NEW HAVEN - Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate the Archdiocesan White Mass for physicians, nurses and all health care professionals at noon April 26 at St. Mary Church.
The White Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford in conjunction with the Connecticut Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, a national organization of Catholic physicians and allied healthcare professionals.
Afterward, Archbishop Blair will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon at The Graduate Club, 155 Elm St.
Archbishop Blair will present Dr. Daniel J. Diver, a cardiologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, with the Archbishop’s Award for Excellence in Health Care.
The award is bestowed on a health care professional who, by personal service, professional accomplishment and collegial endeavor, has exemplified the finest traditions of the medical profession and the purpose of health care.
Dr. Diver is director of the St. Francis Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology program, and director of the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut. He holds an academic appointment as clinical professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the St. Francis staff, Dr. Diver was chief of cardiology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, and held academic appointments at the Georgetown University School of Medicine as chief of its Division of Cardiology, vice chairman of the school’s Department of Medicine and associate professor of medicine.
Previously, Dr. Diver served at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where he held an appointment as assistant professor of medicine and was associate director of the Interventional Cardiology Program.
He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Tickets for the luncheon and reception are $30, and can be reserved by emailing Marion Valenti at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 860-541-6491, ext. 168.
The Connecticut Guild of the CMA was organized in April 2011 to provide greater opportunity for Catholic health care providers to share their unique mission, experience, values and faith through a variety of programs.