Dr. Mae Tighe, Wilton resident and gastroenterologist with the Western Connecticut Health Network, was one of two recipients of the Father Rufin Kuveikis Compassionate Care Award during the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport\u2019s 24th White Mass Breakfast on Sunday, March 26. The breakfast took place at the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury and was attended by more than 200 health care professionals and other guests. One of those guests was the Diocese of Bridgeport\u2019s Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, who presented the awards to Tighe and Norwalk resident Rose Taliercio. Tighe had the opportunity to sit with Caggiano at the breakfast and said he is \u201cso deeply devoted to his role as bishop\u201d and has \u201cled our diocese with such wisdom and grace.\u201d The Compassionate Card Award is given annually to one physician and one health care volunteer in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Tighe was nominated for the award by Father Reggie Norman, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Wilton, where Tighe is a parishioner. After learning she had been chosen as this year\u2019s physician award recipient, Tighe said, she felt \u201cdeeply touched.\u201d \u201cThere are so many deserving individuals who give of themselves,\u201d she said. \u201cI felt a little overwhelmed that I was chosen.\u201d A gastroenterologist of 22 years, Tighe has two offices in Ridgefield, one in Danbury, and one in Wilton at 195 Danbury Road. \u201cI was in private practice and on the voluntary faculty at Yale New Haven Hospital until 2014, when I came to work at Danbury Hospital in the Western Connecticut Medical Group in order to be closer to home,\u201d she said. \u201cWhile in New Haven, I was president of the New Haven County Medical Association and served as president of the medical staff and chief of GI at Milford Hospital, where I received the Healing Hands, Caring Hearts Leadership Award.\u201d Tighe is no stranger to volunteerism and helping others. She is a member of the Order of Malta \u2014 a worldwide lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church \u2014 and has helped its medical team bring chronically and terminally ill people to Lourdes, France, for healing during its annual Lourdes pilgrimage. Tighe has also been a Girl Scout leader in Wilton for about 10 years, worked as a service unit manager for Wilton Girl Scouts for several years, and \u201cvolunteered extensively over the years for the schools and other organizations,\u201d she said. Physician and priest Father Myles N. Sheehan was the featured speaker at this year\u2019s White Mass Breakfast, and Tighe said he gave a \u201cwonderful\u201d lecture about Pope Francis\u2019 message of compassion \u201cand how that ties in with our role as physicians in today\u2019s challenging health care environment.\u201d Over the years, Tighe said, she has \u201ccome to realize what a great gift a career in medicine has been.\u201d \u201cWe have the opportunity every day to show compassion when we take the time to listen to our patients\u2019 concerns, ease them through an uncomfortable procedure, or even just lift their spirits with a smile or a hug,\u201d she said. \u201cTo me, that may be even more important than my knowledge base or technical expertise. It\u2019s an honor to serve others during what can be the most difficult and vulnerable moments of their lives."