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



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

#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.



Spiritual Care Week

Spiritual Care Week

14915294_1303836386315297_2792658379887808216_nSharing her insights into spiritual resiliency and contemplation, The Rev. Lisa Senuta recently helped a group of care-givers develop some tools for strength in the face of caring for loved ones. A diverse class of lay chaplain training alums, professional chaplains, clergy and friends of BAH gathered in our cozy living room for 4 hours of peace and meditation.

Lisa created a space for participants to step away from caregiving for self-care and silence. Taking the time to reconnect with nature and take time for self was a powerful theme of the day. The workshop was an ideal way to honor the theme of Spiritual Care Week, Spiritual Resilience.

Congratulations, Chaplain Paul!

Congratulations, Chaplain Paul!

For the past 12 months, Paul Goodenough has been serving as Bishop Anderson House’s full-time chaplain fellow at Stroger Hospital. Paul’s passion and compassion have earned him the respect of his colleagues in the Trauma unit and throughout the hospital.

After months of patiently working to become fully “badged” in the Cook County Health System, Paul now proudly wears the Stroger badge and will be able to provide an even higher level of care to patients. We share in his delight at being fully incorporated into the Hospital system.

Paul recently completed his 2000th hour of supervised professional chaplaincy, and is almost to the finish line in becoming a Board Certified Chaplain.

Co-leader of the Stroger Trauma Bereavement Group, he uses his chaplaincy skills to help families cope and heal with their losses from gun violence. The group gathers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Bishop Anderson House offices, 6:30 p.m.


Partnering with Episcopal Charities and Community Services

Partnering with Episcopal Charities and Community Services

For over 50 years, Bishop Anderson House has been affiliated with Episcopal Charities and Community Services in the Diocese of Chicago. In 1957 the first “United Episcopal Charities Appeal” raised $37,000 as a result of a consolidated appeal for funding to support the work of eight partner agencies, and ECCS has been a major supporter of BAH ever since.

Every year since its founding in 1960, Episcopal Charities makes annual grants to ministry partners. These grants are especially valued because they are for general operating support, providing the resources agencies use to ensure excellence in their ministries. The average grant in 2016 was more than $40,000. Over the past ten years, Episcopal Charities has granted nearly $7,000,000 in unrestricted support as the largest single donor of general operating grants for its ministry partners. Without the funds allocated by ECCS, agencies like Bishop Anderson House would be unable to provide and expand valuable transformational services.

We give thanks for the financial and institutional support of ECCS. Through them, we, too, are able to transform lives and provide hope via pastoral care to thousands in Illinois.

Click here to learn more.

June news

June news

Our latest newsletter has something for everyone.  Click to read about our successful benefit, our new Chaplain Jim Croegaert, the Volunteer Spiritual Care Visitor Training and more.


Chaplaincy in the Public Square

We are pleased to announce a conference, “Chaplaincy in the Public Square,” to be held at Rush University Medical Center on June 17, 2016 from 8:30-4 pm, Room 994 Armour Academic Center.

The United States has been described as a society where peoples’ ties to faith communities are weakening. Winnifred Sullivan, our first plenary speakers, will present the argument that this may open new opportunities for chaplains’ spiritual care. However, advancing chaplaincy will still require making a compelling case for it. Chaplain Christopher Swift, our second plenary speaker, has helped make the case for chaplaincy care in the UK, a society where peoples’ ties to organized faith communities have already weakened. Join us as Drs. Sulllivan and Swift and other presenters help us think about what all this means for making the case for chaplaincy in healthcare and other public contexts in the US.

Conference keynote speakers:

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, PhD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies Indiana University Bloomington. She is also an Affiliated Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law at IU and the author of A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law (Chicago 2014).

Christopher Swift, PhD is Head of Chaplaincy Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a former President of the College of Health Care Chaplains and the author of Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-First Century (Ashgate, 2nd edition, 2014). In 2014 he led a project for the National Health Service England to establish new national guidance on chaplaincy.

Click here for advance registration.

The conference program is attached. For additional information contact Eleanor Welch, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center: phone 312-942-5571; email

The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values and the Bishop Anderson House.