News & Events
Angels Among Us
On March 4, 2017, Good Shepherd Centre welcomed 1,000 guests to its annual Gala, Angels Among Us, at the Paramount Conference and Event Venue. The evening was hosted by Ken Shaw, national editor and news anchor of CTV Toronto. Guests enjoyed an evening that included cocktails, dinner, an auction, live music, and dancing. We thank the guests, sponsors, and donors who made the Gala such a success. That one night of Hospitality will translate into 365 days of welcome for the homeless and most neglected members of our community.
Good Shepherd Centre is a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God-Province of the Good Shepherd in North America.
5 Days of Hospitality
In conjunction with the Feast of St. John of God on March 8, the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God-Province of the Good Shepherd in North America will be celebrating 5 days of Hospitality March 6-10, 2017. This week gives us a wonderful chance to reflect on the opportunities we have to show Hospitality inspired by the life and work of St. John of God in Granada, Spain nearly 500 years ago.
The ministries of the Province of the Good Shepherd have planned a variety of events intended to show Hospitality to our clients, our co-workers, and our neighbors. Some of the week’s events include celebrations of the feast of St. John of God for co-workers, delivering supplies to an eldercare facility, providing groceries for local families, throwing a pizza party for clients, bringing snack bags to school children, hosting a luncheon for volunteers, distributing food boxes, holding an ice cream social, performing “random acts of hospitality” for co-workers, and providing brunch for parishioners.
Though this week gives us the special opportunity to celebrate Hospitality, we know Hospitality continues throughout the Province of the Good Shepherd 365 days of the year as we serve the poor, the unacknowledged, and the forgotten. This would not be possible without your prayers and support. Thank you all.
Celebrating 50 Years
On February 25, 2017, Brother Justin Howson celebrates 50 years of religious profession. During his time in the Order, Brother Justin has served in Toronto, Windsor, Montreal, and Hamilton in Canada; Albuquerque in the United States; Birmingham and Wolverhampton in England; and Waterford in Ireland. He has also served as a Shepherd leader for the Order in the roles of Superior General and Provincial Superior. Throughout this time, Brother Justin has lived the Charism of Hospitality serving the poor, the physically and mentally disadvantaged, the forgotten, and the dying.
On this special day, we thank God for the gift of Brother Justin’s vocation and the witness of his life in Hospitality. We ask that God grant him many blessings and graces for the good of all those in need.
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 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.