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Our Sponsors - St. Joseph Health Ministry

Our sponsors have the responsibility and moral accountability for St. Joseph Health (SJH) as a Catholic health care ministry –– they enable our Catholic identity, and assure that we participate in Jesus’ healing mission through our care to those in need. These commitments form the Essential Elements of our health care ministry. Click here to learn more

When our health system was created in 1982, the elected leaders of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange exercised the responsibilities of sponsorship. In 2008, sponsorship was transferred to a newly created civil and church corporation, the St. Joseph Health Ministry, which consists of six appointed members. The St. Joseph Health Ministry includes lay individuals, as well as members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, who join together in serving as sponsors of SJH. The sponsors are the sole corporate member of SJH.


The members of the St. Joseph Health Ministry are:

Sr. Suzanne Sassus, CSJ

Sr. Suzanne Sassus, CSJ

Sr. Mary Therese Sweeney, CSJ

Sr. Mary Therese Sweeney, CSJ

Sister Marian Schubert, CSJ

Jeff Flocken

Sr. Kit Gray, CSJ

Nick Dolejsi

Ned Dolejsi

Eleanor Brewer

Eleanor Brewer
(Chair)

St. Joseph Health Ministry creates the opportunity for the sisters to enhance their long-standing partnership with the laity by including lay individuals join along with the Sisters in serving as SJH sponsors.