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Inspiration for the Ride Home Podcast

Offered as a gift to all, Inspiration for the Ride Home podcasts are designed to help you transition between work and your other priorities – renewing yourself and your relationships. A new podcast will be available weekly.

Putting Things Back Together

Archbishop Wuerl says Jesus left to us his healing work, his work of putting things back together again.

Being God’s Presence

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, explains how Catholic healthcare is a manifestation of God’s loving, healing presence.


What is the meaning of grace? 


“The boat I travel in is called Surrender,” says the poet Balbir Matbur.

Taking Time to Dream

How many of us remember that God is found in our deepest, best desires?

I am Humbled

Think about your day as you hear this chaplain’s prayer, written by Linda C. Moore.

Not Having the Last Word

Looking for a new spiritual practice?

The Culture of Encounter

Part of what makes us who we are in Ascension is a view of the human person, a view that calls us to look deeper.

Letter from a 6-year-old

A child's letter to the leader of the free world is more than a child's dream.

The Gentle Art of Blessing

A reflection on a specific loving practice, which author Pierre Pradervand calls the “gentle art of blessing.”

‘And Your Neighbor As Yourself’

A reflection on the act of loving others as a way of loving yourself.

Embracing Change

A poem-prayer by the late priest Edward Hays points us, in the midst of change, to the One who is ever new and never changing.

Within Us

What is the state of your hidden self, your heart?

Image of God

Here’s an interesting question:  “What's the happiest place in the solar system?”


Does your life feel ordinary? You can find the extra-ordinary in it by looking inward through a practice called introspection.

Practicing Patience

Practicing patience is probably harder now than at any time in human history. Try a little patience today.


One of our mission leaders asks and answers the question: “What is the key relational issue in the Bible?”

Stress 101

Stress can be paralyzing. Author David Kundtz offers a way forward.

Start Close

It’s easy to think that what you need most is somewhere “out there.” A poem by Clarence Heller offers another perspective.

Success, Failure, and Faithfulness

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, reflects on the difference between success and faithfulness.

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Good Day Ascension Podcast

In-depth conversations with leaders and associates from across Ascension. Each month, the Good Day Ascension Podcast will discuss timely topics related to our Mission-focused national healthcare ministry.

Gwen MacKenzie

Gwen MacKenzie

March 2017

“Anytime you take on an effort as large as this, you want it to go well,” says Gwen MacKenzie, Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare and Michigan Ministry Market Executive, about Michigan serving as a pilot for the introduction of the Ascension identity in our local communities.  “It was a very natural and invigorating launch because it connected the Mission with the brand and the work that we do.  It’s gone extremely well.”


Tom VanOsdol

February 2017

“We are a large, diverse, growing health system with absolutely unlimited potential for service,” says Tom VanOsdol, Interim President and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville, Florida, and the System Chief Operating Officer for Ascension’s Jacksonville Ministry Market.  Tom says he tells new associates, “You’re here, called by God for a very specific purpose, and a gift that only you can give our ministry, and I can’t wait to unpack and discover that together with you.”

Matt Hermann

Matt Hermann

January 2017

Ascension Ventures launched in 2001 as the venture investing unit of Ascension. “What’s happened over time is we’ve invited other health systems to participate with us,” says Matt Hermann, Ascension Ventures’ Senior Managing Director.  “We’ve included organizations that wanted to roll up their sleeves and share their perspectives with us because we believe it will help us make better decisions…. We have 13 health systems as limited partners, [and] we’re going to be on the lookout for innovative companies that could really make a difference.” 

Bernie Sherry

Bernie Sherry

December 2016

Ascension’s Columbia St. Mary’s, Ministry Health Care, Affinity Health System and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are coming together as Ascension because “it gives us the best chance to deliver on our promise to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare and an experience that’s unmatched in the state of Wisconsin,” says Bernie Sherry, Ascension’s Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive.  “The community is really rooting for Ascension Wisconsin as we bring together these legacy ministries.”


Chris Palombo & Greg Pope

November 2016

For 30 million low-income uninsured people who are disproportionately chronically ill, the need for prescription medications is great.  “The mission of the Dispensary of Hope is improved health,” says Chris Palombo, the organization’s CEO.  The Dispensary, which provides free medications, is connected to Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health in Tennessee.  “It’s a beautiful expression of Ascension’s Mission,” says Greg Pope, Chief Mission and Ministry Officer for Saint Thomas.

David Pryor

Dr. David Pryor

October 2016

“It’s a privilege to work in Ascension with the outstanding caregivers and providers across our system,” says David Pryor, MD, Ascension’s Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer.  “What I try to do is unleash the creativity, the power, the spirit of the caregivers across our system to provide the highest quality of care that we can.”

Celeste Mueller

September 2016

“Formation programs and formation opportunities are really about developing the whole person,” says Celeste Mueller, D.Min., Ascension’s Vice President, Spiritual and Theological Formation. “We provide opportunities throughout Ascension for intentional reflective experiences and practices that will help form us to be people who are Mission-focused, capable and flourishing.”

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