Mission Integration

Mission Advancement

Mission Integration includes the Offices of Mission Integration, Pastoral Care and Mission Advancement.

The Mission Integration Office provides strategic and operational leadership in planning, developing, directing and evaluating organizational efforts to integrate Our Lady of Wisdom's mission and values, and the spirit of our founding communities and our Catholic identity into the decisions and activities of the leadership and into the day-to-day operations of the people serving Our Lady of Wisdom's healthcare ministry.

The Mission Integration Office places emphasis on:

1. Mission-Centered Hiring

     The Mission Integration Office has the responsibility to introduce all employees to the OLW heritage and mission as part of the hiring process. Inducting a new employee into the culture of OLW is very important. A major part of that responsibility is conducting a mission interview with every prospective employee. The purpose of the interview is twofold:

  (a) to give persons applying for positions an understanding of the Mission and of their responsibility to uphold it in their area of work, and

  (b) to determine if the person is prepared and willing to adopt and support the Mission

2. Employee Orientation

     The heart of the orientation process is grounded in the desire to acculturate individuals to the Mission and Tradition of the OLW community. As a result of the entire orientation process employees should:

  • Feel particularly responsible for the mission of OLW, to such an extent that they routinely exceed expectations;
  • Embrace, not only the goals of their discipline and department, but also, the institutional vision;
  • Sense that they belong to a faith-based community which extends beyond the mere job responsibilities;
  • Develop an ownership about OLW and their place/function in it;
  • Value team success over individual accomplishments;
  • Reach beyond the specifics of their job descriptions;
  • Understand that their interactions impact the residents and their families
  • Recognize that serving residents means knowing their life histories;
  • Understand that the mission remains constant while all else (environment, companions, techniques, knowledge, program) changes

The Office coordinates the effective implementation of  pastoral care services and oversees the activities of mission advancement.


Kathy Plasse 
504-304-5416; kplasse@olowhealth.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Pastoral Care Office is committed to the Catholicity of Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center and to offer all residents a full range of pastoral services. Residents of other faiths are invited to attend all services and receive the same compassionate listening presence.

Religious Activities

  • Residents have an opportunity to attend daily Mass in the large chapel, or watch Mass in their rooms on a closed circuit TV broadcast from the chapel daily. Eucharistic ministers bring Holy Communion to all who wish to receive daily, but are unable to attend at chapel.
  • Daily rosary recited every afternoon.
  • Residents may choose to participate in a weekly scripture study group.
  • Holy Hour with Benedictions held every First Friday.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at specific times as well as communal anointing of the Sick at least four times yearly. Whenever a resident becomes gravely ill, or upon admission to OLW, they may receive the Sacrament of the Sick if they so desire.
  • Retreat days are scheduled on an annual basis.
  • Advent and Lenten Series with speakers are scheduled annually.
  • Residents are remembered at Mass on the day of their birthday/feast day.

A Listening Posture

  • New Residents experience a great deal of grief when they leave their homes, their treasures, their neighborhood, old friends and familiar places. Sometimes, there is anger which needs to be expressed so that healing and peace can take place. The greatest gift they need is an accepting, non- judgmental, listening presence, and pastoral care ministers are present to assist during this difficult time.
  • For most people prayer is a very important part of their spirituality, so praying with and for people is an essential aspect of the pastoral ministers' role.

Caring Support  

  • Many of our residents have lost connections with their parish. Therefore, many request that they have their funeral services in our chapel so their family and friends can be present. A wake time is also made available before the funeral mass so that family, friends, staff and other residents can pay their last respects.
  • Memoial Masses are held quarterly for residents who have died during that time. There is an Annual Memorial Mass held on All Souls' Day, November 2, for all residents who have died here at Our Lady of Wisdom Heathcare Center.
  • Book of Life is available outside of the chapel with the names of all of the residents who have died from Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. On the anniversary of their death, they are remembered at Mass.    
  • Residents who have been enrolled in the Memorial Membership share in the prayers and Mass on the first day of the month.    


Sr. Catherine Riggs, O. Carm
Director of Pastoral Care

The Mission Advancement Office is dedicated to developing partnerships to promote the advancement of the mission and to ensure growth into the future.    

Time is dedicated to preparing for a variety of ways to accomplish this goal:

  • Research
  • Advancement Program Assessment for Major and Planned Gifts      
  • Annual Fund and Memorial Fund
  • Grant Development
  • Event Planning
  • Donor Recognition/Enrichment

The creation and strengthening of new and ongoing communications through media, donor, community and professional associations via marketing and public relations is seen as critical to the advancement of the mission.

  • Wisdom Seekers Newsletter
  • Website
  • Hospitality Suite

The office recognizes the importance of volunteer leadership and strives to identify, cultlivate, solicit and recognize constituencies to promote philanthropy.