February 2010

Larson Receives Cahill Leadership Initiative Grant

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Luke Larson, vice president of mission for CHI's North Dakota/Minnesota Division

Luke Larson, vice president of mission for CHI's North Dakota/Minnesota Division, has received a Patricia A. Cahill Leadership Initiative Grant from CHI. Beginning in late August, Larson will use the grant to engage in the ancient practice of pilgrimage. He will travel to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as St. James' Way, a journey taken by St. Ignatius nearly 500 years ago. Larson will write about his pilgrimage experience for a variety of periodicals. He will also write a book that will combine stories from the pilgrimage with an exploration of what it means to be a Christian pilgrim today.

The Cahill Leadership Initiative provides grants to CHI leaders to enable them to take up to six months away from work for advanced study, research, writing or community service opportunities. The initiative was created in 2003 and is named for Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., the first president and CEO of CHI, in honor of her outstanding leadership and commitment to leadership development.

Cahill Leadership Initiative grants allow leaders to pursue activities that can enhance their professional lives by offering new perspectives on their work and the mission of CHI. "Leaders who have received past grants tell me that their sabbaticals gave them time to enrich themselves personally and to become better colleagues, which also enriches CHI," said Peggy Martin, OP, JCL, senior vice president of sponsorship and governance.

Leaders who are eligible for grants include the chief executives of CHI-sponsored facilities and national office vice presidents, senior vice presidents and executive vice presidents. Applicants must be full-time employees who have completed at least five years of service to CHI in a senior leadership position. Applications are accepted each January and July. For more information, contact Sister Peggy Martin, peggymartin@catholichealth.net.