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For the final quarter of 2019, ICHA’s Executive Director continued to meet individually with leadership and preparing to respond to future challenges to Catholic healthcare in Illinois. The most immediate challenge on the horizon is the possibility of efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide (PAS). The Executive Director, working with the By-Laws Subcommittee, finalized and distributed the updated ICHA’s By-laws. Committee members were Sr. Terry Maltby, Msgr. Mark Merdian and Sr. Jomary Trstensky. A Canonical legal review was provided by Bishop Thomas Paprocki. Due to the change in the by-laws, ICHA will be looking for additional members to join the Board in an effort to bring a more diverse perspective.

ICHA’s Executive Director’s travels and meetings over the last three months were as follows:

On October 19th, the Executive Director attended Springfield Diocese’s White Mass with Bishop Paprocki. The speaker for the White Mass event was Fr. Michael Rozier, a Jesuit priest from Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health. On October 24th participated in a webinar on physician assisted suicide which was sponsored by CHA. The presenter was Dr. Daniel Sulmasy. Finally, on December 9th the Executive Director participated in a conference call with the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) and all six Social Service Agencies to explore a program called Medical Respite Care which is directed at people who are homeless.

ICHA Board Members for 2020

In the last quarter, by mail-in ballots, the Sponsors approved ICHA’s new Board of Directors and Officers for 2020. They are as follows: Theresa Rutherford (Chair), Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Vice Chair), Bishop Daniel Jenky, Megan Brennan, Sr. Terry Maltby, Dawn Mayer, Br. Daniel McCormick, CFA, Msgr. Mark Merdian (Finance Chair), Steve Roach, Robert Sehring, Sr. Jomary Trstensky, Sr. Sharon Ann Walsh.


ICHA’s Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 7th. The Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, January 22nd. The spring Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19th.


On the state level, ICHA will be watching closely to see if there is any activity on end of life issues (EOL). In preparation for this issue being introduced in Illinois, on December 12th ICHA’s Executive Director and CCI’s Executive Director met with our counterparts from California to discuss strategy since they already experienced this legislative issue. We also discussed the possibility of implementing CHA’s Workshop for Priests in an effort to reach out to our parishes and their staff on this complicated issue.


As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 225 persons registered for the course; 115 have completed it. 


ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget and ICHA has collected all of its FY 19-20 dues (Two hospitals and two long-term care facilities were unable to pay their dues and they will be written off as bad debt).  ICHA has received the final audit, from the firm Hochfelder & Weber, and has shared it with the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors. ICHA’s 990 was also shared with the Finance Committee.


Thank you for all you do on behalf of the ministry. We continue to look for better ways to serve you and are always open to new ideas.  If ICHA may assist you in any way, please contact me anytime at pcacchione@il-cha.org.