Bringing peace, joy and love to the patients of Mutemwa
Bringing hope & love for 50 years
Helping to fight Leprosy
Family in Mutemwa Leprosy Centre
John Bradburne at Mutemwa - 1975
The John Bradburne Memorial Society
The John Bradburne Memorial Society was founded as a charity in England in 1995 in order to help support Mutemwa Care Centre in Zimbabwe. It was set up in honour of it’s late warden, John Bradburne who spent the last 10 years of his life from 1969 -1979 caring for the leprosy patients of Mutemwa.
The society continues to support the Mutemwa Care Centre, whilst also spreading information about Bradburne’s saintly life and life prolific writings. JBMS produces two newsletters a year in the summer and winter to a board membership with the UK and the rest of the world.
The donations we raise go towards the basic running expenses, salaries of workers, additional food and medication required by the Mutemwa community. Brother Raymond who is lay Franciscan is the administrator for Mutemwa, whilst Father Linous is in charge of the spiritual well being of the entire community at Mutemwa.
The Mutemwa Care Centre is home to patients with mixed illnesses ranging from leprosy, aids, epilepsy and other physical and mental disabilities.
The whole region in this part of Zimbabwe uses and refers to the clinic Mutemwa. The Mutemwa Care Centre provides healthcare needs for men, women and children.
JBMS pays for three permanent healthcare professionals at Mutemwa and the Zimbabwean Government provides an additional two nurses to assist them. They see approximately 130 people a week at the clinic.
John Bradburne (1921–1979) lived an extraordinary life. He was a reluctant hero of the Second World War, a pilgrim and a hermit, a poet and a musician, a joker and a mystic, and a theologian.
After many years travelling and searching, he found the place that God wanted him to be – living alongside men and women suffering with leprosy in Mutemwa, Zimbabwe, a place he helped transform into a community of peace, joy and love.