Geisinger Holy Spirit to host ‘World Day of the Sick’ retreat for healthcare professionals

CAMP HILL – Geisinger Holy Spirit will host a “World Day of the Sick” retreat for healthcare professionals on Saturday, March 17. The retreat will begin at 9 a.m. in the hospital auditorium, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.

The retreat is designed for doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and other healthcare providers, offering an opportunity to reflect on Pope Francis’ annual message to healthcare providers, listen to reflections by others in the field, and share personal experiences. Geisinger Holy Spirit is offering the retreat as a part of its mission integration initiatives to incorporate caring, faith, solidarity, and respect for human dignity in the delivery of healthcare.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. Opening prayer

9:05 a.m. Remarks on the theme of the retreat by Arlene Bobonich, M.D., Geisinger Holy Spirit Palliative and Supportive Medicine

9:10 a.m. “The Life of Blessed Mother Pauline” by Sister Mary Joseph Albright, SCC, mission integration director, Geisinger Holy Spirit

9:45 a.m. Discussion: “The Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 26th World Day of the Sick”

10:15 a.m. “Drawn Near to a Hidden Divine Presence” by Michael Brescia, M.D. (video presentation)

10:45 a.m. Personal reflection time

11:30 a.m. “Caring for a Loved One” by Maureen Asper, RN

11:50 a.m. Closing remarks

12:15 p.m. Liturgy in the hospital chapel (for those wishing to participate)

12:45 p.m. Lunch

There is no cost to attend the retreat and lunch will be provided to all attendees. Registration is requested at,, or