CHA webcasts puts spotlight on Catholic identity


Catholic Institute of Sydney Mission's Fr David Ranson 'Mission in Focus' webcast.

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is running a 16-week open access webcast series to encourage and support those who work in leadership roles within the healing ministry of Jesus.

CHA Chief Executive Officer Martin Laverty said the Mission in Focus webcasts are fostering greater awareness of Catholic identity in human service organisations and support lay leaders as stewards of Catholic ministries.

"Catholic hospitals and aged care services, like Catholic schools and social service organisations, are governed and operated by capable lay people. In supporting lay leaders in their roles, the Mission in Focus webcast series shines the spotlight on aspects of mission fulfilment," Mr Laverty said.

The series comprises new episodes which are being released each Thursday on the CHA website, with each episode focussing on a different topic ranging from pastoral care and ethics through to recruitment processes and organisational structures of Catholic services.

"We were lucky to be able to draw from the ranks of the Church’s lay people, religious, priests and bishops to capture knowledge and experiences of how best to orientate human service delivery in Catholic tradition within a changing and complex Australian community," Mr Laverty said.

Just some of the speakers featured in the series include Sr Helen Monkivitch RSM, Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville, Mgr Paul Tighe from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Sr Therese Carroll RSJ, Fr Joe Parkinson of the LJ Goody Bioethics Centre in Perth, Catherine Garner of Cabrini Health and Mercy Health’s Kate Hewett.

"By using an online communications platform, we are able to share valuable messages from a broad range of Church leaders with those working in Catholic human service organisations without them even having to leave their office," Mr Laverty said.

"Because operates 24 hours a day, Mission in Focus is accessible to anyone at any time."

'Mission in Focus' can be accessed free-of-charge through the CHA website at:

The webcasts can also be viewed on CHA's Vimeo page:


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