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House Party returns October 10!

Thursday, October 10, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Pagoda Red, 1740 W. Webster Ave Fabulous nibbles and nosh station, beer, wine and specialty beverages Tickets $50 per person — purchase soon, only 75 tickets available. Buy a 6-pack: 6 tickets for $250--gather 5 friends and your ticket can be free! Enjoy shopping for spectacular furnishings, antiques and modern art work at Pagoda Red, Bucktown’s premier gallery. The owners will donate 10% of purchased proceeds to Bishop Anderson House! Thanks to a fabulous donor, each and every dollar from the House Party will go directly to sponsor wellness and well-being events [...]

By |2019-08-28T08:38:36-05:00August 20th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

A Summer of Anniversaries

Fifty years ago the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Rush began--one of the oldest CPE programs in Northern Illinois. The Episcopal and Presbyterian chaplains at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospitals felt that the hospital and the students would be best served by an accredited CPE  program--so worked to incorporate the existing CPE offering of Bishop Anderson House into the Department of Religion and Health. Come celebrate 50 Years of CPE at Rush University Medical Center by attending an anniversary celebration symposium and dinner:  Re-Thinking Chaplaincy Education:  A Symposium in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the CPE Program at Rush University Medical [...]

By |2019-09-17T11:02:51-05:00August 15th, 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’s primary duties at Stroger Hospital will be serving women and children, and being a representative of Dianna’s Teddy Bear Ministry. She says “I feel a strong call to serve at Stroger Hospital and am looking forward to joining the Bishop Anderson House staff in providing spiritual [...]

By |2019-08-13T11:19:41-05:00August 13th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Spiritual Care Visitor Training Fall 2019

Spiritual Care Visitor Training travels to Peoria, Illinois this fall. We welcome you to apply for the course and join us at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 3601 North North Street, Peoria, IL 61604 for the initial full day workshop. On Saturday October 5, participants will gather for an innovative one-day retreat which will include 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 [...]

By |2019-07-14T16:29:30-05:00May 20th, 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 |2019-01-24T12:53:18-05:00January 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 |2018-12-20T10:17:58-05:00December 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 |2018-11-07T17:38:05-05:00November 7th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments