Book of Saints – 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

(Saint) (March 8) (16th century) The Founder of the Order of Charity for the Service of the Sick. A native of Portugal, he was until the age of forty, by turn a shepherd, a soldier and a pedlar, settling down at last in a small shop at Gibraltar. A sermon preached by Saint John of Avila, the Apostle of Andalusia, so startled him that he betook himself to Africa to aid and comfort the Christian captives held in slavery by the Moors. Finally, he devoted himself to the work of ministering to the sick; and gathering others about him began an Institute which in our time is still flourishing. Ten years later (A.D. 1550) he died of an illness contracted in the service of his neighbour, expiring while on his knees before the Altar. His Order was definitely organised in A.D. 1570, and he, famous for many miracles, was canonised A.D. 1690.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John of God”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2017. Web. 20 June 2021. <>