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May 17–Save the Date

Healing One, Healing the World moves to Oak Park in 2020. Please join us on Sunday, May 17, 5 to 8 p.m., for our annual celebration of the work of Bishop Anderson House. Tickets are $150 per person, for an evening of cocktails, dinner and fellowship with friends old and new. Home to Oak Park's largest ballroom, the Nineteenth Century Club has been around since 1891 but retains its historical styling and significance. Originally founded in 1891 as a private club for forward-thinking women, the Nineteenth Century Club is now a charitable organization, continues the tradition of social and cultural [...]

By |2020-01-16T14:16:47-06:00January 16th, 2020|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Apply for Spiritual Care Training through January 24

Spiritual Care Visitor Training will be held at Bishop Anderson House offices this winter. Please join us on Saturday, February 1 for the initial one-day retreat, which includes a time of spiritual reflection, followed by workshops that will explore how to be an “active listener” and the particular concerns of providing spiritual care with those who are dying. The retreat runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and lunch will also be served. The program will continue for six months as each participant will be offered a set of 7 online modules to take at his or her own pace. [...]

By |2020-01-16T10:49:30-06:00December 4th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|1 Comment

Spiritual Care Week Focus–Caring for Hospital Staff

The work days are long, and the tasks are intense, but everyone at the CORE Center of Cook County gives 110% day after day to ensure the highest quality care for people living with infections diseases. This year, to celebrate National Spiritual Care Week, Bishop Anderson House is partnering with CORE to present "A Day of Remembrance." Staff members and clients will take time to remember, honor and process the deaths of patients and staff members through the past year. Chaplain Jim will provide music during a time of quiet and reflection, and we will give space for learning about [...]

By |2019-10-15T16:06:44-05:00October 9th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Welcoming Deacon Rose Cicero

She dipped her toe in the waters of pastoral care by taking Spiritual Care Visitor Training, and then went even deeper by taking a unit of our Community Based Clinical Education. Now Deacon Rose Cicero is diving in to her call to serve by joining our Bishop Anderson House staff as part-time chaplain. Rose will serve as a representative of Dianna’s Teddy Bear Ministry. She says “I am looking forward to joining the Bishop Anderson House staff in providing spiritual and emotional care to patients. I have a deep desire to bring support, healing and comfort to those most in [...]

By |2019-09-24T10:09:49-05:00August 13th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

A Chaplain’s Spirit is Revived

A chaplain's vocation brings a wide array of experiences and recently Chaplain Micheal shared two stories that revived his spirit as a chaplain. In the morning, he encountered a young girl who was adamant that the nurse was not going to stick her with a needle, as crucial as that was to her good health. Knowing of our Teddy Bears, the nurse asked for one, and Micheal scurried to bring one to the young patient.  The youngster delightedly grabbed Teddy with one arm and the needle stick happened in the other arm. A win win for all! Later in the day, a [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:53:18-06:00January 24th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Why Giving Tuesday?

From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday 2019, over $15 billion dollars will whoosh out of pocketbooks and into retailers’ bank accounts. Giving Tuesday promotes the idea that some of the spending that we all participate in should benefit charities. Imagine if $15 billion showed up in the ledgers of non-profits across the country and you are imagining what Giving Tuesday could be. Every single chaplain visit, training course, wellness event, teddy bear, support group, retreat, hug, prayer, smile provided by Bishop Anderson House costs money. And we rely not on hospital budgets or government funding to supply these services. We [...]

By |2019-12-05T14:13:38-06:00January 20th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

A House is a Home

Once upon a time, 70 years ago, our agency began it's ministry in a beautiful brownstone House, located near what was then St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital. This year we were fortunate to meet several friends who had attended dinners and classes in that House. It founded as a sanctuary for medical and nursing students to sort out the place of spirituality in the medical world. Now our House and Home are located on the campus of Rush University Medical Center...how did we get here? As the hospital expanded in the 1960's, our House was purchased, and in return, Bishop Anderson [...]

By |2018-12-20T10:17:58-06:00December 20th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments