friends of St Camillus,
On behalf of our chaplains, staff and volunteers, I wish you blessings for this season of Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and 2017. We are humbled daily to be about the service of patients, family/friends and staff at LAC+USC, Norris and Keck Medical Centers.
We are there in partnership with you and Together in Mission/Foundations.
We are home for outreach ministries like Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry, Pax Christi Los Angeles & So Cal Regional, CMLPG Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, CADP/Catholics Against the Death Penalty, AIN Angel Interfaith Network and our Clinical Pastoral Education Center (training professional chaplains).
Our year has been full of many blessings. We have provided over 56,000 visits to patients in 2016 with over 400 emergency calls to the three hospitals. We have hosted the CADP work for Yes on 62 and No on 66. We provided many hours of education toward the international effort to abolish the death penalty. Sadly, we did not win in November. We support victims and the restorative justice Gospel approach to the incarcerated.
We celebrated and recommitted ourselves to the 30 years of ministry to persons with HIV/AIDS and hosting the CMLGP.
Our Associates and Pax Christi monthly Justice & Peace mass continues to be a light of hope along with our efforts with mobilizing day against the death penalty.
Our partnership with AIN & McIntyre Fund provides emergency assistance:
food, shelter, funeral, cloths, hygiene kits, socks and soup for needs beyond their medical situations.
WE all together make this happen. PLEASE consider joining our monthly or annual Friends of St Camillus or continue or even increase your past commitment. We pledge to use all funds to increase our service to the patients, families/friends, staff at the hospitals and our outreach Services.
Our CPE program allows us to not only train chaplains from around the world and from various spiritual traditions but their clinical hours at LAC+USC and urban sites allows us to increase our spiritual care.
It’s all about life and people. One family was in total distress as the curtain was pulled and they saw their loved one before them after a self-inflicted wound. Another mother is in grief over the fetal demise of their first child while another family celebrates the care given for their preemie that will survive. We are here, you are here. Not “Code Black TV” but real lives touched by our ministry.
We seek your funds and your prayers/volunteer time (Weekend Eucharistic Ministers, office assistance, home on line help with fundraising, making hygiene kits or lap quilts, etc.). I am so blessed to serve with our team.
Please Donate Today
Fr Chris Ponnet
Pastor, Chaplain and Team