Solemn Profession for Hospitaller Brother

On Sunday 12 June 2011, Brother John Stretton OH made his solemn profession of vows - his declaration of his life-long commitment made to the mission of Saint John of God. In Brother John’s case this was a culmination of over nine years of formation.

  This special occasion was celebrated at Saint Clare Abbey where Brother John’s family and friends came together to celebrate with him, together with the Prior General of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God, Brother Donatus Forkan, who is based in Rome at the Order’s General Curia.   Brother John was born on 20 January 1961 in Rugby and first came to the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God as a postulant in 1994 but later left to care for his elderly parents. Returning again in 2003, Brother John was received into the novitiate at Scorton in North Yorkshire where the Brothers’ first mission of hospitality in this country was based. Thereafter during his formation he worked in several of the Order’s services in Great Britain, including Digswell Horticultural Training Centre, Woodhall Community Centre and the Minims, a residential care home in Hertfordshire.   He made his first profession of vows on 6 March 2005 at Saint Maries Church, Rugby following which Brother John continued his formation and worked in several other areas of the Province and for six months worked in the Indian Province.   The Mass was the first to be held in the chapel at Saint Clare Abbey since the Sisters of the Poor Clares left in June 2007. The Sisters left after 150 years to move to a sister abbey in Herefordshire. Over many years, the Order had held close links with the Sisters and it was this warm friendship that inspired the Poor Clare Sisters to leave the abbey, church and ground to the Order as a place to develop a new mission of hospitality.


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