Spe Salvi Benefit Raises Nearly Half a Million

April 30, 2014

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York hosted the inaugural Spe Salvi Benefit to raise awareness and funding for the works of the Ministry, which include 24/7/365 on-call chaplaincy coverage and the provision of pastoral care to over 60,000 patients each year. At the event, the Health Care Ministry conferred the inaugural Spe Salvi Award upon John H. Healey, M.D., for his exceptional witness to the virtues of faith and hope in the practice of medicine. Dr. Healey is a long-time parishioner of the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena and the Chief of Orthopaedic Service and the Stephen McDermott Chair in Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He also serves as Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Jordan J. Kelly, O.P, Executive Director of the Health Care Ministry, welcomed over 230 guests to the New York Palace, including 19 Dominican Friars. The program included testimonials to the mission of the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry, tributes to Dr. Healey, and a witness to the experience of the lay volunteers serving in the Ministry. Together with Fr. Kelly, Dominic Izzo, O.P., Socius to the Master General, presented the award to Dr. Healey. The Honorary Co-Chairs of the Benefit were Brian M. Mulcahy, O.P., Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph; Steven J. Corwin, M.D., President and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Louis A. Shapiro, President and CEO of the Hospital for Special Surgery; and Craig B. Thompson, M.D., President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Through their support and the leadership of the Benefit Chair, Paula J. Olsiewski, Ph.D., the Spe Salvi Benefit raised over $491,000 (and counting!) to support the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry. The proceeds will enable the Ministry to continue to train young friars to serve as hospital chaplains, to educate and cultivate pastoral care volunteers, and to remain an ever-ready source of consolation and consultation for the sick and those who care for them.

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