Sister Catherine DeClercq, OP,
Senior Vice President, Governance and Sponsorship
Sister Catherine DeClercq's deep administrative, governance and mentoring gifts have greatly enhanced Catholic health care for future generations. Serving as Trinity Health's Senior Vice President of Governance and Sponsorship, Sister Catherine is a liaison between Trinity Health and its Catholic sponsor, Catholic Health Ministries and the Trinity Health Board of Directors.
When Trinity Health formed in 2000, Sister Catherine was instrumental in ensuring the Catholic health Mission was embraced and passionately carried out by leadership. Today, Trinity Health is a strong and vibrant organization with a deep commitment to improve the health of the nation's poor and underserved.
Sister Catherine has assured the Catholic legacy will continue into a new age with the training, mentorship and appointment of laypersons to the sponsoring entities of health care organizations. She led the creation of a collaborative formation program for sponsors, which now includes participants from seven Catholic health systems.
Before joining Trinity Health, she was the assistant to the president of Mercy Health Services responsible for governance and sponsorship with the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit (now known as the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community). She also was a member of the Provena Health Board of Trustees in Mokena, IL. for six years, and currently serves on the Sponsor Canon Law Committee of the Catholic Health Association.
Sister Catherine is a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian, MI, where she served as a member of the General Council for eight years before coming to Mercy Health Services. She holds a bachelor's degree from Siena Heights College and a master's degree from the University of Michigan.
In 2009, the Catholic Health Association honored her with the Sister Concilia Moran Visionary Leadership Award for her efforts in preparing lay persons to succeed religious women as sponsors and in helping today's health care leaders understand and embrace the mission of Catholic health care for a new century.