Sisters from the three CHRISTUS Health sponsoring congregations visited the CHRISTUS corporate offices in Irving, Texas to celebrate Heritage Day on March 23, and 24. Sisters from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston (CCVI), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio (C.C.V.I.) and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) all attended.

The two-day event included Mass, tours of the CHRISTUS Health System offices, fellowsip with CHRISTUS Health Associates (employees) and opportunities for each sponsoring congregation to share their heritage.

Held before the Feast of the Annunciation, CHRISTUS Heritage Day celebrated the legacies of the three congregations who extend the healing ministry of Jesus through their sponsorship of CHRISTUS Health.

Ernie Sadau, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health, gave an overview of CHRISTUS Health’s heritage and spoke about the importance of the interaction among sisters and employees as they share in furthering Jesus’ healing ministry. Gerard Heeley, Senior Vice President and Chief Mission Integration and Leadership Formation Officer of CHRISTUS Health, spoke about the ways CHRISTUS provides services both in the U.S. and internationally. He explained how CHRISTUS provides patients with high levels of quality care and provides employees with job satisfaction for their efforts. Heeley also reviewed the Catholic Identity Matrix (CIM) process, an institutional self-assessment developed by Veritas Institute at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

“The CIM,” according to the Veritas Institute website, “helps a Catholic health system or hospital
assess and enhance the degree to which it has integrated the six Catholic moral principles [for Catholic healthcare institutions] within its operating policies, processes and practices.” Those moral principles include holistic care, respect for human life, mutual respect, stewardship, acting in communion with the Church and solidarity with those who live in poverty.

Thus far, CHRISTUS has met and in many instances exceeded those expectations through its internationally recognized care and award-winning services.

And, annually, the CHRISTUS Health regional and international health care ministries designate a day to pause and remember the rich heritage and healing legacy entrusted to them by the Sponsoring Congregations. The day is also designated to honor the importance that the Feast of the Annunciation holds for all three Congregations.

Pictured above:
1. Ernie Sadau, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health; Sister Kevina Keating, CCVI Congregational Leader; Sister Barbara Jean Wojnicki, CSFN Congregational Leader and Sister Teresa Maya, Congregational Leader of C.C.V.I. San Antonio pose for a photo during CHRISTUS Heritage Day.
2. Sisters from the three CHRISTUS Health sponsoring congregations spend time with staff during the CHRISTUS Heritage Day event. 

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