Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila blessed the new office of the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Health Care last May 1, 2021, Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker, at 2 pm.
The new office is located on the second floor of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in United Nations Avenue, Paco, Manila.
Along with the blessing of the new office, Bishop Pabillo also blessed all the ministers on health care of the Archdiocese and those whom they are serving now and about to serve with love in the future.
According to Fr. Manuel Abogado, Minister of RCAM Health Care, they have particularly chosen May 1 as the date of the blessing because it coincided with the Year of St. Joseph who is the Hope of the Sick, Patron of the Dying, Patron of the Workers and Protector of the Universal Church.
“As Ministers, we pray that we be able to bring the suffering, sick and dying, with all those who care for them, to Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Mary and St. Joseph,” Fr. Abogado told the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications.
“Like St. Joseph, we hope to live and work silently but hard for the proclamation and establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth,” he added.
The RCAM Health Care Ministry also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. It was instituted in 1981 and for the past years, Fr. Abogado said, the ministry is housed in Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) Chaplaincy or Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel (OLMMC).
Fr. Abogado further added that being with their new home in Pius XII, he “finds inspiration from Pope Pius XII’s commitment and mission in relation to health care”.
“Pope Pius XII was called Pope of Medicine. Health Care was close to his heart that he spoke and wrote documents related to procreation for instance among others,” he said.
The Ministry on Health Care meantime coordinates and serves the Association of Hospital Chaplaincy (AHC), the Parish Lay Health Care Ministry (PLHCM) and the RCAM-Medical Beneficiaries.
As the ministry continues to grow and develop, and with the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic since January last year, the ministry was able to see “new avenues for mission and service especially to those whom we call the DASH (depressed and dying, abandoned and aged, sick and suffering, handicapped and hopeless)”.
“We are all DASH. Our life is but a dash from birth to death, and in our lifetime we may experience the aforesaid circumstances. It is the year of Mission, we are all gifted to give. The best we can give to the DASH is Christ,” Fr. Abogado said.
The Ministry on Health Care is one of the ministries under the Social Services and Development of the Archdiocese of Manila. They can be reached through telephone number (02) 8628-2793; email – firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/archdioceseofmanilaministryonhealthcare. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo courtesy of RCAM Healthcare Ministry)