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St. John Bosco Clinic now part of Archdiocese of Miami


Oct. 5, 2021


St. John Bosco Clinic now part of Archdiocese of Miami

MIAMI | Effective Oct. 1, 2021, St. John Bosco Clinic and the SSJ Health Foundation came under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Miami, with Catholic Charities set to oversee the management of both.

In doing so, the archdiocese will continue the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine in caring for “the dear neighbor” in need of health care. The Sisters founded the clinic in 1992 and established the SSJ Health Foundation to raise funds for its work. The clinic, staffed by volunteer physicians, serves underserved and uninsured children and adults who lack access to basic health care. Most of them are poor and undocumented.

The clinic was first located on the grounds of St. John Bosco Church in Little Havana and is now located on the property of Corpus Christi Church in Miami.

“While the early days of the clinic attended to a mostly Cuban population, the countries of origin of our patients have grown,” said Berta Cabrera, who has served as executive director of both the clinic and the foundation for the past 10 years and will be retiring effective Dec. 31, 2021. “In the past years, we have seen many more patients from countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, and most recently, Venezuela — some receiving full health screenings at our clinic for the very first time in their lives.”

Catholic Charities will provide management services to support the operations of the St. John Bosco Clinic and the SSJ Health Foundation effective January 1, 2022.

“We anticipate our role to be more of guidance and oversight as these two organizations have operated independently for close to 30 years,” said Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO of Catholic Charities.


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Media contact: Maria A. Rivas, Media Coordinator, at (305)762-1046 [email protected], or Mary Ross Agosta, Director of Communications, at (305)762-1043 [email protected].


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