Careers in Mission

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.

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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Watch the Video: Mission Leadership in Catholic Health Care

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Fellowships and Internships in Mission and Ethics: A Summary of Current Practices in Catholic Health Ministry

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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
Chesterfield, Mo.

Rosario Perez, RN
Interim Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
St. Joseph Health
Irvine, Calif.

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

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.

James Sifuentes
Vice President, Mission and Community Development
Saint Anthony Hospital

Darren M. Henson, Ph.D.
(Former) System Vice President, Mission and Discernment 
Presence Health

Laura Richter, M.Div.
System Senior Director of Mission Integration
SSM Health
St. Louis

Jenna Speckart (Herron), D. Be. 
Vice President, Mission and Ethics 
Mercy Hospital Washington
Washington, Mo.

What is Needed in Mission Leadership?

CHA as part of a ministry-wide process, developed The Mission Leader Competency Model, which includes personal qualifications and competencies needed by today’s mission leaders. The model includes the definitions and expressions of the competencies, a guide for self-assessing yourself against each competency and also a bibliography relating materials to use in developing each of the competencies. There is also a video sharing the competencies with commentary from current mission leaders.