Mission leaders are women and men; lay, religious and ordained; individuals with management, pastoral experience or clinical experience, or experience in social service or other healing ministries. Some have recently earned their master of divinity degrees or another graduate degree in theology; some are embarking on a second career in ministry after working in nursing, social work or business management. All come steeped in a deep understanding of Catholic
social teaching and tradition and the desire to help those working in Catholic heath care integrate the mission and values of the organization into every interaction with patients, families, caregivers, co-workers and the community at large.
No one comes to this ministry with all of the core competencies, but most come with many, and all are able and willing to continue their own formation in the service of their ministry.
Watch the Video: Mission Leadership in Catholic Health Care
Interested in learning more about becoming a mission leader?
CHA has developed a brochure to share more about mission leadership and the competencies that make a good mission leader.
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Meet Some of Today’s Mission Leaders!
Watch these videos to meet some of the amazing women and men who are serving in Catholic health ministry as mission leaders. From all areas of Catholic health’s continuum of care, geographic areas of service and rungs on the career leader career ladder, these videos will introduce you to this important career field.
Julie M. Jones
Executive Director, Mission and Ministry
Rosario Perez, RN
Interim Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
St. Joseph Health
Michael Miller, Jr.
System Vice President of Mission & Ethics
Patrick Gaughan, MBA, MHA
System Vice President
The Center for Ministry Formation
Catholic Health Initiatives
Peter F. Guarisco, Jr.
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Inc.
Baton Rouge, La.
Vice President, Mission and Community Development
Saint Anthony Hospital
Darren M. Henson, Ph.D.
Regional Officer for Mission and Ethics
Laura Richter, M.Div.
Vice President, Mission Integration
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
Jenna Speckart (Herron), D. Be.
Vice President, Mission and Ethics
Mercy Hospital Washington