February 10, 2015
February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II in 1992 as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is an opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them.
At 1:00 p.m. on February 11, thousands of people across the health ministry and beyond will stop for one powerful minute of prayer for those who are sick or injured, as well as those who care for them.
In preparation for World Day of the Sick, the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is providing a complimentary prayer card that can be distributed. The CHA has also provided additional resources for the annual observance on its website, including a special message from Pope Francis for this year's World Day of the Sick, a sample prayer service to help plan reflections or observances and a video reflection honoring those who serve in Catholic health care.
The Sisters of Charity Health System is a member of CHA.