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Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God

The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, members of the venerable religious congregation founded by Brother Mathias Barrett, are now the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God – Province of the Good Shepherd in North America.

The fusion of the two religious orders means the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd is no longer a formal entity. Their ministry continues through the newly established Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God – Province of the Good Shepherd in North America. They have exchanged their distinctive white habits for the black robes worn by the Brothers of St. John of God. The ceremony to celebrate the fusion of the orders took place on January 19, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

To learn more about the fusion, watch the video Mathias and John: A Fusion of Hospitality.

Watch the video of the Ritual of Surrender and Fusion Celebration.

The new Province combines the North American ministries of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd with the ministries of the Hospitaller Brother of St. John of God in Montreal and New Jersey. Brother Justin Howson, OH, is the Provincial Superior with the Provincial Office located in Hamilton. 

The brothers in Hamilton are known for the innovative work that is performed as Good Shepherd Centres and Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes, one of the largest health and human services agency in the Greater Hamilton Area. Elsewhere, the Brothers minister in Toronto, Illinois, Florida, New Mexico, Haiti, England and Ireland.

The Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, one of the oldest religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church, was founded to provide assistance to the sick and needy. It originated in Granada, Spain, in the second half of the 16th century to continue the charitable work of St. John of God, who was born in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, and died in Granada in 1550. He was canonized in 1690.

The Brothers operate hospitals and other health care and social services in 52 countries around the world.

“The fusion will not affect the programs and services provided by Good Shepherd, nor will the name of our community programs change,” said Brother Richard MacPhee, Good Shepherd chief executive officer. “In fact, the diversity of services and our ways of life will complement a greater level of care for those who come to us for support and assistance. This is an opportunity for us to draw upon the strengths that a much larger religious order can offer to us, including learning different approaches to supporting the sick and needy from around the globe.” 

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