White Mass held for health professionals

It was St. Teresa of Avila who said:
"Christ has no body now on earth but yours;
No hands but yours;
No feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion
Is to look out to the earth.
Yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good.
And yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now."

Throughout Christian times, healing professionals have been inspired to serve humanity as a way to continue Christ's ministry in the world, none more expressive than St. Luke, "the beloved physician" and loyal companion of St. Paul.

St. Luke is known as the inspired author of the third Gospel in which he detailed the life, death and Resurrection of Christ, and of the Acts of the Apostles in which he wrote about the early Church. These chronicles helped create a "culture of life" showing God's love, concern and compassion for humanity which resonated in lives of the early Christians and throughout the history of the Church. Even in today's world where healthcare delivery has become more complex, St. Luke's work is a guiding light and he is celebrated as the patron saint of physicians and surgeons.

On October 18, the feast day of St. Luke, Bishop Stephen Berg presided at the traditional White Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with a solemn blessing for the healthcare professionals of the Diocese of Pueblo. The White Mass, so named for the color worn by those in the medical healing professions, gathered physicians, nurses, pharmacists, inpatient and outpatient caregivers, and their families, to receive the blessing under the patronage of St. Luke.

Dr. Kenneth Dernovsek, president of the Sangre de Cristo Physicians Guild of the Catholic Medical Association also addressed those present including an invitation to join the Guild's activities. The Sangre de Cristo Guild is open to Catholic healthcare professionals and their spouses in the Diocese of Pueblo. The Guild is named for the physicians' total dependence and faith in the healing and salvific "Blood of Christ," as well as for the historical and geographical importance of "Sangre de Cristo" in the Diocese of Pueblo. Other Guild officers are Dr. Edward Mastro, vice-president; Dr. Elizabeth Garcia, secretary-treasurer; and Chaplain Father Matt Wertin.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kenneth Dernovsek (719) 564-4500 or kddernovsek@gmail.com.