Care for the Sick in Catholic Health Care


Care for the sick, the oppressed, and the poor are essential parts of the mission of Catholic healthcare. How can you be involved in a healthcare system that cares for the most vulnerable?

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free

This talk from Alexandre A. Martins will explore how the care for the sick, the oppressed, and the poor are essential parts of the mission of Jesus’ followers, guided by the Holy Spirit.

While considering a global health context and local challenges, promotion of health and wellbeing is an effort that needs to combine medical care for the sick, community participation, and practices to build justice. To achieve these goals, Catholic health institutions can play a huge role and offer a great contribution.

"The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year acceptable of the Lord" (Luke 4:18). This is a text from the Prophet Isaiah that Jesus read in a Synagogue in Nazareth, presenting it as a project of his public ministry.

The poor, and oppressed, and the sick are central in this project, a Christological foundation for the mission of the Church, that continues the historical ministry of Jesus.

This event is part of the Visiting Scholar in Ethics program presented by Providence Healthcare, St. Paul’s Foundation and St. Mark’s College. This partnership is made possible by the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

About the speaker

Alexandre A. Martins is a theologian and bioethicist from Brazil. He is specialized in health care ethics and social ethics, especially in the areas of public health, global health, community based-approached, and Catholic social teaching.

As a healthcare provider and global health advocate, he has served in middle and low-income countries throughout the world, such as Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, and Uganda. Currently he is assistant professor at the Department of Theology and the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Wisconsin, Regional Coordinator of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church for Latin American and Caribbean region, and Vice-President of the Brazilian Society of Moral Theology.


Emphasizing the importance of listening, reflecting, learning, discussing and praying, St. Mark’s Centre for Christian Engagement seeks to enable the creation of a culture of encounter and dialogue by creating opportunities to address the challenges associated with the disengagement of Christians from the Church and the life of faith.


Contact Dr. John Martens, Director of the Centre for Christian Engagement

[email protected]

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