The Ashley-O'Rourke Center

for Health Ministry Leadership


We promote the transformative potential of the healing ministry of Jesus by offering programs that integrate theological education and spiritual formation for leaders at all levels of Catholic health care.


Educational Programs:



Both programs offer the following advantages:

Additional Services:

We also partner with individual Catholic health systems to create custom-designed mission leadership formation programs.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss creating programs designed to meet the specific needs of your health system.

Our faculty members also available for consulting services, day retreats, and workshops for health care systems at any location.

Why Mission Leaders?

Among the most urgent issues facing the healing ministry today is the preparation of new and future generations of lay leaders in Catholic health care organizations. To respond to this challenge, Aquinas Institute created the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership. Our singular purpose is to develop and deliver theological and spiritual formation programs, materials, and experiences for leaders who steward the healing ministry of the Church. The Center is named in honor of two prominent Dominicans, Benedict Ashley, O.P. and Kevin O’Rourke, O.P., who have separately and together made significant contributions to Catholic health care.

The Center is a leader in the field of health ministry education and is sought out by health systems nationwide for our expertise in providing a theological foundation for mission leaders at successive stages in their careers.



General Inquiries:

Office of Admissions: or 314.256.8801


Center Co-Directors:

Sr. Colleen Mallon, O.P., Ph.D.:          Dr. Thomas Bushlack, Ph.D.

314.256.8870                                        314.256.8868                            


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