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”


There is one thing every one of us have in common and we even have this in common with Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you are living in Pennsylvania or Peru, if you are 9 or 90.  We all have mothers. Some of us have already said our final ‘good bye’ on this earth to … Continue reading “Mothers”

You were there for Alex

We recently heard from this young married couple, Mission Doctors, Shantha Parameswaran and Andrew Luckett who are serving on the Napo River of Peru at Santa Clotilde.  They shared this story about about young, Alex. “11 years old Alex* has been here since we got here with giant pneumonia and fluid collection in his lungs. Instead of sending him to … Continue reading “You were there for Alex”

Peace be with you!

Today’s Gospel reading is the story of the Risen Lord appearing to the Apostles in a locked room. Imagine their surprise when Jesus appears, greets them with “Peace be with you!” and allows Thomas to touch Jesus’ wounds in order to prove that He is not just a mirage. A perfect reading to reflect upon … Continue reading “Peace be with you!”


We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our Song! St. Augustine may never have actually used these exact words, but he preached often about Easter and the Easter Alleluia. He said that it is our defining song, the song that we will sing forever in paradise! And it is a song that our lives … Continue reading “Alleluia”


Easter has finally come after our time of Lent; a time for celebration. The liturgy of Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday evening) expresses this celebratory attitude in abundance with rich symbolism, rituals, and Scripture readings which remind us of God’s saving action through history and the Resurrection. A culmination of our Lenten journey and now there … Continue reading “Hope”