At this time the Brothers were dressing in a ‘habit’ that was really a normal style of dress for the period. This enabled imposters to collect alms [donations] in the name of the Brothers. So they decided to ask Pope Pius V to recognise their fraternity as a religious institute and, amongst other privileges, to allow them to wear a monastic scapular.
This year we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God, the founding organisation of SJOG.
This anniversary exhibition of the Order provides a snapshot of its history since its inception in 1572 and the expansion from its origins in Spain to over 50 countries throughout the world.
We then focus on its work in England that started in 1880 which provides the foundations of SJOG as we know it today.