The Province of Saint Thomas the Apostle in India


On 15 June 2005 the Order celebrated the raising of the Indian General Delegation to the status of an independent Province of the Order. The mission of Saint John of God 'was brought' to India from the Rhine Province in Germany, by Brother Fortunatus Thanhaueser who arrived on 19 November 1969 which was ten years to the day after the Irish Brothers arrived in Korea. With the support of many benefactors and friends in Germany and Austria, the Order in India has experience rapid development. There are now six communities, ten services and centres and a constant flow of candidates to the Hospitaller Religious Life.

Being instrumental in the founding of what is now the Indian Province, Brother Fortunatus played a leading role in establishing the Sisters of Charity of Saint John of God in 1977. The Sisters work with the Brothers throughout the Indian Province and in Germany, Austria and Italy.

Among the excellent services provided by the Indian Province are those at Saint John's Hospital, Kattappana in the State of Kerala. This is a modern general hospital with over 400 beds. A School of Nursing and a College of Nursing are also provided by the Order on this site. Adjacent to the hospital is the 'House of Hope' a residential facility for poor and disabled people. Also in this area is the Order's orphanage, which accommodates up to 20 boys. All of these services, in which the Brothers and Sisters work together in partnership, supply essential facilities in an area where public provision of health and social care is relatively undeveloped by European standards.

The Saint John of God Centre at Velloor, also in the State of Kerala is a recently completed, state of the art, residential and educational facility for children and young people with learning disabilities. Again the Brothers and Sisters work together in the provision of these services. In the incongruously named Queen Victoria Road in Poonamalee, Chennai (formerly Madras), in the State of Tamil Nadu lies a house of the Order which as well as being the Provincial Curia and a house of formation for the Brothers provides a residence where elderly men are cared for by the young Brothers and a dispensary where a Brother Pharmacist gives free healthcare advice and treatment and dispenses medicines to the poor people of the locality.

We applaud the efforts made by the German Brothers and the Indian Brothers, Sisters and co-workers for making the works of Indian Province such a beacon of hope for so many poor, sick and disabled people.

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