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Order:
The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God is an Order of the Catholic Church. It draws its inspiration from the life, example and teaching of its founder – St. John of God. The basis of his life, example and teaching was a deep sense of hospitality which opened him to every person he met and moved him to do everything in his power to help them in their needs. The Order, endeavoring to maintain, deepen and perpetuate this hospitality towards others as an integral part of the life of God’s people, carries out a wide range of health and social service activities in 52 countries on 5 continents. The membership of the Order consists of 1099 Brothers who come from 51 countries. The Co-workers who partner the Brothers in their activities number approximately 40,000.

Strictly speaking, the Order is composed of men who belong to the religious family popularly known as the Brothers of St. John of God. However, the term ‘Order’ also is taken to indicate the persons and activities of the thousands of Co-workers, men and women, who, throughout the world, provide a wide range of health care and social welfare programs in centers and services that perpetuate the work for the poor, sick and needy commenced by St. John of God in the first half of the 16th century in Granada and southern Spain.

The fortunes of the religious family – the Brothers – have waxed and waned through the four and a half centuries of its life with periods of great expansion and other periods of retrenchment in the face of adverse social, political and ecclesial circumstances. Like many religious institutes today, the Order could be said to be in a period of ‘institutional’ waning. However Brothers and Co-workers are also actively developing a ‘new hospitality’ that responds to the new poor and the new needs of today. It is very evident that more persons are being assisted by the Order throughout the world today than ever before in its history.

Province:
On January 19, 2015 the General Council officially erected the Province of the Good Shepherd in North America. The new Province comprises the centers of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd in North America (United States, Canada and Haiti) which were incorporated into the Order on the same day, the houses of the Canadian General Delegation and the Center at Westville Grove which had previously belonged to the West Europe Province.

 

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Wow – such wonderful support from the Korea Canadian Women’s Association who volunteer twice a month preparing emergency beds, serving hundreds of meals and knitting toques and scarves for our guests at Good Shepherd Ministries, Toronto.
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Wow – such wonderful support from the Korea Canadian Women’s Association who volunteer twice a month preparing emergency beds, serving hundreds of meals and knitting toques and scarves for our guests at Good Shepherd Ministries, Toronto.
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#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsThank you to the generous men and women of the Nostalgia Knights Car Club who never fail to bring a smile to our students' faces. Through year-long fundraising and drives, the Nostalgia Knights are able to bring toys by the truckloads to the students and families of SJOGCS. ... See MoreSee Less

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#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsGood Shepherd's Christmas Wonderland takes place on Sunday, December 17, at the Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane in Hamilton. Guests enjoy a festive meal served by Good Shepherd's staff and volunteers. After dinner, children can go wild in a magical play area and visit the jolly old elf himself. Every child receives a brand new toy. And Santa hasn't forgotten the young at heart; adults receive a gift package. Everyone is welcome to attend. Doors open at 1:30 pm and Dinner begins at 3 pm. ... See MoreSee Less

A Tree of Blessings—family, faith, livelihood, love, home, food, and JESUS—decorates the Provincial Administration office window this Christmas season.Image attachmentImage attachment

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The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
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The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
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Thanksgiving is a daily experience, not just a holiday.
You are my God, and I will give you thanks. Psalm 118:28
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