History

Founded in 1954 by Dr. Rupert Clare and Archbishop Anthony Jordan “to afford better opportunities for Catholic doctors to improve their knowledge of the moral aspects of their work”.

The Guild continues to provide a forum of interaction for health care professionals, their spouses and the clergy.

The feature event is the Annual Mass in celebration of the feast day of St. Luke the physician, around October 18th. Mass and dinner is followed by a presentation from guest speakers on current topics related to health care and bioethics.

An annual business meeting is held each year in late May or early June. Additional meetings are planned for the future, including the holding of a retreat.

An Annual Essay Competition in Bioethics was instituted in 1999, open to all undergraduate medical students at the University of Alberta.

While the number of active members has grown steadily in recent times, the Guild owes a tremendous debt to Archbishop Joseph MacNeil, Dr. Henry Wojcicki and other members of the Polish medical community of Edmonton for leading the organization through a low point in its membership.