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.


Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD 
Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.

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


Lynn Britton
President and Chief Executive Officer
St. Louis

Susan L. Davis, RN,EdD
Senior Vice President
Ascension Healthcare, Gulf Coast Market
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sacred Heart Health System
Pensacola, Fla.

Rich Statuto 
Chief Executive Officer and President, Bon Secours Health System, Inc., Marriottsville, Md.


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


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


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


Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM
Executive Director – Global Health MinistryCatholic Health EastNewtown Square, Pa.


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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



Michael D. Connelly
President and CEO
Catholic Healthcare Partners


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


Donald A. Brennan
Bellevue, Wash.


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


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


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


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


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

Edward J. Connors
Mercy Health Services
Farmington Hills, Mich.


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


Sr. Maryanna Coyle, SC
Catholic Health Initiatives


Mary M. Naber
SET Ministry

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


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