Great nativity scene of Mental Hospital “Casa de Saúde de S. João de Deus – Funchal”
This Mental Hospital is one of the 300 the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God runs all over the world. It was found in 1922 and received the first 40 patients in 1924. Today about 300 patients are cared by the Brothers of St. John of God, their co-workers, and receive a lot of support from Volunteers, Benefactors and Friends. In Christmas time cribs were always made in all units of the hospital. In 1968 Brother Manuel Pimenta started the tradition of the Monumental Cribs of big dimension with dozens of biblical scenes in wide spaces. Thousands of visitors came every Christmas from all over the Island. Children and adults stop here and there amazed staring at the many scenes inspired in biblical recits of Jesus Christ’s Birth 2000 years ago leaving their gifts to Child Jesus and to the patients.
This time a group of Co-workers, Patients and Benefactors decided to rehearsal a still greater Christmas Crib for all the visitors to contemplate.
The Brothers of St. John of God, Co-workers, Patients and Houses’ Volunteer welcome you and all to visit it; We wish you and your Family a very Blessing Christmas 2011 and a New Year 2012 full of God’s graces.
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