Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God

photograph of an unidentified Brother Hospitaller of Saint John of God from the book Monasteries and Religious Houses of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903, photographer unknownFounded


Religious institution founded for the care of the sick and other works of charity. They follow the Rule of Saint Augustine, and to the three solemn vows of religion they add a fourth, of serving the sick for life in their hospitals. The first hospital of the Order was built at Granada in 1540, and the society soon spread to England, Ireland, the other countries of Europe, and even into distant colonies. In 1584 Pope Gregory XIII called some of the Brothers to Rome, Italy, and gave them the Hospital of Saint John Calybita which then became the mother-house of the whole order. During the French Revolution the Brothers were expelled from their 40 establishments in France, but they have since returned and erected new hospitals. The members of this institution are not in Holy Orders, but priests wishing to devote their sacred ministry to the Brothers and patients are received. They have charge of a mental hospital for gentlemen at Stillorgan, near Dublin, Ireland, and a hospital for incurables at Scorton near Darlington, Yorkshire, England.

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  • “Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 November 2018. Web. 8 May 2021. <>