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West European Province of St. John of God Provincial Chapter

The Western European Province celebrated its Provincial Chapter  on 20-24 January 2014 at the Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry, Co. Down  It was the second Chapter of the new Province which was established 4 years ago by the Irish and English Provinces. All the Brothers in the Province were invited to attend and 28 took part of whom 18 had voting rights (the Prior General as Chapter President, the outgoing Provincial Government and 18 elected Vocals). The Prior General, Brother Jesús Etayo, presided at the Chapter accompanied by General Councillor Brother Rudolf Knopp.  

In preparation for the Chapter, three one-day meetings had been held attended by all the Brothers of the Province. Since all the centres in the Province had been transferred to the juridical entity incorporated under Canon law named?Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries? (www.sjog.ie), none of the lay Co-workers attended the Chapter. However, the Director, John Pepper, and 8 Co-worker managers, were invited to present the work of the new ?Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries? structure.


Sr. Marie Dunne, CHF  and Fr. John Cullen facilitated the Liturgy each day. St. Mary’s Drumcar , Co. Louth, presented the Liturgy On 23rd January Chapter.  Mr. Martin Kennedy was the Chapter Moderator.


Three members of the Congregation of the ?Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd? (www.lbgs.org) from Canada and England were also invited to the Chapter as guests. As previously announced, our Order and the Little Brothers are currently involved in a merger process which should be completed by January 2015.

The main agenda items were:

  • Relations with, and the influence and responsibilities of, the Brothers with regard to the new organisation, ?Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries?;
  • The contribution and support of the Province for the merger of the Order with the Little Brothers;
  • The life of the Brothers in a changing society, and in a changed Province.

 On January 21, Chapter elected  Bro. Donatus Forkan as the Provincial Superior

 On January 22, the following Provincial Councillors were elected:

 Bro. Stanislaus Nield

Bro. Fintan Brennan-Whitmore

Bro. Tom Osorio

Bro. Ronan Lennon


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