Energising the mission: Understanding and integrating Catholic identity through policy, procedure and practice
Monday 27 March 2017 6pm (for 6.30pm start) - 8pm
ACU Melbourne Campus Mercy Lecture Theatre Building 404 Young Street (off Victoria Parade), Fitzroy
How can a Catholic institution remain faithful to its religious identity and heritage over time, even in an environment characterised by rapid change, shifting social values, and relentless financial pressures?
J. Michael Stebbins will share some of the ways in which Avera Health, a Catholic health care system located in the midwestern United States, fosters awareness of and commitment to its faith-based mission. In particular, he will discuss Avera Health’s use of the Catholic Identity Matrix (CIM), an assessment tool offered by the Veritas Institute at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The CIM is designed to help Catholic health care organisations evaluate the degree to which their identity as a Catholic ministry shapes their operating policies and operations.
About Dr J. Michael Stebbins
Dr Stebbins is the Executive Vice President of Mission at Avera, a Catholic health care system headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. From 2000 to 2008 he served as the Director of the Gonzaga Ethics Institute at Gonzaga University, where he designed and conducted ethics programs aimed at a variety of audiences – students, faculty, staff, alumni, professional groups, and businesses and other organisations. From 1994 to 2000 he was Director of the Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business at the Woodstock Theological Center, located at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Dr Stebbins holds a B.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University, a B.S. in nursing from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. Before going to graduate studies he worked as a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. He is a recognised expert in the work of the Canadian Jesuit philosopher and theologian, Bernard Lonergan, and is the author of The Divine Initiative: Grace, World-Order, and Human Freedom in the Early Writings of Bernard Lonergan.
Dr Stebbins also played a role in the development of the Catholic Identity Matrix, an assessment tool offered by the Veritas Institute at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Identity Matrix is designed to help Catholic health care organisations evaluate the degree to which their Catholic identity shapes their operating policies and processes.
Dr Stebbins and his wife Mary Kay have five children, ages 31 to 17.