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History

St John of GodA rich history

In the first half of 16th century Spain, Saint John of God devoted a major part of his life to alleviating human suffering, to comforting and soothing the afflicted, sick and dying. John lived the teachings of Jesus Christ and as a man who recognised the great injustice of those experiencing disadvantage, he was often heard encouraging others to: "Do good for yourselves by doing good for others.”

The Sisters of St John of God

The congregation of the Sisters of St John of God was founded in 1871 in Wexford, Ireland. Word of the Sisters’ excellence in health care spread rapidly.

Sisters in front of old subiaco

In response to a call from Perth’s Bishop, Matthew Gibney, eight Sisters arrived in Western Australia in 1895 to care for people stricken by typhoid in the chaos of the 1890s gold rush. They went on to establish hospitals, pathology and social outreach services in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales in response to invitations from Bishops and local communities.

 

Sisters receive formal thanks in Western Australia's Parliament

In March 2011, the contribution of the Sisters of St John of God to the health and wellbeing of metropolitan and regional communities was formally acknowledged in Western Australia's Parliament by Bunbury MLA John Castrilli and Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens.

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The Hospitaller Order of St John of God

The Hospitaller Order of St John of God came to Australia from Ireland in 1947 to care for people experiencing disadvantage. The Brothers began ministries in New South Wales and Victoria, and then in Christchurch, New Zealand, focusing initially on learning difficulties and intellectual disability, then on psychiatric care and child and family social services.

Our larger, broader organisation of today reflects the wisdom and inspiration of a number of founders: the St John of God Sisters; the Brothers of St John of God; the Sisters of Joseph of the Apparition; various Mercy Congregations; the Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood; as well as the secular traditions of those parts of our ministry sourced outside the Catholic sector.

For more information about St John of God Health Care history please contact
Tel: (08) 9213 3636
Email: info@sjog.org.au