Sponsorship of a health care ministry is a formal relationship between an authorized Catholic organization and a legally formed system, hospital, clinic, nursing home (or other institution) entered into for the sake of promoting and sustaining Christ's health ministry to people in need.
Sponsorship of Catholic health care involves promoting and assuring Jesus' healing mission. Those who sponsor are responsible for the continued viability of the health care ministry, promoting its ongoing mission, and animating its life. Sponsors act publicly on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church and have been entrusted to serve the church by guiding and overseeing a specific institutional ministry in a formal and public way.
CHA's Sponsor Services Department provides numerous programs, services and resources to help sponsors of Catholic health care live out and better understand their roles. For more information about CHA Sponsor Services, contact Sr. Mary M. Haddad, RSM, at (314) 253-3422.
The following elements are offered to guide discussion and discernment on the roles and responsibilities of sponsors.
Sr. Mary M. Haddad, RSMSenior Director, Sponsor Services(314) firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! A Guide to Understanding Public Juridic Persons in the Catholic Health MinistryThis updated and expanded guide addresses changes in sponsorship structures and assists sponsors and those in management to understand the canonical responsibility of sponsors for a ministry of the Catholic Church.
Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has produced a documentary narrating the virtually untold story of the rich history and contributions of Catholic sisters in the United States.
A Call to CarePublished in 1996, A Call to Care: The Women Who Built Catholic Healthcare In America, features stories of the courageous women who helped build America's health care system.