Mission Doctors Association is the only organization in the United States that exclusively trains, sends and supports Catholic doctors and their families to serve people of all faiths at mission hospitals and clinics around the world.
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Mission Doctors in the News
Catholic doctor family trades Connecticut for Ghana
“Ever since her high school years, Robyn Jennings had dreamed of being a missionary.
“I was just trying to figure out in what capacity,” recalled the married mother of two. “One of my professors in college encouraged me to think about medicine. So that was the plan all along.” Click here to read this article.
Meet the ‘nun with the gun’ honored at the 2019 White Mass
“Sister Deirdre “Dede” Mary Byrne plays down the three-part description she’s often tagged with: soldier, surgeon, and sister…
The sister of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was honored by the Mission Doctors Association Oct. 13 at the annual Mass for Healthcare Professionals — better known as the “White Mass” — at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Click here to read this article.
A call to Catholic mission work brought this doctor to Peru
“According to physician Brian Medernach, Catholic doctors have a responsibility to live out the gospel through their work in health care.
For Medernach and his wife, Antoinette Lullo, living out the gospel involved traveling to rural Peru, where they lived and worked as physicians at Santa Clotilde, a mission on the Napo River in the very northeast of the country. According to a blog they kept while living there, Click here to read this article.
Doctors on mission serve poor in global peripheries
“We need help!” He thought they would ask for funds. Instead, they asked for people. Monsignor Anthony Brouwers, as the Director of the Propagation of the Faith in Los Angeles, traveled to Nigeria in 1954 for a Marian Conference. He wanted to offer the Archdioceses’ support to local clergy, so he set out across the continent. What he found surprised him! Click here to read this article.
Mission Doctors Association strives to heed Christ’s call to heal the sick
Andrea told me that she woke up with a terrible headache. She had headaches in the past, but she knew this could be dangerous. Andrea was 31 weeks pregnant with her first baby and trusting her instincts, she traveled 4 hours by boat to Centro de Salude Santa Clotilde. We are located in an isolated area on the Napo River in the far north Amazon region of rural Peru. This small hospital here delivers babies, treats injuries and illnesses, and reaches out to the many outstations that are a part of our work, and this extends to over 20,000 people up and down the river. Click here to read this article.
Catholic Mission Doctors
Elise Frederick, Executive Director of Mission Doctors Association sits down with Chris White to share a little about Mission Doctors Association. Click here to watch this video.
2018 Christian Service Award Mass Honorees
More than seventy students, teachers and principals were recognized at this year’s Christian Service Awards Mass presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on March 20. The ceremony also recognized four high school recipients of the Pope Francis Scholarship. The scholarship was sponsored by the Mission Doctors Association. Click here to read this article.
Druffners Recognized for Mission Work
Mission Doctors Association presented Hudson residents Dr. Mark Druffner and his wife, Molly Druffner, with the Msgr. Anthony Brouwers Award Feb. 24 at the Annual Heart for the World Gala at the City Club, Los Angeles. The award is in recognition of their faith and service in rural Tanzania over many years. Click here to read this article.
Catholic Doctor Of The Year offers ‘healing component’ to health ministry
As a Catholic doctor of anatomic and clinical pathology for nearly four decades, Gary Pontrelli has had many opportunities to proclaim his faith in his practice. And so he does — but not by preaching. Click here to read this article.
Local Physician Honored As Catholic Doctor Of The Year
The 2016 Catholic Doctor of the Year, Gina Lawson, D.O., a hospitalist with more than 25 years’ experience in hospital care, received the Making a Difference Award from Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Tom Liautaud, president, Mission Doctors’ Board of Directors. Click here to read this article.
Annual Mass Honors High School Seniors and Teachers for Outstanding Community Service
The Angelus, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles shared the presentation of the Mission Doctor’s 2017 Pope Francis Scholarship at the Christian Service Awards Mass. Click here to read this article.
The Gifts of Giving: Dr. Louis Coda and Family
Drexel University, College of Medicine Alumni Magazine shared the story of alumni and Mission Doctors Lou Coda and his daughter Clare Coda. Click here to read this article.
Doctor thrives on Missionary Duty
The Catholic Courier, Diocese of Rochester Newspaper interviewed short- term Mission Doctor, Ellen Dailor about her faith-filled service in Cameroon. Click here to read this article.
Waynesboro Parishioners Recognized for Mission Work in Africa, Papua New Guinea
The Catholic Witness, Diocese of Harrisburg Newspaper shared the story of the service of Dr. Lou and Mrs. Marty Coda and the 2016 Msgr. Anthony Brouwers Award. Click here to read this article.
Busted Halo, Radio Show
Executive Director, Elise Frederick was interviewed on the Busted Halo Radio show on April 5, 2016. “Elise Frederick, Executive Director of Mission Doctors Association tells us how we can get involved in helping the organization, even if you are not a nurse or doctor.”
Local firefighter paramedic and missionary doctors honored at White Mass at the Cathedral
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, newspaper, The Tidings covered the 2015 White Mass Celebration. White Mass celebrates, honors and thanks doctors, nurses and other health care professionals
White Mass: Celebrating ‘a noble calling’
Catholic physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals from across the archdiocese attended the White Mass to hear a special message and receive a blessing from Archbishop José Gomez, who presided at the White Mass, which honors both everyday and exceptional contributions in healthcare.
Archbishop Gomez to Celebrate First White Mass for Health Care Professionals at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Mission Doctors Association will host the annual White Mass inrecognition of Catholic health care professionals, for the first time at the Cathedral of Our Lady of theAngels on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Archbishop José H. Gomez willbe the principal celebrant.
Doctors answer God’s call to serve
National Catholic Reporter shares the story of Mission Doctors Association and several of our Mission Doctors as part of their Ministries Special Section.
New Lay Missionaries commissioned for Africa, South America
The Tidings published an article on the commissioning of 2013 class of Mission Doctors and Lay Mission-Helpers for long term service (3 years).
Lay Mission-Helpers, Mission Doctors receive Mission Award
Lay Mission-Helpers Association and Mission Doctors Association Receive Prestigious, National Award for International Mission Work
Mission Doctors Association and Lay Mission-Helpers were honored with the Annual Mission Award at US Catholic Mission Association Conference held in Los Angeles.
El Paso doctor honored for mission work in Honduras
2012 Catholic Doctor of the Year, Dr. Andres Enriquez story is shared in his local paper, the El Paso Times.
Msgr. Brouwers: ‘He was open to the power of the Holy Spirit’ Cancer couldn’t stop Msgr. Brouwers
The Tidings published an article on the 2011 White Mass in Los Angeles, and Mission Doctors Association’s Catholic Doctor of the Year; Dr. Peter Daly.
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Mission Doctors Association Commemorates World AIDS Day
Asking Catholics to mark World AIDS day by sending a Mission Doctor a prayer card. LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2011) – December 1, World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for members of the global community to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed and …
Outstanding Catholic Doctor to be Honored with National Award
“World of Difference” Award to be presented October 16, 2011 LOS ANGELES, CA (September 20, 2011) – Mission Doctors Association will recognize the work of Peter J. Daly, M.D. of St. Paul, MN, as the 2011 Catholic Doctor of the Year, with the “World of Difference Award”, …
National Deadline Extended: Get Your Nomination Forms in Today!
Mission Doctors Association announces the extension of the Nomination deadline for the Catholic Doctor of the Year Award to June 15. Los Angeles, CA (May 13, 2011) – Mission Doctors Association (MDA) has extended the deadline for nominations for the Catholic Doctor of …
Mission Doctors Association Commemorates World Health Day with the One Million Patients Project
Catholics can make a difference for patients around the world, this World Health Day. LOS ANGELES, CA (April 7, 2011) – World Health Day each year provides an opportunity for members of the global community to consider the health and medical needs of people around the …
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2011 Catholic Doctor of the Year Award
Outstanding Catholic Doctor to be honored with Annual “World of Difference” Award LOS ANGELES, CA (March 29, 2011) – Mission Doctors Association (MDA) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Catholic Doctor of the Year. The award recipient will be chosen from …
Dr. Richard and Mrs. Loretta Stoughton to be Honored with First Annual Msgr. Anthony Brouwers Award
Inaugural Msgr. Anthony Brouwers Award to be presented February 6, 2010 LOS ANGELES, CA (January 4, 2010) – Mission Doctors Association will recognize the work of Dr. Richard and Mrs. Loretta Stoughton with the first annual Monsignor Anthony Brouwers Award to be …
Newlyweds Celebrate Christmas in Uganda Serving with Mission Doctors Experiencing the Presence of Christ
Los Angeles, CA (December 14, 2009) – Newlyweds Dr. Mark and Mrs. Sheila Bisanzo will spend Christmas far from their home this year. While their family and friends are buying gifts, trimming trees and making preparations for family gatherings, the Bisanzo’s recognize that …
Catholic Doctors are Making a World of Difference
2008 Retreat / Seminar for Catholic Doctors Interested in International Service LOS ANGELES, CA (DECEMBER 13, 2007) – Mission Doctors Association (MDA) will hold the 2008 Retreat / Seminar for Catholic doctors considering short-term international mission work, March 7 – …
Celebrating & Supporting Mission Doctors
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