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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 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 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 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 ON. 

The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, founded in the 16th century, is one of the oldest religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church. The order originated in Granada, Spain, 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.

Good Shepherd Centres and Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes make up one of the largest health and human services agencies in the Greater Hamilton and Toronto areas. The Brothers also minister in Illinois, Florida, New Mexico, Haiti, England and Ireland.

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

“The fusion of the two orders does not affect services provided,” said Brother Richard MacPhee, Good Shepherd chief executive officer. “In fact, the diversity of services and our ways of life will complement a higher level of care for those who come to us for support. This is an opportunity for us to draw upon the strengths that a much larger order can offer to us, including learning different approaches to supporting the poor and sick.” 

All money donated to Good Shepherd will stay within our organization to benefit vulnerable families and individuals locally.  

Visit the Hospitaller Brothers’ website at sjog-na.org.

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