Nursing with the Hands of Jesus

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By Marie Romagnano, RN

Around each anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, healthcare professionals are especially reminded how difficult it was to see and experience the tremendous suffering of our fellow Americans. The way we stay strong spiritually is by turning to Jesus, the Divine Healer, who specifically chose us for our vocation as healthcare professionals.

We all need help turning to Jesus. One proven way is to attend the annual Retreat for Healthcare Professionals, sponsored by Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy and the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

Staying spiritually strong in times of tragedy can only be accomplished through God's mercy and unending grace. This is why an annual retreat is so important — to spend quiet time with Jesus in prayer and Adoration, asking Him for the guidance we need, entrusting ourselves to Our Lady and asking her to help us grow in trust and mercy.

The retreat is being led by Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, a renowned speaker and scholar with an expertise in the message of The Divine Mercy and Marian spirituality.

You can choose from two retreat dates: Oct. 28-31 or Nov. 11-14, 2011.

The location is Cape Cod, Mass., in a quiet atmosphere conducive to prayer and spiritual fellowshop. The retreat will include talks by Fr. Kaz, Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, group discussions, and opportunities for individual spiritual direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

This is an exceptional opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect on our lives and our work. How does Jesus use our hands and hearts to accomplish His will? How can we depend on Him more and ask Him to show us how to care for our patients?

The spiritual benefits and joy of this retreat are open to all healthcare professionals. Please join us. Enroll early. Space is limited to eight participants for each retreat date.

Contact: Sarah at 413-298-3691 or e-mail

Marie Romagnano, RN, is the founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. She is co-author of Nursing with the Hands of Jesus: A Guide to Nurses for Divine Mercy (Marian Press), written with Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, and Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC.

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Deborah C. Slavin, RN, CEN - Sep 13, 2011

As nurses, health care professionals for Divine Mercy, we know that to bring our faith to the bedside, to be the hands and feet, the presence of the Merciful Lord to our patients, to minister to those around us, requires us to deepen our own faith, these retreats are a wonderful opportunity. Here we come in prayer, asking the Divine physician to guide us, to heal us, to bring us deeper into his most loving merciful heart.
I have attended several of these retreats, and look forward to the opportunity for quiet prayer, to retreat, to hear the Lord, in the quiet of my heart, and to enjoy the fellowship of other nurses who also ask for the graces to be vessels of mercy. These are moments that feed us, bread for our journey.
I look forward to the November retreat, to Marie's hospitality, and to the wisdom, warmth and guidance that Fr. Kaz provides, feeding our formation, assisting us on our journey.
May your journey bear much fruit, may the merciful Lord bless you in abundance, and may the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception be our health and protection.

Theresa - Sep 24, 2011

I am so grateful to have been given a true gift of mercy from Our Lord...something that I can share from my heart with others, and true and lasting change with serious health issues...and help RN's establish a business from home around this gift! I am so happy to be helping others reduce and/or get off of medications entirely. Thank You, Jesus...I Trust in You!