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St John of God

(1495—1550)


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(1495–1550),

founder of the ‘Order of Charity for the Service of the Sick’ or ‘Brothers Hospitallers’. After serving as a soldier, in middle age he changed his mode of life and tried to spread the faith by hawking tracts in Spain. In 1538 he was converted to a life of sanctity by St John of Ávila, who directed his energies to the care of the sick and poor. Feast day, 8 Mar.

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