John of God
Healer and medium John of God (João Teixeira de Faria) welcomes thousands of visitors each year to his center, the Casa de Dom Inácio, in Brazil. John of God was born in 1942 in the village of Cachoeira da Fumaca and experienced a difficult childhood, leaving school after only two years to apprentice in his father’s tailor shop in order to help support his struggling family. As a teenager traveling the country looking for work, he followed a vision and found himself at the Spiritist Center of Christ the Redeemer near Campo Grande, Mato Grosso. It was here that João had his first experiences as a medium.
Unable to understand the witnesses that claimed he had been incorporated by a spirit and had performed more than fifty healings when he passed out one day, John of God sought protection from the director of the center as his experiences as a spirit medium began to unfold. After an intense period of spiritual instruction and guidance from the spiritual entities that incorporate in his body, he gave himself over to his experience of healing and serving others, practicing his healing work discretely and occasionally suffering persecution or imprisonment for it.
John of God eventually found protection in the army, where he became a tailor as well as a favorite spiritual healer for military and civil authorities after healing an injured military doctor. He later became a successful businessman, which allows him to operate a healing center called the Casa de Dom Inácio in Abadiânia, Brazil, where anyone can be seen for no cost. Three days a week, John of God receives visitors from all over the world for healing sessions during which he allows “spirit doctors” to take over his body to administer physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Described as “an immaculate example of generosity and charity...[who] gives to those in need without strings and with such grace,” John of God is committed to being a conduit of love and healing for anyone who needs it.
Photo by Candé Salles