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Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, S.T.D., is senior director, theology and sponsorship at the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He counsels and assists sponsors and members of Public Juridic Persons (PJPs) in carrying out their canonical responsibilities for the health ministry of the Catholic Church and provides guidance for CEOs and boards regarding the distinctive roles of sponsorship and governance. He also works with Church leaders and bishops at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and at the Holy See on a range of issues involving health care, social justice, public policy and the Church.
From 2015-2018, Fr. Bouchard served as CHA’s senior director, theology and ethics, where he supported the Catholic health ministry nationwide as an author, educator and consultant on the church's theological and ethical teaching. He also served as executive editor of CHA’s quarterly online publication, 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 extensively on issues in health care, health care ethics, Catholic identity in sponsored institutions, and the intersection of political life, religion and faith. He contributed to and 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. Recent publications include "Sponsors are Called to be Prophets and Reformers,” Health Progress (May-June 2019), and “Making Ministry Whole: How MJPs Could Transform the Church,” Commonweal (November 7, 2019).
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. In 2018, he received “The Great Preacher Award” from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.