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"Guardians of Life"
International Nurses Day 2020

Carrying out the Mission of Christ

His Holiness Pope Francis celebrates International Nurses Day today, May 12th, pointing out to the world that through the tragedy of COVID19 we have rediscovered nurses' fundamental role, one that makes them “the guardians of life”. 

Click HERE to read the full text of the Pope's message.
United in Mission. United in Faith.
Catholic Nurses we celebrate you...not for what you do, but for who you are. Catholic Nurses are everywhere:  Bedside, Home Care, Office, Education, Military, Leadership Suite.
WATCH this beautiful, quick 3-minute video honoring Catholic Nurses.
Click HERE to watch this 30-minute video showcasing Catholic Nurses from around the globe as they announce the USA as the next host for the World Congress of Catholic Nurses in 2022.

Four Famous Nurses from History Who Changed the World

On International Nurses Day 2020, which is also the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, we pause to reflect on these nurses who brought significant changes to the healthcare system.


Florence Nightingale (1st Row, Left): At just 17, Florence Nightingale believed she was called by God "to do something toward lifting the load of suffering from the helpless and miserable." She did so until she died at the age of 90.

Clara Barton (1st Row, Right): A civil war nurse, Clara Barton tended to wounded soldiers and started a company that today is known as the American Red Cross, currently serving millions.

Dorothea Dix (2nd Row, Left): Dorothea Dix revolutionized the way mental health patients were treated and is considered a pioneer in the field of psychiatric nursing.

Mary Elizabeth Mahoney (2nd Row, Right): The first African American woman to graduate nursing school, Mary Elizabeth Mahoney is a trailblazer in the field of nursing. Today there are now more than 440,000 African American nurses.
Let's grow!  Encourage a Catholic Nurse to become a member too.

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The National Association of Catholic Nurse, U.S.A. is a member association of Catholic Nurses and other healthcare professionals who uphold the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in nursing care, research, administration and education. We trace our origin to the first local council of Catholic Nurses founded in Boston, MA in 1909. As a member association of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS), we respond to Pope Pius XI 1935 call at our World Congress in Rome to promote Catholic Associations of Nurses enabling nurses to come together to sustain and fortify each other in their professional and Christian formation. The Holy Father called nurses to struggle against "paganism and materialism which insinuated themselves everywhere in order to cast out Christ" and be "first and foremost, and at any cost, full of the spirit of spirituality, of Christianity, of the Christian supernatural." His Holiness stated, "The treasure which your assistance must bring to the infirm is precisely that of spirituality, of the supernatural."  He secondarily stressed the need to "bring material, bodily comfort..." and concluded with the need "to be outstanding nurses, technically speaking, you will have to continue improving on what you do, and keep abreast of all that you ought to know."  Through his spokesperson Cardinal Pizzardo in a 1938 letter to the Bishops, Pope Pius XI shared that,
"it is the duty of every Catholic Nurse to belong to Catholic associations of nurses and to promote them in every way possible."

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