Rene Stockman is the superior general of the Brothers of Charity, a community that features hospitality as part of its charism. He defines hospitality as the sharing of our private space that allows strangers to be accepted despite their differences. He cites the philosopher Karl Barth’s discussion of hospitality and the four steps Barth recommends to cultivate it. Of the all the obstacles to hospitality, Stockman identifies individualism as the greatest. The antidote is to see God in and love our neighbor. The Brothers of Charity care for persons who are poor, sick, or who have disabilities by creating safe homes for them. They also educate refugees within refugee camps. As Stockman writes, “Making a stand against discrimination can best be achieved through offering very specific examples of hospitality toward these oppressed groups.”
"Brothers of Charity: Hospitality as a Community of Brothers,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 33
, Article 7.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol33/iss1/7