Our Patron Saint
Saint John of God, Spanish San Juan De Dios, was born March 8, 1495—died March 8, 1550, Granada, Spain. Saint John of God was canonized 1690 and his feast day is March 8. He is founder of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God (Brothers Hospitallers), a Roman Catholic religious order of nursing brothers. In 1886 Pope Leo XIII declared him patron of hospitals and the sick.
Formerly a shepherd and soldier, he was so moved by the sermons of the mystic John of Avila, who became his spiritual adviser that he decided to devote his life to the care of the poor and the sick. For that purpose, he rented a house in Granada (1537), where his work won ecclesiastical approval and attracted others. Bishop Sebastián Ramírez of Túy, Spain, named him John of God.
A Prayer to Saint John of God
Dear St. John, You worked tirelessly for the sick, spending your life in the service of others. I ask that you intercede for me that I may be healed of my spiritual sickness. I pray especially for… (name your request).
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