The “Field Hospital” is Alive and Well

The Field Hospital is a regular feature in the National Catholic Reporter focusing on outreach programs underway, “or all the good things happening across the US,” to provide aid and comfort to our sisters and brothers in need.

A few months after Pope Francis’ election, he referred to the church as a “field hospital” stating: “I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”

The healing is going on in the Pacific Northwest, with projects ranging from ministering to incarcerated individuals to helping the formerly incarcerated adjust to re-entry into community life.  A Seattle Parish is sponsoring an “Inclusion Ministry Mass and Dance” for persons with special needs.

Affordable housing is a challenge throughout the US.  The Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative in New Orleans is now operating its first permanently affordable four-unit apartment and working to develop eight more units.

These projects are but a scattering of the actual work underway to heal the wounded in our country.  There is still a tremendous amount of work to do.

Click here to review the latest from the Field Hospital in the National Catholic Reporter