September AOR E-Newsletter (in case you missed it)


Welcome to our first monthly AOR E-Newsletter!  Catholic health care is always changing, and so is the Ashley-O’Rourke Center.  This month we bring you highlights of some of the new people and ventures occurring at the center and the Aquinas Institute.
Welcome to Dr. Tom Bushlack, AOR’s New Faculty Co-Director

Tom's Headshots (5) What a pleasure it is to welcome Tom Bushlack, Ph.D. to our Aquinas family and particularly to our Ashley-O’Rourke Center team! Tom comes to us from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota where he served as assistant professor of moral theology for 5 years and a founding co-director of the Project for Mindfulness & Contemplation. A husband, father of three, and Notre Dame grad, Tom is also an oblate of Saint Benedict and brings a passion for the integration of contemplative spirituality and theology.  Tom holds a joint position in the faculty as Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Co-Director of AOR.  You can read more about Tom here.His students in Cohort 9 of the EMAHCM have already experienced Tom’s facility in using contemplative tools to address difficult moral issues. Recently, I shared with Tom that as a Dominican school of theology and ministry we seek to “share the fruits of our contemplation” with others. The next day he stopped by my office to tell me how compelling that little phrase was for him. As our new Co-Director, Tom will assist in program development, refinement and outreach to Catholic health care. Clearly, Tom is finding a happy home here at Aquinas! Welcome Dr. Bushlack!

Liz Foshage Joins AOR Leadership Team


Elizabeth (Liz) Foshage, Senior Vice President, Finance at Ascension has joined the Ashley-O’Rourke team to strengthen our leadership development programming. Liz is an experienced leader in Catholic healthcare, a graduate of Ascension’s Executive Ministry Leadership (EML) program and will soon complete her EMAHCM in 2016. The Executive Masters of Arts in Health Care Mission (EMAHCM)  is intended to ground Catholic healthcare leaders in the theological tradition of the healing ministry and it also challenges its participants to make applications of this theology in the many practices and processes which are used to administer healing on a daily basis. This application of theology is accomplished in the EMAHCM through a series of Saturday morning leadership development workshops. These workshops are held in conjunction with the intensive retreats for each theology course. Liz will bring her knowledge, experience, and wisdom into her new role in facilitating these Saturday morning workshops.
Recently, Liz has been named one of St Louis’ Most Influential Women Business Leaders by the St Louis Business Journal.  She is also an active leader in St Louis ministries including: a member of the Audit Committee for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Finance Committee for her local parish, St Gerard Majella, the Ignatian Identity Committee for DeSmet high school, and the Finance Committee for the Daughers of Charity Province of St Louis. Liz was a co-founder of Ascension’s Management Formation Program. You can read more about Liz’s bio here.
Liz brings an extensive background in integrating the Church’s theological tradition into everyday business practice. Her strong commitment to the principles of Catholic healthcare and her energetic pursuit of solutions that work have been the hallmark of her successful career. We are very excited to announce her as a new member of the AOR leadership team!
AOR Goes Social!
Did you know that you can follow AOR on our new Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn ?
In recent conversations with many of our co-workers in the vineyard of Catholic health care, we have heard repeatedly that more people would benefit from learning about the services offered through the center, especially in our EMAHCM  and CML  education programs. In an effort to reach more of the thousands of people dedicated to the mission of health care as a participation in the healing ministry of Jesus in communion with the Church, we’re extending our social network and we would love to have you to join us.
Please follow or like us on any of our social media platforms, so that you can stay up to date with all the exciting changes at AOR and in Catholic health care, and invite your friends and colleagues to do the same!
News to Share? Keep us Informed
Have you recently changed positions, title, email?  Major life events that you’d like to share with the AOR community?  Need prayers for a personal or professional situation?  Please send us any announcements, and we will post this through our blog and social media community.  Please also send us a recent picture of yourself to include!  Email news to or you need to update your email or contact info, you can do so below under “Update Profile.” Want to write an article for a future E-Newsletter?  Send us your idea as well!
Sr. Colleen Mallon, O.P., Ph.D.
Tom Bushlack, Ph.D.
Ashley O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership

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