John Ortega is a Senior majoring in Health and Societies and concentrating in Public Health. He is interested in the role of faith in health and is specifically researching the role that Catholicism has played in the health care landscape. John is involved with the Penn Catholic Newman Community and serves as a mentor and volunteer in both the UPenn International Children and Outreach Exchange (iCARE) and the Early Childhood Program at Puentes de Salud. He is also a Civic Scholar. John loves design and photography and enjoys watching films. He is also a huge fan of Cleveland sports teams.
Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow
2019—2020 Forum on Kinship
Health & Societies
Nun Left: The Lost Identity of Catholic Healthcare Administrations
The goal of this project is to understand what social forces shaped the transition from religious nun to the laity (people with non-religious vocations) in the administrations of healthcare facilities between 1960 and the present day. This project aims to provide a comparative analysis of primary sources throughout this time period in order to look at the changing perceptions and understandings behind this transition from the perspectives of both religious clergy and lay people. A historical case study of the convents in the Philadelphia region (including the Franciscan Sisters and Sisters of St. Joseph) will be conducted to ground this analysis in the history of one or more specific healthcare facilities.