Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

J.-BrehanyJohn Brehany, Ph.D.

HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will celebrate a White Mass for physicians, nurses and all health care professionals at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in West Simsbury. Click here to see flyer.

The White Mass is being co-sponsored by a newly chartered guild of the Catholic Medical Association, along with the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell.

John Brehany, Ph.D., executive director of the national Catholic Medical Association, will speak at a brunch immediately following the Mass.

Dr. Brehany is a well-known medical ethicist and public policy expert whose past experience includes service as the executive director of mission services and ethics for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was responsible for mission integration, ethics consultation and education, pastoral care and the community benefit ministry program. Prior to that, Dr. Brehany taught courses in systematic and moral theology at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore.

Dr. Brehany has lectured at a number of other institutions of higher learning, including St. Louis University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Briar Cliff University School of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He currently teaches a course on Hippocratic and Judeo-Christian medical ethics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Dr. Brehany will address the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 on individual, group and institutional medical practice, and conscience protection for health care professionals. Various resources concerning these issues are available on CMA’s Web site at

Dr. Brehany received his doctorate in health care ethics from St. Louis University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C.

Archbishop Mansell will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass. The concelebrants will be Father Michael Whyte, pastor of St. Catherine and chaplain of the state CMA guild, and Father Douglas Mosey, president and rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, where the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center is located.

The Connecticut Guild of the CMA was organized in April 2011 to provide greater opportunity for Catholic physicians and health care providers to share their unique mission, experience, values and faith through educational, social and collaborative programs. Dr. Judith Mascolo, who has a family practice in West Hartford, is president of the local CMA guild.

"The White Mass and reception present a significant opportunity to advance the guild’s objectives and to learn more about the CMA and its many resources and benefits," said Deacon Thomas J. Davis, one of the guild’s organizers.

The White Mass is named for the white coats and uniforms traditionally worn by health care professionals.