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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.

Recent News

NEW ! Health Ethics Guide Sponsor and Board Formation and Learning App
June 11, 2019

A new interactive learning app on the Health Ethics Guide is now available for free on both the Apple App Store (for iPhones) and the Google Play store (for Android phones).

To access the app using an iPhone, navigate from your phone to the App Store and within the search window, search “Health Ethics Guide Module”. You can then download the app by clicking the ‘GET’ icon  or the ‘cloud’ icon.

To access the app using an Android device, please click the following link:

Developed by Covenant Health with support from Catholic Health of Alberta, the app features personal interviews of the Governing Council and other leaders in Catholic health care, including key articles, principles, and practical applications of the Guide.  It is intended to guide sponsors and boards in exercising their roles and accountabilities to ensure the ethical integrity of their sponsored works.    

Given the complex and often nuanced ethical issues we face in Catholic health care today, sponsors will benefit from a deeper exploration of the rich ethical and theological tradition upon which the Guide is based.   With its user-friendly format, case studies, and content testing questions, the app serves as a formation experience of this moral tradition, and its relevance in guiding decision-making at both the clinical bedside and board table.

A French language version will be available in the future. 

Please cascade this information throughout your system, and encourage discussing different sections of the app at meetings throughout the year for your own sponsor formation.

For technical assistance regarding access, navigation or subsequent upgrades of the app please contact the general intake email at

Any other questions around the subject matter or use of the app can be directed to Gordon Self at

CHAM Spring Newsletter
June 11, 2019

To view the spring newsletter, click HERE

Grey Nuns 175th - Anniversary
May 26, 2019

 In honour of the 175th anniversary of their arrival in Manitoba, the Grey Nuns cordially invite the community to a celebratory mass to be held on Friday, June 21 at 10:30 am. in the St. Boniface Cathedral, 180 avenue de la Cathédrale.

For those unable to attend, mass will be live streamed and can be viewed on Facebook at: Mass will be followed by a free picnic lunch open to all between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. with musical entertainment, historical interpretation, and tours. Theatre in the Cemetery will be offered at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

The St. Boniface Museum (MSBM) will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Free tours, a newly renovated permanent exhibit featuring the Grey Nuns, and a temporary exhibit on the history of the Grey Nuns in Manitoba will be available for viewing.

A movie night with a film entitled “Hier et Aujourd’hui”, produced by Danielle Sturke and Productions Rivard, featuring the lives and works of the Grey Nuns will be viewed at the MSBM at 7:30 pm. It will be shown in French with English sub-titles.

For more information about the special events program, please consult the poster program or visit the website at:



January 14, 2019

Happy New Year!  Enjoy reading CHAM's newsletter.  Click HERE.

Pour la version française, cliquer ICI.

Government drops 'values test' from Summer Jobs program applications
December 6, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau is seen here before voting on a motion put forward by Conservatives that sought to overturn the attestation on applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program applications. (Screenshot: CPAC)

The Liberal government says that it has removed wording from applications for the Canadian Summer Jobs program after faith-based groups pushed back earlier this year. 

The government had originally inserted an attestation that many faith-based groups - not just Christians - felt they couldn't agree with if they disagree with abortion.

According to the Canadian Press, the 2019 application has been "re-tooled." Now the application will simply ask people to "declare they don't work to infringe on any Canadian's legal rights."


Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told the Canadian Press that the change should alleviate concerns that faith-based groups strongly voiced earlier this year.

"They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart," Hajdu said in an interview.

"We've been working on making sure we do what we intended to do, which is to stand up for the rights of Canadians...but that we also work closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they themselves would fit into this program."

MPs are expected to receive information on Thursday from Service Canada about the changes.

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