Catholics want to bring medical complex — including a medical school — to Howell area

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St. Padre Pio

A collaboration between Catholic Healthcare International and the Diocese of Lansing, with the blessing of St. Padre Pio’s Casa hospital in Italy, could bring a Catholic medical complex — including a medical school — to Livingston County.

The development — called Casa USA — is to serve as a “beacon of light of faithful Catholic healthcare delivery for all Catholic providers of care and medical education in the U.S.”

Casa USA was to be introduced at a Feast of St. Padre Pio event on Sept. 23, 2019, at Ciao Amici’s in downtown Brighton, hosted by Rasario and Donna Criscuolo of Brighton, owners of Spartan Auto Group.

The event was to feature a Mass with Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing, followed by heavy appetizers and cocktails, and a keynote address by former sportscaster Zip Rzeppa.

You can watch a general video on the plan to expand St. Padre Pio’s Casa medical program in the U.S. here:

According to a press release from Catholic Healthcare International, the Casa USA development — which will include a pilgrim shrine; a hospital that will be a replica of Padre Pio’s Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for the Relief of Suffering hospital) in Italy; and a “truly Catholic” medical school that is “fully faithful to the Magisterium of the Church” — will be built on 45 acres of land in the Howell area donated by the Lansing Diocese.

The project will also include a first-of-its-kind Terri Schiavo Rehab Center to provide accurate diagnosis and care for patients with severe brain issues, “with the assumption of the desire to live life to its fullest possibilities with dignity,” and a Christ Medicus Foundation Center for Public Policy and the development of faithful Catholic medical clinics.

There are no further details known at the moment.

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