Catholic religious brother dies of Ebola in Liberia [CNA]

#1, Liberia, Aug 5, 2014 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital director passed away Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus.

Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God for 23 years. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, just two weeks after testing negative for the illness.

So far the Ebola virus has killed nearly 900 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has no vaccine and no specific treatment. The virus is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids of infected persons. This outbreak has a fatality rate of around 60 percent, according to reports.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia is closed, as five other religious brothers with the virus have been quarantined, including two members of the Order of Saint John of God and three Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. The hospital’s administrator, originally from Ghana, also remains under observation.

According to the Madrid-based Juan Ciudad Foundation, which is connected with the Hospitaller order, only officials from the Ministry of Health are being allowed access to the hospital. So far they have preferred to avoid contact with those who are sick with the virus.

The superior general of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God, Father Jesus Etayo, called for more prayer for the sick and expressed thanks for the help received from NGOs.

The Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God was founded in Spain in the 16th century by John Ciudad, later known as St. John of God. The order cares for the poor, sick, homeless and dying. It operates in more than 50 countries, the order’s U.S. website says.

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Eternal rest grant him o Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
through the mercy of God,
Rest in peace.

From the Beatitudes:
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.”


Praying for the repose of his soul.


These people who are going out there to help have my upmost respect.


Lord, have mercy on his soul, and give comfort to his family and loved ones.



Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


I had not heard of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. Here is a bit of information, from the order’s website:

The Brothers profess the three vows of religion that are traditional within the Church: poverty, chastity and obedience. To these they added the fourth vow of Hospitality. By this fourth Vow they give their lives over to the service of the poor and broken in society, just as Saint John of God had done before them.

"When He called us to be Hospitaller Brothers of Saint John of God, God chose us to form a community of apostolic life and so it is our desire to live our mission in communion with one another, the love of God and our neighbour. We feel we are all Brothers of humankind and we dedicate ourselves chiefly to the service of the weak and the sick.

And here is a photo of Br. Patrick Nshamdze, who was also a physician, taken from the hospital’s website:


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