100 Years of Hospitaller Service

Celebrating 100 years of Hospitaller service between them,  Brothers Ronan Lennon and Finnian Gallagher, yesterday. renewed their religious vows and pledged hospitality, fifty years after first taking those vows.    Both men hail from the west of Ireland.  Ronan from Kiltoom in Co. Roscommon and Finnian from Belmullet in Co. Mayo. 

Both entered the Order in 1961 and after their novitiate in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ronan qualified as a psychiatric nurse and trained in hospital administration,  and Finnian as a psychiatric and general nurse. 

Brother Ronan went on to train in formation ministry and was later appointed Director of Formation for the Irish Province.  Prior to this he was appointed to lead the Order's mission in South Korea.  On his return to Ireland Br. Ronan worked in many of the Order's services and was appointed Provincial in 1998 serving for two terms.  He is currently Vocation Director for the West European Province.

Br. Finnian was also involved in formation for the Province as Director of first professed Brothers.  He was appointed the first Director of Vocations and Formation for Westville Grove, NJ.  Br. Finnian was the first person to manage the Healthcare desk for CMRS later CORI and was one of the founder members of  the Association of Religious Brothers (ARBI).  He was part of the first team that set up the Order's services in Belfast.  He is presently Provincial Secretary for the Province.

Yesterday, Brothers Ronan and Finnian, joined by their families, friends and members of the wider hospitaller family, celebrated their Golden Jubilee with Mass followed by dinner at St. John of God Hospital Chapel and restaurant.

During the homily of the Mass, Fr. John Cullen (PP Kiltoom) said that the life and ministry of the Brothers exemplfied the teaching of Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan, of caring for those in need and who fall on hard times.  The first reading, taken from a letter written to the brothers in 1585 by the archbishop of Granada was also very relevant encouraging the Brothers to continue the work that John of God initiated:  "Dear Brothers, I beg and implore you that you never abandon such a good work.


















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