Good Shepherds

The Provincial and Council of the New Province of the Good Shepherd with the Prior General, Brother Jesus Etayo. 

On January 19th, a special ceremony in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was held during which the Congregation of the Good Shepherd Brothers formally joined the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. The preparation for the ‘Canonical Fusion’, as it is called, was spread over a five year period. The founder of the Good Shepherd Brothers, Brother Mathias Barrett, was himself a Saint John of God Brother for almost 30 years. A new Province of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God was created on the same day - the Province of the Good Shepherd, North America.

The communities, centres and services of the former Congregation of the Good Shepherd Brothers in the United States, Canada, Haiti and Great Britain will all be part of the new Province, along with the Saint John of God Community in Montreal, Canada, and the Saint John of God Community, membership and services in New Jersey. The new Province headquarters will be in Hamilton, Canada, and Brother Justin Howson was appointed Provincial by the Prior General, Brother Jesus Etayo.

For the Brothers of the Good Shepherd, this was a momentous occasion full of emotion, joy and mystery. This was also a joyous occasion for our Saint John of God Family – like the birth of a new child. Our membership increased, the numbers of sick and needy brothers and sisters being served in the manner and spirit of Saint John of God also increased, together with potential for further expansion, development and influence for good in North America and beyond.

On February 11th, during a Brothers’ Assembly in Dublin, there will be a ‘Welcoming Ceremony’ for the five new Hospitallers that live and serve in Europe, three in the UK and two in Ireland. The Provincial and Council of the new Province of the Good Shepherd, North America,  will also take part in the ceremony and Brothers’ Assembly and visit some of our centres in Ireland during their stay.

Let us offer our ‘New’ Saint John of God Family Members a true Hospitaller welcome!

 

Brother Donatus Forkan
Provincial - West European Province

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