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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.

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.

How to Stay Unhappy

Chris Stefanick, a popular Catholic speaker, has something to say about staying miserable.

Hands, Head, Heart

Consider what happens when you engage all three – hands, head, heart – in doing even the simplest of things.

Are Your Problems Big Enough?

As one of our mission leaders recently pointed out, “People are defined by their problems.”

Ministry in its Simplest Form

Learn to find God in our simplest deeds.

Love Whatever Gets In the Way

Consider these words from the poet Mark Nepo when someone or something gets in your way.

Lesson of the Butterfly

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho tells the story of a man and a butterfly.

Ministering to God’s People

Become inspired by the story of Linda Wilson-Allen, who drives a metro-transit bus in San Francisco, as told by Sam Whiting, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Going Without Sandals

Remember the story of Moses at the burning bush?

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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.

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

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

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.”

Nick Ragone

Nick Ragone

August 2016

Ascension’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Nick Ragone says he gets the question all the time – what does the journey to One Ascension mean?  “It means really integrating how we operate as a ministry,” Nick says.  “It’s taking advantage of all the talent and gifts of our associates across the country, and bringing them together in community.”

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