Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monthly Encounter

Monthly Encounters of

the Medical Society of St. Anthony Zaccaria


Medical Society of
St Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Monthly Mass – 2nd Fri @ 7:00 p.m.
Monthly Meeting – 3rd Sat 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Epiphany of The LORD
January 3, 2010
Greetings in the Lord,

I prayed that all of you may had a Joyful Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!
On January, 3 we celebrated the Epiphany of the LORD, when God revealed himself to the world. The Gospel according to Matthew presents the newborn Son of God revealing Himself to the three wise men (magi) from the east, who followed his star until it “stopped over the place where the child was.” May we also never stop persevering in our personal search for the LORD until we find Him in our hearts.

Just to remind all of you that the Eucharist celebration will be this Friday, January 8th, 7:00PM at the Barnabite Spiritual Center.

Our monthly meeting will be on Saturday, January 16, from 1:30 PM to 3:00PM.

Looking forward to see you all!

Dr. Maria Ramos and Fr. Robert Kosek, CRSP

Friday, September 4, 2009

40 Hours Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

40 Hours Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

in Honor of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
September 10-12, 2009

Dear Doctors,

Greetings of Christ’s peace to you!

We at the Barnabite Spiritual Center will hold a Forty-Hour Adoration in honor of our Holy Founder, St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria beginning on September 10 at 7:00 p.m. and ending on September 12, 2009, with a Holy Mass at 11:00 a.m., to be presided by Rev. Fr. Gabriel M. Patil, CRSP. We cordially invite you to come and join us.

After the Mass, all are welcomed to share a "potluck" meal and continue to celebrate Jesus by breaking bread together.

I am glad to announce that this year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our First Thursday Adoration ministry; hence, the twofold significance of the Forty-Hour Adoration.

Attached herewith is the schedule of the Forty-Hour Adoration from September 10 to September 12. Please, fill in a time that is convenient for you to come and spend time with Christ in a very personal and spiritual way, and send your reply to me.

I look forward to this time when we will be praying and adoring the Lord together.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert B. Kosek, CRSP, Ph.D.

You may contact us @ Barnabite Spiritual Center
4301 Hecktown Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: 610-691-8648
E-mail. Barnabitespiritualcenter@gmail.com

A letter from the Chairman

September 2,2009
Greetings in the Lord,

Summer is coming to an end. Families have returned from vacations and children have started school. Coming up quickly is the 40 Hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in honor of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, the patron saint of physicians and the founder of the priest order of the Barnabites.

Since this celebration falls on the second Friday of September, you are welcome to come and spend time with Jesus. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for 40 consecutive hours, from September 10 at 7:00 PM until September 12 at 11:00 AM. Closing with the celebration of the Holy Mass.

As usual we will have our prayerful meeting on the third Saturday, September 19 at 1:30 PM. Attached, please find the invitation to participate in the 40 hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from Fr. Robert Kosek.

God bless!

Maria A. M. Ramos MD.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Monthly Encounters of the Medical Society of St. Anthony Zaccaria

Medical Society of
St Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Monthly Mass – 2nd Fri @ 7:00 p.m.

Monthly Meeting – 3rd Sat 1:30-3:00 p.m.

July 2009 Program

Dear Doctors,

Greetings in our Lord, Jesus Christ!

I hope that all of you are enjoying the warm weather. I pray that you would like to refresh your busy lives by coming to reflect on the Healing stories of Jesus and learn from the teachings of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. Remember that when we walk with Jesus and ask for His help in our lives, the work becomes easier.
See you in our next meeting on Saturday July 18th at 1:30 PM when we will reflecting on Jesus' healing story passage, A Few Sick Folk, (Matt. 13: 54-58).
Please do not forget that there is Eucharist Celebration every 2nd Friday at 7:00PM for the doctors and their petitions. If you cannot come, please email the petitions to us.

God bless!
Dr. Maria

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Healing Story of the Man Born Blind

by Maria Ramos, M.D.

On March 21,2009, we discussed the story of the healing of the man born blind in John 9:1-41. Like this blind man, we ask Jesus to heal our own blindness, to open our eyes and hearts to Him.

During our scriptural reflection, we were able to recognize that, for our continued conversion, we need to change our old habits. Some of our habits are founded on our pride. This pride is directly related to our individual cultural background. As doctors, we need to nurture our relationship with God. And we do this by making time for God and by receiving the sacraments regularly, especially the sacrament of reconciliation. Confession, as we know, is very important in our conversion because it gives us supernatural grace and keeps us always humble. By making time with God and by receiving the sacraments, we become instruments of God to our patients who are physically very sick, and are also spiritually very sick. We then can build a good doctor – patient relationship through our charity and good works.

Our conversion, that is, living a life in imitation to Christ, is a life-long process. We both struggle to overcome our weaknesses, and to remain faithful to our resolve to do good. Sometimes when we get closer to God, the struggle becomes even harder. It is important then that we keep our trust in Jesus; he alone can light our way and can help us to see the path we are treading on. For Jesus is our friend in our life’s journey. He will surely never make us falter.

Monday, May 18, 2009

An Invitation to the Medical Students

Dear Medical Students,

Greetings of Peace!

The Medical Society of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria is accepting physicians and medical students who wish to join it. Our Society's main purpose is to nourish and strengthen the relationship of each physician with Jesus, the Divine Physician, and to spiritually sponsor medical students.

As the chairman of the Medical Society of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, I warmly invite you to join the Society.  I personally believe that as we grow closer to Jesus we become those wonderful persons who God created and those physicians who help needy people in the world. 

Please feel free then to contact me or any member of the Society if you decide to join.  I look forward to hearing from you. God bless you!



Maria A. M. Ramos M.D. F.A.A.P.

The Chairman of the Medical Society of St. Anthony Zaccaria   


Monday, April 20, 2009

You own to yourself a 'spiritual mentor'

Hello fellow members of the Medical Society of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria!  It was a pleasure to meet all of you at the first meeting in February.  As Father Robert Kosek, CRSP and  Dr. Maria Ramos explained, one of the objectives is a spiritual mentorship between practicing physicians and medical students/residents.  As a medical student, I think there are many benefits to this mentorship.  Since I know we are all very busy, I think just a small time commitment would be appropriate.  My idea would be to match up a doctor with a student who would then exchange email addresses.  To begin, I suggest just a once monthly email exchange, which will of course be left up to the discretion of the pair.  I think the most useful tool for medical students would be exchanging prayers for each other.  For example, if the student had a big exam or challenging clinical rotation coming up, he or she would ask the physician to pray for that specific request, and would in return pray for anything the physician asks.  The pairs could also exchange any clinical advice or expertise, and any ethical dilemmas, etc.  This is very flexible and again, will be based on the personal needs of each pair.  I am currently working on recruiting any interested medical students from my school.  I welcome any thoughts and feedback from the members of the group!  Thank you!

- Ruth Stefanski, 4th year medical student  

An invitation to Medical Society of St. Anthony Zaccaria for Medical Students

Dear Medical Students,
Greetings in the Risen Lord!  

Let me introduce myself to you first all. I am Fr. Robert Kosek of the congregation of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabite Fathers). Currently, I am the spiritual director of the Medical Society of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, a newly formed group of Catholic doctors and medical students in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The Society had its first meeting on Feb 21, 2009 at our place, in the Barnabite Spiritual Center. It was during this meeting that I had the privilege to introduce to a group of doctors your college friend, Ms. Ruth Stefanski. I would say that her presence (being the only medical student among the doctors) and active participation during the meeting was of great value. I express my appreciation to Ms. Stefanski. 

It was then that the idea of a spiritual mentor for medical students was introduced and adapted by the doctors. Ms. Stefanski may have already explained it to you; however, let me delineate once again that the significance of this spiritual mentorship points to your well being as future doctors. Indeed your spiritual as well as professional formation is crucial to the holistic healing of the people under your care. Therefore, I invite you to consider joining our Society. We will be most pleased to welcome you.

If you so decide, please contact me at 610-691-8648 or you may write to me at Barnabite Spiritual Center, 4301 Hecktown Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020 or  email me at MedSocAMZac@gmail.com 

I hope for your positive response.  

I assure you of my prayerful support in your academic and personal endeavors. May God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ, 
Fr. Robert B. Kosek, CRSP, Ph.D. 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mission and Vision of the Society


Medical Society of 
 St Anthony Mary Zaccaria


Monthly Mass           –    2nd Fri  @ 7:00 p.m.
Monthly Meeting     –   3rd Sat        1:30-3:00 p.m. 

Mission Statement  
We, Catholic physicians, believe deeply that Jesus Christ, Divine Physician, is the ultimate source that heals both our body and soul. Consequently, we believe that Jesus Christ has entrusted especially to us - the physicians – the ministry of healing of body and soul to the ailing neighbor according to an example left to us by our holy Physician, Patron and Protector, St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Vision Statement 
The Medical Society of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria has its guiding principle the teachings of  St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Patron of Physicians, and St. Paul the Apostle with the aim at:

Strengthening the faith of Catholic physicians;
Enlivening a deep desire to grow in imitation of Christ;
Providing spiritual and professional support to medical students;
Contributing to the needs of a larger community, and;
Promoting the name of St. Anthony Zaccaria and the Apostle Paul.

For more information on Medical Society of  St. Anthony Zaccaria please contact:
Fr. Robert B. Kosek, CRSP at Barnabite Spiritual  Center 
● 4301 Hecktown Road ● Bethlehem, PA 18020 
● Tel:  610.691.8648 
● E-mail: MedSocAMZac@gmail.com 
● Blog: medicalsocietyanthonyzaccaria.blogspot.com

Letter from the Chairman no 1

Medical Society of   St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Letter from the Chairman
April 15, 2009
Dear Doctors,
It is a privilege to be the chairman of the Medical Society of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. It has been little more than a month that it came into existence on February 21, 2009.    
A group of doctors already met for the first spiritual session on March 21, 2009. We had a very fruitful experience based on Jesus’ healing story of  “The Man Born Blind” (John 9:1-41). Future sessions will be based on other Jesus’ healing stories. We will reflect on how we can apply these stories in our lives as physicians. We are working in gathering all the demographic data of all the catholic doctors who have shown some interest in enriching their spiritual journey in the Lord.    I would ask each one of you to spread the news of this promising Medical Society that will help us to grow closer to Jesus, the Physician by excellence.

To make things easier to remember, it was proposed by the doctors to have the spiritual sessions on the third Saturday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by a fellowship. We will have a Mass for the doctors’ intentions on the second Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. starting in May. 

When you come to the next spiritual session, you will find an intention book on the altar by
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria’s relic. In that book you can write any intentions you would like the community to pray for. 

I pray to Jesus, through the intercession of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, to send the Holy Spirit, and to continue to guide us on this new journey that we have started to grow closer to Him. 

God Bless.
Dr. Maria A. Ramos

Barnabite Spiritual Center
4301 Hecktown Road
Bethlehem PA 18020
e-mail: medsocamzac@gmail.com

Monday, January 19, 2009


January 19, 2009

There is no other way to prove our love for God except through
man. God's way to deal with man is through another man, that
man is to be healed by what made him ill.
(St. Anthony Zaccaria, Sermon IV)

Dear Doctor
Greetings in the Lord!

As I give thanks to God for the gift of your ministry of healing the infirm and the afflicted, I also pray that you may be mindful that Jesus, the Divine Physician, is the very Source of every healing.

A profound appreciation of this truth brought St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, a physician like yourself, to the realization of the magnitude of the spiritual dimension in the holistic healing of a person. It is precisely for this reason that Holy Father Pius XII named Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Patron of Physicians, so that his example might strengthen and sustain doctors in their medical profession.

As a Barnabite Father, I feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to share the spiritual benefits of our Holy Founder, St. Anthony, in a more concrete way. I intend to form a group of doctors, which will serve the spiritual formation of its members in their ministry to the sick. This group will be named Medical Society of St. Anthony Zaccaria. In this way, our Holy Founder’s dream of offering spiritual support to doctors may be fulfilled.

I then invite you and all Catholic doctors in the Greater Lehigh Valley to a meeting at the Barnabite Spiritual Center in Bethlehem, PA, on February 21, 2009, from 2 to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. During this meeting, I shall present to you the Mission and Vision of the Medical Society of St. Anthony Zaccaria. 

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Thank you, and may God bless you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert B. Kosek, CRSP, Ph.D.
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RSVP by February 14, 2009
Email: medsocamzac@gmail.com