The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God is an international Catholic healthcare organisation founded in 1572 with over 300 hospitals and centres in 53 countries throughout all five continents.
The Religious Order is governed by its Constitutions and General Statues, and its world-wide leadership is the Prior General and his Council, who are based in Rome. The Order is structured in 23 different Religious Provinces, that comprise around 1,250 Brothers who live in Communities and Apostolic Deeds such as Hospitals, Care and Health Centers or Social Services, where almost 45,000 professionals and 8,000 volunteers work. An outstanding number of donors and benefactors give us their invaluable support.
We have received as our legacy the Charism of Hospitality, we devote ourselves as our mission, following the example of our Founder, to the sick and to those who are suffering. In the way we live and act we manifest our spirituality.
Our dedication to the suffering covers both health care and welfare. Within the Church we define ourselves as a mendicant Order, and we try to work by displaying an attitude of charity to those who need it.
We are present in different countries, within the government organisations providing different services, so that in all we do we work together with the Health and Welfare Ministries and other civil organisations and local authorities etc.
We are present in countries with the greatest needs, where the Order’s Centres are run, based on the principle of subsidiarity and driven by the missionary spirit, making up for the local shortcomings in the field of health care and welfare through the Centres we have promoted.
We serve the sick in general, and the mentally ill. Recently we have them a great deal to establish units to provide palliative care and to nurse AIDS sufferers, Alzheimer’s patients etc.
We also have Centres for the mentally impaired, the physically disabled, the elderly, the homeless, and run programmes for persons suffering from hard drug-dependency, etc.
With our personnel and volunteers we endeavoured to share the criteria according to which we strive to perform our mission, and our values and institutional project, respecting the identity of every individual.
Being present in such widely differing societies, drawing on our identity as Catholic Centres we also endeavour not only to treat or rehabilitate our guests, or to accompany them in their state of sickness or marginalisation, but also to foster evangelisation by spreading the good news that Jesus Christ brought to us through our words, but above all through our lives. The primary way we evangelise is by welcoming in everyone, as they are, and play a part in the process of drawing close to Jesus Christ and His Church, in the quest to find a meaning for their lives.
We consider ourselves, in an increasingly more secularised world, to be the expression of the Church of Charity.