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Franciscans and Healthcare

What is the Future?

Elise Saggau, OFM

Publication Year: 2001

In 1999, the Franciscan Center of the Washington Theological Union gathered experts to discuss the role of contemporary Franciscans in the ministry of healthcare. The talks were designed with a view both to spirituality and to maintaining Franciscan identity. At a time when Franciscan institutions are facing critical decisions, it is important to remember the tradition that brought them to where they are, the values that make them what they are, and the spirituality that identifies who they are. The contributions made here are a step in this direction.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Front Pages

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Table of Contents

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Abbreviations

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. 1-2

Care for the sick and suffering has been an integral part of the Franciscan tradition since the beginning of Francis’s conversion.Francis bowed low to kiss the leper and discovered the sweetness of penitents in the Middle Ages, care for the sick expressed their desire Franciscans. It was also a way of life that manifested their inner...

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FRANCISCANS AND HEALTHCARE: OUR HERITAGE

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pp. 3-28

In his delightful introduction to the Franciscan tradition, Poverty and Joy, William Short singles out compassion for the leper as one of the defining themes of our spirituality.1 As a historian I certainly know that Franciscans and healthcare have always been intimately and lives of Francis and Clare and the story of the early Franciscan...

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THE BLOOD OF CHRIST: TOWARDS A FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY OF HEALTHCARE

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pp. 29-43

Defining what the words “Franciscan” and “Franciscanism” mean is“Franciscan Healthcare,” the most important initial task is to try to clarify the adjective in this phrase. Defining healthcare is hard enough. Defining Franciscan is an even more daunting task. It is certainly easier to speak as a Franciscan to other Franciscans than it...

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THE PHYSICIAN IN LABOR: A RESPONSE TO SULMASY

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pp. 44-53

Resurrection of Jesus unfold each day before my eyes. The Paschal Mystery unfolds in stories of blood—real blood. God is there. . . .four years old. The chart indicated chest pain. As I walked down the hall, I noticed that Juan had been in the Emergency Care Unit just two days before for “overdose.” I wondered what was going on. I...

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THE PATIENT AND THE DISEASE AS “OTHER”: RESPONSE TO SULMASY

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pp. 53-62

I am going to use the lens of culture today to try to open up this perspective. In one sense, I believe this symposium on “Franciscans and Healthcare” is about developing a greater understanding of ours hared Franciscan culture. I am hopeful this perspective will help us better understand what it means to serve and to be served in the...

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THE CULTURE OF HEALTHCARE: LEADERSHIP’S ROLE FROM A TRUSTEE’S PERSPECTIVE

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pp. 63-75

As I prepared for this symposium, I was struck by the fact that I have been involved in the healthcare ministry for almost twenty-five congregational leadership in 1975 to serve on the board of our local Franciscan hospital. I was an elementary school principal at the time and I must confess that I was not overly enthusiastic as it...

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TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND FRANCISCAN VALUES

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pp. 76-87

This quote describes well what we in Catholic healthcare are facing today. We see daily how our healthcare leaders are caught between trying to “do the right thing” and the bottom line. Consideration of leadership is needed to insure that our healthcare ministries become As Franciscans, there are certain values that we hold most dear....

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EXPERIENCE OF THE SYLVANIA, OHIO, FRANCISCANS: RESPONSE TO ANDERSON

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pp. 87-91

I have worn many hats that have brought me to my present ministry as Vice-President of Mission Integration for Franciscan Services Corporation in Sylvania, Ohio. I was a teacher by profession. Then I became trained for and engaged in formation ministry. I wore a leadership governance hat for twelve (not consecutive) years. In that...

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THE FRANCISCAN JOURNEY: TRANSFORMATIVE AND CONTEMPLATIVE RESPONSE TO EGAN

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pp. 92-98

The journey of a Franciscan is two-fold. There is the active journey, the journey that requires one to go forth, to become actively involved in the lives of those who are in need and to be a transforming presence in society. There is also the contemplative journey, the journey that demands of us time for being still and coming to know the Lord in prayer and...

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THE HEALTHCARE INSTITUTION AND FRANCISCAN IDENTITY

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pp. 99-113

As I began to work on this paper, I soon realized that the deceptively simple title (and the related questions posed in the brochure) created all sorts of problematical questions. On the one hand, it raises questions about the meaning of Franciscan identity—an issue that many Franciscan...

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HEALING AT THE HEART OF OUR MISSION: RESPONSE TO NAIRN

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pp. 114-117

I want to begin by thanking Tom Nairn for his remarks. And I also am indebted to him for preparing his remarks far enough in advance special interest groups. Such groups often vie for the coveted title of being grassroots groups, groups that express the real interests and concerns of real people who live outside the Beltway. But not all...

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. 118-120


E-ISBN-13: 9781576592717
E-ISBN-10: 1576592715
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591772
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591778

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2001

Edition: First
Series Editor Byline: Elise Saggau, OSF

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  • Franciscans.
  • Catholic health facilities.
  • Pastoral medicine -- Catholic Church.
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