WASHINGTON, DC – Dominican Sister of Peace Peggy Martin, OP, received the prestigious Sister Concilia Moran Award at the annual assembly of the Catholic Health Association in Washington DC, June 7-9. The award is CHA’s highest honor. Sr. Peggy is the senior vice president, Sponsorship and Governance, for Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. The citation describing the award read, in part, “She has demonstrated gifts at navigating the critically important intersection of the converging concerns of Church, health care and law so that each may achieve its goals… Sr. Peggy continues to share her knowledge of sponsorship and canon law across the health care ministry as consultant and educator, having served as a faculty member in the Collaborative Formation Program for Sponsors of Public Juridic Persons. In all her roles, she demonstrates fidelity to the mission that inspired religious leaders to entrust their precious human resources – their own members – to the ministries of health care.”
“She is truly a visionary leader and trail blazer,” said Sr. Gemma Doll, OP, councilor for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. “With her colleagues at CHI, she has helped facilitate new concepts, structures and solutions that take Catholic health care in new directions.” (Read a story about Peggy from the Catholic Health Initiatives webpage)
In receiving the award Sr. Peggy said, “I am deeply humbled and honored and overwhelmed all at the same time. It is an amazing blessing to receive such an affirmation of my ministry and of the person I have become. I have been reflecting on how most people never receive such affirmation in their life time. I am very blessed.”
Sr. Peggy was a member of the Steering Council that founded CHI, which integrated health care facilities previously sponsored by 12 different religious congregations and created a new type of sponsorship and governance structure.
“One of Sister Peggy’s unique gifts is her expertise in navigating this critically important intersection, where the converging concerns of Church, health care and law must all be honored so that each may achieve its goals,” said Sr. Gemma. “Her vision enabled her to grasp clearly the heart of the matter – how to best foster the smooth progress of each of these converging concerns.”
When Pope Francis summoned financial officers of religious institutes to Rome in March 2014 for an international symposium, Sr. Peggy was one of 19 speakers invited to address the gathering on the topic of how best to use their assets for the service of humanity.
Catholic Health Care Association is a ministry of the Catholic Church continuing Jesus’ mission of love and healing in the world today. Comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states, the Catholic health ministry is the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation.
In the US, one in every six patients is cared for in a Catholic Hospital. The mission of CHA is to advance the Catholic health ministry of the United States in caring for people and communities.
At the national level, these organizations join together in the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In CHA, the ministry raises a collective passionate voice for compassionate care.