature of their activity.
Keywords: charitable care; ecclesiastic orders; diocese; nuns; congregation; convents; hospices; Christian faith; treating the sick.