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The Diocese of Joliet Medical Mission is a not-for-profit, ecumenical ministry sponsored by the Joliet Diocese Peace and Social Justice Ministry, and a member of the Partnership In Mission. The Medical Mission works by first establishing a relationship with the foreign site either under the auspice of the local diocesan bishop or a religious community. Our foreign site partners develop a plan to address local needs in cooperation with the resources available in the Joliet Diocese.
Our first mission site was established in Sucre, Bolivia upon the invitation of Archbishop Jesus Perez in 1994. Working in the barrios of Sucre, our medical missionaries offer their talents in general, plastic, orthopedic, oral, and ophthalmologic surgery. In addition, the team is involved with pediatric care, dentistry, cardiology, and general health concerns. In 2000 we opened a new 44 bed hospital to better serve the needs of Sucre.Teams travel to Bolivia each April.
In 2005 we sent our first team to work in the barrios of Quito in support of the missionary activity of Joliet priest, Fr. Donald Kenny. With our support, a clinic was established. Teams now travel each spring to this city on the center of the earth.
Bago City, and Borongan, The Philippines
In January 2005 we sent our first medical teams to serve in Bago City and the city of Borongan in the Philippines. Surgical and medical teams now travel from the cold of Chicago to this tropical island each winter.
Naivasha, Kenya, East Africa
In September 2005, we inaugarated Africa AIDS Mission: Service, Education, Advocacy - A medical mission to Kenya, with a three-fold aim of 1.) service to women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS, and on the teams return, 2.) education opportunities in schools and parishes, and 3.) equipping the medical professionals with advocacy skills to seek more support for AIDS research and relief. We travel each September to the "Jewel of Africa".
The Medical Mission is a pilgrimage to find the Living Christ through an encounter with the poor.
Peace and Social Justice Ministry