St Joseph’s Hospital staff member Leontina Popescu with the artwork depicting Jesus reaching out to heal the man born blind which she created to mark the 2018 World Day of the Sick.
A PRAYER service was held at St Joseph's Hospital in Auburn on Monday to mark the 26th World Day of the Sick.
St Joseph's director of nursing and operations, John Geoghegan, said Pope John Paul II instigated the day to raise awareness about the church community's role in health care on February 11, 1993.
"This legacy of the healing ministry of Christ, commenced 132 years ago by the Sisters of Charity, continues at St Joseph's Hospital," he said.
"St Joseph's Hospital has a long history in the community of caring for the sick, initially in the treatment of pulmonary diseases. It was able to claim that it was the only hospital in Australia professionally devoted to the treatment of consumption or Tuberculosis (TB)."
Along with the prayer service, an artwork created by staff member Leontina Popescu which was inspired by St John's Gospel Ch 9 depicting Jesus reaching out to heal the man born blind, was hung outside the chapel.
"While I was in the hospital chapel looking at the icon I had previously painted, I was inspired to create another artwork for the hospital with the theme of the healing ministry of Christ, which underpins the mission of the hospital," Ms Popescu said.