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Health Progress Current Issue

Sponsorship

May-June 2017   |   Volume 98, Number 3

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Field Hospital Concept is Rooted in Relevancy

By: SR. MARY HADDAD, RSM, MSW, MBA

Since the very beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has provided a field day for the media. With well over 10 million people following him on Twitter, it is no wonder that many of his statements have become quotable quotes. One in particular has garnered much attention: "I see clearly that what the Church needs today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity [to the people]. I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle."
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hp1705 Demystifying Who and What Sponsorship Is-ciDemystifying Who and What Sponsorship Is

By: BRIAN P. SMITH, MS, MA, M.DIV.

I have a confession to make: I was a mission leader for seven years before I had a good understanding of what sponsorship in Catholic health care is all about. I used to be embarrassed by it, until I discovered that many other senior leaders and middle managers also have no idea what sponsorship is. Many leaders are not able to tell you the names of the individuals who make up their sponsoring board or PJP. And the term PJP — public juridic person — is understood by even fewer leaders within Catholic health care. Unfortunately, for many leaders and front-line associates, sponsorship and the individuals who make up our sponsoring boards are shrouded in mystery. One of the goals of this Health Progress issue is to pull back the curtain and begin to demystify sponsorship. This article will show the relationship and connections between sponsorship, governance and mission integration.
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hp1705 Ministry Leaderships Next Great Leap-ciMinistry Leadership's Next Great Leap

By: CHRIS LOWNEY
I had not heard the concept of ministerial sponsorship before joining the board of Catholic Health Initiatives. At first, it struck me as arcane jargon that was relevant only in the niche of Catholic health care.

Well, the language surrounding sponsorship remains a bit arcane, truth be told. But I now regard the core concept as relevant to a broader niche than Catholic health care. How broad? How about across all Catholic ministries, and how about all around the globe? What's more, the concept can help engender the spirit of "co-responsibility" that we will need to thrive as a 21st-century church.
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hp1705 Catholic Identity in New Sponsorship Models-ciCatholic Identity in New Sponsorship Models

By: SR. KELLY CONNORS, PM, JCD, PhD.

Life in the church changes and evolves. So do the ministries of the church, for the church's works must remain relevant as the times change and evolve. Thus the relationship between the church and the Catholic health care ministry has been adapting to a modern era in which founding congregations gradually relinquish control of the entities they created.
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hp1705 Sponsorships Rich Complex Spirituality-ciSponsorship's Rich, Complex Spirituality

By: ZENI FOX, PhD
"Spirituality" names an important domain of human experience that has contours influenced by varied religious traditions, but it is not always tied to any religious tradition in particular. It is influenced by the vast array of individual experiences of inner life, especially as transformed by the transcendent. These individual expressions sometimes become part of religious traditions, spiritual classics handed on from generation to generation.
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Sponsors and Board Share Canonical, Civil Missions

By: MELANIE C. DREHER, RN, h.D AND SR. LINDA WERTHMAN, RSM, PhD
In 1999, the Sisters of the Holy Cross and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas came together, assessed the past, examined the present and created a new future for Trinity Health. Their goal was to preserve Catholic health care; their mission was to ensure that the human right to health care become a social right as part of a national understanding of promoting and providing for the general welfare. Thanks to the work of those prescient and courageous women religious, Trinity Health now is governed by a "mirror board" — a group of persons who carry canonical and civil responsibilities both as sponsors of Catholic Health Ministries and as directors of Trinity Health's civil board.
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Good Formation is All about Transformation

By: FR. JOHN M. FONTANA, OSM
They're all over the place today — Star Wars characters, superheroes, pirates, Minnie Mouse, witches, Minions from "Despicable Me" and, of course, nurses dressed as they usually are in your health care institutions, in white fishnet and 6-inch heels!

And after collecting all their treats, the little ones will come home, take off their masks and reveal — beneath them — their fresh and (usually) innocent faces, filled with laughter, awe, food, trust and dependence on others. After all, they're children, and children of God. And that's how they'll wake up tomorrow, on the solemn feast of All Saints.
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hp1705 A Sponsors Identity Is Priestly Prophetic Royal-ciA Sponsor's Identity Is Priestly, Prophetic, Royal

By: SR. DORIS GOTTEMOELLER, RSM, PhD
Official church documents such as the Second Vatican Council decrees tend to be couched in "churchspeak" — phrases like "the priesthood of all the baptized," and the Christian vocation to be "a priest, prophet, and king." Really? How can a baptized lay Catholic be a priest, let alone a king or a queen? And I seldom feel very prophetic. At times, such phraseology may actually obscure its powerful message.
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hp1705 An MPJP Contemplates Charism-ciAn MPJP Contemplates Charism, Calling and the Future

By: ANTHONY R. TERSIGNI, EdD., FACHE
The story of Catholic health care spans generations, continuing to serve as an unbroken link to the healing ministry of Jesus. Through the Spirit's creative provision, the unique charisms that strengthened and sustained the sisters and brothers who went before us continue today in the hearts and minds of lay and religious alike.
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Exploring Legal Models to Preserve Catholicity

By: LISA J. GILDEN, JD
As the structures of U.S. health systems evolve, a number of Catholic systems have found it necessary to transfer ownership of their hospitals to other-than-Catholic entities. In such cases, the selling sponsors have a key decision to make: Can the hospital maintain its Catholic identity after the sale?
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Sponsor Formation Conveys a Living Legacy

By: SR. CATHERINE O'CONNOR, CSB, PhD AND THOMAS H. MORRIS, PhD

"See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers." —Isaiah 43:19 Since 1727, when the Ursuline Sisters came to the United States, Catholic health care in the U.S. has sought to be a courageous and faithful reader of the signs of the times. It has tried to be attentive to the ongoing newness of God's desire in responding to the health needs of people.
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hp1705 Continue Courageously for the Love of God-ci'Continue Courageously, For the Love of God'

By: SR. ROSE MARY DOWLING, FSM AND RON HAMEL, PhD

We often don't see the extent of life-transforming changes, and the circumstances and decisions that led to them, until we look back. That's because in the midst of such a transformation, we are busy taking the next step, and then, based on reflection and evaluation, the step after that. We are deeply involved in being present to the moment, knowing we are being led by something much greater than ourselves and trusting that movement. For 18 years, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM) have been in such a process. They still are deeply immersed in the next steps.
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FEATURE

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Build on Formation's Powerful Experience

By: JOHN O. MUDD, J.D., J.S.D.
Enthusiastic statements like these stunned me when, years ago, I began leading formation groups. The goal was to help leaders pass on the Catholic health care tradition, not change their lives. Yet many participants said that's what was happening. Today I have come to expect that although most formation participants will say the program improved their leadership, some also will say it was life-changing.
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