Helping Hands Medical Missions (HHMM) was formally established in 1996 after 3 years of developing a program for a Catholic medical mission. The idea originated in Dallas in 1991 when a Catholic priest recognized the need for Catholic medical professionals to provide health care services for the poor in rural areas of developing countries. In Holy Week of 1996 a pilot group of medical missionaries from various areas of the U.S. joined the youth missions in Michoacán, Mexico. The mission was a success with a small group (7) of medical personnel. In the fall of 1996, the first mission under the name of HELPING HANDS Medical Missions took place in Cotija, Mexico, with 30 participants: doctors, nurses and volunteers serving more than 500 patients and providing 91 surgeries in just 5 days!


Meet the Missionaries

Ana Caballero
"The reason why I love doing service work is because of the fact that I know I have tried to improve this world. I can‘t cure cancer but I can put a smile on a face."
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Michael Brezinsky MD
"It has truly been a life changing experience for me... I always return from the missions with a renewed energy."
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Mark Knabel MD
"I've become much more involved in caring for the whole person, and sometimes that means joining patients in their prayer lives. I've learned that some patients are looking for that."
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Upcoming Missions

El Salvador   
San Salvador
October 21-29, 2016

El Salvador
Santiago Texacuangos
October 28-Nov. 5, 2016

Santa María de Jesús
November 11-19, 2016

México, Chiapas: Copainalá                                                                                                                                                                           November 11-19, 2016 NEW DATE

 February 16-25, 2017

El Salvador
March 17-25, 2017   

Mexico, Chiapas
San Cristóbal             
May 19-27, 2017