Pope John XXIII was a leader who enjoyed extraordinary popularity among Catholics and non-Catholics. Time magazine named him “Man of the Year” in 1962, with his friendly, smiling face graced on the cover.
When he was first elected, many assumed this Cardinal of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, would be a caretaker pope, content to operate in maintenance-mode until the transition to an effective leader took place. They were wrong.
Pope John instead announced a worldwide ecumenical council. His intentions could be summed up in one Italian word: aggiornamento. It means updating or modernizing. It gave the council a sense of purpose imbued with a special strength. It opened the windows of the Church to let fresh air pour in, and allowed the light of the Holy Spirit to stream out through the doors and windows. It was all about change.
His example provides valuable insights for us at St. Francis Healthcare System. Our commitment to our mission must continually be renewed and we must see our role individually and collectively in a fresh, new way to reinvent healthcare and remain relevant for Hawaii’s people.
We must own our legacy of caring. Although we are proud of the work of Saint Marianne and the Sisters of St. Francis, we cannot rest on their laurels. Each of us must do our part today to be able to authentically say we are carrying on this great legacy of caring.
Let’s humbly recommit ourselves to be open to positive change. Let God work in us and through us, and stand in awe of the great work He is accomplishing through all of us working together to improve the health and quality of life for Hawaii’s people.
It’s time to rise together and shine our light even more brightly into the lives of all those we touch in the community.
Chief Executive Officer