Because of You

Foundation Grateful for Monsignor Hendricks’ Labor of Love

“It was like a homecoming for me joining the board in 2005,” says Monsignor Joseph Hendricks, who this year is completing 12 years as a member of the Mount Carmel Foundation Board of Trustees.

Monsignor Hendricks first came to Mount Carmel West 46 years ago as a deacon intern. Supervised by hospital chaplain Monsignor Bennett Applegate, he enjoyed chaplaincy ministry, but the diocese had other plans for the young priest, who early on displayed a gift for administration that has served to further its mission.

“Over four and half decades, I have seen great changes at Mount Carmel, and it’s always been a special place with the wonderful mission of providing Catholic healthcare to anyone who needs it,” he recalls. “Mount Carmel’s mission for the poor and underprivileged particularly resonates with me.”

Appointed to the Mount Carmel Foundation Board as a delegate for Bishop Fredrick Campbell, Msgr. Hendricks was instrumental in the success of Project Grace, the 2011 campaign to raise $5 million in philanthropic support for the $110 million historic expansion and renovation of the Mount Carmel St. Ann’s campus. As general chair for Project Grace, Msgr. Hendricks oversaw fund raising for the campaign, which achieved milestone success. The new cardiac and orthopedic patient care tower was completed four years ago transforming Mount Carmel St. Ann’s into a regional medical center that serves patients and their families throughout central Ohio.

Most recently, he has provided significant input to raise funds for the new, $355 million, 210-bed hospital in Grove City, which is slated to open in 2018.

“I am very excited about the new hospital and want everyone to understand how important Mount Carmel is in Columbus and in the region,” he says. “To me, the ‘Because of You’ slogan is more than just words. I’m gratified to know that the West campus — where I first encountered the spirit and compassion of Mount Carmel — will remain a very central part of the health system, providing emergency, outpatient, primary care and nursing education to the people of Franklinton and Columbus for years to come.”

“I will miss serving on this board and will miss working so closely with the other trustees, especially Sister Barbara Hahl, whose Sisters of the Holy Cross initiated and have sustained the mission all these years,” he says. “My service to Mount Carmel has been a labor of love, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have made a difference.”

Monsignor Joseph Hendricks Through the Years

Ordained in Columbus at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 27, 1972, Msgr. Hendricks’ gifts have been employed to administer at several institutions over the years, starting with parish schools and Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus before moving to Seattle. At Saint Thomas Seminary in Seattle he set up and directed a high school formation program for young men considering the priesthood. He was recruited back to the Columbus Diocesan priesthood in 1979 and appointed to the Pontifical College Josephinum, where Msgr. Hendricks served in a number of capacities, including teacher and spiritual director. In 1982, he was appointed Diocesan vice chancellor, serving Bishop James Griffin in administrative roles for nearly 22 years until he left as vicar general to concentrate on pastoral duties while continuing to serve the bishop as a staff advisor. Since 1997, Msgr. Hendricks has been pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, where he lives.

He grew up in Columbus with his twin brother, who lives in Chicago, and his sister, who lives in Delaware with their mother. He attended Corpus Christi School, Columbus Aquinas High School and St. Charles College (Columbus) before completing his priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He later earned a master’s degree at the University of Seattle.

This article was originally published in the 2017 Annual Report to the Community.