History of St. Joseph’s Hospice
The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) lead this small, dedicated and close knit community which continues the inspiration of Father O'Leary, a Catholic priest and missionary. In 1962, Fr. O’Leary realized the need for a hospice when he attended a dying woman near the railway track. By 1964 he and FMM Sister Dolores, from Spain, had established our pioneering Rawalpindi home and registered it as a non-profit organization under the Pakistan Donor Welfare Agencies Ordinance.
The main building, built in 1964 on Church land, was fully funded by MISEREOR, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation. The separate convent building was originally a community hall for the Irish Fusilers who used the church. In the 1970s the nursery block was built to care for children abandoned to the Hospice. More recent construction has included converting an existing dorm room to house school age boys.