December 4, 2019

Fairview to cut staff, consider trims to hospitals: Workforce could shrink by 2%, and St. Joseph’s Hospital could be closed

Leaders of M Health Fairview disclosed Friday that the giant health care system will cut as much as 2% of its staff, the first of several potential changes for the newly branded organization that could include reduced operations at the Bethesda rehabilitation hospital and the potential closure of St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown St. Paul.


October 2, 2019

Annual Membership Meeting – October 23rd

The Catholic Health Association of Minnesota will host its Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul.

PreRegistration Flyer 2019

Lead presenters will include Mary Hill, Executive Vice President of Mission, with Avera Health, Sioux Falls presenting on two important topics:  Exploring Catholic Health Care Ethics and Moral Distress – in addition to Maureen L. Condic, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy with the University of Utah School of Medicine presenting on Neurobiological Issues Surrounding Declaration of Death.

Visit for pre-registration prior to October 16th.



September 3, 2019

Pope Francis on Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a way of treating the human person as an object; while it may appear to give freedom, it is really a rejection of hope, Pope Francis told an oncology association Sept. 2.  “The practice of euthanasia, which has already been legalized in several countries, only apparently aims to encourage personal freedom,” he said Sept. 2.  “In reality,” he continued, “it is based on a utilitarian view of the person, who becomes useless or can be equated to a cost, if from the medical point of view, he has no hope of improvement or can no longer avoid pain.” (more…)

August 16, 2019

Annual Membership Meeting – October 23rd – Save the Date

The Annual Meeting for the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul.  Presenters will include Mary Hill, Executive Vice President of Mission for Avera Health, Sioux Falls, in addition to Maureen Condic, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  Registration information is forthcoming.

May 31, 2019

What Got Done: A Summary of the 2019 Legislative Session

Following more than five months and one overtime special session, the 2019 Minnesota Legislature completed its work early Saturday, May 25.  After leaders reached a bipartisan agreement with Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, lawmakers in the divided Capitol — Democrats hold the House and Republicans hold the Senate — voted through thousands of pages of legislation following an all-night special session. (more…)

May 10, 2019

Sr. Mary Haddad named CEO of Catholic Health Association

Mercy Sr. Mary Haddad, vice president of sponsorship and mission services for the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will take over as president and CEO of the organization July 1. (more…)

March 17, 2019

Minnesota Senate vote sets up clash over lowering health care costs

March 17, 2019

New Assisted Suicide Bill Introduced

HF 2152, an assisted-suicide bill was introduced in Minnesota on Thursday, March 8th.   After a brief analysis, the Minnesota Catholic Conference presents the following review: (more…)

January 26, 2019

Catholics at the Capitol – February 19th

The Minnesota Catholic Conference, together with the six dioceses, will host a gathering of potentially 2,000+ Minnesota Catholics on February 19, 2019 for a day of prayer, inspiration, education, and advocacy.  The program at the River Centre in St. Paul will include presentations by actor Jim Caviezel, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Gloria Purvis, along with music from Danielle Rose. (more…)

January 16, 2019

Minnesota’s January economic update shows reason for caution

The recently released  January Revenue and Economic Update gave us unsettling news about the state’s economic and budget landscape. The quarterly report from Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) shows that recent state revenues have come in lower than anticipated. It also reports that the national economy is expected to continue to grow, but that growth will become quite slow. These two factors could be a potential warning that the $1.5 billion state budget surplus projected in the November Forecast may be too optimistic. (more…)