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Blessing of Saint John of God Hospital, Geelong - Thursday 14 August 2014

BLESSING OF SAINT JOHN OF GOD HOSPITAL, GEELONG, BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART ON THURSDAY, 14TH AUGUST 2014 AT 11.00 A.M.  
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
The extensive new facilities which have been developed here at Saint John of God Hospital are indeed a reason for tremendous thanksgiving to God.  The Saint John of God mission has been for many years one of compassionate care for those in need.  The expansion of Saint John of God Private Hospital, which has existed here in Geelong since 1974 is a clear indication of the Sisters and their collaborators showing visionary skill in providing for the needs of the community in a skilled and up-to-date environment, bringing the very best of medical science and technology at the forefront of their care of the human person.

Our Catholic understanding of the human person is that everyone is made in the image and likeness of Christ and fashioned to him in baptism and therefore is to be treated with the greatest respect.  Whenever a person is sick they are sharing in their own body in the passion of Christ which brought us redemption.  It is a time when the Church and the community seek to reach out to all those who are under our care. 

In my visits to Saint John of God I have always found a wonderful community spirit, a friendliness and a welcome which assists those who come to the hospital to know that they are in the very best possible care.

So I do congratulate all here at Saint John of God for your vision, your ongoing care and for your readiness to see in the work that you do a Christlike service to your sisters and brothers.  May this hospital long be a place of healing and comfort, compassion and goodness, of welcome and support.  Congratulations to you all and may Christ through his love shine in you.

+ Denis J. Hart,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.

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