World Day of the Sick was observed at Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Islip, on February 11. World Day of the Sick, instituted by St. John Paul II in 1992 and celebrated annually on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, affirms the church’s duty to remember and serve the sick and the suffering. (Catholic News Service photos by Gregory A. Shemitz)
Deacon Richard Becker, director of pastoral care and ethics, blesses patient Camille Watts on World Day of the Sick.
Medical staff make rounds in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center on World Day of the Sick, Feb. 11, 2021.
Hospital chaplain Sister Moonkyung Park, (standing) a member of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, chats with unit clerk Barbara Smith-Hawkins in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
Dominican Sister Rosemary Jermusyk, who serves as a hospital chaplain, proclaims a reading during Mass marking World Day of the Sick.
Chaplain Father Gabriel Berko celebrates Mass.
Dominican Sister Jean Agnes Geraghty, a retired hospital chaplain, receives Communion from Father Gabriel Berko.
The parable of the good Samaritan is depicted in a stained-glass window at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.