April 3 – Join Bishop Conlon for Life Advocacy Day

Join the Diocese of Joliet, Office for Human Dignity ~ Respect Life Ministry for LIFE ADVOCACY DAY at the Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.  Find the details on this diocesan flyer.

May 4- Focus on the Family Pro-Life Event, Alive from New York

Meet up with Jamie (James) Shephard, LPN, active NACN-USA member to support this pro-life event!  Suit-up in your nursing uniform alongside Jamie, show-up, and take a stand with others in this powerful witness.  To coordinate with Jamie, text him at (716)435-3342.

During the event, a doctor will perform a live 4D ultrasound of a pre-born baby, there will be live musical performances and some great speakers. We pray that thousands gather to celebrate the preciousness of life and remind New York politicians that the fight for life will continue. Get more information at this link: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/socialissues/life-issues/times-square-pro-life-event-senator-ben-sasse-talks-with-jim-daly-about-alive-from-new-york

Prolife Advocate Christina Bennet speaks to Catholic Nurses

May 7 & 8-   15th Annual Divine Mercy Medical, Bioethics & Spirituality Conference- College of Holy Cross; Worcester, Massachusetts

Join us at the 15th Annual Divine Mercy Conference. Come hear our special guest from London, England- Dr. Gosia Brykczynska, Biographer of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, RN. Click HPDM Conference 2019 Flyer for more information.

Certification in Catholic Healthcare Ethics

Catholic Distance University
CDU offers a 16 hour fully online course that is completed in four weeks. You can log into the course at any time during the week to participate.

Each week there are readings, videos, questions for discussion with other healthcare professionals and written assignments that give you opportunities to apply what you have learned to real life clinical situations. This course will enhance your practice of virtuous medicine and give you language to articulate the Church’s moral teaching as expressed in the Ethical and Religious Directives.

For more information call Toll Free 1-888-254-4CDU or go to the Catholic Distance University website.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center

A Tradition of Compassion and Care for the Human Person

August 9 & 10 – Bismarck, ND
September 6 & 7 – Philadelphia, PA
September 20 & 21 – New York, NY

For Registration & Information Visit: NCBC 2 Day Seminars

Contact: Julie Kelley 215-871-2013 or jkelley@ncbcenter.org

The Venerable Pope Paul VI
Reigned 21Jun63-6Aug78

50th Anniversary of Humane Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) Events [SELECT HERE]



CICIAMS XX World Congress
Education for Sustainable Health: Engaging Development, Respecting Life

Francisca Malantin, who is both the Chairperson, Congress Organizing Committee and National President of the Catholic Nurses Guild (CNG) of Malaysia has provided the following information on the CICIAMS XX World Congress:
Theme: Education for Sustainable Health: Engaging Development, Respecting Life
Dates: 4-8 September 2018
Location: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak
Congress Begins with Opening Mass on the evening of 4th
SELECT HERE for CICIAMS XXX Congress Information, Sep 4-8, 2018, Malaysia
For those who might serve on the National Board there are meetings prior to and immediately following the XXX CICIAMS Congress as follows:
3 Sep 2018 – Full day Executive Board Meeting on Monday (only the Executive Board). Most participants will arrive this day (e.g. travel day).
4 Sep 2018 – Full day General Council Meeting on Tuesday
5 Sep 2018 – One hour General Council Meeting on the Wednesday evening for the purpose of elections to the vacant positions on the Board.
7 Sep 2018 – Closing Mass of the Congress is currently scheduled for 1700 (5pm).
Note on the two (2) General Council Meetings: Each National President will be invited to nominate four members of their Association to attend these meetings. Each Association in good standing will have one vote. The meeting is also attended by members of the Executive Board. They do not have voting rights at the meeting unless they are delegated by their National President to do so. Apart from these the meeting may be attended by any other member and associate member but they do not have voting rights.
If you plan to attend the XX Congress in Malaysia, and would like to attend the General Council Meeting, please notify the president at catholicnurses@nacn-usa.org

Catholic Nurses’ Guild of Malaysia, Registration No. 726, Catholic Diocesan Centre, P.O.Box 10225, 88802 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Tel. +60168300767.
Registration documents will be posted when they become available.


Advancing Humanae Vitae: Best Practices and
Next Steps in Catholic Health Care Delivery and Education

October 11-13, 2018
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

A national conference sponsored by major Catholic health care and educational institutions, including The National Catholic Bioethics Center, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Ascension, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Franciscan Health, Geisinger Holy Spirit, Mercy, OSF HealthCare, and Saint Louis University, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae on October 11-13, 2018.  “Advancing Humanae Vitae: Best Practices and Next Steps in Catholic Health Care Delivery and Education,” will take place at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. Participants will focus on how to better advance Humanae Vitae’s core principles within Catholic health care, particularly in providing care which promotes fertility awareness, fertility restoration, and women’s health, as well as in improving professional education. [READ MORE]


Catholic Women Nurses Retreat (CWNR)
November 2-4, 2018
Time with Our Lord: Finding Peace and Recollection in a Busy World
The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia’s
Bethany Retreat House
2002 Garners Creek Road
Dickson, Tennessee
Annual Catholic Women Nurses Retreat Flyer [SELECT HERE]
To Register: Catholic Women Nurses Retreat [SELECT HERE]

Calendar of Recurring Events

January 22 – National Sanctity of Human Life Day, U.S.A. declared by President Donald J. Trump as he addressed the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

January 28—World Leprosy Day
2018-65th World Leprosy Day Message from Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson [Read Here]

February 8 – International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking on the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking.

February 11 is World Day of the Sick, introduced by Pope Saint John Paul II, observation of this day is a way to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses of all kinds, those who care for the sick, and, indeed, for all people of good will. [READ Inaugral Message, 1993]

February 28—Rare Disease Day
2018 – 11th Rare Disease Day – Message from Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson [Read Here]

April 2—World Autism Awareness Day

May 6-12—National Nurses Week, U.S.A.

May 12—Florence Nightingale anniversary of birth. Pioneer of Public Health and founder of modern nursing. Named after the city in which she was born, Florence, Italy. In late 1854, Nightingale received a letter from Secretary of War Sidney Herbert, asking her to organize a corps of nurses to tend to the sick and fallen soldiers in the Crimea. Given full control of the operation, she quickly assembled a team of almost three dozen nurses from a variety of religious orders and sailed with them to Scutari, Turkey just a few days later. Her work reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds. The soldiers, who were both moved and comforted by her endless supply of compassion, took to calling her “the Lady with the Lamp.” Others simply called her “the Angel of the Crimea.” [READ MORE]

October 11, 2017—World Sight Day
2017-30th World Sight Day Message from Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson [Read Here]

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (in 2017 was Nov 19) – World Day of the Poor, established by His Holiness Pope Francis in 2017. “It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. They can invite the poor and volunteers to take part together in the Eucharist on this Sunday, in such a way that there be an even more authentic celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on the following Sunday.” [READ Inaugural Message]54_Immaculate_Conception_Mosaic[1] - Copy

November 23—Mary Jane Seacole OM (née Grant; 1805 – 14 May 1881) was a British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who set up the British Hotel behind the lines during the Crimean War.

December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception patroness of the National Association of Catholic Nurses, U.S.A.

Day of the Week Recurring Events

SUNDAY – The Day of Our Lord – The Day of the Resurection of Our Lord Jesus Christ — Now the 1st day of the week on which we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection from the dead.
FRIDAY – The Day of the Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ at the 3pm hour – the Hour of Mercy
A day of fast and penance in remembrance of the sacrifice of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity.
Code of Canon Law 1250 states that the days and times of penance for the whole Church are the Fridays of the entire year, and the season of Lent.
1983 Revision of the Code of Canon Law – 1251 gives further details on just how Catholics are to make these days penitential: Unless a solemnity falls on a Friday, abstinence from meat, or some other food as determined by the Bishops’ Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays; while Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of both abstinence and fasting.
1966-USCCB Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence – “Friday itself remains a special day of penitential observance throughout the year…For this reason we urge all to prepare for that weekly Easter that comes with each Sunday by freely making of every Friday a day of self-denial and mortification in prayerful remembrance of the passion of Jesus Christ… …Among the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance which we especially commend to our people for the future observance of Friday, even though we hereby terminate the traditional law of abstinence binding under pain of sin, as the sole prescribed means of observing Friday, we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat. We do so in the hope that the Catholic community will ordinarily continue to abstain from meat by free choice as formerly we did in obedience to the Church law… (Nos. 19-24).
Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence, November 18, 1966 [Read Here]

1st Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [READ MORE]
1st Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [READ MORE]