Nun of My Business
Point in fact, a number of Daughters of Charity were beheaded during the French Revolution in the 1790s (and we are nervous that the OIG is tough on physician contracts!). More recently, one of the Daughter's hospitals in San Francisco was destroyed in the earthquake shortly after it was built. That was the 1906 earthquake by the way. What did the sisters do? Rebuild and keep on caring for the sick and the poor. I have to say that I am deeply moved by the sister's commitment to the mission and encouraged by their stories of adversity. Indeed, many Catholic hospitals have harrowing stories to tell from their own history.
How did the Daughters evolve with the times? Well, for the most part, the Daughters were the pioneers in healthcare, especially in America. When the military needed nurses to care for soldiers in the Civil War, it was the Daughters (and possibly other religious orders - of that I am not sure) that cared for both sides. When the settlers headed West for land and gold, it was the Daughters that founded the first hospitals West of the Mississippi and the first hospitals in Northern and Southern California.
So as we work towards the healthcare system of the future, we can bet that the Daughters of Charity will be right there at our side, leading the charge and caring for the sick and the poor.