Ferrol - Urban History
'Daughters of Charity' at the new Navy Hospital

Throughout the Restoration new and old religious orders dedicated their work to education and assistance. With the seizure of church property in 1837 making most monasteries unviable, the new directives of Social Catholicism went hand-in-hand with state policies which were interested on bringing resources to social welfare, but lacked funding. The religious orders also provided personnel who, although without technical training, were used to complying with orders in a disciplined manner. Throughout the 1880s in Ferrol there appeared the Daughters of Charity in the Navy Hospital, the Sisters of the Servers of Mary in the Charity Hospital, the Sisters of the Poor in the Old People's Home, and the nuns of the female college 'La Enseñanza'.

J.R. Soraluce, O antigo Hospital de Esteiro. Campus universitario de Ferrol (A Coruña, 1996)