The Message photo by Megan Erbacher
Bishop Joseph M. Siegel celebrated the Diocese of Evansville’s 2023 White Mass Oct. 24 at Ascension St. Vincent Chapel in Evansville. Shown around the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer are Deacon John McMullen, far left, Father Ambrose Wanyonyi, Bishop Siegel, Deacon Gary Keepes, Father Ray Brenner, behind Matt Miller, and Miller. Healthcare professionals, caregivers and their families gathered for the White Mass, named for the white coats often worn by people in the healing profession of medicine, which honors all people working in a healthcare-related field. The White Mass is celebrated annually on or near the Oct. 18 Feast of St. Luke, patron of healthcare professionals, and it dates back to the development of the national Catholic Medical Association in the 1930s. The Message will have full coverage of the White Mass in the Nov. 3 issue.