It is true for people living and serving in their own communities, as it is for those who travel to distant countries – we must follow the example of Jesus, who came into the world as a child to lead us to live lives of service. How we do this in the present time, must … Continue reading “Listening”

Second Sunday of Advent

(Baruch 5: 1-9; Phil. 1:4-8, 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6) The Second Sunday of Advent has come upon us- how time flies- and we are introduced in the Gospel of Luke to John the Baptist, preaching in the desert. Now often John comes across not as the saintly precursor to Jesus but as a strange, grouchy … Continue reading “Second Sunday of Advent”

More than numbers…

Approximately 77 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic. Today, there are approximately 36.9 million people currently living with HIV, and tens of millions of people have died of AIDS-related causes since the beginning of the epidemic. While these are staggering numbers, there are some reasons for optimism. ·        940,000 people … Continue reading “More than numbers…”


Daniela traveled over an hour by bus, through the Andean highlands of Ecuador. Taking time away from family, children, and grandchildren, and even the $2 round trip bus fare was a strain, yet she felt she should not wait any longer to see a doctor. She made her way to the Hospital del Dia Virgen … Continue reading “Daniela”

You are the good news!

This summer was filled with a great deal of news from every corner-tragic news in the world, divisive news in our country. And, in our Church, our haven of hope, the news has been, at times, overwhelming. Archbishop Gomez called this the “summer of sorrow for the Catholic Church in this country” When I turn on the news I can … Continue reading “You are the good news!”

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”