David De Marco believes that God can be found in all things.
“All of our choices have a spiritual dimension,” said De Marco ’78, a biology and philosophy major at Wittenberg. “The awareness of God in all things can be cultivated to the point where all of us can become aware of the spiritual dimension of all of our actions.”
De Marco’s career choices reflect this awareness. After graduating from Wittenberg, he earned his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) in Toledo. He then served as an internal medicine resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, becoming the internal medicine chief resident in 1987.
In 1988, he became a clinician-educator at Western Reserve Care System in Cleveland. De Marco was also an assistant professor of medicine at NEOUCOM from 1988 to 1991, a clinical-educator at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton and an assistant professor of medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine from 1991-93.
Seeking to combine spirituality and medicine, he became a missionary physician in Latin America on several Indian reservations. In August 1995, he entered the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit order.
He lived in a Jesuit community in Chicago for two years, exploring the depth of his calling to religious life. He made public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. De Marco recently earned his master’s degree in medical ethics from Loyola University in 2000.
He also spent two years practicing inner city medicine in Cincinnati and giving retreats to doctors interested in how their faith influences their medical practice. After three years as a full-time divinity student at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass, De Marco will be ordained as a Jesuit priest in Chicago in June.
“I decided to cooperate with what I felt was God calling me to this life,” said De Marco, who hopes to practice and teach internal medicine in Cincinnati while also offering retreats and spiritual direction to physicians and others. “I sensed that physicians were and are at risk in this country. They are beset by falling morale and burnout.”