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St. John Of God Ceramic Plaque

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Catalog Code: P89

John Of God Ceramic Plaque

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John of God [1495-1550]. He was born in Portugal. After following various vocations, he was led to a more perfect way of life by a sermon of Bl. John of Avila. But the fervour of his conversion produced such extravagant behavior that he was taken for a madman. Finally in 1550 he founded a hospital where he tended the sick. There was the beginning of a new order, the Brothers Hospitallers (Brothers of St. John of God). He is the patron of printers, fire fighters, booksellers, patients, the sick and of hospitals and hospital workers. His feast day is March 8.

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9 1/4"  (23.4 cm) x 0"  More St. Andrew's Abbey Ceramics Gifts


St. John of God

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/08

Patron Of: Against Sickness, Dying People, Heart Patients, Sick People, Alcoholics, Bodily Ills, Bookbinders, Booksellers, Firefighters, Hospital Workers, Hospitals, Nurses, Printers, Publishers

Also known as
    Juan de Dios

    8 March

    Grew up working as a shepherd in Castile. He led a misspent a wild youth, and travelled over much of Europe and north Africa as a soldier in the army of Charles V, and as a mercenary. Fought through a brief period of insanity. Peddled religious books and pictures in Gibraltar, though without any religious conviction himself. In his 40's he received a vision of the Infant Jesus who called him John of God. To make up for the misery he had caused as a soldier, he left the military, rented a house in Granada, Spain, and began caring for the sick, poor, homeless and unwanted. He gave what he had, begged for those who couldn't, carried those who could not move on their own, and converted both his patients and those who saw him work with them. Friend of Saint John of Avila, on whom he tried to model his life. John founded the Order of Charity and the Order of Hospitallers of Saint John of God.

    8 March 1495 at Montemoro Novo, Evora, Portugal

    died on 8 March 1550 at Granada, Spain while praying before a crucifix from a illness contracted while saving a drowning man; relics at Granada

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

    21 September 1630 by Pope Urban VIII

    16 October 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII

Name Meaning
    God is gracious (= John)

    against sickness
    bodily ills
    dying people
    heart patients
    hospital workers
    sick people
    Tultepec, Mexico

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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