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World Day of the Sick

Annual World Day of the Sick: February 11

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has developed resources to help with the planning and celebration of World Day of the Sick. The resources include suggestions and prayers that can be used by individuals as well as by dioceses, parishes, health care institutions, and other organizations.

Elderly woman laying in hospital bed while practitioner consoles her by putting their hand on her shoulder

Message From Pope Francis

Every year Pope Francis commemorates the World Day of the Sick with a powerful message. This year Pope Francis centered his message on "It is not good that man should be alone." Healing the Sick by Healing Relationships.  To view his full message please click on the link below.

NACC World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards

For over twenty years the NACC has published prayer cards for World Day of the Sick, for use in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, parishes, and for anyone else interested in the spiritual needs of sick persons and caregivers. While we no longer print and distribute physical cards, the printable cards (in PDF format) are freely available on our website and we encourage members and other caregivers to download, print, share, use them!

Free Recording: World Day of the Sick Gathering

Moved with Compassion: The Intersection of Mental Health and Catholic Professionals  
Co-sponsored by The Archdiocese of Seattle, Catholic Health Association, and National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Originally held on Saturday, February 10, 2024

In Honor of World Day of the Sick, join colleagues for a meaningful day of enrichment, collegiality, and personal refreshment as we explore the importance of mental health for ourselves and all those we serve as a ministry of the church. Lunch is included. The day will conclude with a Mass for Healthcare Professionals.

This event was specifically designed for chaplains, mission leaders, clinicians, and lay leaders. All are welcome. Event participation/viewing the recording is eligible for 5.25 CEHs.