Catholic Dictionary

Alexian Brothers

A religious congregation of Brothers dating from an association of pious laymen founded in Belgium in 1365 by Brother Tobias to care for the victims of the Black Death. They took St. Alexis as their patron. The Alexian Brothers (C.F.A.) are dedicated to all aspects of health care, such as nursing and pastoral care; in the U.S., they operate a variety of facilities, including hospitals, life care centers, and a residential home for persons with AIDS.

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