Light in the Darkness: Advent Lessons for International Outreach

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The Advent season is filled with Scripture of great activity: John the Baptist crying out the desert, Mary’s visitation of Elizabeth, the people of Israel called out of exile. Yet it is also a time of quiet preparation for the Incarnation of God in the world. This combination – intense activity rooted in prayer – is a dynamic familiar to those who work in Catholic health care. How might our work in international outreach be improved by paying attention to the realities of this dynamic?

This CHA webinar, provides timely insights into the challenges and opportunities Catholic health care organizations have when participating in international outreach activities in low-income countries. Using themes from the Advent Season, Michael Rozier, S.J., a Jesuit, recently ordained deacon, and faculty member of the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, addresses: the mission imperative for this work; the challenges created in communities before and after some interventions take place; why Catholic health care can be a true leader in quality international outreach. If you or someone you work with has participated in a mission trip, or has interest in planning or participating one, this webinar will provide ample food for thought on how to ensure that all international programs are carried out in light of the best of what Catholic tradition has to offer.

Rev. Mr. Michael Rozier, S.J., M.P.H., Adjunct Instructor in Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, College of Public Health & Social Justice

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