Ashley-O'Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership

Health Care Mission Virtual Information Session

Join us for a 60-minute virtual information session to learn about
our Health Care Mission Programs

To read more about the session and to register, click below.  All times are listed in CST. 

Session Dates and Times  

March 22, 2023     Noon-1 p.m.



About the Center

Among the most challenging issues facing Catholic health care organizations today is the preparation of new leaders. In the past, mission leadership was seen as one facet of Catholic health care among many, with a member of the founding religious order or a formal ‘Mission Leader’ at its helm. Today, all health care leaders are called to embrace and live out the mission of the healing ministry. The Ashley O’Rourke (AOR) Center exists to respond to this challenge.

The singular focus of the Ashley-O'Rourke Center is to provide theological and spiritual formation programs for leaders in all levels of Catholic health care.
Drawing on our legacy as innovators in the field of Catholic health care ethics and our strengths as a theological school rooted in the Dominican intellectual tradition of study, the AOR Center offers resources to equip all people—ministers, health care practitioners, chaplains, academics, executives, board members, and sponsors—to carry out the mission of Catholic health care. We do this through our graduate programs, through collaborative and interdisciplinary conferences and programming, and through our partnerships with the Catholic Health Association and Catholic health care organizations across the United States.

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Academic Programs

Redesigned Certificate and Masters program options to prepare students to meet the current needs and challenges facing Catholic health care today.


Named after pioneers in Catholic bioethics, Fr. Benedict Ashley, OP, and Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, OP, two Dominican priests, the Center seeks to continue their legacy.

Why Health Care Mission at Aquinas Institute of Theology?

We are proven leaders in health care mission and understand the path to mission integration and effectiveness. 

AOR Center Leadership and Faculty

Learn from dedicated instructors with ample backgrounds in Health Care Mission. 

Academic Programs

Aligned with the Catholic Health Association's competencies for mission leaders, our academic programs offer leaders across the Catholic health ministry the opportunity to continue their education and formation with excellent faculty.

Online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Mission

Designed for mid-level and senior executives, clinicians, board members and sponsors seeking competency in the theological and ethical foundations of health care mission. 

Fully online for maximum flexibility with five core courses (15 credits).

Offering credit and non-credit options.

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Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a Specialization in Health Care Mission

Designed for mission leaders seeking a more comprehensive theological grounding and rigorous academic experience.

Builds on five course Graduate Certificate program with eight additional courses (21 credits for a total of 36 credits). 

Combined online and limited residency requirements.

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Dual Master of Arts in Theology and PhD in Health Care Ethics

Designed for those seeking to deepen their understanding of theology in order to be leaders in health care ministry.

Offered in conjunction with the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University.

Residential, 69 credit-hour program designed to be completed in four years.                      

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