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Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Order’s Hospital in Monrovia

The celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of St Joseph?s Catholic Hospital, Monrovia, ended on March 19, 2014. They had begun on March 13, 2013 with a number of local events celebrating the 50th anniversary of this hospital, which has been through so many difficulties over the years, but especially so during the war in Liberia.

March 15, the Day of Thanksgiving, witnessed to major events:

The celebration of Mass, presided at by His Grace Mgr Lewis Zeigler, the Archbishop of Monrovia, and concelebrated with Mgr Miroslav , the Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia, with a dozen priests, attended by the President of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and a large number of Religious Congregations present in Monrovia, and Co-workers and patients from the Hospital. Mgr Zeigler spoke about St Joseph, and urged everyone ?fearlessly?to make the Monrovia hospital a benchmark centre for the whole of West Africa and urging the Liberian government to provide more tangible cooperation to developing and ensuring its sustainability.

The beginning of fundraising efforts to meet the Hospital’s needs, particularly to be able to renew the equipment to guarantee greater precision when performing diagnoses. This fundraising campaign was launched by Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the President of the Republic, who thanked the Brothers of St John of God in her address, for the service of hospitality they were providing, and above all to express the intention of the Liberian government to provide secure backing for the future of the Hospital. She pledged to contribute 50 percent towards the cost of the equipment for which the fundraising project was being launched and urged the members of her government to take part in it.

On March 19 a huge Gala event was organised  for the Co-workers and the patients, some of whom were awarded prizes by the Hospital management.

The Order extends its’ sincerest thanks to all of the Religious Communities working in this Centre, the communities of Brothers and Sisters, the local Church, the Liberian politicians, local government, and health authorities, the Castile Province and all the benefactors, Co-workers and patients.

 

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