Sr. Catherine O’Connor Named Recipient of Catholic Health Association’s 2023 Sister Concilia Moran Award

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Celebrated on June 12 during the Virtual Assembly

photograph of a woman with short dark hair wearing glassesTewksbury, Mass. and St. Louis, MO – Covenant Health, along with the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), have announced Sr. Catherine O’Connor, CSB, Ph.D. as the 2023 recipient of the Sister Concilia Moran Award. Sr. Cathy serves on the Congregational Leadership Team of Brigidine Sisters and Covenant Health’s Board of Covenant Health, Tewksbury, Massachusetts. O’Connor will be honored virtually during Assembly 2023.

“Covenant is so fortunate to have Sr. Cathy serve on our Board of Directors. She brings a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and of Covenant Health, having previously served as our Vice President of Mission and Sponsorship,” says Stephen Grubbs, President/CEO, Covenant Health. “Sr. Cathy truly has a heart for our Mission and Values and ensures that the Board’s discussions and decisions are grounded in discernment while guiding us with knowledge of the great legacy of the Catholic Health Ministry, and a desire to ensure that current societal needs are embraced and addressed. Covenant is truly blessed by her service, and I value that Sr. Cathy will always share the truth with love and an embracing Irish accent.”

Prior to being called to Congregational Leadership, Sr. Cathy served as Vice President for Mission and Sponsorship at Covenant Health. She has also served as Senior Vice President, Mission Integration & Organizational Development at Caritas Christi Health Care, Boston, Massachusetts. She was a faculty member of the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. She also served as adjunct faculty at Boston College, Saint Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, the MAM program at St. John’s Seminary in Boston and as a Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University.

The Sister Concilia Moran Award pays homage to a trailblazing thinker who demonstrates an understanding of ministry identity rooted in the church. Each year, the recipient is someone who has identified needs not yet seen by others and shaped circumstances into tangible opportunities for extending the healing ministry, ultimately taking Catholic healthcare in new directions.

The annual Catholic Health Assembly is the largest gathering of Catholic healthcare leaders in the United States. This virtual, two-day event is hosted in an interactive platform where attendees engage with speakers, connect with colleagues and create new friendships. Assembly 2023 will take place virtually June 12-13, 2023. Learn more at:

About Covenant Health

Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional healthcare system and a leader in values-based, not-for-profit health and elder care. Covenant’s family of organizations includes hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living, independent senior residences and adult day care organizations throughout New England and Pennsylvania. We are New England’s largest non-profit post-acute care provider. Covenant Health is fully committed to offering a continuum of high-quality, compassionate care to the individuals and communities we serve. Please visit to learn more about us or to review a list of associated locations.

About the CHA

The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest nonprofit provider of healthcare services in the nation.

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