As a part of their ongoing “Higher Calling” series, the Veritas Institute, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought of the Center for Catholic Studies, and the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, co-sponsored a presentation and panel discussion on September 27, 2010: Maintaining a Catholic Identity in a Secular World.
The event featured William Brinkmann, vice president of Mission Initiatives for Ascension Health, the largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system in the United States, discussing the challenge of maintaining and renewing Catholic identity in health care. In addition, Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, who holds the David and Barbara Koch Chair in Business Ethics at the Opus College of Business, was joined by Dean Maines, president of the Veritas Institute, in addressing Catholic identity in Catholic business schools. Sr. Mary Eliot Crowley, administrator for Franciscan Sponsorship at Saint Marys Hospital, a part of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, served as a panelist, and shared her experience maintaining a Catholic identity within a secular institution.
University of St. Thomas Press Release, 09/28/2010