Bishop John McCarthy-A Beloved Friend


Daughters of Charity historical photos: Sr Gertrude and Bishop McCarthy

A trusted counselor and confidant to our Ascension Seton team, Bishop John McCarthy shared Seton’s calling to provide compassionate care to all, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. During his service as the third bishop of the Diocese of Austin, Bishop McCarthy was instrumental in expanding access to quality care in east Austin—serving those in need, closer to home.

He was committed to addressing the healthcare gaps in east Austin and worked collaboratively with Ascension Seton to help support the community. In 1989, Ascension Seton opened Ascension Seton East Community Health Center, providing comprehensive health services to medically underserved families in Austin. In honor of the Bishop’s immense support, the clinic was renamed Ascension Seton McCarthy Community Health Center. Bishop McCarthy’s vision of providing care in east Austin continues today. The dedicated team of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician focus on improving patient health through a team approach to preventative care and health education.

Daughters of Charity historical photos: Sr Beatrice Brussard and Sr Nannette Gentile with Bishop John McCarthy


Bishop McCarthy mirrored our call to care for those most in need when Ascension Seton decided to lead and operate University Medical Center Brackenridge. He was instrumental in partnering with Ascension Seton and city officials to ensure our unwavering commitment to serving those who need us most would continue for years to come. In October 1995, Ascension Seton assumed management of Brackenridge. The influence of Bishop McCarthy’s commitment to preserve the hospital and it’s programs has had a lasting impact. Today, the new Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center of the University of Texas continues to care for all people, delivering enhanced care with compassion, dignity and respect.

Bishop McCarthy’s ministry in our community was loving and extensive. We are eternally grateful for his steadfast commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community. Our prayers are with his family during this time.