White Mass and Lecture for Medical Professionals

Feb 17, 2024
Bond Chapel & Swift Hall
1025 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Sister Teresa Mary Kozlovski, RSM, MDReligious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan




This event is free and open to the public. 

The Lumen Christi Institute, Calvert House, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish are pleased to announce their first annual White Mass and Lecture

Mass will be held at Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago. The celebrant will be Fr. Carlos Rodriguez.

What is a White Mass?

The tradition of the White Mass in the United States finds its origins in the development of the national Catholic Medical Association in the early 1930s. From its inception, the medical profession has been understood as a healing profession, a way in which Christ’s work continues upon the earth. Moreover, since the apparitions at Lourdes in the late 19th century,  the plight of the infirmed- and those who care for them- have taken on renewed appreciation in participating in the mysteries of Christ’s own life. The White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers healthcare professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient, doctor,  nurse, and caregiver alike.


Lecture by Sr. Teresa Mary Kozlovski, RSM, MD
“Catholic Health Care: Serving as Instruments of God's Mercy”

During our training as health care practitioners, we learn about the body, what is broken, and how to fix it. Yet, in our day-to-day practice in medicine, we interact with human persons, not bodies. How does our Catholic faith enlighten this reality and the practice of medicine? This lecture will explore topics including the dignity of each person made in the image and likeness of God, the importance of the development of our own interior life, the mercy of God, and how incorporating these aspects of the faith lends to comprehensive health care and our service in medicine as instruments of God's mercy.



4:00 pm - Mass at Bond Chapel (1025 E. 58th St.)
5:00 pm - Reception and Networking at Swift Hall (1025 E. 58th St.)
5:45 pm - Lecture at Swift Hall (1025 E. 58th St.)
6:30 pm - End


This event is made possible through the support of ‘In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide’ (Grant #62372) from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this program are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

Sister Teresa Mary Kozlovski, RSM, MD, entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, in 2005, and professed perpetual profession in 2013. She was sent for medical studies and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2012. Recognizing her desire to serve in primary care in concordance with the needs of the community, Sister Teresa Mary did her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, completing the program in June of 2019. Sister Teresa Mary was recognized during residency in both 2018 and 2019 With the Rawson Teaching Award and received the Clinic “Star of the Year” award in 2019. Dr. Kozlovski has been serving at Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center since September of 2019.