Sponsorship Overview

Sponsorship of a health care ministry is a formal relationship between an authorized Catholic organization and a legally formed system, hospital, clinic, nursing home (or other institution) entered into for the sake of promoting and sustaining Christ's health ministry to people in need.

Sponsorship of Catholic health care involves promoting and assuring Jesus' healing mission. Those who sponsor are responsible for the continued viability of the health care ministry, promoting its ongoing mission, and animating its life. Sponsors act publicly on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church and have been entrusted to serve the church by guiding and overseeing a specific institutional ministry in a formal and public way.

CHA's Sponsor Services Department provides numerous programs, services and resources to help sponsors of Catholic health care live out and better understand their roles. For more information about CHA Sponsor Services, contact Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, S.T.D., senior director, theology & sponsorship at (314) 427-2500.

Upcoming Events

New Sponsor Competencies: Guide for Sponsors in Catholic Health Care

New revised version!

The sponsor competencies are completely revised and the new version, "Guide for Sponsors in Catholic Health Care: An Explanation of Purpose, Qualifications, Structures and Competencies" is now available.
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Caritas In Communion

Caritas in Communion: Theological Foundations of Catholic Health Care


International Outreach Video Presentations

Two video resources to help your organization consider its international outreach activities, with specific attention to:

  • Being neighbor – particularly now when scarce resources and unending need make reality very unlike that of the Good Samaritan. Presented by Ron Hamel, Ph.D., CHA senior ethicist.
  • How the call to this work is part of a tradition — a tradition that includes the need for cultural competence. Presented by Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, President & Chief Executive Officer.

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Temporal Goods at the Service of the Mission of Ministerial Juridic Persons

Temporal Goods at the Service of the Mission of Ministerial Juridic Persons

CHA presents this new publication in support of persons with direct responsibility for the temporal goods of Public Juridic Persons in the Catholic Church. The resource updates and builds upon the 1994 CHA document, Inventorying Church Property and Other Administrative Matters, and provides a great deal more foundational canonical information and praxis in the administration of temporal goods. Written by Fr. Frank Morrisey, OMI, Ph.D., JCD, and Sr. Peggy Martin, OP, JCL, the publication is part of a series of resources from CHA to assist sponsors of Catholic health care in the effective exercise of this important ministry of the church.

To set the stage for the 2017 publication, the preface is a reprint of a 2016 Health Progress article, "Ministerial Juridic Persons and their Communion with Diocesan Bishops," that highlights the need for doctrinal, pastoral and canonical formation – particularly in the area of stewardship of temporal goods. The Appendix contains three sample inventory documents to assist administrators in applying material in this document in maintaining accurate inventories of ecclesiastical goods. The Appendix also includes a reprint of an August 2014 Vatican circular letter that provides much of the basis for the current understanding and practice that this publication expands and applies to the Catholic health ministry.
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Temporal Goods at the Service of the Mission of Ministerial Juridic Persons – Sample Worksheets

CHA Sponsor Formation Program for Catholic Health Care

This program for CHA members will prepare individuals to serve as current or prospective members of Juridic Persons to carry out the health ministry of the Catholic Church.

The in-depth formation program will incorporate group interaction, personal reflection and presentations about key dimensions of sponsorship including theology, ethics, canon law, Catholic social tradition, discernment and spiritual growth.

The program takes place over 18 months in four sessions from Oct. 2019 to Oct. 2021. Participants are selected and endorsed by a sponsoring organization that is a member of CHA. Enrollment is limited and is invitation-only. The next program cohort will take place March 2022 to Oct. 2023.

For more information, contact Fr. Charles Bouchard, senior director, theology & sponsorship, (314) 427-2500.

Sponsor Formation Program Brochure 2019-2021
Session listing