The John Bradburne Memorial Society
John Bradburne cared for leprosy patients in Zimbabwe until his murder in 1979. Since then people have been praying through him & miracles have occurred. He is now on his way to Sainthood.
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The John Bradburne Memorial was founded as a charity in 1995 in order to help support Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre in Zimbabwe, in memory of John Bradburne's dedicated life and work there as warden.
After many years of travelling and searching, he found the place that God wanted him to be, living alongside men and women suffering from leprosy. A place he helped transform into a community of peace, joy and love.
John had three wishes:
1) To serve leprosy patients
2) To die a martyr
3) To be buried in the habit of St Francis.
Since John's murder in 1979, word of his life has spread around the world and miracles have occurred in association with his name. Now forty years on John is perhaps more alive than ever before.
Pilgrims flock in their thousands to Zimbabwe, as they came, a call was slowly heard for the Church to recognise John in a more official way. John's own wish was for people to "Pray for my sanctification because it would encourage so many souls if such a wreckage might come to canonisation." In death as in life, he wanted recognition, not for his own sake, but for others.
The campaign for John's beatification is well underway and we hope that it will conclude with John being recognised as a Saint.
Prayer from the community
Prayer to John
Dear John You allowed your life to be guided by the Holy Spirit and by Mary Your Queen and Mother, and with great generosity, you searched unceasingly for God's will and love. In so doing you pleased Him. We, therefore, ask a favour through your intercession, From the Most Holy Trinity, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit For whom you laid down your life that Not our will but His be done, Amen
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