The existence of the Vatican Almoner
dates back centuries: It is mentioned in a papal bull from the 13th-century Pope Innocent III, and Pope Gregory X, who ruled from 1271-1276, organized it into an official Holy See office for papal charity.
Some time ago I pointed out that the almoner
has ascertained that 110 of the patients of the Hosp.
In 1960, the Medical Superintendent implemented a hospital-wide policy that the babies of mothers who were clients of the Almoner
Department should be taken directly from labour ward and placed in the nursery.
In 1716 William Nicolson, the bishop of Carlisle and almoner
to George I, preached the Spital Sermon at St.
Thomas' as a lady almoner
, as the medical social worker was called in those days.
John Hassan OBE said: "We've had one or two of our members go through the cardiac unit.
A Fifteenth-Century King's Almoner
, Registrar of the Order of the Garter--and Owner of British Library MS Add.
83) According to Blount, the function of the royal almoner
(or eleemosynarius) in the feudal system was "carefully to collect the fragments of Meat and Victuals, and distribute them every day to the poor; charitably to visit the sick and leprous, prisoners, poor widows, needy persons, and those that have no constant abode .
Where the Abbey's almoner
once dispensed charity to the poor and hospitality to visitors, modern day sightseers are rightly expected to pay cash and save scant resources for a worthy town council which has had the wit and energy to run this brilliant resource for the town.
20) In 1937, Norma Parker commented that if she accepted an almoner
position at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand she would 'be leaving the field clear' to non-Catholic social workers at a time when there were no Catholic qualified social workers in Sydney, except Eileen Davidson.
Furthermore Ignatius cultivated the support of the Roman social elite, especially women with links to Habsburg Spain, and solicited the aid of the papal almoner
and of plenary indulgences for those devoting their service.
Finally, Elaine Wiles is the northern almoner
for the Injured Jockeys' Fund, a true stalwart operating at the sharp end of misery and tragedy after serious injury or indeed death.
It is worth noting that the idea of "the lady with the lamp" was not yet prevalent, although she had been described thus in the newspapers, by Mr MacDonald, almoner
of the Times Fund and was shown carrying an oil lamp by The Illustrated London News (see above).
The second, (January to May, 1795) investigated Leonarda Rosa's own supporter and confessor, the almoner
of the Bemposta hospital, Father Luis da Anunciacao.
As soon as he came to Spain he appealed for money to the Royal Almoner
in Madrid, and his costly way of life led him into frequent borrowing.