St John of Avila is to be Proclaimed Doctor of the Church

St John of God Family has learned, to its great joy, that on 7 October, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI will proclaim our Holy Founder’s spiritual director Doctor of the Universal Church.

 Announcing this news on the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Pope emphasised the fact that the "apostle of Andalucia" at the time of the Spanish Renaissance had been one of the protagonists of the cultural and religious renewal of the Church and society at the dawn of the modern age.

It was on hearing a homily preached by John of Avila on the feast of St. Sabastian, 20th January, that John experienced his spiritual conversion.  Throughout the remainder of his life, John of Avila suppported John of God in his life and work.



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