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Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, S.T.D., is senior director, theology and ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He assists the Catholic health ministry nationwide as an author, educator and consultant on the church's theological and ethical teaching. He is also executive editor of Health Care Ethics USA.
Prior to joining CHA, Fr. Bouchard served as provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great from 2011 to 2015; as vice president for theological education at Ascension Health from 2008 to 2011; and as president and associate professor of moral theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis for 18 years. He was instrumental in beginning Aquinas' Master of Arts in Health Care Mission program, as well as the nation's only Catholic doctoral program in preaching.
He writes and lectures on issues in health care, health care ethics, Catholic identity in sponsored institutions, and the intersection of political life, religion and faith. Recent publications include "Whatever Happened to Sin: Virtue, Friendship and Happiness in the Moral Life," published by New Priory Press in 2013, "Sexuality and Morality: Answers for Modern Catholics," published by Liguori Publications in 2014, and "How to Listen to a Sunday Homily," published by Sunday Bulletin in June-July 2017. In addition, he edited a volume of essays on theology and health care entitled "Incarnate Grace: Perspectives on the Ministry of Catholic Health Care," published by the Catholic Health Association in 2017.
Fr. Bouchard entered the Dominicans in 1974 and was ordained in 1979. He completed doctoral studies in moral theology at The Catholic University of America in 1987.