Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

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Welcome to Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) is a voluntary, provincial association dedicated to the healing Ministry of the Catholic Church. Through its Ministries of education health care ethics, spiritual care, social justice and Catholic ownership, CHAM fulfills its mission.

Our members span the continuum of social services, long term and continuing care, acute care, and seniors’ services across Manitoba.  Each year, we strive to foster relationships between our members through regular correspondence along with events such as our Annual General Meeting, special events and conferences.

Through the ministries of education, healthcare ethics, spiritual care, Catholic ownership and social justice, CHAM fulfills its mission of compassionate concern and respect for all persons.


Join the Journey - Body, Mind & Spirit 

Spiritual Care Training Series

CHAM is embarking on a new program to expand the ability of CHAM member facilities and parishes to help people understand the aging journey and the role of spirituality in an older person's life.  Participants will develop a holistic understanding of an older person and be able to offer quality spiritual care. 

Participants would then have the tools to support people who may be frail, alone and lonely either in their homes, long-term care home, supportive housing complex or even hospital.

The training in this program is excellent for staff who work in a care home or hospital, for individuals caring for loved ones in their home or for people who visit with seniors in their homes or care homes.  

The training program consists of the following eight segments:

  • Understanding the ageing process
  • Spirituality in ageing
  • Good Communication
  • The Power of Storytelling
  • Dementia
  • A New Home and a New Way of Life
  • Grief, Loss, Death and Dying
  • Roles, Boundaries and Self-Care

To view the poster and register for this series, click HERE

"The material presented in the course was not only insightful, but also often personally challenging, allowing a person considering Spiritual Care for the older person to understand not only the amazing possibilities of love and service in this type of care, but also to understand the resulting personal journey for the spiricutal carer."

Brian, Participant

Recent News

CHAM Winter Edition Newsletter
January 23, 2020

Please take a moment to read CHAM's current newsletter by clicking HERE.

December 17, 2019
December 5, 2019

Those who are homeless or at risk need your support.  The Centre Flavie-Laurent in St. Boniface is an organization that strives to be an effective ally in the battle against poverty so that the most vulnerable may live in a dignified manner.  If you have any household material goods or clothing to donate, please do so as they are given free of charge to all vulnerable people in need at Centre Flavie-Laurent.  To donate, click here: 

WMA Declaration on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
October 31, 2019


Adopted by the 70th World Medical Association General Assembly,
Tbilisi, Georgia, October 2019


The WMA reiterates its strong commitment to the principles of medical ethics and that utmost respect has to be maintained for human life. Therefore, the WMA is firmly opposed to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

For the purpose of this declaration, euthanasia is defined as a physician deliberately administering a lethal substance or carrying out an intervention to cause the death of a patient with decision-making capacity at the patient’s own voluntary request. Physician-assisted suicide refers to cases in which, at the voluntary request of a patient with decision-making capacity, a physician deliberately enables a patient to end his or her own life by prescribing or providing medical substances with the intent to bring about death.

No physician should be forced to participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, nor should any physician be obliged to make referral decisions to this end.

Separately, the physician who respects the basic right of the patient to decline medical treatment does not act unethically in forgoing or withholding unwanted care, even if respecting such a wish results in the death of the patient.

National Catholic Healthcare Week
October 7, 2019

Thousands of interactions every day remind us that we each have our own stories of hope and sorrow, courage and fear, beginnings and endings.

The challenges and illnesses we come with are only one part of our story. In Catholic health care we seek to serve the whole person, approaching interactions with openness and vulnerability recognizing that it is a profound gift when our stories intertwine.


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