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FIRE Committee's Embers

Embers September Newsletter

September 15, 2023


Our Annual Educational Conference officially begins September 7 and the FIRE Committee looks forward to seeing many of our CMA members in Phoenix. Even if you are unable to attend, please keep the meeting in your prayers.

The theme we propose for this month is the theme of the conference – Be Not Afraid: Courageous Catholic Medicine.

Bishop Robert Barron preached an excellent homily on courage that we encourage you to watch.

This version of the poem (pictured) Do It Anyway is attributed to Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Sept. 5), who had this hanging in her house for the children of Calcutta. How often do we as health care providers live this out when faced with difficult patients or co-workers? Her feast day is also the International Day of Charity so we suggest doing an act of charity that day.

The Thomistic Center offers in its Aquinas 101 series, Argument and Dialectic by Father James Brent, OP, that we encourage you to view.

The next CMA ZOOM Prayer Group will be held Sat. Sept. 16 at 2:00 PM EDT. Come join us in prayer!

Saint Peter Claver, S.J. (Sept. 9), born in Spain in 1580, was sent to Cartagena, Colombia to finish his studies before ordination. He began ministering to the newly arrived African slaves by providing them with food and water in the ship holds after one-third had died on the trans-Atlantic journey. By the end of his life in 1654, he had catechized and baptized 300,000 slaves and heard 5,000 confessions per year. He is the patron saint of slaves. Let us call on his intercession to end the human trafficking going on today in the U.S. and around the world.

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Sept. 26) were born to Christian parents in the third century in Arabia. They practiced medicine and surgery in Asia Minor, free of charge, setting the example of Christian charity. Tortured under the Diocletian persecution, including crucifixion, they were ultimately beheaded for their Catholic faith. They are the patron saints of pharmacists.

We suggest delving into some of Saint Mother Teresa’s writings this month in honor of her feast day:

• Come Be My Light : The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

• Mother Teresa: Quotable Wisdom by Carol Kelly-Gangi (Editor)

• I Thirst: 40 Days with Mother Teresa by Joseph Langford M.C.


Happy Reading!



Chair: Kathleen M. Raviele, MD

Vice-Chair: Lynne Bissonnette-Pitre, MD, PhD

Chaplain: Fr. Christopher Kubat, MD

Donna C. Dobrowolsky, MD

Richard Florentine, MD

Jennifer Johnson, MD

Christina Chan, MD

Marie-Alberte Boursiquot, MD

Kevin Murrell, MD

Deacon Bruno Schettini, MD

Robin Pierucci, MD

Maria Martinez Ramos, MD

Sister Edith Mary Hart, RSM, DO