Over two millennia, Christian doctors and nurses, inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, have been at the forefront of efforts to alleviate human suffering, cure disease, and advance knowledge and understanding. Jesus of Nazareth taught: 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40) The fact that the first "hospitals" as we know them today began due to monks, nuns, and missionaries since the earliest days of the Christian movement, bears a conspicuous mark on the ascent of human medical care. The establishment of Christian hospitals brought personalized care to the sick, irrespective of race, age or nationality. Monastic centers served as the only organized health care centers with teaching centers and sacred libraries of the medical works of the Greeks, Judiasm, and Islam. The Knights Hospitallers were responsible for building hospitals all over the Levant, the Mediterranean (Cyprus, Cos, Rhoades, and Malta), and Germany, impelling a renaissance in medicine, nursing and surgery.
As well as taking a leading role in caring for the sick, Christians also played a very important part in the furthering of medical knowledge. Together, Jews and Christians took the lead in collecting and copying manuscripts all over Europe after the burning of the Great Library at Alexandria. This rescued much of the medical knowledge for the religiously tolerant Arabic Empire and for later generations. Christianity thus give medicals men and women a new perspective and allegiance that their lives are spent in joyful, grateful service of God who has redeemed them and given them new life. In many ways, Christianity and medicine are natural allies; medicine gives men and women unique opportunities to express their faith in daily practical caring for others, embodying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ -'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40) more...
SMOCH as the torch of Monastic Medicine makes public recognition of the little recognized Christian doctors and nurses, inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, have been at the forefront of efforts to alleviate human suffering, cure disease, and advance knowledge and understanding. The Christian Church has played a major role in developing and shaping the practice of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy as we know it today. Thus, in canonical heritage, it is the duty of our Knights to make public record of Christian medical men and women who have consistently raised the social status of the weak, sick and handicapped and sought to love and care for them to the utmost of their abilities. Thus the Grand Master proposed by edict the process of documentation for our heroes entry into the venerable HALL OF GLORY – THE MEDICAL SERVANTS OF GOD. We thus acknowledge tribute to those who have solemnly contributed to the ascent of our knowledge of care for the human frame and soul.
The SMOKH process of documenting the life and virtues of a Christian medical man or woman begins with this web page from the office of the Bishop of the diocese - SMOCH - for a Cause for Veneration, documented and communicated to the Sovereign Council for consideration. Once a Cause has begun, the individual is called a Medical Servant of God. During this first phase of Postulation now established by the SMOCH diocese to promote the Cause, contributors must gather testimony about the life and virtues of the Medical Servant of God. Public and private writings must be collected and examined for due consideration. This documentary phase of the process takes time and concludes with the judgment of the SMOKH diocesan tribunal by vote of the Sovereign Council, and the ultimate decision rests with the Bishop, that the heroic virtues of the Servant of God have or have not been demonstrated. The results, along with the documentation are communicated to the Congregation for the Causes of Medical Servants of God and raise the candidate to the rank of 'Venerable Medical Servant of God'. The venerables are then posted in eulogy on this web site.
Venerated Saints are also listed below for historical perspective.