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Priesthood and health care go hand in hand: retiring health-care vicar (PHC)

Msgr. Bernard Rossi at his 50th anniversary celebration in 2019. The former vicar for health care says caring for the sick is central to the ministry of priests and the work of the Church. (Photo credit: The B.C. Catholic)

So strongly does Msgr. Bernard Rossi believe in the importance of Catholic health care, he once told a priest who didn’t like visiting hospitals that he shouldn’t be a priest.

Reflecting on two-and-a-half decades of service in providing Catholic health care in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Msgr. Rossi declares without hesitation that caring for the sick is not only central to the ministry of priests, it’s central to the work of the Church.

“I don’t think there can be any true ministry in the Church if the sick are not part of it and at the very heart of it,” he said in an interview, “because they’re the ones most in need and most vulnerable.”

He has also been the B.C. bishops’ representative on the board of the Catholic Health Association of B.C. and served on the joint governance board of the five Catholic hospitals in Vancouver, continuing when they were later governed by Providence Health Care.

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