Catholic Medical Quarterly Volume 67(1) February 2017


CMA Mass and Brunch

This Saturday (3rd December) with the CMA was wonderful! After the 10:30am sung Mass in Westminster Cathedral we all met in the piazza and headed over to ‘The Passage’ for brunch.‘The Passage’ is a charity a minute’s walk away from Westminster Cathedral which was founded to help homeless people in London. Its founding patron was Cardinal Basil Hume and the charity takes its ethos and values from the teachings and example of St Vincent De Paul.

The Brunch had been organised by juniors and students of the Catholic Medical Association in the Passage’s very pleasant conference rooms. The word ‘brunch’ doesn’t do it justice: it was an international gastronomic festival of food - from croissants stuffed with various fillings to quiches to a variety of cakes served with plenty of juices, tea and coffee. There was a great deal of meeting and greeting and everyone had a good time making new friends and meeting old ones. That day ‘The Passage’ was being run by Andrew who gave a brief talk on the work of this homeless charity. It helps 1600 homeless people per year!

For many present, it was their first CMA event and a few of them signed up as CMA members after the event, which I think is a testament to the hard work of all those involved in the organisation but also to the need for the CMA, as a group of committed Catholics in healthcare who want to support each other.

I thank God for the CMA and I pray it will continue and grow in its mission to support us as Catholics in healthcare.

Ed: Special thanks must go to The Passage for supporting the Catholic Medical Association by allowing us to use their wonderful conference facilities.