Catholic Ethics for Mission Leaders

Ethics Education Exclusively for Mission Leaders

icon_ethics_courseCHA's ethics education program is designed exclusively for mission leaders in systems, facilities and regional organizations to support their critical role in the ministry.

Profound changes in health financing and delivery, population health, and new models for business and collaboration are transforming the face of health care in the U.S. and the Catholic health ministry.

These changes raise unprecedented challenges for mission leaders who are responsible for ethics within their organizations and for safeguarding Catholic identity.

A New Cohort Is Forming for 2019-2020

Formerly known as Navigating the Landscape of Catholic Health Ethics — A Program for Mission Leaders, this popular ethics education program is now called Catholic Ethics for Mission Leaders to more succinctly describe its purpose. A new cohort is currently forming for the 2019-2020 session that will take place from April 11, 2019 to April 3, 2020.

The format features an ideal blend of in-person meetings and online sessions to accommodate busy schedules. To optimize engagement and networking, each cohort is limited to 30 participants.

The program begins with an in-person meeting and orientation April 11-12, 2019, in CHA's St. Louis office, followed by a series of eight online sessions that begin every six weeks. Each session may be completed during the six-week interval in which it is offered. The program culminates with an in-person meeting April 2-3, 2020, at CHA's St. Louis office to integrate learning. For your convenience, you may view the complete schedule here.

How the Program Will Benefit Me

The ethics education program will support new and experienced mission leaders by:

  • Providing a foundation in Catholic social teaching and moral principles and their relationship to health care
  • Promoting an understanding of the complex ethical and moral issues facing the ministry
  • Helping mission leaders recognize when and how to resolve ethical issues that arise within their organizations, and equally important, recognizing when to refer issues to a professional ethicist
  • Understanding and applying the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and utilizing other ethical resources available to Catholic health care
  • Learning how to facilitate the work of ethics committees
  • Becoming familiar with ethics consults in acute, long-term care and community health
  • Applying Catholic moral principles to real-world situations through case studies
  • Networking with other mission leaders in a small group learning environment that is limited to 30 participants

In-Person and Online: The Best of Both Worlds

Designed to accommodate mission leaders' busy schedules and to optimize learning and interaction, the program features a blend of in-person meetings and online sessions to understand key principles in clinical and organizational ethics. In addition to providing a foundation in Catholic social teaching and moral principles vital to Catholic health care, the curriculum will examine critical issues around beginning and end-of-life care, ethics committees, partnerships, shaping organizational culture, new frameworks for ethics beyond acute care settings and more. Faculty are noted ministry ethicists and theologians who have years of experience in Catholic health care ethics.

For registration information, please contact the CHA Service Center at (800) 230-7823. 


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

Rev. Tom Kopfensteiner, S.T.D.
Executive Vice President, Mission
Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.

Mark Repenshek, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Ethics & Mission
Hospital Sisters Health System, Eastern Wisconsin Division
Green Bay, Wis.

MC Sullivan, RN, MTS, JD
Chief Healthcare Ethicist
Archdiocese of Boston

Rev. Jerry Coleman, SS, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Graduate Department
of Pastoral Ministries
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, Calif.

Alan Sanders, Ph.D.
Vice President, Ethics Integration and Strategy
Trinity Health East Group
Newtown Square, Pa.

Sr. Patricia Talone, RSM, Ph.D.
Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community
Merion Station, Pa.

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

Susan McCarthy
Ethics Consultant
Door County Memorial Hospital
Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

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.

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy for the 2019-2020 Catholic Ethics for Mission Leaders program is as follows:

  • Cancel by April 4, 2019, one week before the start of the program – 100% refund
  • Cancel after April 4 to June 3, 2019 – 50% refund
  • Cancel after June 3, 2019 – No refund

Should you need to cancel your registration, contact servicecenter@chausa.org. There is no additional charge for substitute registrants.

CHA reserves the right to cancel the program based on enrollment.

Hotel and Travel

Participants will make their own travel and hotel arrangements for the two in-person sessions at CHA's St. Louis office. For your convenience, please click here for information about nearby hotels.


During the meeting, you may be photographed, videotaped, and/or recorded by CHA staff or its designated contractor. By your attendance or participation at the meeting, you agree that CHA may photograph, copy, record, and/or distribute in any such form your participation and involvement in any meeting session, activity or event. No persons or organizations other than CHA may photograph, audiotape or videotape any portion of the meeting without prior written permission of CHA.

The right to change speakers or to modify program content is reserved by CHA.

CHA reserves the right to cancel the program based on enrollment.


The St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As the nation's largest group of not-for-profit sponsors, systems and facilities, the ministry is committed to improving the health status of communities and creating quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone.


To learn more, contact Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, PhD.(c), CHA Director, Ethics, (314) 253-3469.