Blessings, gratitude for health care professionals

Categories: Around the Diocese

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Bishop Kettler prays a blessing over the health care professionals present after the Mass. Photos by Dianne Towalski / The Visitor

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Father Tom Knoblach, diocesan consultant for health care ethics, greets Benedictine Sister Marlene Schwinghammer during the sign of peace.

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Benedictine Sister Georganne Burr, left, greets friend Jeanne Welch, a retired nurse practitioner with CentraCare Health System.

Health care professionals from around the St. Cloud Diocese gathered on the Feast of St. Luke, Oct. 18, at St. Benedict’s Monastery for a White Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler. The White Mass is held for health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon them and those they care for.
“Like Jesus, your calling is to loving service of others and self-giving healing,” said Bishop Kettler in his homily. “This call to loving service and selfless healing brings the message of the Gospel into the world. Not only are people healed by what you do, but others are influenced to bring healing to others.”
Annette Jesh, parish health ministries coordinator at St. Cloud Hospital, helped plan the event. “It’s an opportunity to say why we do this work in health care, because it really is living out our faith,” she said.