Our Program & Process

The Ministry Leadership Formation Program is a three-year process that provides the working knowledge and skills to lead the mission and ministry of Catholic Health Care. The program is designed to nurture a community of leaders who genuinely identify with the Church’s healing ministry, who appreciate its distinctive richness, and who are willing to commit to its long-term viability.

Formation is a process of socialization into the community and tradition of Catholic Health Care for the purpose of building up the community and carrying on the tradition. It begins by recognizing the established expertise of the participants in the diverse fields that comprise contemporary health care. These health care professionals are then invited into a formation experience that centers on the twelve foundational concerns that inform the distinctive identity and mission of Catholic Health Care.

The Foundational Concerns Of Catholic Health Care

Details about Foundational Concerns

The Foundational Concerns Of Catholic Health Care
Vocation
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we understand ourselves as called to this work. The Catholic Social Tradition affirms that the essential dignity of people is experienced as a call to use and develop their interests and talents both for their own development and the good of others.
Heritage
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we understand ourselves as called to this work in the context of a ministerial heritage that ultimately takes its inspiration and direction from the healing mission of Jesus.
Spirituality
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we are committed personally and professionally to a spiritually grounded leadership. We know our work has a special concern with the spiritual dimension of life and how it affects the physical, mental, and social dimensions.
Responding to Suffering
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we are committed personally and professionally to a spiritually grounded leadership that guides our work in responding to human suffering. We recognize the inevitable and universal character of human suffering and are concerned about the most compassionate ways to respond to it.
Values Integration
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we are committed to integrate core values into organizational structures, policies, and behaviors.
Catholic Social Teaching
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we are concerned to incorporate Catholic Social Teaching (CST) into organizational life and mission.
Clinical Ethics
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we are concerned to develop and insure accountability for ethical policies, practices, and behaviors in our clinical settings.
Discernment
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we honor the heritage of our congregations of women religious by linking discernment to strategic decision-making, innovation, and team composition.
Organizational Ethics
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we are concerned to develop and insure accountability for ethical policies, practices, and behaviors in our organizational relationships.
Care for the Poor
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we have a special mission to bring the benefits of health care to the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.
Whole Person Care
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we work to respect and attend to the whole person of patients, physicians, associates, and volunteers.
Collaboration with the Church
As leaders in Catholic Health Care and affiliated organizations, we work to collaborate with Church authorities and agencies.
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The culture of Catholic Health Care is explored through the twelve foundational concerns of Vocation, Heritage, Spirituality, Responding to Suffering, Values Integration, Catholic Social Teaching, Clinical Ethics, Discernment, Organizational Ethics, Care for the Poor, Whole Person Care, and Collaboration with Church Authorities and Agencies.

Through our program participants learn to articulate and integrate these concerns into the life and mission of their organizations.