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Guardian of Faith:

The honor of Guardians of Faith is awarded to those individuals who love God and the Catholic Church and are members of the healing professions and their affiliates who exemplify their faith and their love of God in their personal lives and and in their healing professions by special service and dedication to the Mission of the Catholic Medical Association and its projects and objectives. Their dedication and and humility of service are examples of the answer to God's call of discipleship.  It is the honor of the Catholic Medical Association to recognize those individuals with the Distinguished Guardian of Faith medallion as a symbol to others of their service and dedication and faith.


Any active paid member of the Catholic Medical Association who provides evidence of meeting the "Criteria for Eligibility for Distinguished Guardian of the Faith" to the Executive Director shall be considered for the title of Distinguished Guardian of Faith in the Catholic Medical Association. The application shall be delivered to the Executive Director before August 1, who in turn shall submit the candidate's name and dossier to the Awards Committee. A majority aye votes shall be necessary for election to the Distinguished Guardians of Faith. The Executive Director shall submit the vote to the Board of the CMA for final review, and the applicant ideally must be present for the conferring of the title at the Annual Conference.

Candidates will be approved upon review of submitted applications by the Outstanding Awards Committee. Notification will be sent to the approved candidates. This notice will include information to assist you with preparation and participation in the installation of new Distinguished Guardians of Faith at the Annual Conference. A Candidate must meet these preliminary requirements:

1.  Current Active Member of the Catholic Medical Association for a minimum of five years.

2. Agree with and live and practice to the best of one’s ability with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the mission of the Catholic Medical Association.

3. A nominee sponsor (individual sponsoring a candidate) must be an active member of the Catholic Medical Association for a minimum of three (3) years.

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* 1. Nominee Information

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* 2. Nominee's profession (i.e. physician, nurse, healthcare professional, clergy/consecrated religious).

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* 3. Has the nominee been a member of the CMA for the past five years?

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* 4. Nominee's participation in the CMA (i.e. CMA officer, board member, committee chair/member, etc.).

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* 5. Nominee's level of participation in their local community, parish, diocese/archdiocese, local guild board president/member.

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* 6. Nominee's participation in a specialty college and/or national society (i.e AMA, ACP, etc.).

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* 7. Name of nominee sponsor (must have minimum of 3 year membership).