Local health care providers to be honored for volunteer service

March 14, 2012

The 21st annual Rose Mass will be celebrated in honor of the outstanding service and tireless efforts of the medical, dental, nursing and allied health care workers in serving the community’s needs. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass and Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana will be the homilist.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
10:30 a.m.
Church of the Little Flower
5607 Massachusetts Avenue
Bethesda, MD

With the celebration of this Rose Mass, the John Carroll Society continues a tradition begun in 1992. This event takes place annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (“Laetare Sunday”), when the vestments worn by the celebrant are rose-colored. The rose has also come to symbolize “life,” whose precious care is entrusted to the healing professions.

The Rose Mass is organized to invoke God’s blessings on the medical, dental, nursing and allied healthcare workers and the many health care institutions in the Archdiocese of Washington. In addition, the Mass provides an opportunity to acknowledge the splendid work of the volunteers of the Archdiocesan Health Care Network, a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington since 1984. This network is composed of a multitude of dedicated workers from all religions, infused with an ecumenical spirit in their care of the sick. The network provides millions of dollars in free outpatient services to thousands of people in need through the generosity of volunteer nurses, doctors, dentists and podiatrists and area hospitals.

The John Carroll Society is a spiritual, charitable and social organization for Washington-area Catholic professionals.

Pro Bono Health Care Awardees:

Michelle A. Rivera, M.D., Dermatology
Michelle Rivera received her Bachelor’s degree at New York University. She graduated from medical school at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed a three year residency in pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center. She went on to complete a dermatology fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center. She has been in private practice since 1986 and has repeatedly been listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Doctors edition. She is a Member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is the secretary of the Arlington County Medical Society and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In the past two years, Dr. Rivera has been one of the most generous providers of pro bono care in the Archdiocese Health Care Network.

Walter M. Mazzella, D.D.S, Dentistry
Water J. Mazzella, D.D.S, M.S. is a periodontist in private practice since 1963. He attended high school at Gonzaga College High School. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1961 and from the Graduate Department of Periodontics in 1963. He, then, accepted a faculty appointment as instructor in the school of Periodontics and Endodontics. He was appointed Chairman of the Department of Periodontics at Georgetown University in 1995. He has maintained a private practice since 1963. He has engaged in numerous research projects, is widely published in the prevention of periodontal disease, and has lectured to numerous academic organizations. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and is a life member of the District of Columbia Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology. He has served as secretary, executive committee member, and as president of the Greater Washington Society of Periodontology. Dr. Mazeella received the Georgetown University Vicennial Medal for 20 years of service, and the University Service Award from the Alumni Association. While in private practice, Dr. Mazzella has treated young residents of the Home of the Good Shepherd, and numerous patients through the Archdiocesan Health Care Network.

Kenneth Newkirk, M.D., Otolaryngology
Dr. Kenneth Newkirk, originally from the Bronx, NY is the youngest of five children. It was very important to his mother that he and his siblings receive a college educations and advanced degrees. Although his mother did not complete grammar school, she always stressed the importance of education and helping others. Dr. Newkirk attended Regis High School, a Jesuit-founded high school in New York. The school’s motto is “Deo et Patriae” (For God and Country). “This speaks to the intention to produce men committed to devoting the advantages of their education to the service of society and the underprivileged,” said Dr. Newkirk. Dr. Newkirk attended Brown University where he received his undergraduate degree, and then went on to attend Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His internship and residency were completed at Georgetown University Hospital, and his fellowships were completed at Georgetown University Hospital and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. He is also the Residency Program Director at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Newkirk exemplifies the motto of his high school with his continued devotion to the health needs of the community. Dr. Newkirk has used his strong family and medical foundation to touch the lives of countless individuals not only with his superb surgical skills, but also with his kind heart, genuine care, and compassion.

Msgr. Harry A. Echle Award for Outstanding Service in Health Care Ministry:

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Ranieri
Reverend Monsignor Joseph A. Ranieri was born in New York City on July 14, 1932. He attended Cathedral College and graduated from Niagara University. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 15, 1957. He graduated from the Pontifical North American College in 1958. He served as an instructor at Cathedral Latin Schools in Washington, D.C. from 1961 to 1971. He served as pastor at three different parishes over 25 years, including The Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Pleasant. He has served on numerous archdiocesan boards and in leadership positions, such as moderator of the Priests’ Senate and dean of the Middle and Northern Prince George’s County Deaneries. He was a consultor and chairman of the Archdiocesan Building Commission. Since 1998, he has served as coordinator of pastoral care of priests where he offers assistance to priests preparing to retire; reaches out to retired priests and provides for their well-being; visits sick priests regularly and monitors their progress; and assists with arrangements surrounding funerals for priests. He has continued in this ministry since his retirement in 2009. Monsignor Ranieri is in residence at the Little Sisters of the Poor and has served as their Sunday chaplain since 1998. He also is very dedicated to the Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville and regularly visits and celebrates Mass for the residents and sisters. He tirelessly supports the retired priests of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Cardinal James P. Hickey Lifetime Service Award:

John C. Harvey, M.D., Ph.D.
Physician and moral theologian, John Collins Harvey was educated at Phillips Exeter, Yale, and Johns Hopkins. While serving in the Navy, he completed his M.D. degree and his internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins. He served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins for 25 years, and rose to the position of Professor of Medicine, before coming to Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1973. During his 16 year tenure as Professor of Medicine at Georgetown, he cared for patients, taught medical students and residents, headed medical relief teams, authored numerous books and articles, and served on committees such as the National Advisory Council on Aging. He also spent 11 years in night classes at St. Mary’s Seminary and earned his doctorate in Moral Theology. With his combined degrees, Dr. Harvey became Georgetown’s Professor Emeritus in Medicine, joining the faculty of Georgetown’s newly formed Center for Clinical Bioethics in 1991. He chaired Georgetown Hospital’s first ethics committee, instituted ethics classes at the medical school, and served as an ethics consultant for the Center’s Consultative Service. Dr. Harvey has been an active parishioner at Holy Trinity Church, and an active member of the John Carroll Society. Pope Paul VI appointed Dr. Harvey to the Medical Committee of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints as one of the medical consultants who certify that the physical cure produced by a miracle is unexplainable by current medical knowledge. He was made a Knight of St Gregory by Pope Paul VI and elevated to Knight Commander with Star by Pope John Paul II. He became a Knight of Magistral Grace in Obedience in the order of the Knights of Malta in its Federal Association. Dr. Harvey became a Knight of Justice in the Order when he made his first profession of temporary religious vows for one year on November 12, 2011 at the Order’s Sub priory of Lourdes’ yearly Mass at St. Joseph Church in New York City. When informed of today’s award, Dr. Harvey spoke of the honor he had in serving as James Cardinal Hickey’s personal physician from the time that Cardinal Hickey first came to Washington.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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