A Note from the President
March 9, 2021
Dear Baltimore Guild Members, Friends, and Colleagues in Health Care,
A year into the COVID 19 pandemic and we find ourselves hope-filled, in spite of the challenges we may be experiencing individually and collectively. Although this annual print mailing is a little later than usual, the Baltimore Guild-Catholic Medical Association (BG-CMA) leadership has maintained electronic communications throughout the past year, providing updates on our activities as well as sharing info from the diocese and in the state of particular significance to Catholic healthcare providers. We’ve also demonstrated the ability to adapt and operate in virtual gathering and learning environments–no less a necessity for the Guild and the national Catholic Medical Association, as it is for all professional and educational societies and faith organizations.
We began this year with a Christmas Season retreat on January 2nd, hosted by Fr. Michael DeAscanis, pastor of St. Philip Neri parish and our guild chaplain. What an incredibly uplifting day in the beautifully renovated St. Philip Neri Church to encourage our movement forward in these difficult times! We were delighted to have been able to offer that activity with options to participate in person or virtually. Anticipating a fast-moving legislative agenda, the Guild then held an educational session on January 30th via Zoom on physician-assisted suicide (PAS), which had been a recurring issue. Dr. Marine’s presentation providing data on the PAS movement in this country and its inherent risks, was recorded and remains accessible and shareable via link on the Guild website.
As we look ahead in this year and already have plans for the annual White Mass on October 17th, it is all the more important we take the time to meet and hear from you. Pledged to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine, the Guild gives particular attention to the concerns of our local community of healthcare professionals and the needs of those we serve.
Please plan to join us via Zoom on Saturday, April 10th, 9:30-11AM to enjoy a little fellowship with your morning coffee, hear what the Guild has to offer, and share your thoughts. We will also host a presentation of the new community platform for CMA member engagement across the nation. Users will be able to directly share guild activities and educational opportunities, seek practice information, collaborate on projects, and identify student and early career mentors, to cite just a few of the platform utilities. Note, advance registration is required by April 8th to receive the Zoom link, which will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event. Go to our website and click the ‘Calendar’ tab, then select the ‘Fellowship & Informational Meeting’ event to access the registration link.
Know that it is your sustained membership along with program participation that gives the BG-CMA voice and visibility in our Faith and Health Care communities. Dues are nominal, if applicable, for ease of membership. To join the BG-CMA or to renew your annual membership if you have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete the form and dues payment electronically through our website. Annual form completion ensures your membership and contact information is current. (Note: The online Dues payment feature only appears after completing/submitting the online registration/renewal form. If $0 dues apply, bypass payment feature. The “Donate” button is intended only for donations). You also still have the option to complete and mail in the registration/renewal form enclosed, accompanied by check for dues, if applicable.
Information, activities, and registration links are on our website. You may also follow us on Twitter @BaltGuildCMA. Of course, an email can always be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, too.
We also encourage you to check out national CMA programs, resources and news updates at www.cathmed.org
Thank you for your support, participation and your prayers!
Shirley Reddoch, MD, FAAP
BG-CMA, President 2020-2021