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The Reverend: Marta Illueca, MD

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Marta Illueca was born in New York and grew up in Central America. A physician and bi-vocational priest, she holds post doctoral graduate degrees from Cornell University Medical College, Yale Divinity School and Tufts University. Marta’s research is on spiritual wellness and healing with focusing on the use of prayer as a therapeutic intervention for chronic pain. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, she currently is deployed to the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in Wilmington. Marta who is fluent in Spanish, grew up in a multicultural environment, and oversees the translations of diocesan messages in the Delaware area.

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Marta Illueca’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Be true to yourself. It’s very important to combine prudence with a sense of urgency with everything you do.

Number 2: Be humble. Every single person out there can teach us a life lesson.

Number 3: Dare to discover and nurture your spirit.

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Notable quotes from Marta’s interview:

When you lose a loved one due to whatever reason, you are going to have some pondering around the condition – the medical side, But also, the religious and spiritual side of the greater purpose, and the meaning of loss and tragedies – and how do you make the best of it. How do you put your life back together again.
Once I went into medical school, and I made it to my first class in pediatrics that’s when I knew I was in the right space.
The competitive spirit of a woman is something for the longest time has been underestimated.
As you get older and wiser, you also get more reflective.
Self reflection usually opens doors you might not be aware of.
I found a niche I simply had to explore. I couldn’t pass that up.
Vocation has two important components. First, It should fill some kind of need in the world, but second it has to bring you joy.
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