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

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



#GivingTuesday all month long

#GivingTuesday all month long

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.

Blessed by a “new” house!

Blessed by a “new” house!

Staff and guests alike are delighted at the new look of the BAH offices. Calmed by light blue walls and cushioned by newly reupholstered furnishings, the open spaces are welcoming and fresh. Each office has been reconfigured with more efficient desk space so that several staff members can work together, and morale and mood are buoyed by the modern look.

We’re hosting several Open Houses for our friends to view the new look, so watch for your invitation.

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Renovation Project Underway

After nearly 20 years of residence in the Annex Building at Rush University, Bishop Anderson House has a renovation project underway. Over 1000 people pass through our doors each year and that takes a toll on the space.  In this month alone, we’ve been the site of 2 weekly AA meetings, a perinatal bereavement support group, 2 Rush CPE gatherings, the Alive! pastors’ meetings, our own board of trustees’ meeting…not to mention the meetings and use by our staff.

As we live into our ministry of being a welcoming, comfortable and safe gathering place for pastoral care in the Illinois Medical District, we realized it was time to update furnishings, create a work-space with flexibility for our larger staff, and just put on a fresh coat of paint to refresh the House.

Beginning June 27th, through July 15, we will be under construction, and may not be available to answer phone calls or have visitors. Our staff has coordinated vacation at the same time as construction so that the project can move as quickly as possible. Please reach out to Ann Ryba via email at if you need to speak with someone and we will respond at our earliest opportunity.

We extend special gratitude to Kerri Callahan, Michael Leppen, an anonymous donor and the Board of Trustees, who are making it possible for our house to become a remodeled and welcoming home for all those who walk through our doors.  Watch for news of a grand re-opening this fall when we complete renovations.

Chaplain Jim Croegaert, Welcome to the House

Chaplain for CORE Center

Bishop Anderson House warmly welcomes Chaplain Jim Croegaert, as part-time chaplain to patients of Project Connect at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center of Cook County.

When Jim took Clinical Pastoral Education in the late 90’s, he found it to be a “real fit,” and soon began his career as a professional chaplain. He spent the past 20 years serving as a hospital chaplain, serving for 16 years as head of the Spiritual Services Department at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago.

Jim also uses his spiritual care gifts in Disaster Spiritual Care with the American Red Cross, and has served at sites such as Hurricane Ike; the Alabama spring tornadoes of 2011; the Oklahoma tornadoes of 2013. A song-writer, he wrote “Was it a Morning Like This,” which was the title song on a Grammy Award-winning album by Sandi Patti. We welcome Jim on board and are pleased to expand our presence two-fold at the CORE Center due to his efforts.

Prizes Galore at “The Art of Healing”

Prizes Galore at “The Art of Healing”

Plans are being finalized for the  “The Art of Healing” spring benefit, being held on May 1st.

The silent auction is back with these stunning prizes:

Backstage at the Lyric

Two Tickets to the Magic Flute PLUS 2 Dress Rehearsal Tickets to another show, complete with a backstage tour and lunch (or supper) with Lyric soprano Kimberly McCord

Bear Down Chicago Bears

Two tickets for the home team and a gift certificate for a meal in near the game

Brookfield ZooPalooza

Twelve entrance tickets, 3 parking passes and other family goodies, valued at over $400

Downton Abbey Dinner for 8

A meal prepared by BAH staff and friends, served at the elegant “manor home” of John David and Gary

All this and spectacular table of spirits to win, including a $100 Lagunitas Sip and Spill package, a bottle of Elijah Craig whiskey, gins and vodkas from CH Distillery and wines galore.

Don’t miss the one of a kind artist-designed bottles of vodka from CH–valued at $100!

Welcoming 24 New Volunteer Lay Chaplains

Welcoming 24 New Volunteer Lay Chaplains

Bishop Anderson House and the wider Chicago area are now being served by 24 recent graduates of Volunteer Lay Chaplain Training. This cadre of volunteers hailed from multiple faith traditions and neighborhoods, but bonded together as one, learning the skills of active listening, the gift of presence, and how to navigate the medical landscape.

Our newest alumni will be serving at Alexian Brothers Hospital, Northwest Community Hospital, and in their own congregations and communities.  We congratulate each graduate and wish them Godspeed as they bring the Care to Health Care.

Perhaps you feel called to become a volunteer chaplain.  Enrollment for Spring 2016 is open now through January 29. Learn more here and download application here.

For more information, contact Cherryl Holt, Associate for Chaplaincy at 312.563.4825 or



A New BAH Publication: The Book of Prayer for Chaplains

A New BAH Publication: The Book of Prayer for Chaplains

Bishop Anderson House and Rush University’s Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values (RHHV) are excited to announce the publication of “[The Pretty Good, Comprehensive-ish] Book of Prayer for Chaplain’s [and Scriptures, too]”. Our Julian Intern, Cate Anthony, compiled and designed the book in collaboration with Zac Willette, Staff Chaplain at Rush University, and Gary Wilson, ACPE Supervisory Candidate at Rush. Bishop Anderson plans to publish the book for the use of our Volunteer Lay Chaplain’s Training Program graduates, while RHHV will provide the book for their CPE interns and residents.

We at BAH recognize that our graduates often visit people not of the same faith tradition as their own. To this end, The Chaplain’s Book of Prayer offers a basic prayers from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and spiritual traditions, as well as providing a reference for key scriptures from each of these religions. Overall, the booklet is meant to bolster the already impressive skills of our graduates and expand each person’s library of prayers and spiritual resources.

You can find a link to a web-compatible PDF of the Book of Prayer here. If you would like a pocket friendly hard copy for use during pastoral visits, please contact Cate Anthony at 312-563-4822 or