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Blessing the Space Between Us

Join Deacon Laurie Michaels and explore together the holy spaces between patient and caregiver, caregiver and God, patient and God...all of the sacred spaces where spiritual care happens. Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 12 noon St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 717 W. Kirchhoff Rd, Arlington Heights This morning workshop is perfect for alumni of our Spiritual Care Training, clergy, pastoral care visitors, all those who step into the sacred space of spiritual care. Cost $10, register at www.bishopandersonhouse.org

By |2019-10-28T15:07:11-06:00October 20th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Spiritual Care Visitor Training Winter 2020

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 |2019-10-15T16:02:46-06:00October 14th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

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 |2019-10-15T16:06:44-06:00October 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 |2019-09-24T10:09:49-06:00August 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

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

A Visit From Chaplain Jim

Three people in the grip of serious addiction, two dealing with heroin, one with alcohol.  All dealing also with HIV.  One is receiving methadone treatment at the hospital, hoping to transition to a residential facility where she can get the help and support needed to stay off the street and away from the cycle that has repeatedly drawn her in.  I listen and we talk about her strengths and weaknesses, what works for her, what works against her.  She wears a mask (I do too) but when she talks about her resilience her eyes smile in a beautiful way above the mask.  We talk about [...]

By |2018-11-07T17:38:05-06:00November 7th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments