Quote from Scarlettz
Thanks for the replies. I just found it weird that everyone I knew that worked there had attended a Catholic school in the past. I am sure it is just coincidence and there are others who are not Catholic working there as well - as this is only a small sample. Though, I wondered if mentioning something about their Catholic tradition was something I should touch on in the cover letter or if this should be avoided.
IMO, if you for the most believe in, support or at least respect that Catholic tradition--and you need not be a card-carrying Catholic to do so--then you could mention something about how you share their philosophy without going into specifics. It would definitely play up to them.
If you don't support their tradition, you could omit all mention of it. Or you could fib your head off and state you support it, but whether you are comfortable with doing that is up to you. I won't pass judgment on that, as it's a tough market out there and you need to do what you have to in order to stay afloat. As long as you're comfortable with whatever you decide.
Though keep in mind that it's a Catholic institution, so some of the views they have may not sync with more liberal views...e.g., they have very definite philosophies on abortion, birth control, IVF and the like, and they're not about to waver on them. IMO you need not agree with these views to be a successful employee there, but keep in mind that these specific philosophies are not only there in the facility, they could very well be present in the patient population. So you need to at least respect their right to them.
Best of luck!