A Thanksgiving Message from Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, CHA President and CEO

This Thanksgiving we the people of Catholic health care have much to be grateful for. While COVID-19 still lingers, we have made incredible strides reducing the spread of this deadly virus. Because of the vaccine and boosters, we’re able to gather with friends and family this holiday season. Another reason to be thankful is that we have been called to serve in a special healing ministry. Together, we bring exceptional care to our patients and hope and healing to our communities. 

I recognize that for many, feeling grateful may be more difficult during these extremely challenging times. Burnout, financial pressures, workforce shortages, and anxiety about the future of our country and the health of our planet can be deeply unsettling.

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, once said, “the best way to show my gratitude is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.” Adopting a joyful attitude opens our hearts, allowing us to embrace gratitude and see the goodness of God all around us. I encourage you to think about Mother Teresa’s words and welcome gratitude into your heart. 

This season, I’m more thankful than ever for the dedication and commitment of all who serve in Catholic health care. May you and your loved ones have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.



The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest nonprofit provider of health care services in the nation.

  • 1 in 7 patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital each day.
  • Catholic health care, which includes more than 2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems, sponsors, and related organizations, serves the full continuum of health care across our nation.


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