Welcome to the Nashville Catholic Medical Association
The Catholic Medical Association helps all health care professionals grow in the spirit of Christ in their personal and professional lives, so they can bring His Spirit to the science and art of medicine. Our guild operates with two main sections, and both receive equal energy and time in development of activities and our evangelical mission. We are the Nashville Guild of the Catholic Medical Association (NG-CMA) and the medical student Society of Saints Cosmas and Damien (SSCD), run by CMA members including medical students from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College.
We meet almost every month at St. Cecilia Academy on West End Rd. Most meetings begin with mass at 6pm in the SCA chapel followed by a light dinner and fellowship at 6:30 and a speaker beginning around 7. For any questions, contact Wes Ely
- Annual Hippocratic Oath Banquet
One of our biggest events of the year. Generally, in August or September of the academic year, physicians from around Nashville gather for a banquet and a guest lecture. This is a great event for students to get to know Catholic faculty in the Nashville and beyond (we always have some from neighboring cities). The evening gathers us together so we may celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and subsequently re-connect with the Catholic community in the city, and together re-dedicate ourselves the Lord through an inspirational talk and collectively taking the Catholic Hippocratic Oath.
- St. Luke's White Coat Mass
Held once a year, this is a Mass celebrated for all healthcare professionals and is followed by a reception and speaker. The event is by local physicians, nurses, pharmacists, PA/NP, and religious including the Bishop of Nashville and our CMA Guild Chaplain Fr. John Raphael, SSJ, BCC.
- Advent or Christmas Party
- The Lenten Evening of Reflection at the Dominican Motherhouse
Includes a wonderful meal cooked by the Dominican Sisters, a speaker, and a dedicated period of Confession and Adoration
- The Spring Medical Student Panel Dinner Discussion
CMA Faithful, the practice of Spiritual Communion nourished millions during the "Mass Lockdown" associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Here is a link and story that comments on the beautiful approach to receiving Christ in Communion when you are not able to get to Mass for whatever reason: Spiritual Communion when there’s no Eucharist available
Let us all pray for faith to know that God will never leave us, even amidst the loneliness and isolation that so many felt during COVID and even today. Let us pray for oneness of the human race, that patients, caregivers, and loved ones will know the Face and Hand of God as a light in darkness.
“I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5
AMDG and Peace, from your Nashville CMA Guild
Jesus My Patient
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and, whilst nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you and say: "Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you." Lord, give me this seeing faith, then my work will never be monotonous. I will never find joy in humoring the fancies and gratifying the wishes of all poor sufferers. O beloved sick, how doubly dear you are to me, when you personify Christ; and what a privilege is mine to be allowed to tend you. Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience. And O God, while you are Jesus, my patient, deign also to be to me a patient Jesus, bearing with my faults, looking only to my intention, which is to love and serve you in the person of each of your sick. Lord, increase my faith, bless my efforts and work, now and for evermore. Amen.
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