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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.

A Baby's Hug

A mother is reminded that “to enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children.”

The Choice in Every Moment

Remember: the only life we actually have is the life we have in the moment.

Don't Just Do Something. Stand There.

Behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely reflects on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks answer to the question, “If just one commandment, which one?”


A reflection from the late Jerry Kearney, a much-loved Ascension mission leader, encourages us to learn how to wait.

A Moment of Awakening

Have you considered that “to love is to pay attention?”

Recognizing the Humanity in Others

In this story from World War II, the hero is a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara.

Words Matter

Consider how healing can come through your words.

A Prayer for Peace and Understanding

A prayer for our time coming to us from the 6th century Chinese philosopher Lao-tse.

Saying Thank You

Archbishop Wuerl’s “thank you” is a reminder of the meaning of our work and the importance of saying thank you to those around us.

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.

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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.

Scott Caldwell

Scott Caldwell

May 2017

“The Resource Group is here to serve and manage the supply chain, and the operations, logistics and contracting on behalf of all of the providers and caregivers across Ascension,” says Scott Caldwell, The Resource Group’s President and CEO. “The ‘why we do what we do’ is singularly focused – it is to support the Mission of Ascension.”

Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee

Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee

April 2017

“I’ve always felt that my calling was to be a physician… and to particularly focus on those who are underserved and sometimes those whom people don’t want to touch,” says Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, Vice President of Care Excellence for Ascension. “It’s really been my privilege to engage in that work.... I help our ministry leaders work toward eliminating unwanted variation in care.”

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.

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