The Alexian Brothers established Bonaventure House some years ago as a place of refuge, spiritual care and healing of many sorts for people afflicted with AIDS. Almost 40 people suffering from the disease are under its roof, and many more have been taught how to care for themselves in independent living.
I know that others, both Christian and non-Christian, support many such causes, but it's good, from time to time, to pause and single out particular ones. This one interests me particularly because of the ambiguity such a ministry has created in the minds of many churchpeople.
Bonaventure House honors St. Bonaventura, whose name means "good luck"—an ironic phrase for people who suffer bad health. Certainly, the Alexian Brothers never trusted to luck when they established the place.