Catholic Health Care and American Culture Sessions

Legal, Societal and Theological Implications

CHA is pleased to present a pre-Assembly series designed to explore the nuanced differences between the Catholic vision for health care and the broader American health care industry. Presented within a blended learning framework incorporating asynchronous components and four live virtual dialogues, participants will have the opportunity to cultivate a deeper understanding of common ground and areas of distinction. Through this engagement, participants will gain insights aimed at strengthening the Catholic health care mission, navigating legal complexities effectively and equipping leaders with strategies to articulate the unique contributions of Catholic health care in advancing access to care for all, while addressing questions, concerns and misconceptions among external stakeholders.

Access the Pre-Assembly Session Materials

Assembly registrants can now access the pre-assembly session materials, including Zoom session and podcast recordings, articles, videos and more. Visit the Assembly platform to access the materials and join us for the live sessions in May.

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Note that you must be registered for Assembly and have a CHA login.


  • The Common and Uncommon Goals of Catholic Health Care and American Health Care
  • Public Policy Implications
  • Viewing DEI Through a Catholic Health Care Lens
  • The Relationship Between Church Officials, Religious Sponsors and Lay Leaders


  • Asynchronous learning through podcast episodes and curated articles will be available in early April.
  • Virtual dialogue sessions with CHA staff and colleagues across the ministry will occur during the first four Thursdays in May from 1 to 1:45 p.m. ET
  • An in-person panel discussion will take place at the Assembly on the afternoon of June 10.
Join us for this enriching series as we delve into the critical intersections of Catholic health care and American culture.

CHA Faculty


Kathy Curran, JD, MA
Senior Director, Public Policy

Dennis Gonzales -150

Dennis Gonzales, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Mission Innovation and Integration

Nate Hibner 150

Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, MTS, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Ethics

Katie Hurley-HiRes

Katie Hurley, JD
Vice President, General Counsel

Brian Kane 0130-150

Brian Kane, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Ethics

Maya, Teresa, Sr

Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Theology and Sponsorship Services

Paulo Pontemayor 150

Paulo G. Pontemayor, MPH
Senior Director, Government Relations


Diarmuid Rooney, M.S.Psych., M.T.S., D.Soc.Admin.
Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Services

Lucas Swanepoel -150

Lucas Swanepoel, JD
Senior Director, Government Relations