Essentials for Leading Mission in Catholic Health Care

Sept. 9-11, 2019
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel
St. Louis

Online ZOOM Meetings
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12:30-2 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 12:30-2 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 10, 12:30-2 p.m. ET
Tuesday, May 12, 12:30-2 p.m. ET
Tuesday, July 14, 12:30-2 p.m. ET


Registration Fee:
CHA Members: $500 *
Other Registrants: $1,000
Student Registrants: $200 **

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*Early Registration Discount of $50 for CHA members through July 10, making the program $450.
**See the Hotel and Travel page for additional information on the student rate.

Group Discount

If a system has three or more attending, the registration for a system-level mission leader who attends with the three or more attendees will be waived.


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Essentials for Leading Mission in Catholic Health Care is designed specifically for new mission leaders and those considering entering the ministry of mission integration. The goal of this formation process is to assist the growth of mission leaders in the competencies they need to be effective in their role. The 2019 program will begin with an in-person meeting Sept. 9-11, in St. Louis. This will be followed by a series of online meetings, approximately every two months, to continue the formation and integration process. The topics covered in the online meetings will include pastoral care, international outreach, community benefit, advocacy and ongoing formation for mission leaders. We will use the Zoom video conference meeting platform so participants will be able to see one another and continue to develop their mission leader network. The registration cost covers both the in-person meeting and all online meetings, with the series concluding in the summer of 2020.

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Monday, Sept. 9
11:00 a.m. Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. Welcome, Introductions and Mission Leader Competency Model
1:30 p.m. CEO Address and Welcome
2:15 p.m. Accountability for the Ministry – The Sponsor Role
3:15 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. The Role of Formation in the Catholic Health Ministry
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After completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Express trends in mission leader competencies and organizational roles
  • Articulate a fundamental theological grounding for the work of mission and framework for the Catholic health ministry
  • Explain Catholic social teaching relating to health care
  • Apply the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
  • Describe the mission leader's role in spiritual care and workplace spirituality
  • Identify timely issues, practices and resources in pastoral care
  • Articulate the role of the mission leader in business decisions including strategic planning, budgeting and operations
  • Describe the mission leader's role in community benefit
  • Share the importance of international outreach as part of the organization’s mission
  • Articulate the role and meaning of formation in Catholic health ministry

Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, S.T.D.
Senior Director, Sponsorship and Theology
Catholic Health Association


Bruce Compton
Senior Director, International Outreach
Catholic Health Association

Kathy Curran_150

Kathy Curran, JD
Senior Director, Public Policy
Catholic Health Association

Shawn Eaker

Shawn Eaker, MBA, MA, FACHE
Vice President, Mission Initiatives


Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, MTS, Ph.D.(c)
Director, Ethics
Catholic Health Association

Julie Jones

Julie Jones, MAPS
Vice President, Mission and Ministry


Laura Kaiser, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
SSM Health


Patrick McCruden, D.Be., MTS
Chief Mission Integration Officer
SSM Health

Carrie Meyer McGrath_150

Carrie Meyer McGrath, M.Div., MAS
Director, Mission Services
Catholic Health Association


Michael Miller Jr., MA
System Vice President, Mission and Ethics
SSM Health


Diarmuid Rooney, MS Psych, MTS,
D. Soc. Admin.
Senior Director, Ministry Formation
Catholic Health Association

Brian Smith_150

Brian Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
Senior Director, Mission Integration and Innovation
Catholic Health Association

Julie Trocchio_150

Julie Trocchio, MS
Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care
Catholic Health Association


Ann Varner, MSW, MAHCM
Chief Mission Integration Officer
St. Vincent Ascension Indiana

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

Hotel and Travel

CHA's Essentials for Leading Mission in Catholic Health Care program will be held at The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel, 212-232 North Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the special rate of $169 for a one bedroom suite which includes Wi-Fi. To reserve your room at the special group rate, please contact the hotel directly at (314) 633-3000 or (877) 587-2427. The special group rate is only available through Aug. 19.

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