Traditionally known as the White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, health care professionals gather under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient, doctor,  nurse, and caregiver alike.

Please join us for the Diocesan Mass for Healthcare Professionals at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY. This event will begin with a plenary address from Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD, followed by a keynote presentation by Mike Aquilina.

Attendees are then invited to Mass with the Most Rev. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, where medical professionals, including nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician associates, and physicians will unite to profess Annual Promises as Catholic Medical Professionals. A light reception will follow Mass.

When: Saturday, October 28th, 2023 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Where: St. John Fisher University (Wegman's School of Nursing and The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great)

Location Information

  • St. John Fisher University
  • 3690 East Ave, Rochester, NY, 14618 US


Location: Wegman's School of Nursing (Nursing 100)

2:00pmPlenary Address

"The Harms of Removing Conscience from Medicine" with Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD


3:10pmKeynote Address

"The Healing Imperative: How the Church Invented the Hospital" with Mike Aquilina

4:15pmWalk to Chapel

Location: The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great

4:30pmAnticipatory Mass with Bishop Salvatore Matano

We encourage healthcare professionals to wear white coats and present them for a blessing

5:30pmLight Reception


Dr. Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD

Dr. Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD is a family medicine specialist in Milwaukee, WI and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from LOYOLA University of Chicago / Stritch School of Medicine in 1980. She received her masters in bioethics from Ohio State University. She has published multiple articles in the field of bioethics, including "Linacre Quarterly" where she serves as a reviewer. She has lectured on the topic of bioethics at Catholic Medical Association national meetings and serves on the Catholic Medical Association bioethics committee. She is also a moderator and contributor for the National Catholic Bioethics Center Member Forum. She now divides her time between working in bioethics in this country and as a medical missionary in Uganda.

Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina, Executive Vice President and Trustee of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is a widely recognized Catholic author and lecturer. His books include the best-selling The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers (2nd ed 2006); Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians (2003) co-written with Dr. Scott Hahn among others. He is past Associate Editor of Scripture Matters, the bulletin of The Institute of Applied Biblical Studies and past Editor of New Covenant, a Catholic spirituality magazine, and The Pittsburgh Catholic, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, National Catholic Register, Child and Family and elsewhere. Aquilina has also co-hosted, along with Dr. Hahn, several popular series on scripture and theology airing on the Eternal Word Television Network. He and his wife Terri live in the Pittsburgh area with their six children.

Event Sponsors

Catholic Medical Association - Finger Lakes Guild

St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry

St. John Fisher University School of Nursing 

St. John Fisher University School of Pharmacy


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