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Dr. Paul R. Ahr, President & CEO of Camillus House

Retirement speech by Dr. Paul Ahr at Camillus House’s 2014 “Hope for All” Gala

At the 2014 "Hope for All" Gala, President & CEO Dr. Paul R. Ahr addressed the attendees, thanking the those who have helped him with his decade long career at Camillus House.

Remarks from End Homelessness Now Press Conference

A press conference was held at Camillus House on Thursday, July 17, 2014 to announce that Camillus is receiving $700,000 to provide safe shelter to 100 more persons who are homeless in Miami at the charity’s Wells Fargo Courtyard Program. 

Remarks from Healthy Minds, Healthy Business Panel Discussion

Why Good Community Mental Health is Good for the Bottom Line

Sights and insights along the way

Later this month I will begin my 11th year as Camillus House’s President and CEO.  I have learned many things during this journey, and hope that I have shared them in a manner that made them interesting and thought-provoking to you. 

 In the footsteps of pilgrims.

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage itself was filled with companionship, curiosity and challenges.  Especially on the arduous stretches, I reflected on the physical and emotional challenges being suffered by others. 

Steps to the Footsteps

Truth be told, I did not relish the thought of walking the equivalent of 75 miles across Northern Spain last September.  To me, it was an idea cooked up by my wife and her cousins, who are regular and enthusiastic hikers.  For them it would be a “walk in the park.”

In the footsteps of St. John of God

The last decade on the 15th century was a time of great transition on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula.  By 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had secured Spain as a Christian country and in that year commissioned Christopher Columbus’ voyage that carried him to the area that would be called the Americas.

 In the footsteps of martyrs

In our Faith tradition, the prospect of “walking in the footsteps” of persons universally recognized for their holiness is a privilege, and a motivating force in the visitation to holy sites around the world.

In the footsteps of Brother Mathias

On January 19, 2015, the Congregation of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd founded by Brother Mathias Barrett, BGS 64 years earlier will "fuse with" the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, a strategy employed by many contemporary religious congregations to adjust to declining vocations.  Read More

Walking humbly with God

 Early in 2012, I participated in the Celebration of the Human Spirit event at Barry University, where I was presented the Barry Faith and Freedom Award.  The theme of this event is drawn from Micah 6:8:  "This is what God asks of you, only this - to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God." Read More

Visit with the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God

Last month my wife Pat and I visited sites and facilites special to the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God in Southern Spain. Read More

Providing a way into the system

The actions by the city of Miami and the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust to fund additional beds for persons who are homeless are much needed and welcome developments, particularly to those who seek shelter under overpasses or building canopies or doorways night after night. Read more

To live purposively

This Lent we have reflected on Pat Forde's painting, Through the Heart of Camillus. This painting depicts the healing action of Camillus occurring as the dark and broken hearts are touched by the Hand of CamillusRead more

To lift the burdens of others

All humanity must obtain a livelihood by sweat of the brow and bodily exertion, at the same time seeking to lift the burden of others, striving to be the source of comfort to souls and facilitating the means of living. This in itself is devotion to God.  —'Abdu'l-Bahá (1844–1921) Read more

Love, friendship and loyalty

Those who attended our 2012 ISPA Graduation at the Greater Bethel AME Church got to witness the end of an era of Camillus clinical leadership. Read more

To love sincerely

Two years ago, I wrote that the original Camillus House felt to me like a “thin-place” as described by Canadian writer Molly Wolf. Read more

To labor productively

At 2 o'clock EST February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned as the successor to St. Peter. He leaves our Catholic community and the world many writings published as a Professor, Prelate and Pope. Read more

To learn intentionally

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice asks the Cheshire Cat: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. Read more

The Completion of a Cycle

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the ninth series of our Letters to Camillus. Being the last of the simple numbers, nine symbolizes for some the completion of a cycle. I find this fitting, since by the end of Lent 2013, we will see the completion of construction of Phases I and II of our Norwegian Cruise Line Campus. Read more

“Auditorium” means a place for hearing

One of the delightful design features of the new Camillus House campus is a 124-seat state-of-the-art auditorium, situated on the second floor of the John S. & James L. Knight Executive Office BuildingRead more


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Serving the South Florida community since 1960, Camillus House is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless.