National Catholic Health Care Week
October 6-12, 2019



Catholic health care
a ministry | a mission | a movement

National Catholic Health Care Week is a celebration of our unwavering commitment to serve Canadians, journeying with people throughout their lives, and offering healing in body, mind, and spirit.

We have cared for people in small towns and urban centres for 400 years. Catholic women of faith laid the foundation for today’s health system. They were driven by audacious bravery, steadfast belief in the sacredness of each person, and unshakeable willingness to offer love and hope.

Catholic health care starts with a spiritual purpose: a deep-rooted calling to serve everyone and to come to each other with vulnerability.

Today, Catholic health care is flourishing. We continue the legacy of the Sisters, working closely with funders and partners to be responsive to the changing and growing needs of individuals and families across the country. We are leaders and advocates, making the health system stronger.

We may be 400 years old, but we’ve only just begun.


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Our stories

Meet our passionate team and the people we serve.
Watch for new stories during National Catholic Health Care Week, October 6-12, 2019.

Our Leadership – Our Legacy

Catholic health care has a history of challenging convention, taking risks, and successfully developing new treatments, services, and supports for our most vulnerable populations.  While Catholic Health Care Week is an opportunity to celebrate these successes, it’s also an invitation to consider how we can meet current and emerging needs and define the legacy that we wish to leave for future generations. Read more…


Sanctuary for people of all faiths and cultures – hospice staff recharge in reflection room

Catholic health care supports people through their times of greatest vulnerability. This includes our caregivers – the people who walk with individuals and families through their health and healing journeys. At Covenant Health’s St. Marguerite Manor, Dulcina Hospice staff share how their reflection room, a protected space for people of all faiths and cultures, helps them recharge as they journey with residents through their grief, joy, anger, frustration and loss. Read the full story…


Community connections. Lasting Impact.

Benji Kessler is one of 50 people that Manitoba-based St. Amant has transitioned from its complex care residence to community living. St. Amant’s commitment to “transition to the community” wherever possible is delivering social wellness, community care, and a happiness quotient that Benji’s family never imagined possible. Read more…


From the end of his rope to the frontline of public service


A grave accident and the pain following it led Gerald ‘Spike’ Peachey to a $250 a day opioid addiction. The compassion, care, and consistent presence of the Vancouver-based Crosstown Clinic health care providers helped him reclaim his wellness and discover his passion for public service. Read more…


Embracing everyone: caring for pregnant women with addictions


At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths - especially society’s most vulnerable. At St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, both in Toronto, part of demonstrating this respect and commitment is offering accessible, comprehensive, compassionate pre- and post-natal care without judgment for pregnant woman with addiction issues - meeting them where they are at and providing the best possible care for both mother and baby. Read the full story



Our footprints

Our programs and services span the continuum of care from cradling newborns to being present for those who are dying—and everything in between. Millions of Canadians seek care and services in our facilities each year. We respond with compassion and innovation, keeping patients, residents, clients, and their families at the centre of care.


The Pillars of Catholic Health Care


Our Calling to Serve 

Rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, Catholic health care begins with a spiritual purpose. We have a deep and profound calling to serve and provide care to all people, especially those most vulnerable. We take a holistic and compassionate approach, recognizing the whole person in community, the fundamental link between spirituality and healing, and the diverse cultural and spiritual needs of those we serve. 

Our Culture of Encounter 

Catholic health care fosters a culture of encounter, where those involved in the healing journey are people first, and health care providers participate with those they serve with compassion and humanity. This culture creates awareness, both of self and others, and opportunities to build profound relationships and lasting impact on people’s lives. 

Our Commitment to Social Justice 

Catholic health care is committed to collaborating with our partners to create the conditions for a just and caring society, where people’s voices are heard, and every person has the ability to thrive in community.
With a focus on dignity, respect, and compassion, we advocate for service to individuals at times of their greatest vulnerability, and to create culturally safe environments of health and healing. 

Our Leadership Role 

Catholic health care makes the Canadian health care system stronger, more responsive, and more sustainable. Guided by our values and inspired by our Founding Sisters, we are pioneers, leaders, and innovators. We are resourceful and effective partners within the health system, responding to the communities we serve with compassion, ethical integrity and the highest quality care and services.



At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths – especially society’s most vulnerable