U of R Welcome Back Mass

Please join us this Sunday (8/25) for 10:30am Mass at the Interfaith Chapel at U of R!

A picnic, co-sponsored by the Newman Community and the Guild, will immediately follow Mass.

This is a great opportunity to share worship, fellowship, and food with U of R students (undergrad, medical, and graduate), faculty, staff, local physicians and the community at large.

Theology of the Body Event at St. Bernard’s!

From Dr. Kuhner

I am excited to invite you to a unique event for teens and parents on the topic of Theology of the Body and Fertility Awareness, taking place at Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry! Recognizing the ever-increasing challenges posed by cultural trends, a highly qualified team of medical professionals and catechetical leaders will provide an evening of education and discussion, firmly grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church, that will explore the significance of our sexuality within God’s plan and what it means to live free and healthy lives with regard to our sexuality and fertility.

WhatFully Alive! Health and Freedom: Understanding the Body. An Introduction to Theology of the Body, Health and Fertility Awareness

Who: Fr. Peter Van Lieshout (Pastor, St. Peter’s Parish)

Mrs. Rebecca Mitrousis (Youth Minister, Church of the Holy Spirit, Penfield)

Mr. David Klosterman (Catholic School Teacher)

Dr. Angela Kristan (University of Rochester Medical Center)

Mrs. Anne Olek, (Family Nurse Practitioner and Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner and Educator)

Dr. Paul Carpenter (Medical Director, Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center of Catholic Health Services)

Mrs. Jaqueline Tomko (Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner)

When: Friday, April 26th,  6-9pm

Where: St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Road, Rochester, NY

The speakers will address the following questions (and many others):

  • What is the relationship between sexuality and the sacred?
  • Why did God create us as body and soul?
  • What does it mean to live a healthy life with regard to sexuality?
  • How do nutrition and lifestyle affect my body and my fertility?
  • How can learning about how my body and my fertility work help my overall health?

The event will include a taco dinner. There will be a $10 fee per family, to cover the cost of food and speakers.

Please register online before April 24th via the following link: https://www.stbernards.edu/news/fully-alive-health-and-freedom-event/

Medical Student and Resident Bootcamp

Are you a Medical Student or Resident looking to deepen your understanding of how your Catholic Faith can guide you in your personal and professional journey as a Physician? Do you wonder how to respond to the challenges extended by your colleagues when the subject of the sanctity of human life is broached?

If so, perhaps we should ship you off to Boot Camp! No, we are not referring to a months long endless program of pushups and 10 mile long runs wearing a 40 pound backpack. We are referring to a one week long program sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association.

The goals are to assist Catholic medical students to:

    1. More fully live and understand the Catholic faith and moral tradition in order to thrive as faithful Catholic physicians.
    2. Develop skills to help organize Catholic support groups within medical schools and residency programs.
    3. Evangelize Catholics and non-Catholics encountered throughout medical training.

The 2018 Boot Camp is scheduled for June 18-24 in Mundelein, Illinois. The Finger Lakes Guild will be proud to sponsor a Medical Student or Resident, so there will be no cost to attend.

Check out more about the Boot Camp by visiting the website of the CMA at Cathmed.org. If you are interested, be sure to contact the Guild. You may use this contact form:

Boot Camp. A great chance to get into awesome (spiritual) conditioning!

An evening of sharing and reflection on medical missions

Thursday, 25 May 2017
7-8:30 PM
St. Bernard’s School of Theology
120 French Rd, Rochester, NY 14618

Speaker Panel:
Father Robert Ring, Chaplain, Finger Lakes Guild
Ellen Dailor, MD, Vice President, Finger Lakes Guild
Richard Seeger, MD, President, Finger Lakes Guild

Students and residents are especially welcome!

Refreshments and reception will follow the talk.
This event is free of charge.

Catholic Women Physicians’ Retreat

The registration for the Catholic Women Physicians Retreat of March 2017 is now open! Attached please find the registration form, which you can print off and mail in, or complete on-line and send by email.

This is our SIXTH annual retreat, and I am very excited about having Father James Brent, OP, as our retreat master. He is planning an outstanding retreat for you. Father’s retreat will have a focus on Our Lady, and how with her help we can grow in closer union to her Son, and so live out our call to holiness in the world.

This couldn’t be more perfect for Catholic women physicians — in practice or retired! And the days of the retreat are in Lent, but include the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Lord has thought of everything!

And so now He is thinking about having you join Him…..

The registration fee is $280. If you are a resident, and need some financial help, let me know and we can help. And we will also include second-semester fourth-year medical students (if you know of any!).

Please arrive at Bethany between 1:30 and 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 23 (so flights to Nashville should arrive no later than 3:00 pm). On Sunday, March 26, please plan for flights at 3:30 pm or later.

We will of course have adoration and silence as well as fellowship and great food.

In case you didn’t see it, I’m attaching Kathy Raviele’s article from “The Pulse” about the retreat.

We will take registrations on a first-come basis. We have 42 rooms available, 16 of those with private bathrooms.
I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces as well as new retreatants (who have been asking about when the next retreat would be!).

God bless you.

Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD

2017 CWP registration form

CWP Retreat Pulse Article

2016 White Mass

A number of members of the Finger Lakes Guild were able to attend the White Mass celebrated this past October in Washington, D.C. during the annual meeting of the Catholic Medical Association (do you recognize anyone in the front row?). The Mass was celebrated at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Church in North America. This magnificent celebration was magnified by the incredibly beautiful surroundings and music. Our hearts were collectively stirred as we celebrated the Eucharist together with so many of our dedicated, Catholic colleagues.

In turn, the Finger Lakes Guild sponsored the White Mass here in Rochester in early November. Bishop Matano celebrated Mass for the some 100 people in attendance. His Homily was direct and most inspiring, recognizing the challenging culture we live and work in, yet supporting us in our moral endeavors. The Bishop also gave a special blessing for the new officers.  The White Mass was followed by a pleasant brunch reception. We were thrilled that Bishop Matano and Father White were able to spend so much time with us relaxing and enjoying the delicious food. It was especially appreciated that so many medical students and residents were able to attend as well.

A special thanks to the St. Anne community for hosting us in their beautiful Church, with such excellent music, and allowing us to have access to their reception hall. Let me recognize Jann Armantrout, in particular, for her invaluable assistance in planning and running this special event.