Our Catholic Identity
San José Clinic is driven by a calling to serve the poor and provides healthcare in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. As a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, San José Clinic is a vibrant and vital part of our faith and healthcare communities. Our passion was put into words by Pope Francis, “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ, is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.” His heart-felt message of compassion and service truly reflects the core of our mission.
The Clinic has been a faith-based mission since our founding in 1922 by Monsignor George Walsh of Annunciation Church and a group of community-minded Catholic women. Starting with a desire to address the basic health needs of the medically underserved - fueled by a small loan, immense faith, a team of devoted volunteers, and contributions from the community - the Clinic has grown into a true health home for thousands of Houstonians.
Now in its 95th year of service, the Clinic’s legacy of caring and compassion for the underserved and uninsured will only continue to grow. It is with conviction, fortitude, and faith that we continue to improve the health of individuals, families, and the community through our comprehensive services. Each day, San José Clinic continues to follow in the Church's mission of social justice in pursuit of our mission: to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person.
San José Clinic operates under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. These directives are two-fold: first, to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person, and second, to provide authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today. In part, the directives say that Catholic health care should be marked by a spirit of mutual respect among caregivers that disposes them to deal with those it serves and their families with the compassion of Christ and that organizations should be a responsible steward of the healthcare resources available to it. These directives also guide the formation of partnerships and treatment of employees.
A Note from the Cardinal
January 25, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
San José Clinic has served as a safe haven and health-home for the underserved of Houston for 97 years. The success of this ministry has depended upon the determination and hard work of our dedicated volunteer medical and dental providers, who have generously given their precious time and talents to fulfill our mission of providing quality, affordable healthcare to the uninsured and uninsurable in our community.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us that the Church’s service to the sick and those who care for them must continue with renewed vigor, in fidelity to the Lord’s command (cf. Lk 9:2-6; Mt 10:1-8; Mk 6:7-13). “Doctors and nurses, priests, consecrated men and women, volunteers, families and all those who care for the sick take part in this ecclesial mission. It is a shared responsibility that enriches the value of the daily service given by each.” [Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Twenty-Sixth World Day of the Sick 2018 (11 February 2018)]
As we look forward to San José Clinic’s 100-year anniversary, please join me in praying that God will continue to bless all who enter the doors of San José Clinic, including the volunteers, staff, and generous benefactors who are vital supporters of the Clinic’s mission, for their commitment to delivering quality healthcare with dignity, respect, and kindness to those seeking compassionate care. With your support, San José Clinic will continue to grow while touching thousands upon thousands of lives and be a vibrant part of our faith and healthcare communities.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
+ Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston