CICIAMSCICIAMS is The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants***

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CICIAMS XXI Congress 2022

Nominations for CICIAMS Executive Board – Deadline June 4


In accordance with Article 11 of CICIAMS Statutes (2014) I herewith inform you of the vacancies on the Executive Board required to be filled. These are:
• Secretary General
• Chairperson of the Committee on Statutes
• CICIAMS Representative to the World Health Organisation
Nominations for these functions (on the relevant attached forms) should reach the General Secretariat by 4 June 2018 i.e. three months prior to the General Council Meeting. Each nomination should be accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the nominated candidate.

Invitations from Member Associations to host the CICIAMS XX1 World Congress and General Council Meeting in 2022 are earnestly sought. Interested Associations are requested to submit their invitations to the Secretary General.

Yours sincerely,
Donatus M Akpan
Secretary General

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NACN-USA is a member of CICIAMS, thus all NACN-USA members are part of CICIAMS through our Association. CICIAMS promotes Christian and professional values in nursing care with National and International Associations around the world. Members have the opportunity to become involved in CICIAMS and to attend their meetings.
CICIAMS is an independent Private Association of the Faithful, an international association recognized by the Ecclesiastical Authority with close working relationship with the Holy See, along with National and International Catholic Organizations. CICIAMS has delegates at the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 2018 the International President of FIAMC (the international Catholic body for physicians-World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) asked if CICIAMS would be interested in working with FIAMC in producing position papers on Ethical Issues. CICIAMS Ethics Committee will represent CICIAMS in this collaborative effort which may begin in 2019. All committee work is recommended to and approved by the CICIAMS Executive Board.

***“The Medico-Social Assistants part of CICIAMS name was added in the 1950’s. It resulted after changes that occurred during World War II in the east, especially in Malaysia. There was a shortage of doctors and some nurses were trained to carry out some medical procedures such as minor surgery. However, when this happened they were no longer permitted to call themselves nurses. Hence, the origin of medico-social assistants.” Geraldine McSweeney, CICIAMS President, 2018

CICIAMS Ethics Guidelines and Principles of Practice for
Catholic Nurses and Midwives July 2014


SELECT HERE for CICIAMS XXX Congress Information, Sep 4-8, 2018, Malaysia

CICIAMS XXX 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 XXX 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

For those who might serve on the National Board there are meetings prior to and immediately following the XX 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 are available on CICIAMS website.

Beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska
First Lay Catholic Nurse to be Beatified


Video of a portion of the beatification ceremony of Hanna Chrzanowska, a Polish nurse, at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland on April 28, 2018. Geraldine McSweeney, President, CICIAMS participated in the ceremony and carried the small lighted oil lamp behind Helena Matoga, a student of Hanna’s and also the vice postulator for the cause of her canonization, who was carrying Hanna’s relics.

From Geraldine McSweeney, President, CICIAMS, “The ceremony today [Saturday, April 28, 2018] was fantastic — so joyful and spiritual.” Geraldine carried a small lighted oil lamp in procession behind Helena Matoga, who was one of Hanna’s students and is the vice postulator for her cause of canonization. “There was music and clapping as we walked the length of the Basilica. The Polish nurses were to be awed — they did such great work. There were hundreds of them there [at the beatification] in dress uniform which they wear on special occasions. Hundreds of clergy con-celebrated the Mass, the Chief Celebrant was Cardinal Amari, Prefect for the Causes of Persons for Canonization. He, of course, bestowed the blessed honor. The choir was beautiful, their singing would lift you to heaven! There were thousands in the grounds the Basilica where the ceremony was relayed on giant screens.”

Geraldine McSweeney, CICIAMS President at the side altar at St. Nicholas Church (the Nurses Church) where Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska reposes, April 29, 2018 (the day after the beatification)

“We had another wonderful day yesterday [Sunday, April 29th] at St Nicholas Church where Hanna’s remains lie. Concelebrated Mass, the Chief Celebrant was again Cardinal Angelo Amato following which Hanna’s relics were brought to the altar where her sarcophagus is. The liturgy was enhanced by a beautiful choir. There followed a picnic in the grounds of the Church. It was another beautiful experience.”
For the first time in history, a lay nurse was beatified. A Polish woman, Hanna Chrzanowska, who died in 1973, was announced blessed on Saturday, 28 April, at the World Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow. [READ MORE]

Geraldine McSweeney
President, CICIAMS
(International Catholic Nursing)

“Greetings from Krakow! I arrived here about 2 hours ago. There is a rehearsal for the beatification ceremony tomorrow. I was asked to carry a candle in the procession behind the nurse who will carry the relics. It is a great honour for CICIAMS.”

CICIAMS President Geraldine McSweeney is in Krakow, Poland for the beatification ceremony of nurse, Hanna Chrzanowska.

For the first time in history, a lay nurse will be beatified. A Polish woman, Hanna Chrzanowska, who died in 1973, will be announced blessed this Saturday, 28 April, at the World Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow. [READ MORE]

Beatification of Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska
Lay Nurse, Krakow, Poland



On April 28, 2018, the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska (1902-1973) will be beatified in Kraków, Poland.
Hanna will be the first lay, registered nurse to be beatified and it is the first time in the history of canonizations that a professional group (in this instance qualified nurses), approached their local bishop to start the canonization process of one of its own members! Hanna was Polish and worked most of her life as a community nurse and teacher of community nurses. She set up Parish Nursing in Poland in the 1960s. She was also a Benedictine oblate of Tyniec Abbey. She was an extra-ordinary woman even if she were not considered for canonization. https://hannachrzanowska.pl/en/
The ceremony of the beatification of the Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska will take place on 28 April 2018 at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The ceremony will start at 10:00. All are welcome! Detailed information about the beatification can be found on the Parish website of St. Nicholas.

CICIAMS News-2017

NACN-U.S.A. Board/Committee Members Elected to the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants (CICIAMS) Executive Board

Three of the members of NACN-U.S.A. have been elected to the Executive Board of CICIAMS at its August General Council meeting held in Manzini, Swaziland. A fourth member was selected to serve in Committee. The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants is a member association of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life. The following NACN-U.S.A. members are congratulated for this honor and for their willingness to serve:

CICIAMS Pan American Representative: Dr. Marian (Mimi) Nowak, DNP, MPH, RN, CSN, FCN, who chairs the NACN-U.S.A. Newsletter and Publicity Committee.

CICIAMS Representative to the United Nations: Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN, who previously served as NACN-U.S.A.’s Corresponding Secretary.

CICIAMS Chair of the Ethics Committee: Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, MS, MA, JCL, PhD, RN, who is the Recording Secretary of NACN-U.S.A. and a member of its Ethics and Spirituality Committee.

CICIAMS Committee on the Family Member: Dr. Shannon Simonovich, PhD, RN, serves as the Chair of the Research subcommittee of the NACN-USA Education, Practice and Research Committee.

CICIAMS came into being in Lourdes, France, under the name “International Study Committee for Catholic Nurses’ Associations” following a meeting of delegates of Catholic nurses’ associations from different countries held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1928. As the number of members increased including not only nurses but other professionals in the medical and social fields, the Committee took its present name in 1946. It is recognized by the Holy See as an International Catholic Organization, and is a member of the Conference of ICOs. As an NGO, CICIAMS has consultative status at the WHO, UNICEF and the Council of Europe. CICIAMS encourages the establishment and development of Catholic professional associations in every country to provide nurses and medical/social workers with spiritual and moral support, and updated specialized training; it coordinates the initiatives that Catholic professional associations launch in order to deepen and advocate Christian thinking in the nursing and medical/social professions; it promotes health care and social work in accordance with scientific progress and in harmony with the principles of a Christian order which guarantees every human being the well-being and health that is their birthright, and always with respect for their religious convictions. CICIAMS pursues its objectives by organizing international meetings and study seminars, drawing up ethical guidelines, and with a solidarity fund to support the establishment and work of Catholic nurses’ associations in the developing countries.

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA (NE Region Director NACN-USA), Dr. Pat Sayers, DNP, RN (Corresponding Secretary) & Dr. Mimi Nowak, PhD, RN (Newsletter Editor, NACN-USA), CICIAMS Representatives at the United Nations (not pictured - Patricia Staley)

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA (NE Region Director NACN-USA), Dr. Pat Sayers, DNP, RN (Corresponding Secretary) & Dr. Mimi Nowak, PhD, RN (Newsletter Editor, NACN-USA), CICIAMS Representatives at the United Nations (not pictured – Patricia Staley)

swaziland6th Congress of the English Speaking Africa Region of CICIAMS

Theme: Scaling up Africa Health Services, through Nurses, the Merciful Carers of Humanity” Catholic Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland, South Africa, 23-26 August 2016. DRAFT AGENDA & REGISTRATION»

MEAC National Congress, Mexico

At the request of CICIAMS Pan American President Mendoza C.. Dr. Patricia Sayers was privileged to meet and speak with Catholic Nurses in Mexico during the MEAC National Congress of Nurses en Cd Juarez, Mexico May 3, 2015. The delegation members were honored that she reached out to us regarding Population and Development goals being formulated at the UN‐NY. May God guide all of us in our walk as Catholic Nurses. (Rec. 5/5/2015)

CICIAMS XIX World Congress, Dublin, Ireland, September 23-26, 2014

U.S. delegation: Dr. Marie Hilliard, Kathy Kirkpatrick, Alma Abuelouf, Marylee Meehan & Lorette Tierman

U.S. delegation: Dr. Marie Hilliard, Kathy Kirkpatrick, Alma Abuelouf, Marylee Meehan & Lorette Tierman

CICIAMS XIX World Congress on Protecting Family Life: The Roles and Responsibilities of Nurse and Midwives was held September 23-26, 2014, hosted by the Catholic Nurses Guild of Ireland at All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. [Read conference presentations]

The conference began with an opening Mass and welcome reception on Tuesday evening. The next three days of the congress addressed the following subthemes:

Wednesday, 24 September:  Family Life: International and Regional Perspectives
Thursday, 25 September: Ethical Perspectives
Friday, 26 September: The Healthy Family

Dr. Marie Hiliard, RN, PhD, JCL, NE Regional Representative, NACN-USA - Old Glory

Dr. Marie Hiliard, RN, PhD, JCL, NE Regional Representative,  NACN-USA – Old Glory

Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Immediate Past President , NACN-USA (2012-2014)

Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Immediate Past President , NACN-USA (2012-2014)

Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Immediate Past President NACN-USA
Families as Carers of the Elders in Pan America [powerpoint]

Dr. Marie Hilliard, RN, PhD, JCL, NE Regional Representative
Protecting Family Life in Pan America [powerpoint]

Keynote: Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, Acting Ecclesiastical Assistant, CICIAMS, St. Louis, MO
The Nurse as Promoter of the Family: Challenges and Opportunities [powerpoint] [presentation]