Dr. Catherine McNally graduated with her medical degree from the University of Toronto and went on to obtain specialization in both Family Medicine (University of Toronto) and Hospice and Palliative Medicine (American Board certification). After graduating, she worked as a family physician and palliative care physician in Toronto and in Nova Scotia. In Nova Scotia, she had the privilege of developing a multidisciplinary palliative care team serving patients and their families in the Annapolis Valley, regardless of the setting. She considers it an honour to have been welcomed into so many homes to journey with people as they faced death. She found it rewarding to be able to try to sensitively address physical, emotional, spiritual and practical challenges that arose. Having journeyed with well over a thousand patients and their families over the years, she has learned so much from her patients and has gained significant experience. She has shared this experience with others at the local, provincial and national levels. Her teaching has included physicians, nurses, divinity students and the general public.
As the wife of a pastor and divinity professor, she has also walked with people who were dying or bereaved and their families in teamwork with her husband.
To her teaching at Wycliffe, she brings together her medical training, her experience as a palliative care physician and pastor’s wife, her own experience with grief and loss, and the hope that she holds in Christ.