“An opportunity to recognize and honor a Catholic Doctor whose work is a reflection of their faith, whether to their own community or around the world.” Today Catholic doctors face many challenges as they strive to meet the needs of their patients in the context of their own faith and calling. Many go well beyond the roll and responsibilities of their profession, offering care that truly reflects the love of God. For some this is obvious in their own practice, for others this takes the form of volunteering in their community or mission work that may be domestic or international. Their exemplary actions bear witness to the highest values of the Catholic doctor.
Mission Doctors Association will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 Catholic Doctor of the Year in January 2017. The award recipient will be chosen from nominations received from around the country and honored following the annual Archdiocese of Los Angeles White Mass. This is an opportunity for patients, colleagues, friends and family members to recognize an outstanding Catholic doctor.
The 2016 honoree, Dr. Gina Elizabeth Lawson, from Smithfield, MO will receive the award, October 23 at the White Mass for Healthcare Professionals at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angeles in Los Angeles. Dr. Lawson was selected for her faith filled service and dedication to the community.
To submit the name of a qualified doctor(s) for consideration fill out an application form online or download and complete an application and send it to Mission Doctors. All forms are due by August 1st, by mail or fax.
The 2015 Award provided a unique opportunity to recognize not one but two doctors who are also Priests. Together they have served the poor for 30 years on the Napo River at Santa Clotilde Mission in Peru. Fr. Jack McCarthy, MD and Fr. Maurice Schroeder, MD were presented the 2015 Catholic Doctor of the Year Award. “It was truly our great honor to celebrate their work, to recognize their commitment as they have been a witness to God’s love caring for both the spiritual and physical needs of the 20,000 people served by Santa Clotilde Mission” noted Tom Liautaud, President of Mission Doctors Board of Directors. “These remarkable and humble men exemplify not only the best of their profession but of all people of faith”
The annual award is given in recognition of the efforts of a doctor who has responded to Christ’s call to “Heal the Sick”, as a member of our Catholic faith community and in doing so has made a World of Difference.