"Ambrose did not prepare me for a job, career, or particular ministry. It prepared me for life."
Joe's undergraduate experience included nurturing professors who genuinely cared about his life's trajectory and helped pave the way for him to earn graduate degrees in theology and healthcare ethics.
At Ambrose, there's a culture of encouraging the inquisitive mind. And Joe definitely took advantage of that. "Ambrose was an environment where it was safe to explore ideas, express opinions, enter into dialogue with others – to be challenged."
How has SAU changed you?
"I think the biggest element of my education from St. Ambrose that still resonates is the relationships I built, both with my peers and with the faculty and staff. In health care we talk a lot about person centered care. The idea that the persons or patients we serve are the focus of our strategy, that care is individualized and that we truly care about and reverence each person who we are privileged to walk with in their health journeys. The underlying element of this is building relationships – you're not just the patient in room 3, you're John who has a story and goals and is created in the image and likeness of God. Ambrose is truly relationship centered."
How has SAU allowed you to make a difference?
Within his position, Joe is responsible for helping to lead and sustain the health network's Catholic identity and ministry formation programs, community benefit initiatives, spiritual care services, and ethics resources. "At St. Ambrose I learned how to work with and be in relationship with persons who thought differently than I did, who looked differently than I do, who spoke, prayed, and were raised in ways that significantly contrasted how I was brought up in this world. I am able to take this broadened worldview – one that embraces difference and diversity from a place of reverence and solidarity to help our caregivers provide care to our patients holistically – mind, body, and spirit. "
Why Choose the Theology Program?
At Ambrose I learned how to relate to others, to develop meaningful relationships and how to bring people together to support the common good. My coursework in theology and philosophy was taught by the best professors who truly cared about me as a student, as a person. My education was personal and relational.