“…we are facing a global health emergency that is like nothing we have seen in our lifetimes. But our hope is in the Lord and we know that he will give us his grace and mercy in our time of need.” -Archbishop José H. Gomez Archdiocese of Los Angeles President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops … Continue reading “Coronavirus”

Formation Class Begins!

The beginning of the formation class for the long-term Mission Doctors is an exciting time.  It is also a busy time, a time to ensure that we have all our t’s crossed and i’s dotted. As the doctors begin a time to slow down, they are at the same time looking forward, anxious to learn … Continue reading “Formation Class Begins!”

World Humanitarian Day

When preparing to write this I had some initial thoughts, but I always like to start with the definition – adjective: humanitarian 1. concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare. And then asking why is this day celebrated? Designated by the United Nations General Assembly, this day has been set to honor and respect … Continue reading “World Humanitarian Day”

Mission Co-op

This is the ‘Missionary Cooperative Plan’ that is organized by the office of the Propagation of the Faith in every (Arch)Diocese in the United States. Most of us know that during the summer we may have a priest from Africa, or a religious Sister from Latin America join us for all the Masses to speak … Continue reading “Mission Co-op”

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

The hour-long van drive from our housing in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to the 1 million Rohingya refugee camp was always filled with a bit of angst on what we would be able to do that day in our makeshift “medical clinic” made of lashed bamboo, dirt floors, generous use of canvas tent material and hard … Continue reading “The Hands and Feet of Jesus”

I am so excited to be sharing good news today. Two doctors have applied and been accepted to join the Formation Class for long-term (3 years) service starting in late August! These doctors will be with us for the four-month formation and then, plan to begin their three-year assignments in early 2022.  That is in addition to the Mission Doctors … Continue reading “”

Unites Us

The Feast of Corpus Christi has always meant a great deal to me. Celebrating the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is an opportunity to not only express our tremendous gratitude to God but to also recognize what unites us as Catholics. It has been my privilege to receive the Eucharist in a Village Church … Continue reading “Unites Us”

From Fear to Love in Action

READINGS: ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 2: 1-11; I COR. 12: 3b-7, 12-13; JOHN 20:19-23. Pentecost is often celebrated as the ‘birthday of the Church’ which is true but only a partial recognition of what this day is about. We hear in today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles about the Pentecost event when early … Continue reading “From Fear to Love in Action”

True Examples of God’s Love

“God’s Providence is in all things, it’s always present.” — Saint Gianna Beretta Molla On this Mother’s Day, there does not seem to be a more fitting woman for our staff, board members, and Mission Doctors to look to than Saint Gianna Bereta Molla, the patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children. According to … Continue reading “True Examples of God’s Love”

Not Covid, Malaria

It was becoming normal for me- a patient presenting with fever, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue.  “Let’s send them to the lab to get tested, and then I’ll see them in the clinic,” I said to the nurses several times per day.  I was learning more every day about this infection, which affected so many … Continue reading “Not Covid, Malaria”

Divine Mercy

This is Divine Mercy Sunday, yet God’s Mercy may seem intangible to us. How it is that His Mercy for us need only be requested? Saint Faustina Kowalska recorded Christ’s apparitions to her and noted that “God’s loving mercy” towards all people was especially for sinners.” The two main themes of the devotion are to … Continue reading “Divine Mercy”