Book of Saints – Saint John of God

detail from a painting of Saint John of God saving sick people from a fire at the royal hospital, by Manuel Gomez-Moreno Gonzalez, 1880; Museo de Bellas Artres, Granada, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

March 8

John was born in Portugal in 1495. He was a shepherd-boy until he was twenty-two years of age. For eighteen years he was a soldier in many parts of Europe and led a bad life. But he loved the poor and the suffering.

John was forty years old when he left the army to make up for his sins. He went back to Spain and rented a house in which he gathered all the sick, the poor, and the homeless of the town of Granada. He often washed them and dressed their sores and begged food for them. He brought many sinners back to God.

Kind people began to help him in his work. He started the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. They took care of the poor and sick. He would say: “Work without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have time.”

After saving a man from drowning, John became very ill. The nurses found him kneeling before a crucifix, his face resting on the feet of Jesus. He was dead. People who have heart disease pray to him.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint John of God”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 22 January 2019. <>