In recognition of the dedicated work of health care professionals, all physicians and medical personnel are invited to the celebration of a Mass and blessing at the Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Joseph. The event is sponsored by the Diocese of Saint Cloud, Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Cloud Hospital and St. Benedict Senior Community of CentraCare Health in partnership with the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
The “White” Mass is a special celebration to acknowledge the unique contributions made by all health care professionals, and takes its name from the white coat most commonly worn by those in the medical field.We have been inspired by the presence of our health care professionals and their commitment to their faith and profession. We would like to take this opportunity to thank and bless those who work to heal and to celebrate health among us. This Mass is not just for Catholics. Healthcare workers from all faiths are welcome as well as family, friends and spouses.
The tradition of the “White” Mass in the United States finds its origins in the development of the national Catholic Medical Association in the early 1930s. From its inception, the medical profession has been understood as a healing profession, a way in which Christ’s work continues upon the earth. Moreover, since the apparitions at Lourdes in the late 19th century, the plight of the infirmed – and those who care for them – have taken on renewed appreciation in participating in the mysteries of Christ’s own life. The White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient doctor, nurse, and caregiver alike.
– Catholic Medical Association
Health care history in the Diocese of St. Cloud
Religious communities were integral in founding health care facilities in our diocese. The diocese contains 24 Catholic-sponsored hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living residences. As part of their mission to care for the sick and elderly, the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph founded St. Cloud Hospital in 1886 and St. Cloud School of Nursing in 1908 as well as a school for X-ray technology, anesthesiology, laboratory technology and a nursing home, St. Benedict’s Senior Community. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls were founded in 1891 and constructed a building that immediately served as a hospital and a home for the aged and later a nursing school. The sisters’ legacy complements efforts on behalf of health and healing made by other area faiths, communities and organizations.
The annual White Mass for Health Care Professionals will be at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, St Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. There will be a special blessing for health care professionals during the Mass. The music will be led by the St. Benedict Monastery Schola. Health care professionals of all denominations are welcome!
Sacred Heart Chapel
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374
There will be a light reception in the Sacred Heart gathering space following Mass.
The Diocese of Saint Cloud, Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Cloud Hospital and St. Benedict Senior Community of CentraCare Health in partnership with the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are hosting this event.
For further information please contact Annette Jesh.
Saint Benedict’s Monastery is located in St. Joseph, Minnesota, eight miles west of St. Cloud, in Central Minnesota. It is adjacent to the campus of the College of Saint Benedict and three miles east of Saint John’s Abbey, Saint John’s University and Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville.