"We must be guided by the best healthcare tradition that respects and promotes the right to life from conception until natural death for all regardless of race, disability, nationality, religion, sex and socio-economic status".
As members of the Diocese set off to Lourdes for the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage we are reminded of the important ministry to the sick that the Church supports in Arundel & Brighton. It is not just through this annual pilgrimage but also through the work of chaplains and volunteers in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and private homes.
The Diocese is also grateful for the work of relgious orders who run homes and facilities for care of the sick in the Diocese. Bishop Kieran recently blessed a new Physiotherapy unit at Holy Cross Hospital which is run and owned by the Daughters of the Cross. Many other religious orders run nursing homes and carry out wonderful work with the sick. Even with universal healthcare in this country provided by the State their is still a real role for the Church in ministry to the sick and in particular supporting a more holistic, spirit-filled approach to care of those who are sick.
Jesus said: 'Imagine a sower going out to sow... some fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!' (Mt 13:2 & 19)