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Every year the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God celebrates 5 Days of Hospitality during the week of the Feast of St. John of God which is celebrated March 8.
This year, a Hospitality Hutch will be available at the Province of the Good Shepherd, 114 W. Washington Street, Momence, Illinois. The hutch is stocked with food and personal items for children and adults and is free for those in need. Though introduced for the Feast of St. John of God, the hutch will be available year-round.
The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God is an international Order of Catholic Brothers founded in Granada, Spain in 1572. Hospitaller Brothers are present in 54 countries and 5 continents with over 450 centers providing a wide range of health and social services to the sick, mentally disabled, physically disabled, elderly and homeless. Because of this work, throughout Europe the Hospitaller Brothers are commonly known as “Do-Good Brothers.”
The Province of the Good Shepherd is grateful to the Momence Food Pantry for their assistance in stocking the hutch.
If you have questions, know of someone in need, or want to help, please stop in at 114 W. Washington Street or call 815.472.3131. You can follow us on Facebook or visit www.sjog-na.org to learn more.
General Chapter Hospitaller Order of St. John of God
Brother Joaquim Erra I Mas
Brother Pascal Ahodegnon
Brother José Augusto Gaspar Louro
Brother Joseph Smith
Brother Dairon Orley Meneses Caro
Brother Vincent Kochamkunnell
These Councillors along with Brother Jeśus are the new general government for the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God for the next six years.
The Hospitaller Order in Vietnam
Michael Botermans, a retired school teacher and pre-candidate with intentions to join the Hospitaller Order, was in Vietnam for three months teaching English to the Brothers in the Province of Vietnam. The following is an excerpt from Michael’s report to the Provincial about his experiences in Vietnam:
Life in Vietnam begins early… very early. Local church bells begin ringing at 3:30am and on Sundays most parishes have already celebrated three of their five Masses by 8:00am. The Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God in Vietnam are accustomed to early mornings. More than 100 professed Brothers and postulants in 7 different community houses have devoted their lives to both contemplative prayer and active ministry for the poor, the sick and the needy. The Brothers model their religious way of life from the exemplary love of their holy founder, St. John of God, who could never ignore the suffering of others without at least trying to alleviate their burden. This impulsive love continues today in Vietnam and wherever the Order of Hospitaller Brothers exists.
In 1952, Brother William Gagnon and two Canadian Brothers came to North Vietnam. Due to political circumstances the Order of Hospitaller Brothers shifted to South Vietnam in 1954, to Hố Nai in Biên Hòa City of Đồng Nai Province. It was there that the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God started their ministry that flourishes to this day.
The original Hố Nai Refugee Hospital of the Brothers was built in 1956, but later was confiscated by the Communist regime. In 1993, the Brothers opened their own medical clinic specializing in traditional herbal medicines, physiotherapy and acupuncture.
More than 200 clients come to the Brothers’ clinic every day for examination and various treatments. They offer modest, all-inclusive accommodations with home-cooked meals for all their clients in both short- and long-term care at the clinic. Some 250 clients are in residence in the Brothers’ care, some of which are permanent due to circumstances. About 600 meals are prepared and served to the clients every day of the year.
The Hospitaller Brothers are engaged in a unique Pro-Life ministry. They support groups of lay people who go to government hospitals where abortion takes place, to recover the fetuses and give them a dignified burial in the Brothers’ cemetery. The Brothers also grow some of their own herbs while operating a center that produces a wide range of herbal medicines and liquid extracts to help heal their clients. In addition, the Brothers then go to varied parishes and diocese to teach and spread the spirituality of St. John of God and train the laity about basic healthcare so they, in turn, can provide this same care to the sick and dying in their homes.