Manitowoc Wisconsin—September 28, 1899, Holy Family Hospital opened and a new era of health care began in Manitowoc County. At the time Manitowoc was a bustling lake port with three successful shipbuilding companies. Although a hospital was needed, the community of Manitowoc did not have the funds for such a complex project.
Several citizens went to Mother Alexia Fullmer, Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters at the time, and asked the Sisters to build a hospital. It was a difficult decision for Mother Alexia since the Sisters were already in debt and did not have money to build a hospital. Yet she knew there was a great need for one. Eventually Mother Alexia placed her trust in God, and with Christian Charity and compassion as the motivation, the Sisters said “yes” to sponsoring a hospital.
On September 28, 2019 the 120th anniversary of its founding, the people of Manitowoc and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were invited to celebrate Holy Family Memorial’s legacy, reflect, and share stories from the past, and look on with hope toward HFM’s future serving Manitowoc County residents for the next 120 years.
Along with the Sisters, she acknowledged the past and present medical staff, employees, patients and their families, the people of Manitowoc and the broader surrounding communities. “The healing ministry of Jesus continues as a strong commitment today, because of the servant leadership over these 120 years.”