St. John of God Fundraising Alliance
On November 29, 2019, the Curia of the Portuguese Province hosted a meeting of the "St. John of God Fundraising Alliance". The agenda focused on twinnings between Centres of the Order, on how the Order should act in emergencies and disasters (cf. Declarations of the 69th General Chapter, 7.3.1), and on the task of the Foundations and NGOs in the Alliance to raise ecological-environmental awareness in the countries where they are located and also in the least favoured ones. The day began with the celebration of Mass, followed by addresses of welcome by the Provincial Superior of Portugal, Brother Vitor Lameiras, and the Superior and Provincial Councillor, Brother Irineu Gouveia. The Alliance members briefed each other on their activities and projects, and updated them on developments since their last meeting in June.
The following members attended the Lisbon meeting: Brother Pascal Ahodegnon, Brother Vincent Kochamkunnel (General Councillors) and Brother Ángel López Martín as the Director of the Missions and International Cooperation Office (General Curia), Mr John Fleming and Mr David Heyer of the St John of God Development Company (Netherlands), Mr Gonzalo Sales Genoves of Juan Ciudad (Spain), Mrs Monica Angeletti, Mrs Alessandra Ricci and Mr Mario Campone of AFMAL (Italy), Brother Alain Samuel and Mrs De Polignac of the Association d'Aide aux Jeunes Infirmes (France) and Mrs Charlotte de Kervenoael for the Province French, Mrs Margarida Lopes Silva and Mrs Rui Ferreira Amaral of the Fundação S. João de Deus (Portugal).