“Year of the Family of St. John of God”
The Order’s services throughout the world are planning different events to mark the year.
The Prior General, Br. Donatus Forkan, sent a letter to all the members of the Family of St. John of God outlining his hopes and wishes for this special year.
The following excerpt from his letter gives the foundational basis for the St. John of God Family:
Like us today, John Ciudad was totally dependent on what became ‘his family’ whether they were volunteers, his guests in the ‘House of Hospitality’ and those to whom he ministered, his donors or paid personnel. John of God teaches us that the encounter between two human beings is first and foremost an encounter between a brother or sister. John has left us a great example of how to treat each other by the way he himself approached people. What endeared John to his fellow citizens was the fact that he stood in solidarity with them. Not only that but he showed them a way in which they could build community, a community that had its neediest member at the centre of all concern and care. John’s humility was born of an insight that he had into the innate dignity of every human being who is made in the image and likeness of God