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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which was first reported in March, has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.

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Part of the Chapter in February 2010 included a gathering of Brothers and a number of staff members in order to share stories and learn more about the work in all of the countries that the new province now incorporates.

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The preliminary meeting to organise the European project for the homeless, being promoted by the Hospitaller Order’s Brussels office, was convened in Marseille on Wednesday 15 January 2014.

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The second provincial chapter of the West European Province of Saint John of God which incorporates Great Britain, Ireland, Malawi and New Jersey has taken place in Dublin.

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Born on 27 April 1920 in Keelrovane near Rosscarberry, West Cork, Owen O’Neill joined the Order in 1948 and taking the religious name of Felix, made his first profession of vows on 3 December 1950.

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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.

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Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of religious profession of Brothers Donatus Forkan, Aidan Clohessy, Stanislaus Neild and Dominic Barry were held on 8 September 2010 at Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan.

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This year has been a very special year for us as we celebrate our 15th Birthday. In 1995 the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God took over the lease of the Digswell Nursery site from Welwyn Hatfield council.

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On Monday 1 February 2010 the West European Province of Saint John of God was created at a special ceremony held at Emmaus House in Dublin. During this ceremony the Irish and English Provinces were formally suppressed.

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On Monday 1 February 2010 another historic moment in the life of the family of Saint John of God took place. Brothers and co-workers from Great Britain joined with their colleagues in Ireland to celebrate the 2010 Provincial Chapter.

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Over the past twelve months the staff team and students have worked hard to build on the past successes of the Centre in order to appeal to a wider audience of customers and attract those who had not previously heard of the Centre.

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A new service recently established by Saint John of God Hospitaller Services is a much needed accommodation and support service for young adults with autism/Asperger syndrome and is based in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

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And we remember……………… On Saturday 7 November, the Province gathered at St Augustine’s Church in Darlington to remember those in our Hospitaller family who have died during the year.

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BROTHER EUSTACE KUGLER – Dr Werner On Sunday 4th October 2009, in Regensburg Cathedral, the beatification ceremony for Brother Eustace Kugler took place.

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I bet you did not know it was ‘volunteer week’ the first week in June? Volunteers play an important role in most charitable organisations. Throughout the Province there is an open welcome for volunteers to offer their services

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An an accommodation based training and reconnections centre for homeless workers from Central and Eastern European Countries

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“Saint. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life.”

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The Brothers ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Brother Francis Stevens, OH

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The Brothers announce the upcoming beatification of Brother José Olallo Valdés, O.H. in Camaguey, Cuba on November 29, 2008. Pope Benedict XV, on 15 March 2008, gave permission for one of our Hospitaller Brothers to be beatified.

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An Ardent Hospitaller Supporter, Myles McDermott Tempany’s life was rich and varied. He spent all his working life in the University of London Finance Department.

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Bridget Doogan took up the position of Chief Executive on 14 January this year, and we are delighted with her appointment and look forward to working with her.

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After a 150 year presence in Darlington, the Poor Clare Sisters moved out of their abbey to leave the region for a new convent in Herefordshire.

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A passion for the Hospitality of Saint John of God in the world today - going that extra mile together. The 19th Provincial Chapter of the Province of the Venerable Bede took place between 12th and 15th February 2007.

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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.

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On Monday 16th October, at the 66th General Chapter of The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God held in Rome, the following Brothers were elected to be the six General Councillors

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On Saturday 14th October at the 66th General Chapter of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God held in Rome, The Most Reverend Brother Donatus Forkan, OH was elected the new Superior General.

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The word pilgrimage mean to journey to a sacred place. That place in the shadow of the Pyrenees is Lourdes – where nearly 150 years ago Mary the Mother of Jesus appeared to a young girl called Bernadette.

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Religious Brothers provide help for those who suffer in Chennai, India. The centres of the Order closest to the area affected by the recent tsunami in Asia are those of the Indian Brothers at Poonamallee near Chennai (formerly known as Madras).

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Brother Anselm Granelli OH, a Brother of the Province of the Venerable Bede, died on 17 January 2005 at Littlehampton in West Sussex. He was 84 years of age.

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On 15 June 2005 the Order celebrated the raising of the Indian General Delegation to the status of an independent Province of the Order.

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On 22nd June 2005 our communities and works in Korea became an independent Province of the Order.

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This year has seen the administration teams for each region relocate to new offices.

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On 31st March 2004, the provision of care in what was Saint John of God Nursing Home, Saint Vincent’s and Saint William’ and the LEOS based at Scorton, North Yorkshire transferred to Bowood Care.

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The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God Charitable Trust has relocated its head office from Scorton in North Yorkshire to Houndgate in Darlington. The new office development houses accounts, marketing, human resources, administration and IT

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