On May 23rd Burrswood Hospital celebrated the centenary of the healing of its founder, Dorothy Kerin, with a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Many friends and supporters of the hospital travelled to London from all over the UK on one of the first sunny days of the month and their efforts were rewarded with an uplifting service that celebrated Dorothy Kerin’s miraculous healing and her obedience to God’s call on her life to ‘heal the sick, comfort the sorrowing and to bring faith to the faithless’ that resulted in the founding of Burrswood.
The atmosphere in the church matched the glorious weather as around 400 people attended the service and heard Rt Rev & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, preach. Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester was also in attendance along with the chaplaincy team from Burrswood and members of the St Martin-in-the-Fields team; all the assembled clergy joined together to offer healing to the congregation during the service.
Excerpts from Dorothy Kerin’s books detailing her life and mission were read. Dr Gareth Tuckwell, Chief Executive, said “We are so grateful to St Martin-in-the-Fields for enabling us to have this service here. Dorothy Kerin celebrated the anniversary of 50 years following her healing in this very place. It gives me great encouragement to see so many of our supporters here today as Burrswood’s ministry, both as a hospital of excellence that endeavours to keep Christ at the heart of care and as a place of healing, shapes up for the 21st Century”.
After the service many stories were swapped and long lost friends reunited over tea in the St Martin’s hall. The service was a true celebration of a century of healing and healing ministry – Burrswood Hospital is now looking to next hundred years as a unique place of healing and hope where medical expertise meets love and prayer.
Please find The Bishop of London's address attached at the bottom of this page.