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St. Mary’s College’s education philosophy

St. Mary’s College, in carrying out its education and research founded on “the spirit of Catholic love,” pursues its goal of instilling a rich human nature and profound refinement in its students, cultivating a scientifically-based nursing practice ability based on a superior level of nursing knowledge and skills, and nurturing sincere, competent persons of talent able to contribute widely to the health of human society.

St. Mary’s Hospital

Bioethics

Through its lectures, St. Mary’s College is engrossed in human cultivation that will enable the attainment of a rich human nature capable of respecting human life. These lectures take up the bioethical problems associated with the latest biomedical advances of the last few years, and encourage students to think about human dignity and the value of each individual human existence.

Roy Adaptation Nursing Model

In 1990 a sister college agreement was established with Mount St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles), which was the cradle of the nursing model of nursing education and practice developed from the clinical experience of Sister Callista Roy, and to this day students and faculty of both institutions are engaged in lively exchanges. The Roy Adaptation Model of Japan (RAA-J), the Japanese branch of the American-based Roy Adaptation Association (RAA), was organized by 3 Catholic nursing colleges, Seibo College of Nursing, Tenshi College, and St. Mary’s College. Through these activities, St. Mary’s is continuously striving to search for people who can become “supporters of human life.”

Love is the union of people and countries.
International cooperation

St. Mary’s College is involved in international cooperation based on its founding philosophy. International medical cooperation toward developing countries is primarily carried out through the dispatch of instructors and graduates of St. Mary’s College as experts in their fields in response to requests from international cooperation organizations.

The History of St. Mary’s Educational Foundation

Our Lady of the Snows Church was completed in 1896 and was the Catholic Church in Daimyo Town, Fukuoka City until 1984. A new cathedral was built in Daimyo, and the old church was brought to St. Mary’s grounds and restored to its original state. Now it is used by hospital patients and their families. It is also the spiritual home of all the people who work at St. Mary’s. Next to the church is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in southern France. It even has water flowing out of the rocks in the cave opening.

The history of St. Mary’s Educational Foundation

The true origin of St. Mary’s Educational Foundation is the Ide Medical Office, which was opened in Kurume City in 1915. Yozo Ide, who was the director of the hospital, was an enthusiastic Catholic and a red-bearded doctor who unselfishly served the poor who were unable to receive adequate medical treatment.
After the war, in 1953, the St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Juridical Corporation was established. Ichiro Ide, the former Director, succeeded Yozo, his father, and dedicated the Corporation to the Virgin Mary and renamed it “Our Lady of the Snows”. The basic guiding principle of the Society was to popularize medical treatment and education based upon the Catholic Spirit of Love. Therefore, the main role of medical care activities of St. Mary’s Hospital is to provide medical care to the community. This, in fact, has been demonstrated through the provision of first-aid medical care activities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964. Nothing but the spirit to serve and carry out love can provide 24-hour-a-day medical care to those who seek and need treatment. St. Mary’s Educational Foundation has continued and is managed under the basic policy behind the establishment of St. Mary’s General Hospital, its parent body. The philosophy is centered on the “Catholic Spirit of Love”.
St. Mary’s High School of Nursing, a nursing school attached to St. Mary’s Hospital, was established in 1973. It was the predecessor of the present St. Mary’s College. Later it became St. Mary’s Specialized School of Nursing. In 1982 it became St. Mary’s Jr. College and offered a 3 year Nursing Course plus a one year Graduate Course in Community Health Nursing and Midwifery. In April 2006, St. Mary’s College was inaugurated and now offers a 4-year program. In June 2006, we became a member of the JACU (Japan Association of Catholic Universities). In April 2010, our college established its Graduate School, offering an M.S. program in nursing as well as a CNS course. In April 2013, the Advanced Midwifery Course was added to the Faculty of Nursing.
At a time when humanism is being lost and the meaning of life is being questioned, our school, based upon its basic guiding principle and with the objective of educating and train talented people, will help students attain wisdom through the guidance of God. Those who do not lose hope even when facing difficulties have a bright future ahead of them. They also face great responsibilities.

1915 The Ide Medical Office is established by Yozo Ide
February 1948 Ide Hospital opens
March 1952 Our Lady of the Snows Juridical Corporation is established
September 1953 St. Mary’s Hospital, Our Lady of the Snows Medical Juridical Corporation, is established
April 1973 St. Mary’s High School of Nursing, 2-year Nursing Course of Our Lady of the Snows Medical Juridical Corporation, is established
April 1976 St. Mary’s High School of Nursing, 3-year Nursing Course of Our Lady of the Snows Medical Juridical Corporation is established
November 1982 St. Mary’s Educational Foundation is established. The corporation’s name is changed from “Our Lady of the Snows Medical Corporation” to “St. Mary’s Educational Foundation”
(Ichiro Ide, Executive Director)
April 1984 Establishment of Public Health Nursing and Midwifery Departments at St. Mary’s Specialized School of Nursing
April 1986 St. Mary’s Junior College opens
March 1988 2-year and 3-year Nursing Courses at St. Mary’s Specialized School of Nursing are discontinued
March 1989 Public Health and Midwifery Courses at St. Mary’s Specialized School of Nursing are discontinued
March 1989 St. Mary’s of Specialized School of Nursing is closed
April 1989 St. Mary’s Junior College Graduate Department (Community Nursing and Midwifery) are established
April 1990 International Nursing Course within the Community Nursing Department is opened
April 1995 Establishment of St. Mary’s Health and Welfare School
(Michio Ide, Executive Director)
April 2006 St. Mary’s College inaugurated
(Saburo Ide, Executive Director)
June 2006 St. Mary’s College becomes a member of the JACU (Japan Association of Catholic Universities).
April 2010 Establishment of the Graduate School of St. Mary’s College
April 2013 Establishment of the Advanced Midwifery Course

St. Mary’s College

St. Mary’s Hospital

St. Mary’s College

Faculty of Nursing Department of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Graduate School of St. Mary’s College, Graduate school of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing course

Chancellor
St. Theresa of the Infant
Jesus Nobu IDE
Executive Director
President

Francisco Assisi
Saburo IDE
Dean
Kanae HAMANO
Faculty of Nursing
Department of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Personnel
Students: 468 (Male: 36, Female: 432)
Faculty: 44
The Graduate School of St. Mary’s College
Graduate school of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing course
Personnel
Students: 14 (Male: 3, Female: 11)
Faculty: 22
Address 422 Tsubuku-honmachi, Kurume,
Fukuoka 830-8558 Japan
Tel. +81-942-35-7271
Fax. +81-942-34-9125
URL http://www.st-mary.ac.jp/daigaku/
Name of St. Mary’s College’s
Administrative Contact Person
Maria-Josephina Tomoko TANOUE
E-mail: tanoue@st-mary.ac.jp
〒830-8558 福岡県久留米市津福本町422(西鉄天神大牟田線試験場前駅下車徒歩7分) TEL 0942-35-7271 FAX 0942-34-9125

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