They have a prominent place in the history of hospice care. They opened St Joseph's Hospice in London, England in 1902.
In the 1950s, Dame Cecily Saunders, developed many of the foundational principles of modern hospice care here. Saunders noticed that many of the patients in St Joseph’s Hospice were more pain-free than elsewhere and looking for the reason, found that the nuns were treating patients with four-hourly morphine.
This became the cornerstone for her policy of giving analgesics “by the clock”.
Connor, S R. (1998). Hospice: Practice, Pitfalls, and Promise. Taylor & Francis. p. 5.