St John of God - Our 'Polar Star'
Today, as we celebrate the feast of St. John of God, we extend warmest greetings to the whole St. John of God Family. Throughout the world, in all the Orders' Provinces celebrations will take place to honour St. John of God our Founder and to reflect on the ethos and values that inspired his life and mission. John achieved his greatness through his fidelity to Jesus' commandment of love.
In his letter to the whole Hospitaller family for the feast of St. John of God, Br. Donatus Forkan, Prior General, speaks of St. John of God as "our polar star" that shows the way in which life should be lived and can be lived with a sense of joy, by all those who claim to be followers of Jesus.."
This year as the Order prepares for the General Chapter which will take place in Fatima, Portugal, beginning on the 22nd October, taking as its theme - The Family of Saint John of God at the Service of Hospitality, we ask a special blessing on the whole Order, on a day which is of such great signficance for all of us.