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Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, S.T.D., is senior director, theology and ethics at the Catholic Health Association. He assists the Catholic health ministry nationwide as an author, educator and consultant on the Church's theological and ethical teaching.
Prior to joining CHA, Fr. Bouchard served as provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great from 2011 to 2015, and as vice president for theological education at Ascension Health from 2008 until 2011. His primary responsibility was the development of a theological and spiritual formation program for boards of Ascension's health care ministries.
Prior to Ascension Health, Fr. Bouchard served 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 articles include "Cultural Fear and Health Care Reform" (Health Progress, January-February 2009). "Whatever Happened to Sin: Virtue, Friendship and Happiness in the Moral Life" was published by New Priory Press in 2013, and "Sexuality and Morality: Questions for Modern Catholics," by Liguori Publications in 2014. "How to Listen to a Homily: A Guide for Catholics" will appear in 2015. Most recently, he has edited a volume of essays on theology and health care entitled "Incarnate Grace: Perspectives on the Ministry of Catholic Health Care," which will appear in the fall of 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.
His main interests include health care ethics, Catholic identity in sponsored institutions, and the relationship between morality and public policy.