Chapter Preparation

A passion for the Hospitality of Saint John of God in the world today - going that extra mile together

On Wednesday 10th January the English Province of the Brothers of Saint John of God and sixty five of their Province’s eight hundred co-workers, representing the many and varied works of the Order in Great Britain gathered for an ‘Open Space’ day in Darlington, County Durham. The objective of the day, facilitated by the Kinharvie Institute (founded by the Marist Brothers) was to engage in a series of conversations so that Brothers and co-workers, sharing their expertise and experiences, could seek ever new ways of meeting the unmet needs of those who are suffering, or find themselves excluded within Great Britain today. The many exciting new ideas and suggestions shared during the day will create the milieu in which the forthcoming English Province’s Chapter will take place.

In the last year the Order, working in close collaboration with a number of women’s religious congregations, has made a vital contribution to the development of the Medaille Trust.  This new charity provides safe housing across the country for women, children and young men who have been recently freed by the police from the sex-trafficking industry.  In the next few months the Order will extend its outreach to the poorest in the South of England by developing a Destitute Migrant Project - a reception centre and extensive accommodation facilities, and support services needed by destitute migrants from the Accession 8 countries.  At the same time the Order is exploring the possibility of building a state-of-the-art nursing home for frail elderly, and men and women living with dementia on the site of the Poor Clare Monastery in Darlington, County Durham.   

Financial contributions towards any of the Brothers’ works, but especially towards the Medaille Trust or the Destitute Migrant Project, would be gratefully received, for both these works are utterly dependent upon your charity.

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