Sts. Cosmas and Damien: Did They Perform the First Successful Medical Transplant?

SS Cosmas and Damien graft the leg of a black person onto the stump of Deacon Justinian (by Jaume Huguet, 1415-1492)

Who are Cosmas and Damien?Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I).   A church was erected on their burial place, and  a famous basilica was built in their honor in Constantinople.  The Church in the West celebrates their memorial on September 26.But little is known about these twin brothers who lived and died during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian.According to legend, the twins lived in Arabia and became skilled doctors.  In the East, th … [Read more...]

NO GREATER LOVE: Facing Kidney Failure, Priest Receives the Gift of Life From His Friend

May he be faithful to the ministry that he receives from you, Lord God, and be to others a model of right conduct. --From the Prayer of Consecration, Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood On the day of his ordination, a young priest expects to offer a lifetime of loving service to Christ and His Church.  Through his prayer and his ministry, he will lead his flock to a deeper understanding of their faith; he will walk with them in joy and sorrow, sharing their joy at the baptism of a child and the … [Read more...]