Spiritual Care Advisory Council


The Spiritual Care Advisory Council shall be constituted to perform certain advisory functions related to the development and implementation of spiritual and pastoral care within the Catholic health ministry including issues around chaplaincy, the provision of sacraments and the well-being of all who are served and serve within the ministry to enable the Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Services and the staff to carry out their duties on behalf of the Association.


The Spiritual Care Advisory Council acknowledges that the provision of spiritual and pastoral care is of critical importance to the identity of the ministry. As such, the Spiritual Care Advisory Council, will, at all times be guided by CHA's mission statement, CHA's Statement of Shared Identity, and its seven core commitments which are: acting as a ministry of the church, promoting, and defending human dignity, attending to the whole person, promoting the common good, caring for people who are poor and vulnerable, acting on behalf of justice and stewarding resources.


The Spiritual Care Advisory Council will provide staff with input on the state of spiritual care within ministries and issues which are arising. Members will also provide ongoing commentary on the discipline of spiritual care. The Spiritual Care Advisory Council's activities are in furtherance of the Association's goal to protect the provision of robust spiritual care in Catholic ministries. This council works closely with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) leadership and shares resources and best practices across the ministry through articles, webinars, and the CHA and NACC websites.


The council is comprised of 10 to 12 mission and spiritual care leaders representing the continuum of care (acute, post-acute, long-term care, physician practices/clinics, hospice/palliative care) as well as various organizational levels (system, regional and facility). The council utilizes subcommittees and task forces to accomplish its work. The council meets several times a year in person or by teleconference. There are no limits on terms of service.


The Spiritual Care Advisory Council will be staffed by the Catholic Health Association's Director of Mission who will provide logistical and administrative support, as appropriate, and facilitate agendas and documentation of meeting.


Rev. Lawrence X. Chellaian, BCC
Senior Vice President of Mission Integration

Erica Cohen Moore, MA
Executive Director
National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Theresa Vithayathil Edmonson, BCC
Vice President, Spiritual Health
Providence St. Joseph Health

Carolanne Hauck, BCC
Director of Spiritual Care
Trinity Health

Ruth Jandeska, Ed.D., MA, BCC
System Director, Spiritual Care
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Art W. Maddock, M.Div., BCC
Executive Director, Mission and Spiritual Care
Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas

Rev. Gregory Nealon, M.Div., ACPE Certified Educator
Division Director - Mission and Spiritual Care
St. Joseph Medical Center

Antonina M. Olszewski, MSQ
Vice President of Spiritual Care, Mission Integration

Timothy G. Serban, MA, BCC
System Executive Director Spiritual Health - Home and Community Care
Providence Health & Services - Oregon Region

M. Cristina Stephenson
Director of Pastoral Care
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

LuAnn M. Trutwin, D.Min., Ed.D. (c), M.Div., BCC
Vice President, Mission
Avera Health

Staff Coordinators

Jill E. Fisk, MATM
Director, Mission Services
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Dennis P. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Mission Innovation and Integration
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Karla Keppel, MA/MA
Mission Project Coordinator
» Email Karla Keppel

Past Accomplishments

2007 – CHA Pastoral Care Survey

2007-2008 – CHA/NACC Pastoral Care Summits

2009 – Health Progress issue on pastoral care

2012 – CHA Survey of Executives and Clinicians on Spiritual Care

2012-2014 – Spiritual Care Staffing Model

Elevator Speeches: How Do We Talk About Our ministry? 

2014-2015 Spiritual care assessment and the EMR

Work in Progress (2016-2017)

Patient Services Subcommittee – Developing a spiritual care screening tool to be administered by clinicians in outpatient settings to determine when a spiritual care consult is needed

Staff Support – Share resources used across the ministry that focus on maintaining spirituality in the workplace in the midst of rapid change and transition.

Chaplain Development – Develop resources to help chaplains develop their leadership skills especially in the area of operations and finance.