We are excited to announce a new opportunity for Christian students preparing for healthcare professions.
Through a collaboration among the Catholic Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the Coptic Medical Association of North America, and MacLaurinCSF, we are offering a series of retreats designed to encourage Christian formation of grad/professional students in healthcare fields.
Students training in healthcare fields at public universities like the University of Minnesota receive first-rate educations in their specialties. But given the secular nature of public higher education, Christian students receive little or no support for understanding how their faith affects their work in healthcare.
To remedy this, we’re launching a rotating series of four overnight retreats—one offered each semester—so that students in medical, dental, pharmacy, and related programs can gain a Christian vision for their healthcare professions.
The first of these retreats will focus on the topic “Healthcare as a Christian Vocation.” Together we’ll seek to understand why our work in healthcare is not just a career, but a Christian calling—a vocation. We’ll cover the general theological concept of vocation and explore deeply and practically what vocation entails in the healthcare fields. The retreat will feature sessions and discussions led by local practicing physicians on topics such as:
- the theology of vocation
- the idols of the healthcare professions
- healthcare as mission
The retreat will take place November 20-21 at a retreat center in Montgomery, MN. Registration costs $25, and includes four meals and lodging, as well as a copy of Timothy Keller’s book Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.
We will distribute a few short readings to all participants in advance, encouraging them to read and discuss these selections beforehand, so that we can all gain the most out of our time together on the retreat.
What to expect on the retreat:
- learning together about vocation through presentations and small group discussions
- conversation and fellowship with other students and practitioners in a variety of healthcare fields
- time for quiet reflection on the kingdom significance of your work
- prayer and worship together
To register for this retreat, please complete this Google form and pay online through MacLaurinCSF (select “Healthcare Retreat”). Retreat registration is now closed. If you have questions or would still like to register, email Andrew Hansen, Program Director at MacLaurinCSF.