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The third quarter of 2018 has been very quiet from a legislative perspective in both Washington and Springfield.  ICHA’s Executive Director has been organizing ICHA’s Annual Meeting which is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th at the Union League Club Chicago. The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is the role of the laity in Catholic healthcare. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Laurence O’Connell. Dr. O’Connell is Executive Director of the Ministry Leadership Center in Roseville, CA.

Additional speakers are Dr. Therese Lysaught, from Loyola University Chicago, and Msgr. Mark Merdian, Healthcare Vicar, Peoria Diocese.  Dr. Lysaught will be presenting on “Living Instruments of the Church’s Mission: Vatican II and the Theology of the Laity”.  Msgr. Merdian will address “What New Evangelization can offer the Future Apostolate of Catholic Healthcare: Enhanced Leadership Formation of the Laity as Response to their Baptismal Call”. The Annual Meeting information and registration material went out on September 10th and may also be found on ICHA’s website: www.il-cha.org.

In September, ICHA convened a conference call for the Healthcare Vicars to discuss the new changes to ERD Part VI, on September 12th; and on September 15th, ICHA’s Executive Director attended the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Life and Justice Conference. Believing that physician assisted suicide (PAS) and end of life issues are going to be coming to the forefront of Illinois public policy debates, ICHA recruited Rebecca Davis Mathias, PhD, to present on ERD Part V in one of the breakout sessions. ICHA believes it is critical that our pro-life leaders have a firm understanding of Catholic moral and ethical teachings (ERDs Part V) before we engage in public debates.

ICHA is in the process of developing the Board of Director’s ballot for next year.  The ballot will go to the Sponsors and Bishops the first week of October.  Once the Executive Director has received the completed ballots he will publish the membership of the ICHA Board of Directors for 2019.


In addition to the November Annual Meeting, in October, ICHA’s Executive Director will be attending the White Mass in Springfield on October 17th and the White Mass in Joliet on October 28th. On October 25th and 26th, he will be attending the Catholic Health Association’s (CHA) Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.


With the adjournment of the State Legislature and the General Election for State and Federal representatives approaching on November 6th, the third quarter of 2018 has been very slow from a legislative perspective.


As an update on ICHA’s Chaplaincy Education Program with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), ICHA continues to register participants. To date, 203 persons registered for the course; 110 have completed it.


ICHA continues to operate under a balanced budget. ICHA recently developed their FY 18-19 budget which was recommended unanimously by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board on March 16th. Invoices for the FY 18-19 dues were sent out on July 1st. Follow up notices went out in mid-September for those few who have not yet paid their dues.

ICHA is finalizing its financial compilation (in place of an annual fiscal audit) and will distribute it to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors when it is completed. The review is being done by the firm Hochfelder & Weber.


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.