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The need for medicine and doctors go way back. But since Christianity, Christians have contributed the most to society in areas of Medicine. The church is the largest single provider of healthcare in the world, some in the poorest countries where there is no other care. There is no close second provider. 

We will see inspiring stories of doctors who worked alongside God to bring care to those in need.



Giuseppe Moscati




                                                                            Saint Giuseppe Moscati                                                                                

Venerated in Catholic Church
Beatified: 16 November 1975
Canonized: 5 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II
Feast: 16 November
Attributes: white coat
Patronage: bachelors, physicians, people rejected by religious orders

Saint Giuseppe Moscati (25 July 1880 – 12 April 1927) was an Italian doctor, scientific researcher, and university professor noted both for his pioneering work in biochemistry and for his piety. Moscati was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1987; his feast day is 16 November.

Medical career
Immediately upon receiving his degree, Moscati joined the staff of the Ospedale degli Incurabili, eventually becoming an administrator. During this time he continued to study, conducting medical research when not performing his duties at the hospital. 

Moscati died in the afternoon of 12 April 1927. He had attended Mass that morning, receiving Communion as he always did, and spent the remainder of the morning at the hospital. Upon returning home he busied himself with patients until around three, after which, feeling tired, he sat down in an armchair in his office; soon after this, he died.

Moscati remained true to his faith his entire life, taking a vow of chastity and practicing charity in his daily work. 
Moscati  refused to charge the poor for their treatment, and was known to sometimes send a patient home with a prescription and a 50-lira note in an envelope. He often gave from his own finances to provide for the poor even to the selling of items in his home, until he had barely any furnishings.

"Remember," he once wrote to a young doctor, one of his former students, "that you must treat not only bodies, but also souls, with counsel that appeals to their minds and hearts rather than with cold prescriptions to be sent in to the pharmacist."

It was claimed even before his death that Moscati was a miracle-worker; some said that he could accurately diagnose and prescribe for any patient merely by hearing a list of his symptoms, and that he was responsible for impossible cures.

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Mercy Hospital building located on 2537 S. Prairie Avenue (1910


Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is a 292-bed general medical and surgical Catholic teaching hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

The Sisters of Mercy, founder, Catherine McAuley, came from Ireland to the United States in the 1840s; six came to Chicago in 1846, establishing first a high school and then in 1852 a hospital at Rush Street and the Chicago River. It was the first chartered facility in Chicago. In 1859, Mercy Hospital affiliated with Lind Medical School, and was thus the first Catholic hospital to do so.









Catherine McAuley (29 September 1778 – 11 November 1841)


1827, The House of Mercy, for the needy, opened in Dublin.

1831, Catherine McAuley and two colleagues founded the Sisters of Mercy upon a commitment to help the poor, sick and uneducated and all of those wounded by contemporary society. 

1852, The Sisters of Mercy converted an old rooming house into Mercy Hospital, the first chartered hospital in Chicago.

1859, Mercy Hospital was the first Catholic hospital to affiliate with a medical school – Lind Medical School – and the first to require a graded curriculum. 

1860s, The Sisters of Mercy treated the Union soldiers and gave care to the Confederate prisoners during the Civil War.

1871 Chicago Fire: Mercy Hospital, became a haven beyond the fire’s reach and provided for as many as six times the number of fire victims any other hospital could handle. 

1921, The Sisters of Mercy took over a World War I Veterans’ Dispensary to offer medical and surgical services to the poor. 

The Depression: The Mercy Free Dispensary served the jobless until the national economic tragedy forced it to close down. 

..."the commitment of Catherine McAuley has been tested by fire, disease, and financial hardship – that commitment has thrived bringing hope, comfort and caring to a growing metropolis. The history of Mercy is a rich strong history and it is growing even stronger." - [*]