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

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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 international outreach, community benefit, advocacy as well as subject areas the cohort group will determine. 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.


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


Monday, Sept. 9
10:45 a.m.  Buses for the optional tour of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis depart from the Lindell Boulevard entrance of the hotel. The 45 minute tour will begin at 11 a.m. at the back of the Cathedral. Participants can take a coach back to the hotel or remain for the noon mass. Lunch will be on your own.  
11:00 a.m. Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. Welcome, Opening Prayer, Introductions and Mission Leader Competency Model
Carrie Meyer McGrath, M.Div., MAS
Director, Mission Services
Catholic Health Association
1:30 p.m. CEO Address and Welcome
Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, MSW, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association 
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OPTIONAL TOUR – Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica
Maintaining a deep personal spirituality is a key competency for Mission Leaders in Catholic health care. In the morning of Monday, Sept. 9, prior to the start of the program, registrants of the 2019 ELM program are invited to an optional tour of Saint Louis’ Cathedral Basilica as a way to nourish their souls to sustain their vocation. Weekday mass follows the tour and is open to all.

The Cathedral Basilica is a short walk or simple coach ride from the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta hotel. The 45 minute tour will begin at 11 a.m. Participants can then take a coach back to the Chase or remain for the noon mass. The Essentials for Leading Mission program begins at 1:00 p.m. Be sure to register to participate in this FREE, optional offering when you register for the meeting.



Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, STD
Senior Director, Sponsorship & Theology

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Rev. Jennifer Cobb, BCC, M.Div., MBA
Executive Director, Mercy Mission and Spiritual Care


Bruce Compton
Senior Director, International Outreach

Shawn Eaker

Shawn Eaker, MA, MBA
Vice President, Mission Initiatives

Sr. Mary Haddad

Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, MSW, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer

Nate Hibner

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

Julie Jones

Julie M. Jones
Vice President, Mission and Ministry

Laura Kaiser

Laura S. Kaiser, BS, MHA, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
SSM Health

Carrie Meyer McGrath_150

Carrie Meyer McGrath, M.Div., MAS
Director, Mission Services

Patrick McCruden

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

Michael Miller

Michael Miller, Jr., MA
System Vice President of Mission & Ethics
SSM Health
St. Louis

Diarmuid Rooney

Diarmuid Rooney, M.S.Psych., M.T.S., D.Soc.Admin.
Senior Director, Ministry Formation

Brian Smith_150

Brian Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Services

Julie Trocchio_150

Julie Trocchio, MS
Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care


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. 20.

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