About

Sister Concilia Moran Award

First awarded in 1992, and named for Sister Mary Concilia Moran, RSM, this award is presented each year to an individual in Catholic health care recognized for creativity and breakthrough thinking that advances the ministry.


For a visionary leader

This award shines the spotlight on trailblazing leaders who demonstrate an understanding of ministry identity rooted in the church and an approach to health care that emphasizes collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches. The award draws critical attention to the innovative ideas and achievements by which these leaders have taken Catholic health care in new directions.

The recipient of the Sister Concilia Moran Award will receive an honorarium and paid expenses to attend the assembly and accept the award.


2016 Recipient

Molly Crumley
Director, Operations
Mercy LIFE – Valley View and Sharon Hill, Elwyn, Pa.


About Sister Mary Concilia Moran, RSM

The Sister Mary Concilia Moran Award celebrates the memory of a woman who, as a leader in religious life and in the health care ministry, was an agent of change, a shaper of dreams, and an enabler of persons.

Sr. Concilia was the first post-Vatican II superior of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union. Elected president at age 40, she brought her youth, her energy, and her joy in her vocation to both congregational leadership and health care ministry. Sr. Concilia's involvement in health care made excellent use of her abilities to develop persons, to articulate a vision, and to reach out and include others. Her presence to health care spanned years of enormous change, from individual institutions accountable to congregational superiors to complex systems with multiple boards of trustees. She served in nearly every health care role: nurse, hospital administrator, provincial superior, institute superior, hospital and system trustee, and system executive.

In the late 70s, she adopted the concept of "sponsorship" to describe the new relationship between the religious congregation and its institutional ministries. That vision required new perceptions and skills, new practices and new structures for the mission of Catholic health care to continue. Sr. Concilia pioneered the development of these tools of sponsorship through mission effectiveness policies and programs in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, England, and Korea.

As a leader, she connected organizations with people, ideas with action, reality with hope, resources with need-and she did all this with Irish humor. She was the embodiment of warmth, hospitality, gentleness, and strength.

Sr. Concilia died in 1990, at age 59.


Past Recipients

2015

Sr. Peggy Ann Martin, OP, JCL
Senior Vice President
Sponsorship and Governance
Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.

2014

Jane R. Lanier, CFRE
President and Chief Development Officer
St. Vincent's HealthCare Foundation
Jacksonville, Fla.

2013

Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM
Executive Director – Global Health Ministry
Catholic Health East
Newtown Square, Pa.

2012

Sr. Geraldine (Agnelle) Ching, OSF
Chief Sponsorship Officer
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii
Honolulu

2011

William Murray, FACHE
Immediate Past President/CEO
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System
Lenexa, Kan.

2010

Sr. Suzanne Sassus, CSJ
Senior Vice President, Governance and Sponsorship
St. Joseph Health System
Orange, Calif.

2009

Sr. June L. Ketterer, SGM
Area Coordinator
Sisters of Charity of Montreal, "Grey Nuns"
Lexington, Mass.

AND

Sr. Catherine C. DeClercq, OP
Senior Vice President, Governance and Sponsorship
Trinity Health
Novi, Mich.

2008

Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Mission and Values Integration
Catholic Healthcare Partners
Cincinnati

2007

Sr. Patricia A. Eck, CBS
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
Marriottsville, Md.

2006

Patricia A. Cahill, Esq.
Retired President and CEO
Catholic Health Initiatives
Denver

2005

Sr. DeSales Wisniewski, DC
Vice President, Mission Integration
St. Vincent's Health System
Jacksonville, Fla.

2004

Sr. Norita Cooney, RSM
Vice President, Mission Services and Community Affairs
Alegent Health
Omaha, Neb.

2003

Michael D. Connelly
President and CEO
Catholic Healthcare Partners
Cincinnati

 

2002

Sr. Helen Amos, RSM
Executive Chair, Board of Trustees
Mercy Health Services, Inc.,
Baltimore, Md.

2001

Donald A. Brennan
Bellevue, Wash.

2000

Michael J. Brescia, MD
Medical Director
Calvary Hospital, Inc.
Bronx, N.Y.

1999

Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage, RSM
President/CEO
Sisters of Mercy Health System — St. Louis
St. Louis

1998

Sr. Jane Frances Brady, SC
President/CEO
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Paterson, N.J.

1997

Sr. M. Stephen Brueggeman, PHJC
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness
Ancilla Systems, Incorporated
Hobart, Ind.

1996

Sr. Mary Kevin Ford, CSJ
Assistant to the President/CEO
Carondelet Health Network
Tucson, Ariz.

Edward J. Connors
President-Emeritus
Mercy Health Services
Farmington Hills, Mich.

1995

Most Rev. Joseph M. Sullivan, DD
Auxiliary Bishop
Diocese of Brooklyn
Brooklyn, N.Y.

1994

Sr. Maryanna Coyle, SC
Chairperson
Catholic Health Initiatives
Cincinnati

1993

Mary M. Naber
President
SET Ministry
Milwaukee

Sr. Kathleen Popko, OP
Executive Vice President
Catholic Health East
Springfield, Mass.

1992

Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, OP
Director
Center for Health Care Ethics
St. Louis University Health Sciences Center
St. Louis