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.
"It is for those without insurance; for the family without access to or funding for employer sponsored plans; for those new to Houston with nowhere else to turn; for the poor and weak that San José Clinic stands strong in our mission today" - Paule Anne Lewis, president and CEO
A Note from the Cardinal
January 25, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For more than 90 years, San José Clinic has served as a safe haven and health-home for the underserved of Houston. The Clinic does not just administer quality healthcare but more importantly, offers kindness, compassion, and a caring heart to all.
Our holy father, Pope Francis, reminds us that “when we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them... not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched.” Truly, San José Clinic is engaged in an enriching mission as they work to heal and support those in our community who would not otherwise have access to the care they need. By serving more than 4,361 of the most vulnerable Houstonians each year, the Clinic fulfills a vital need every day.
Through the years, the success of San José Clinic has depended upon the determination & hard work of our dedicated community and generous benefactors. I am personally grateful for each person who has given generously of their time and talent, including more than 800 volunteers and 350 donors who are vital supporters of the Clinic’s mission.
As we look forward and plan for many more years of committed service, I hope you will join me in praying that God will continue to bless all who enter the doors of San José Clinic, whether in need or to provide service. With your support, I am certain that the Clinic’s legacy of caring & compassion for the underserved will only continue to grow as we enter the 94th year of serving Houston.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
+ Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston