January 7, 2024

“In those days, the Messiah will reveal his glory to all the nations.” – Ref 1st Reading. Isaiah 60:1-6

Dear Baltimore Guild Members, Friends, and Colleagues,

On the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As the newly elected President of the Baltimore Guild of the Catholic Medical Association (BG-CMA),  I am excited to begin 2024 with great optimism for another year of opportunities and successes for our Guild.

The year 2023 was very active for the Baltimore Guild.

In February, we gathered for the first post-pandemic winter Breakfast Fellowship event at Doozy’s Diner in Catonsville, Maryland, after Mass was celebrated at St. Mark’s Church.   Our second winter event was held in March at St. Joseph’s Fullerton in Nottingham. Following Mass, our speaker was Dr. Margaret Chisolm, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on Living Your Best Life: Flourishing in Medicine.

The Guild’s annual Mass in May recognizing graduating Catholic medical students at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland schools of medicine was held in the Crypt Chapel of the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, followed by outdoor reception.

Our June summer event was held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Towson.   Mass was celebrated followed by a lecture on the Art of Medicine by Dr. Rich Colgan, Professor and Executive Vice-Chairman of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland.

In October, the annual White Mass was held at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, followed by a luncheon at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic, provided an overview of his career and how his faith helped navigate him through the difficulties and challenges of this work.

We closed our 2023 calendar with our annual Advent retreat led by Baltimore Guild Chaplain Fr. Michael DeAscanis at St. Francis Assisi Church in Fulton.

We strive to hold our events throughout the greater Baltimore region, offering programs to nurture our knowledge of medicine’s moral and ethical practice while growing in faith and formation during these challenging times.

To begin 2024, we will gather on February 10th for our winter Breakfast Fellowship following 8:45 AM Mass at Saint Mark’s Church in Catonsville.  Please look for the Guild email announcement later in January with details and registration link.

As Roman Catholic caregivers, we are called to serve others in the likeness of Christ, the Divine Physician. In today’s secular culture, we seek to offer patients a holistic, spiritual-based approach to health and healing.

The Catholic Medical Association provides resources, education, and a national networking forum for Catholic physicians and healthcare professionals to grow in our healing vocation while serving God and humankind.

The mission of the Baltimore Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is to encourage and support the local community of Catholic physicians and healthcare workers in living and promoting the principles of the Catholic faith in the practice of medicine.

Your Guild membership is key to sustaining Guild programs and your membership renewal and engagement in Guild activities promotes growth of membership and programming.

Please consider registering/renewing your membership for 2024 now, if you have not already done so.

We want the Guild to continue to grow and thrive, so please share this information with your friends and colleagues.

Do track our Guild emails for news and events that generally occur every few months.

As we begin the new year, I am excited about the opportunities and successes that await us. Together, we have accomplished great things, and I look forward to the continued growth and achievements that the coming year will bring.God willing, I hope to see you soon.

Enclosed is a print version of the membership registration/renewal form. If you prefer this print registration, kindly fill the form out completely and legibly, and send with dues payment check via U.S. mail.  If you prefer to register/renew electronically,  please visit our website at to complete the online registration with dues payment indicated via PayPal.

Thank you for your support of the Baltimore Guild – CMA.


Janine Danko, M.D.
BG-CMA President, 2024-2025.


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