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CMA Conference

I headed out this morning to exhibit at the Catholic Medical Association Annual Conference in Dallas. I am looking forward to meeting with some of our Mission Doctors who have served in Cameroon, Guatemala and Peru.  I will also will have the opportunity to meet with a former MDA Board member, those who have applied … Continue reading “CMA Conference”


A Tale of Two Patients

Imagine that you are a physician in the United States seeing a man in your office who is concerned that he may be at risk for viral hepatitis. You order a blood test for viral hepatitis which does indeed show the presence of hepatitis B. Your mind immediately turns to the diagnostic and treatment modalities … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Patients”


World Refugee Day

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has posted information and resources for World Refugee Day. You can find them here. USCCB Committee on Migration and Refugee Services: Vision Statement: Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome and belonging. Mission Statement: Grounded by our belief in … Continue reading “World Refugee Day”


Father’s Day

  What do most fathers have in common? One of the gifts I have received in working for Mission Doctors is seeing countless fathers caring for their families around the world. A father in Zimbabwe who walked three hours every other week to be bring the funds for his child’s formula after his wife died … Continue reading “Father’s Day”


Global Day of Parents

In Belize City, Stasha Sheppard works full time and Alex Cain cares for their daughter and son. Strong, nurturing bonds with primary caregivers and an environment of stable and supportive relationships are essential for healthy child development. UNICEF/LeMoyne The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year, and honors parents throughout … Continue reading “Global Day of Parents”


Feast of Corpus Christi

The Catechism tells us that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The Solemnity of Corpus Christi fills me with joy.  I have memories as a child of processions with the Monstrance held high as everyone followed the priest, hands folded.  The Eucharist has always been my deepest devotion and as … Continue reading “Feast of Corpus Christi”


Trinity Sunday

(Deuteronomy 4:32-34; Romans 8: 14-17; Matthew 28: 16-20) Trinity Sunday-a day in which we celebrate God- which may sound odd for as Christians we are called to celebrate God daily. So why a special celebration? The early Church had a very clear sense of the divinity of Jesus, the reality of the Father and a … Continue reading “Trinity Sunday”


Pentecost Sunday

[Readings: Acts 2:1-11; I Cor. 12:3-7; 12-13; John 20: 19-23] Today is Pentecost and the Acts of the Apostles tells us about the beginning of the Church. Rather than a heroic and stalwart group making a strategic plan to evangelize the world, we see a group of believers, quaking in fear, worried about the Jewish … Continue reading “Pentecost Sunday”


Of Numbers and Faces

Today is World Malaria Day with it’s World Health Organization theme “Ready to Beat Malaria” and the fight against malaria seems to be at a crossroad of sorts in this campaign to control and eliminate the disease. In 2016, 91 countries reported a total of 216 million cases of malaria with 445,000 deaths; two-thirds of … Continue reading “Of Numbers and Faces”


Discernment Weekend

I am often asked what is involved with the Discernment weekends for those thinking about going on a long-term mission with MDA. First – it is held at the Mission House in Los Angeles, the location of the four month formation program. I think having time to see the location, stay over a few nights, and … Continue reading “Discernment Weekend”