Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York
The mission of the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry is to promote a Catholic presence in health care. This is done by teaching health care workers about the faith and providing the Sacraments within a hospital setting. Emboldened by a new vision and the mandate of the Provincial Chapters of 2002 and 2006, the programs supported by the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York embody our initial mission and strive to be a greater presence to the health care community through ethical consultation, chaplaincy work, the presence of the Dominican Church and Community of Saint Catherine, and the prayerful intercession given to the faithful through the ministry of the Shrine of St. Jude.
A Catholic Presence in Health Care
As the voice of the Catholic faith to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center, Rockefeller University and the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York is able to accomplish its mission in the following areas:
- Chaplaincy: The Dominican Friars and the more than 70 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who assist them administer the Sacraments to over 60,000 patients per year.
- Consultation: The Dominican Friars provide counsel to health care workers, patients, and their families as the need arises.
- Formation: The Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry offers two monthly formation programs specifically for the health care workers in our community. The first is our Healing Communities for residents and students to discuss health care ethics, and the second is a monthly brunch lecture series in collaboration with the Catholic Medical Association.
- A Culture of Devotion: Annually we offer four Masses for the medical community to gather as a whole.