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Just What the Doctor Ordered
Top Vatican Prelate to Address 2011 Healthcare Conference
Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, will host its 7th annual "Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality" Conference on May 4-5. The Vatican's top prelate on healthcare will speak.
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Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, will be the conference's keynote speaker. On May 4, he will address the topic "Human Suffering: Its Significance and Meaning for Patients." His topic on May 5 will be "The Church's Pastoral Care for the Sick and the Ethical Responsibility of Healthcare Professionals."
Archbishop Zimowski is the author of 120 publications and helped prepare the Catechism of the Catholic Church for publication. He served for eight years as Bishop of Radom, Poland, and before that for nearly 20 years under then- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The apostolate also plans to honor its 10th Anniversary on Sept. 11, 2011. The apostolate's birth came from the 9/11 tragedy. When catastrophic injury nurse Marie Romagnano, RN, of Charlton, Mass., watched on TV as the second plane hit the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, she immediately mobilized her network of nurses to help. She also notified the Red Cross of her team's plans to go to New York City. Before they could leave, though, the Red Cross informed her that they were not needed since there were so few survivors.
There was nothing Marie could do to help in the face of one of the nation's worst disasters. The more she thought about it the more she realized that to help the victims of such disasters, she had to become a spiritual nurse for souls whom only God could help — applying the elements of The Divine Mercy message, especially praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.
As a way to continue to address the spiritual needs of patients, Marie founded Nurses for Divine Mercy, which trains primarily nurses in the spiritual care of their patients through The Divine Mercy message and devotion. Nurses for Divine Mercy, by incorporating physicians and allied healthcare professionals, has now become Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy.
During the last nine years, Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy has grown to sponsor its annual conference with professional continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, and social workers; published a manual for nurses written by Marie, Nursing with the Hands of Jesus: A Guide to Nurses for Divine Mercy, with CEUs for nurses; and has given annual retreats led by the Marians that spiritually fortify healthcare professionals in their healing vocation.
In addition to Archbishop Zimowski as keynote speaker of the 2011 conference, the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, Mass., will head the panel and participate.
• The GALA WELCOME BANQUET will be held May 4 for Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski.
• An INTERNATIONAL BUFFET will be held at 6:15-7:15 p.m. immediately following the conference. Reservations for the buffet must be reserved at the time of registration. You can register now.