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.”


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.



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.

“The Art of Healing”–a night to remember

Many thanks to each of our supporters who joined us on May 1st to celebrate the mission and ministry of Bishop Anderson House.

Over 150 guests wined and dined, laughed and listened to a variety of compelling stories about the value and importance of volunteer and professional chaplaincy.

Event Chair Becky Duggan shone in the beautiful Society of Arts gallery as she led the crowd to bid on items and implored them to have fun while doing so.

Dave Kyllo opened the night with an amazing grace, proclaiming the “wow” of what we do. Chaplain Paul Goodenough shared his valuable insight, learned in the trauma wards:

5 + 1 messages of resilience for trauma survivors, adapted from Healing Hurt People for chaplain work:

1. You are safe

2. It isn’t happening now

3. You are a good person

4. You are a blessing to others

5. You have a future

6. You are loved

Later, Executive Director Tommy Rogers, shared his story of “Why Bishop Anderson House?” followed by President Erin Emery revealing the vision of the Board of Trustees and highlighting the work of the staff. She introduced Marion Faldet Volunteer of the Year Bill Totsch, who spoke eloquently about his history with Bishop Anderson House. After the crowd recognized Bill with a standing ovation, Ann Ryba introduced co-award winner Ron Valentine, whose passion for pastoral care and chaplaincy is contagious. After Ron was warmly recognized by the guests, primo auctioneer Kay Lewis led the crowd in raising nearly $16,000 at the Paddle Raise. Bishop Jeff Lee blessed us into the night with a resounding version of “All You Need is Love.”

Over all, the event raised $60,000+ to support chaplaincy, pastoral care and to serve those in need of solace and comfort. We thank each and every one of you for supporting our ministries so generously.

Rooted in our History and Faithful to our Values

Rooted in our History and Faithful to our Values

Plotting the course to a vibrant future

As you may have heard by now, Bishop Anderson House will be undertaking a strategic planning process in 2016.   At its January meeting, the board of trustees made the decision to be guided in the strategic planning process by Dr. Richard O’Neill, Professor in the Institute for Decision Excellence and Leadership at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.  What is distinctive about Dr. O’Neill’s process is that the plan will emerge from the board itself.   We have a very talented board of psychologists, clergy, medical doctors, business professionals, artists, and lay leaders that are committed to the same values that founded Bishop Anderson House 66 years ago.  I am looking forward to great new things emerging from this process that will help us have an even greater impact on the community in the areas of spiritual and emotional care and support.

Bishop Anderson House is 66 years old and has gone through many transitions:  from an academic club that primarily explored the intersection of medicine and spirituality; to providing child care for children of nursing school and medical school students; to supporting Episcopal patients in the Illinois Medical District at Rush, University of Illinois-Chicago and Stroger Cook County Hospital; to distributing teddy bears to HIV+ and pediatric patients; to training of volunteer lay chaplains; to supporting patients, regardless of their religious background, by professionally trained chaplains.  The planning will lead us into our future as we continue to identify and meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our targeted community.

Bishop Anderson House clearly has transformed and changed over time.  However, it has always maintained continuity with its foundational purpose and mission, whether in Bishop Anderson’s commitment to social justice through the support of the least of these in our midst, or in our advocacy for healthcare reform.  In my previous hospital, I discovered that before the institution would make substantive changes, leadership would go back and read Mr. Johns Hopkins’s will to make sure the hospital would remain connected to the history and principles that it was founded on.  For Johns Hopkins Hospital, that meant ensuring that all patients, regardless of religion, race, or gender, received the best medical care available (something that was progressive at its founding!).  The same is true for us as an organization.  Whatever is next for Bishop Anderson House, it will be deeply rooted in our history and remain faithful to our values.

I hope you will join me in prayer for this undertaking and be on the look out for the initial opportunity to contribute to this process via electronic survey.

Thank you for the love you have for this holy house and the work it does,



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