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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 and Canada) 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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Br. Gerard, Br. Nick, Br. Sean, and Br. Charles

Hello Albuquerque.
Br. Gerard, Br. Nick, Br. Sean, and Br. Charles
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Comment on Facebook Hello Albuquerque....

Great picture . Stay safe and healthy !!

Hello Brothers...stay safe...

Peace and Charity Bros.

Bless you for all the good works that you all do. Stay healthy and safe.

Greetings from New York! Such a nice picture of all of you. Stay well!

Blessings Brothers !

Greetings to all of you especially my cousin Br. Dennis. You all look very well. Thanks for the wonderful work you do.

You all look well God bless

Lookin' good, guys!

Is Br. Charlie back in Albuquerque?

Nice to see you all my dear Brothers. Take care

Bendiciones Hermanos, desde Santiago de Chile.

God bless you all.

🙏🙏🙏

Great to see you!

Hello Brothers!

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During National Trustees Week, a mention of Brother Charles, not only a trustee but also hardworking volunteer at the Good Shepherd and one of the Brothers who helped set up the charity and are still an integral part of its operation.

Brother Charles is pictured on the right of this photo featuring the other Brothers who also support the Good Shepherd. From left, Brother Stephen, Brother Michael and, seated, Brother William.

And, an introduction: Brother Michael Newman joined the Brothers community in Wolverhampton in August and is now helping out at the Centre. Brother Michael, originally from Middlesbrough, has been involved with various health and social care projects run by the Brothers over the years. He has spent the last six years in a training role in Malawi, Africa. We welcome him to Wolverhampton and thank the Brothers for their ongoing work for the Good Shepherd and care and support for the people we serve.

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Welcome back to Bro Michael

Br Charles is so kind and a holy man of God. Best wishes and prayers to all the Brothers!

Such wonderful caring Brothers. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Way-to-go, my dear Brothers! Congrats, also, Bro. Charles

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