We honor saints in health care as examples of those who loved God passionately and served him wholeheartedly.
As Catholic Health care professionals we struggle to maintain a faithful sense of balance and integrity in our work. Through perseverance they embraced the Gospel without compromise and lived heroic lives. Their stories give witness to the life of faith, leaving a rich legacy for future generations. We especially ask these Saints to help us as we strive to become saints ourselves, and as we serve others in health care.
Ora pro nobis!
St. Gianna Beretta Molla
It is easy to see why this woman would be the patron of Curatio. All other mothers canonized by the Church had grown children and entered the religious life after being widowed; Gianna died shortly after the birth of her fourth child after only seven years of marriage. She was not only a mother, but a working mother; not only a working mother, but a pediatrician. Her life, and her death, was an exercise in prayer and heroic virtue. http://www.saintgianna.org/
Pope John Paul II
Pope Saint John Paul II: Central to Pope Saint John Paul II’s vision and teaching was the need to re-evangelize our culture and to restore Christianity in cultures where Christ was once known. Through numerous encyclicals’ and key writings Venerable John Paul II unfolded for our modern times and specifically for us in healthcare the beauty and dignity of the human person. A few of his encyclicals are; “Veritatis Splendor” or “The Splendor of Truth,” written August 6, 1993, which explored fundamental questions of the Church’s moral teaching, and “Evangelium Vitae,” or “The Gospel of Life,” written March 25 , 1995, which was on the value and inviolability of human life. Click here for more on his writings.
Pope St. John Paul II also established the Pontifical Commission for the “Apostolate of Healthcare workers” on Feb. 11, 1985, and from that initiative arose a magisterial document 10 years later, entitled the “Charter for Health Care Workers,” which restores an “authentic humanization” to modern healthcare. The charter speaks directly to health care workers to lift their sagging spirits as the Charter articulates that both the “work” of caring for the sick and the human person have an exalted meaning. Learn More
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