Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis is pleased to announce an agreement with Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan. Under this agreement, Aquinas Institute’s Ashley-O’Rourke Initiative will provide theological and spiritual formation programming for mission leaders in the Trinity Health System.
The Ashley-O’Rourke Initiative for Health Ministry Leadership was formed by Aquinas Institute of Theology to develop and deliver theological and spiritual formation programs and experiences for lay leaders to help insure the integrity of the healing ministry of Jesus into the future. Programs are delivered in a variety of accessible degree and non-degree formats for leaders at all levels of Catholic health care. Jean deBlois, C.S.J., professor of moral theology and one of the program leaders for the Ashley-O’Rourke Initiative, noted that, “This agreement with Trinity Health offers both opportunity and challenge in insuring the strength of Catholic health care in the U.S.”
Trinity Health is the tenth largest health system in the United States and the fourth largest Catholic health care system in the country, operating through ten states with a network of 47 acute-care hospitals, 432 outpatient facilities, 32 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs. Dedicated to health care as a Catholic ministry of healing and hope, Trinity Health relies on mission leaders within their system to foster a culture that reflects ministerial mission within superior patient care.
Dan Dwyer, Senior Vice President for Mission Integration for Trinity Health, notes that “Trinity Health’s mission is to work together in the spirit of the Gospel; we look forward to working with the Aquinas Institute to continue to integrate our mission into the work we do and the communities we serve.”