Formation Modules

In addition to in-person events, webinars, publications, informational booklets and more, CHA has many online-only and mixed media formative resources.

Introduction to the Catholic Social Tradition

This interactive e-learning module introduces learners to the Catholic Social Tradition, understood through Teaching, Thought and Practice, as applied to Catholic health care today. For more information, it offers a document suitable to print and keep as a summary of the content, the major documents, and “Commitments from the Shared Statement of Identity for the Catholic Health Ministry.”

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Spiritual Care: Essential to Catholic Identity

This educational module provides a brief, interactive presentation and offers a self-guided interactive adult learning experience. It is especially relevant for new leaders and associates who need to quickly gain understanding of the principles and language associated with Catholic health care. Persons who take the course will better understand:

  • Why spiritual care is vital to Catholic health care
  • The responsibility of creating a healing environment that provides spiritual care for patients, families, loved ones and staff

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Welcoming the Stranger: Catholic Health Care and Immigration

Welcoming the Stranger: Catholic Health Care and Immigration (published in 2015) explains the rich history of Catholic health care’s commitment to and care for immigrants. Because care for immigrants is rooted in Church history and teaching, we are spiritually compelled to be in solidarity with them. This interactive e-learning module takes about 15 minutes to complete and can be viewed at the learner’s convenience. Persons who work in Catholic health care will be able to identify concrete actions they can take to “welcome the stranger” to a new land. This resource is available in the CHA Knowledge Center.

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A Guide to Understanding Public Juridic Persons in the Catholic Health Ministry

This updated and expanded guide addresses changes in sponsorship structures and assists sponsors and those in management to understand the canonical responsibility of sponsors for a ministry of the Catholic Church. Developed by noted canon lawyers Fr. Jordan Hite, TOR, JCL, JD, LLM; Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM, JCD, and Fr. Francis Morrisey, OMI, JCD, the new publication was created to be a resource for Catholic health care systems or institutions that are considering new forms of sponsorship and provide a contemporary overview of public juridic persons (PJPs).

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Leadership Formation Module on Catholic Social Tradition

This multimedia formation module provides all of the tools necessary to provide education on the elements of the Catholic social justice tradition. It is intended to help leaders in the health ministry integrate the principles of Catholic social teaching, thought and practice into their day-to-day decisions and actions, thereby sustaining and expanding the integrity of their ministries as extensions of the church and Jesus' healing mission.

Originally distributed in 2006, this resource was updated in 2011 and 2013. This 2014 edition includes Pope Francis in both the reading materials and the video, "Let Justice Flourish."

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