FEBRUARY 2014. Mothers Matter is MCI's monthly eNewsletter, updating you on events and projects.
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March Field Update: 

Laundry and Kitchen construction underway- 
Read more about the project and check out the latest photos from Isiolo here on the MCI Blog and Facebook page.


For the Western Church, the Annunciation is a feast honoring the Virgin Mary as the mother of Christ. The emphasis of the celebration is placed on her acceptance of this honor as the fulfillment of the prophecy written in Isaiah 7:14.

Through her word the Virgin conceived; she remained a virgin; as a virgin she gave birth to the Savior.

The most intimate relationship of God with any human being was with Mary, who carried in her whom the Son of God made man. Perhaps all mothers share in a small and mysterious way in that intimacy through their own birthing experiences.  The resounding "Yes!" to life mothers proclaim to their unborn children is a celebration and participation in God's love for us. 

We believe obstetricians and midwives are the most privileged medical and nursing caregivers, as they serve the co-creators of human life. The acceptance of the invitation to Mary to become the Mother of God establishes our own duty as fellow human beings to say "Yes!" to serving mothers and their children. 

Against all human expectation God chooses those who were considered powerless and weak to show forth his faithfulness to his promises: Hannah, the mother of Samuel; Deborah; Ruth; Judith and Esther; and many other women. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 489.129)

Happy Feast Day to all mothers and to our obstetrical and midwifery colleagues!

-The MaterCare Team



We want to thank you for the enthusiasm, courage and support for mothers and the marginalized that you have brought to the papacy over the past year. As a group of Catholic obstetricians, midwives and health care professionals, your words of support, granted to us during a Papal Audience in September of 2013, gave us a new-found strength in the upholding of the dignity of all human life from conception to natural end. You said to us that, “Your being Catholic entails a greater responsibility: first of all to yourself, to be committed to being consistent with the Christian vocation; and then to contemporary culture, to contribute to recognizing the transcendent dimension in human life, the imprint of the creative work of God, from the very first moment of conception.” 

Read the entire letter here »


In response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that Canada will host a high-level Summit on maternal, newborn and child health from May 28-30, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario

Four years have passed since the 2010 Muskoka G8 summit that devoted $7.3 billion to maternal, newborn and child health, yet little has been done to fund positive programs that actively and significantly reduce the numbers of maternal and child deaths while maintaining the cultural values of the communities in which they operate." 

Read the entire statement here »

"May God continue to bless our efforts to grow in our relationships with him during this season of Lent."

An Invitation from MaterCare Australia:

MaterCare Australia extends you a monthly prayer invitation to everyone. We encourage you to pray for MaterCare's intentions, be it in private or in unison with those praying the rosary. To take part in an on-line rosary prayer session hosted by MaterCare Australia's Chairman, Dr. Elvis Seman, please email him at                        


We've been redesigning our website to make it easier for our supporters to use. Check out the revitalized "News and Publications" tab here to find all the information you need on MaterCare publications and resources. We'd love your input! If you have an idea or comment on how we can improve our website, please email them to our Social Media Director, Jennifer Derwey, at


To our loyal supporters...


With gratitude,

The MaterCare Team

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Mother's Day

We're excited about Mother's Day in May, and we want you to be a part of our celebration of life and maternity. Find out more about hosting a MaterCare information session in honor of Mother's Day by contacting us. 


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