Miguel Chavez to lead Mission & Ministry at Cleveland’s Catholic health system
CLEVELAND – July 11, 2022 – The Sisters of Charity Health System, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has named Miguel Chavez as senior vice president of mission & ministry. In this role, Chavez will oversee continuing integration of the philosophy and values of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine into the daily operations of the Sisters of Charity Health System and all of its operating units in Ohio and South Carolina. His areas of responsibility will include mission formation; leadership development; ethics; pastoral care; palliative care; and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Chavez is currently serving as director of the Office of Missionary Discipleship for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Under the direction of Fr. Damian Ference, vicar for evangelization and secretary for parish life and special ministries, he is responsible for visioning, planning, creating and implementing programs and supportive processes that promote a culture of missionary discipleship in the diocese. He has held this role since 2020. He served from 2004 to 2020 at Walsh University in the positions of vice president for mission implementation, director of campus ministry, assistant director of campus ministry. He has also been an adjunct professor of theology at Walsh University since 2007.
“Our ministries in Catholic health, grantmaking and outreach depend on leaders who can create and steward organizational cultures that incarnate Jesus' healing. These are leaders who hear and respond to a call to service — a call that comes from God and from the communities we serve,” said Janice G. Murphy, MSN, FACHE, president & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “We are excited to welcome Miguel, who, among many responsibilities, will support our employees’ professional development and mission formation.”
As he joins the Sisters of Charity Health System on July 11, Chavez will oversee efforts to ensure the decisions, policies and programs of the health system and its family of ministries across Ohio and South Carolina are consistent with the mission, philosophy, faith obligations and values of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, as well as the elements of Catholic identity and the social teachings of the Catholic Church.
“I am incredibly humbled for the opportunity to serve in Catholic health, continuing and honoring the vision and mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, who have always responded to the needs of the vulnerable in a community through creative ministry, authentic stewardship and a dedication to social justice,” said Chavez. “With the Sisters of Charity as the guiding lens through which we see our work, we will continue to innovatively respond to God’s call in our lives through Catholic health, and boldly re-imagine how our work and ministries can transform communities in need.”
Chavez holds a master’s degree in business administration, master’s degree in theology, bachelor’s degree in theology and bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry – all from Walsh University.
“We are pleased he is bringing his many gifts to Catholic health, grantmaking and outreach,” said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, chair of the public juridic person of the Sisters of Charity Health System and congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. “Miguel will bring an inspiring spirit and experience to all of our ministries.”
About the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine is a congregation of women religious that, since founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are the heart and hands of the ministry.
The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The health system also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland, Canton and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty. Outreach organizations include Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men in Cleveland; Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings in Canton; Healthy Learners, a health care resource for children from low-income families in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a state-wide organization supporting initiatives to reengage fathers in the lives of their children. The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential elder care services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Vila in Bedford, Ohio.
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