CMDA of WNY Retreat 2018!

Faith in Healthcare: Prayer First, Then Action

Prayer First, Then Action!

On August 25, 2018, from 8:30 am to 5 pm MCCF teamed with CMDA of Western NY to co-host a one-day retreat geared toward any and all healthcare professionals (retirees welcome!) and those immersed in the medical fields seeking to refresh, renew or explore faith and how it relates to their role as healthcare provider/advocate. MDs, DDS, NPs, nurses, Pharmacists, PAs, counselors, therapists, admin/support staff, hospital chaplains – you name it – were all invited, as well as family, friends, and people of all faiths or no particular faith. The final roster of attendees numbered over 100, and continuing education credit was available for free for those who wanted it.


  • Help healthcare professionals and others grow in their connection with God (through prayer) and with one another (through fellowship, networking and friendship building).
  • Enjoy some inspiration and learn about practical ways to incorporate faith into healthcare for the purpose of enhancing patient care.


  • Identify the role that spirituality plays in the health and well-being of people according to evidence-based medicine.
  • Develop practical skills in knowing how and when to take a spiritual history.
  • Identify ways of improving health and well-being and preventing or treating burn-out.

Cost and Registration

  • Early Bird Price: $15/person (Jul 11 – Aug 15)
  • Regular Price: $20/person (Aug 16 – Aug 23)
  • Students & residents are FREE (*still need to register)
  • Click here to Register.

Conference Location

  • Camp Hickory HIll
  • 2970 Kohler Road, Varysburg, NY 14617
  • (southeast of Buffalo)
  • Click here for information and a map about how to get to our retreat location.


  • MORNING THEME: Prayer First: It’s Life-Giving
  • Is your prayer life anemic or life-giving? God is more concerned with your personal walk with Him than what you do for Him.
  • Speaker: Christopher Baldwin, DMin will speak on “Life-Giving Prayer”
  • Follow up with a morning breakout session to learn about and practice various styles of prayer.
  • AFTERNOON THEME: Putting Faith into Practice
  • How can faith be an asset in overcoming challenges you may face in the medical field? Optimizing patient care by putting faith into practice.
  • Speaker: David Holmes, MD will speak on “Faith in Healthcare – What does evidence-based medicine say about it? (CME credit available)
  • Follow up with an afternoon breakout session to learn about how to apply your faith in your professional life.

Program and Flyer

Review our Program online or download a Flyer.

Speakers and Sponsors

Click here to read more about our Plenary Speakers and Retreat Co-Sponsors


Contact Sarah Sullivan at
or David Holmes at 716-697-1884,