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White Mass for health care professionals set for Oct. 24 at Cathedral

By Kyle Eller
The Northern Cross

The fifth annual White Mass with Bishop Paul Sirba, an event held in honor of health care professionals, is set for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

This year’s speaker is Father Robert McTeigue, a priest of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus who has been teaching medical ethics for more than 20 years. He is a professor at Ave Maria University, where he teaches philosophy.

Father McTeigue’s talk is entitled “Bravery is Found where Bravery is Honored — Cultivating Courage Among Catholic Healthcare Providers.”

“Father McTeigue is a terrific speaker, and his address will undoubtedly be thought-provoking, humorous and inspiring,” said Dr. Dan Skorich, with the St. Raphael’s Catholic Medical Association chapter in the Duluth Diocese. “He has been the featured speaker at events across the country and is also an accomplished retreat director and spiritual adviser.”

The event is open to the public, and the talk will be accessible to everyone, not just medical professionals.

All health care professionals, including nurses, doctors, medical technicians, nursing home staff and caregivers of any type are invited to attend the Mass to receive the blessing of Bishop Sirba.

A dinner program at Holy Rosary School’s auditorium will follow with the speaker. The dinner and program is organized by the Catholic Medical Association guild. There will be social time beginning after Mass until the dinner at approximately 6 p.m. Cash bar is available.

The speaker will follow dinner.

No tickets or reservations are required for Mass. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the website duluthcathmed.org under the White Mass tab.

Organizers strongly encourage purchasing tickets online. Cost is $30 per person. St. Mary’s/Essentia employees can purchase discounted tickets at the St. Mary’s Hospital gift shop. Students can also purchase discounted tickets there. Religious and priests can attend free of charge but need to register online to assist in planning for dinner.