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Our Daily Habits
A habit is often defined as a “manner of conducting oneself” or “clothes characteristic of a calling, rank, or function.” For the Hospitaller Brothers, a habit also has many meanings in our lives from the way we dress, the way we live, and the way we care for God’s poor.
Throughout this year we want to share Our Daily Habits with you. We hope by sharing Our Daily Habits we can give you a better understanding of our Order and how you can be a bigger part of our lives. Throughout 2017, we will share with you:
- Our Daily Habits as a Religious Community: Our prayers, supper rituals, hymns, chapels, clothes, mission, core values, and vision.
- Our Daily Habits as Individuals: Our pets, vocation stories, and formation process to become a Hospitaller Brother.
- Our Daily Habits in Our Ministries: What happens at our ministries, the people served through our services and programs, and being the face of God to all we meet.
On January 19, 2015 the Province of the Good Shepherd in North America was officially erected—bringing together the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd and the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. This fusion strengthened our religious community and our ministries.
As we commemorate our second Fusion Anniversary, we remember those who have gone before us and upon whose shoulders we now stand. We give thanks for the privilege of being part of the St. John of God Family. We are grateful to the Brothers who have gone before us, their faith, and their commitment to our ministries. And we are grateful for all those who have touched our hearts and lives.
We have experienced so many blessings over the past two years. As a gesture of thanks, we kindly invite you to be part of our prayer service to celebrate our Fusion Anniversary. You will find the prayer service here. Our Brothers will be streaming the prayer service live, and it will be available on our Facebook page on January 19. Please consider joining us.
Image of “Messiah” by Rassouli used with permission.
Good Shepherd Centre in Hamilton, ON is celebrating 7 Days of Hospitality in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of the Fusion of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd and the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God and the 56th anniversary of the founding of Good Shepherd Centres. A variety of events are planned to show hospitality to both clients and neighbors in the spirit of St. John of God. Activities include serving a hospitality brunch to shelter residents, passing out hot chocolate and winter hats to the neighborhood, creating self-care kits for youth, handing out bagged “breakfast to go,” delivering baskets of treats to neighbors, hosting a tea social for young moms and children, and serving a youth appreciation dinner.
To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Fusion, a Prayer Service was also held in the chapel at Harbinson House on January 19. To see a video of the prayer service, click here.
Good Shepherd Centre is a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God-Province of the Good Shepherd in North America.
On Friday, March 17, 2017, Good Shepherd Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host its 66th annual Brother Mathias Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. The evening’s events include live music, a drawing, games, and good ole’ Irish fun! Proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Center and St. Felix Pantry. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.goodshepherdcenternm.org.
Good Shepherd Center in Albuquerque, NM was founded by our Brother Mathias Barrett in 1951 and remains a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order. Our Brothers follow the Gospel mandate of Jesus Christ to love God and neighbor, and honor their mission to serve those in need by providing food, clothing, shelter, health services, and emergency assistance.