Catholic Congregational Legacy Charity Established by CHSO
Sponsorship must continue to grow, evolve and mature to ensure the vitality of Catholic health care and other Catholic works for generations to come. This includes anticipating and responding to changing circumstances at CHSO Founding Congregations, CHSO member organisations, within the Ontario health care system, and the needs of the most vulnerable in all of the communities we serve.
Some CHSO Founding Congregations are now planning for the future, including thinking about the long term ownership of assets, some of which are used by CHSO member organisations.
CHSO believes that if the Sisters choose to transfer assets, the transfer should be to another church entity. This is the best way to ensure the assets are preserved for the long term. To provide another option, CHSO is proud and excited to announce that it has created the Catholic Congregational Legacy Charity, which will function as the charity arm of CHSO. This is a natural extension of the sponsorship model envisioned when CHSO was first created in 1998, and gives CHSO the capacity to receive and hold assets for use and benefit of our member organisations, and new Catholic works in the future.
CHSO was founded in 1998 and provides sponsorship to 21 health care organizations originally established by seven Congregations of religious Sisters. The Sisters were health care pioneers who created a culture of excellence, compassion, respect and inclusion that is very relevant to today’s changing times. They have indelibly marked not only the organizations they founded but also the larger health community in the province.
In its sponsorship role: CHSO appoints the board members and CEO of each organization: provides CHSO member organizations with tools and guidelines to ensure a certain consistency in meeting sponsor expectations: approves any changes to member organization mission, values or philosophy; and approves any integration, merger and major financial decisions.CHSO has an important leadership role to support the diverse Catholic community uniting into a single voice for patients and families, particularly the vulnerable.
CHSO member organizations continue to prioritize serving the vulnerable and those most in need – such as the poor, homeless and under-housed, refugees and new immigrants, people with chronic physical, emotional illnesses and addictions and the frail elderly. CHSO must continue to be a strong voice for this legacy, mission and healing ministry. It is what differentiates our members.
CHSO has an important leadership role to support the diverse Catholic community uniting into a single voice for patients and families, particularly the vulnerable. CHSO has a renewed vision for Catholic health care in Ontario to ensure its continued value and relevance in today’s health system. We have a clear plan and actions to achieve our goals, demonstrate our leadership position and the need for and value of Catholic health care being part of a high quality integrated health care system.
What CHSO Stands For
Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario is a legacy of the Founding Sisters with a Pontifical mandate from the Catholic Church. It is dedicated to helping society understand that Catholic health care is guided by a profound respect for human dignity and a mission to serve the vulnerable and those most in need. As sponsor of a group of organizations, CHSO ensures that each lives up to the legacy of the Founding Sisters and demonstrates the unique value of Catholic health care. We are engaged, enabled and committed to living our vision, mission and values.
Strong, unified Catholic health care in Ontario.
Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario is the next generation sponsor dedicated to strengthening Catholic health care.OUR MISSION IS:
To continue the healing Ministry of Jesus by building on the legacy of the Founding Sisters and their commitment to care for the vulnerable and those most in need, while remaining true to our shared values.
Dignity of each person
Treating all people with respect, at all stages of life
Inclusive spiritual care is an important part of health care
Reaching out into our communities to meet the diverse service needs of the vulnerable
Working cooperatively with partners in the health care system
Responsible use of resources
Stewarding the finite resources available to each organization