Saint John of God He grew up in his parents' middle class home until he was eight years old when, without his parents knowledge, he was taken to Oropesa (Spain) to live at the home of Francis Cid, known as the 'Mayoral'
Saint John Grande Having lost his father at the age of 11, he frequented the local parish church and the sacraments, often praying before Jesus in the Eucharist. The parish priest suggested that he become a priest
Saint Benedict Menni He received his hospitaller vocation while working as a volunteer at Milan’s railway station, and saw the Brothers of St John of God receiving the many war-wounded soldiers returning from the Battle of Magenta in 1859
Saint Richard Pampuri He was the tenth of eleven children, and lost his mother at the age of three and his father at the age of eleven. His sister testified that "Every day, before going to school, he used to visit the church"