World Prematurity Day

Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, before 37 weeks. That is more than 1 in 10 babies. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under age 5 which accounts for approximately 1 million deaths a year. More than 60% of preterm births occur in Africa and South … Continue reading “World Prematurity Day”

They are Sent

I can’t believe 4 months is almost up already! In August, we welcomed two doctors to the Mission House with the 2021 formation program for long-term service. Over the last several months, we have gotten to know Mary Anne and Lucy and they have gotten to know us. Each week they have attended classes in … Continue reading “They are Sent”

Where Saints Come From

Monsignor Anthony Brouwers founded Mission Doctors Association in 1959 to support the work of Catholic Priests and Religious at Catholic mission hospitals in resource-limited countries. Many people have participated in these efforts by MDA over the decades by providing medical care, as well as by prayerfully and financially supporting this work. One of the humbling … Continue reading “Where Saints Come From”

World Mission Sunday

In Pope Francis message for World Mission Sunday, 2021 he offered this prayer: To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters. May his compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples. May … Continue reading “World Mission Sunday”

Patroness of Missionaries

The Church has both a patron and a patroness of missionaries. Saint Therese of Lisieux1,2, Patroness of all Missionaries and the Missions, Patroness of France, and Doctor of the Church, is recognized by the Church for her work in mission, although she lived as a cloistered Carmelite during her short life and never went on … Continue reading “Patroness of Missionaries”

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”