Born too Soon

Today is World Prematurity Day with it’s theme this year of “Born too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.2”   Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide and is a cause of multiple health problems in these infants.1 More than … Continue reading “Born too Soon”

World Pneumonia Day

Today is World Pneumonia Day. While some of us have had family members who were quite ill or died of pneumonia, the memories for many of us of pneumonia in ourselves or in family members is that of a respiratory illness which required a trip to our doctor and a prescription for antibiotics which cured … Continue reading “World Pneumonia Day”

What is the Date??

The year is 1900 and the country is the United States. A man walks into his doctor’s office complaining of a persistent cough with fever, chills, night sweats, and weight loss. After an examination, the doctor informs the man that he has tuberculosis. Unfortunately, effective antibiotics to treat his illness will not be discovered for … Continue reading “What is the Date??”

Baptized and Sent

Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission 100 years ago, Pope Benedict XV released the encyclical Maximum Illud, which called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We … Continue reading “Baptized and Sent”

Women Humanitarians

When looking at the World Humanitarian Day 2019 theme of #WomenHumanitarians my thought first jumped to the countless Religious Sisters working in hospitals and clinics around the world with whom Mission Doctors have partnered for 60 years. Physicians, midwives, nurses, instructors, administrators; the countless Religious Women who work tirelessly to provide care.  According to the … Continue reading “Women Humanitarians”


Today is July 4th, a day we here in the United States celebrate our history, our independence, and our freedom.  As we gather with family and friends, let us also remember thousands of our sisters and brothers are at our southern border who also seek these freedoms today. PROVERBS Chapter 31: 8-9 Open your mouth on behalf of … Continue reading “Freedom”

I Met a Father Once

I met a father once at a mission hospital in Africa. Unfortunately, I met him after he had traveled for hours to bring his wife to the hospital because of complications with her labor and delivery. Despite his efforts, and as tragically occurs so much more commonly in resource-limited countries, his wife died en route … Continue reading “I Met a Father Once”

Trinity Sunday

Readings: Proverbs 8:22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16: 12-15 Today is Trinity Sunday- the day which celebrates how revelation has taught us who God is and how God’s activity for creation has been evident throughout history. Trinity- ‘oh my God, say many priests on this day- what can be said aside from the fact that ‘Trinity … Continue reading “Trinity Sunday”


Acts 2:1-11; I Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20: 19-23. Imagine that we wanted to begin a business or start a non-profit or a social club. What would we do to realize this dream? Most likely, being practical minded Americans, we would draft a plan which lists ideas, possibilities, contacts and goals. Planning and efficiency would … Continue reading “Pentecost”