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

Mexico, Chiapas   
March 9-17, 2018       

Mexico, Chiapas   
San Cristobal
June 1-9, 2018  

Africa, Ghana
June 15-24, 2018     

October 3-11, 2018-NEW                                           

El Salvador   
San Salvador
October 26-Nov. 3, 2018

El Salvador
Santiago Texacuangos
Nov. 2-10, 2018

Santo Tomas Milpas Altas
November 9-17, 2018 

February 14-23, 2019 

 El Salvador
March 15-23, 2019