The Art of Healing 2017

The Art of Healing 2017


The Art of Healing 2017

Chicago Cultural Center

May 7, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m.

“Advancing the well-being of individuals and communities where healthcare meets the human spirit.”


Community-based CPE Comes to Bishop Anderson House

Community-based CPE Comes to Bishop Anderson House

1-bah-logo-icon1 SQUARERush University Medical Center, in partnership with Bishop Anderson House, is pleased to announce a unique offering for those interested in Chaplaincy.

A community/parish-based extended (26-week) unit of clinical pastoral education will run September 18, 2017- March 23, 2018, with classes held at Bishop Anderson House Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers, III ACPE, Inc. Supervisor will be supervisor for the group.

Students in the unit will need to secure their own clinical placement site. Some options include: a local faith community, a continuing care retirement facility, or a nursing home.

Students will engage in 300 hours of ministry (roughly 15 hours per week) at their individual clinical placement site, each intern will also need a preceptor.

Responsibilities of the Preceptor/Mentor include:

  • Orient students to placement sites, ensuring each student understands the context for their placement.
  • Address student questions and learning needs regarding placement sites.
  • Communicate with the ACPE Certified Supervisor on a regular basis about students’ fulfillment of administrative obligations and the responsibilities outlined in the clinical site agreement including the student’s clinical work, work habits, and investment in the learning process at the placement site.

Examples of a preceptor/mentor are a senior pastor or rector, board certified chaplain, senior warden/president of church council/chair of church board, licensed clinical social worker, or licensed professional counselor.

Bishop Anderson House is located on the Rush University Medical Center campus in the Annex building (707 S. Wood St, Suite 101). Students will also meet bi-weekly with Rev. Rogers for individual supervision at mutually agreeable times.

The focus of the unit is to build a basic spiritual care toolkit while learning how to enter and leave new systems as well as navigate conflict.

Students will need a Bachelor of Arts degree (required) with a Master’s level degree from an accredited seminary achieved or in process preferred. CPE is adult experiential learning so the ideal student will be self-directed and know what they want to learn.

CPE is based upon action – reflection – new action. A student engages in ministry, reflects on it, and then changes their style based on feedback from peers, supervisors, and patients/clients/families.

If you are enrolled in seminary doing field education, it is possible to use that as your clinical placement and also get credit for a unit of CPE at the same time! Rush is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. in Decatur, GA to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE.

Tuition is $1,100 and payable to Rush University Medical Center.

Download application here.

Questions? Call Rev. Rogers at 312-563-4824 or e-mail at

Are you called to care?

Are you called to care?
Are you the one in a circle of friends that is always there for others? Does family rely on you for compassion? Do you sometimes wish you had more tools on hand when giving care?

The Fall 2017 Spiritual Care Visitor Program may be just right for you.

Open to people of all faith traditions, this training equips spiritual care visitors with skills for effectively and competently providing pastoral care to sick, lonely, stressed and grieving people. To be a Spiritual Care Visitor means that a person is trained to share in the responsibility of caring for the elderly, the home-bound, those in hospitals, those with catastrophic illness, the dying, always under the supervision of a faith leader or professional chaplain.

Students are recommended to the program by a clergy or professional chaplain, and in conjunction with that supervisor, determine a field education site for volunteering 2 hours each week during the course.

Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for 10 weeks

September 9 through November 11, 2017

held at Redeemer Lutheran Church

139 E 1st St, Hinsdale, IL 60521

Snapshot of Course Topics
  • Active Listening
  • Faith, Sacrament, & Prayer
  • Wellness, Spirituality, & Theodicy
  • Ministry to the Cognitively Impaired
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Older Adults and the Home Bound
  • Addiction
  • Spiritual Screening/Assessment
  •  Advance Directives
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Serious Illness, Death, & Loss



Use Amazon Smile to Benefit BAH

Use Amazon Smile to Benefit BAH

Your daily purchases can now support the mission of Bishop Anderson House. It’s simple to sign up to use Amazon Smile to Benefit BAH. Just click on this link, Amazon Smile, and you’ll be directed to the Amazon Smile page for BAH.

Be sure to set Amazon Smile as your bookmark for all your shopping needs, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Bishop Anderson Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

A Glimpse into Chaplaincy

A Glimpse into Chaplaincy

Recently we were honored to give our partners at Project Connect a space of peace for their grief and stress as they care for folks living, and dying, with HIV/AIDS at the CORE Center.  Chaplain Jim read this lovely reflection about chaplaincy at a memorial service held in our comforting office space.

During the early hours of the morning, I attended to the needs of a terminally ill gentleman and mentioned to him that it hard started to snow. In a very weak voice he said, “I would so like to touch the snow once more.”

The snow continued to fall through the night. At 4:30 a.m., I took a tray outside, collected a mound of snow and took it to his room. He was awake and when I told him I had brought him snow to touch, he smiled. I covered the bed linen and placed the tray on his bed. He reached into the snow, picked up a handful and slowly rubbed it across his face, neck, forehead and lips. He then closed his hand and held the snow until it melted.

I stood and watched; there was such a sense of peace about him. I felt very happy that I was able to fulfill his wish.

Less than two days later, he passed away. I believe that in the future, whenever it snows, the memory of him holding snow in his hand will come to me.

Sandra Greggo, Chaplain in Hockessin, DE

From Sacred Stories


Welcome New Trustees!

Welcome New Trustees!

We welcome 7 new talented and enthusiastic trustees to our board. We are excited to have their skills and passion for our work as we move into 2017.

Mary Altenbaumer

Harry Cendrowski

Beth Collier

Trevor McClain-Duer

Linda McMillan

Crystal Plummer

John Schumacher



Annual BAH 2016 Newsletter

Annual BAH 2016 Newsletter

december-2016-newsletter-pg-1The Annual Newsletter is here! 2016 has been a busy year for the staff of Bishop Anderson House, and our programs have thrived, and so the theme of our newsletter is “Gratitude.” We have notes and stories from all our staff, updates from our Board of Trustees, and a few alumni spotlights from our Spiritual Care Visitor Alumn!

If you would like to receive a copy, please let us know by calling the office at (312)563-4825, or by emailing Director of Development, Becky Duggan here.


Click here to read the 2016 BAH Newsletter

Griswold Grant Awarded to BAH Trauma Bereavement Group

Griswold Grant Awarded to BAH Trauma Bereavement Group

Paul Goodenough is the recipient of the 2016 Phoebe Griswold Grant for instituting the Stroger Family Trauma Bereavement Group which focuses on violence prevention and trauma intervention, so that families can cope, and communities can heal in meaningful ways.

The program addresses the needs of the mothers who receive education and encouragement about coping with trauma and in turn, provides support to a whole family. When the mothers meet, they create a common bond and have a greater sense of solidarity and empowerment. THANK YOU, EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN!

#GivingTuesday all month long

#GivingTuesday all month long

Open House festivities a real treat

Open House festivities a real treat

The Bishop Anderson House family gathered around our new table last week–literally and figuratively!

We were joined for breakfast by Penny McMillan, grand-daughter of THE Bishop Anderson, her daughter Susan, and daughter-in-law Linda. Penny regaled us with family stories and helped us learn more about the Anderson descendants. The family particularly enjoyed seeing an historic photo of Bishop Anderson that Becky found online. We are forever grateful to the McMillan family for the substantial donation that made much of the office restoration possible and appreciate their efforts to keep their family legacy vibrant.

Later in the afternoon, group of BAH friends (our family) gathered  to celebrate the completed renovation. Alumni of our programs, chaplains, board members, and Illinois Medical District staff toasted in the beautiful new “living room,” which was recreated due to the generosity of Michael Leppen. Project Coordinator Kerri Callahan was on hand for the reveal, and she even brought the world’s best painter, Ricky P. to the open house. We are grateful for all the time, talent and treasure that went into this exciting project–we love working in our new space.

Come see us someday soon and be a part of our fresh “new” history. Perhaps you would like to have a small retreat or work event–we are open to guests using the space. Either way, the door to our House is always open to you.