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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Our annual outdoor concert series kicks off on Wednesday, May 29th.  We can’t wait to welcome you back for another great summer of music!  Dates and performers are listed below.  All shows begin at 7:30 pm on the Residence patio.  For more info, please call Anne Catalane at (414) 220-3250.  Hope to see you there!

Paul Cebar

May 28
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

June 11
Ed Frank, in the Sinatra Tradition

June 25
Vivo with Warren Wiegratz

July 9
Vivace: Jill Brust & Friends

July 23
Robin Pluer and the Chris Hanson Band

August 6
The Shinigans Irish Folk Band

August 13
Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices

August 20
Matt Daniels

September 3
Kurt Ollmann & Jack Forbes Wilson

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Recently at a local business near Dominican High School, two different generations found common ground.  Dominican students who sing in the school’s choirs joined residents of Milwaukee Catholic Home for conversation about significant memories.  They talked about studying music, their pet cats, and watching fireworks on the 4th of July.  Despite the many decades separating the students and residents in age, they found many things they shared.

This week, to celebrate their shared connections, MCH hosted the Dominican High School Choirs for a special afternoon concert focusing on the theme of memories.  The Generations of Memories event started with a special luncheon for residents, followed by the concert.  The choirs mixed contemporary choral pieces with well known hymns and classic sing-alongs, with residents and visiting family joining in.

For pictures of the residents’ visit with Dominican students and the concert, please visit our photo gallery page.  Also enjoy a short video below to experience 18 year olds and 80 year olds joined together in song.


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Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Glenn Ragalie about end of life decision-making, and how to have that difficult but important conversation with your family.

Dr. Ragalie is uniquely qualified: he is the Medical Director at Zilber Family Hospice, and has also been a member of the Milwaukee Catholic Home Board of Directors for the past several years.

Residents, staff and families that are part of the Milwaukee Catholic Home community are all welcome to take part in this opportunity for conversation and learning. We look forward to the insights Dr. Ragalie will share, and hope you will join us.

The talk will be held on Thursday, March 27th, at 7:00 pm in the Residence at 2462 N. Prospect Avenue.

For more information, please contact Therese Goode at (414) 220-3213.

Once again, Milwaukee Catholic Home has been recognized as one of the best skilled nursing communities in the state!  U.S. News and World Report has awarded us five stars, both overall and in every individual category.  We could not be more proud of our staff, volunteers, and all of the friends of Milwaukee Catholic Home who make this such a unique and exceptional place to live and work.

Click here to visit the U.S. News and World Report website and learn more about this special honor.


No one does St. Patrick’s Day like Milwaukee Catholic Home!  This year we enjoyed performances throughout the week by local bands including Tom Leahy, the Shinigans, Ceol Cairde and the Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes and Drums.  The Trinity Irish Dancers also stopped by for performances in the Residence and in the Health and Rehabilitation Center.  And of course there were plenty of Irish libations and some great time spent together.  Enjoy some pictures of the day below!

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On Thursday, March 20th, MCH will be holding its annual spring health and wellness fair.  This all-day open house event offers opportunities for simple health screenings, fitness classes, vendor tables, healthy snacks and fun giveaways.

The fair is held in the Residence building at 2462 N. Prospect Avenue, in the Astor Room.  Watch this space for more details about programs, vendors and other opportunities that will be offered.

All are welcome – come and kick-start a healthy spring with us!

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Mary Russo, Director of Human Resources

On March 19, we will honor 38 employees at our annual Service Awards Luncheon.  These employees have mile-stone anniversaries working anywhere from 5 to 25 years at MCH.  We chose this day because it is a special day: the feast of Saint Joseph, patron saint of the worker.  We know Saint Joseph watches over all MCH employees and helps to keep them inspired to do the valuable work they do every day no matter what their tenure at MCH.

On her website dedicated to Saint Joseph, Beverly Johnson Roberts says that Saint Joseph is the patron saint of ordinary people leading ordinary everyday lives, and that there was nothing lofty or regal about him.  He was an ordinary worker whose purpose was to provide quality of life to his family.

I invite you to take a few minutes to observe our extraordinary Milwaukee Catholic Home employees at work.    There is no doubt you will see how much they care about serving the residents, no matter what kind of work they do.   I think you will easily see why Saint Joseph is an inspired patron of the worker, especially at MCH.

You may have heard the old sayings that “employees are an organization’s greatest asset” and “employees can make or break an organization.”  I believe that to be true and experience it every day.  MCH is as great as it is because of its outstanding employees.    Is it any wonder we smile with pride when we hear residents, family members and even other employees say, “MCH employees are so dedicated,”  “MCH employees are cheerful and conscientious workers,”  “What would we do without them?”  And, my absolute favorite, (and yes, I do say it from time-to-time), “Our employees are special angels.”  I truly believe it, too.

I hope you will take a moment or two to say thank you to an MCH employee during this special month of Saint Joseph.  Please thank them for coming to work every day to fulfill their personal ministry selflessly while quietly serving the residents and each other.   Because like Saint Joseph, they are dedicated, loyal workers who provide wonderful service day in and day out.   They truly are Milwaukee Catholic Home’s greatest asset.

IMG_0530v2For two weeks in February, high school senior Ben Giunta became part of life at Milwaukee Catholic Home.  He was here through Marquette University High School’s “Shared Life” program, a required element of each Marquette student’s senior year.

Shared Life gives seniors an opportunity to spend time in real life settings, putting into practice the principles they’ve been learning as part of their Marquette education.  The organizations where students spend their time serve children, the elderly, the disabled, and people with special needs.  According the the MUHS website, “it is the goal of the Project to more fully develop in the students a sense of the dignity and equality of all peoples and to promote the students’ realization of how they can bring God’s kingdom to reality.”

During his time at MCH, Ben worked primarily with residents in our memory care apartments.  At the end of his two weeks, Ben gave a presentation about his life and interests, talking primarily about his interest in robotics and his goal of becoming an engineer.

Staff and residents at MCH were honored to “share life” with Ben, and look forward to further partnerships with MUHS!

For more on the Senior Shared Life program at Marquette University High School, visit their website.

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MCH is delighted to welcome Mike Brauer as our new Mission Advancement Officer.  Please take a moment to read his letter below introducing himself and his new role in the life of our community.

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It is a privilege for me to formally join the Milwaukee Catholic Home family in the new position of Mission Advancement Officer. My consulting work here over the past 19 months has given me a glimpse into the wonderful community that I will formally become a part of on March 31st. I feel that I have been able to get to know MCH and some of the people who live and work here, and in some ways, they have gotten to know me a bit as well.

For those who do not know me, I am a Milwaukee native who attended Messmer High School and Marquette University. My wife of 26+ years is Maggi (Sankovitz) Brauer and we have four children. The three girls all graduated from Dominican High School and now attend Marquette. Our son is currently a junior at Dominican. My entire 29+ year career in fund development has been in and around Milwaukee mostly with Catholic institutions and I am eager to begin my work with MCH in a few weeks.

I see fund development work as a ministry. Walking with donors and potential donors is truly a privilege. By working together, we will explore areas of common interest and mutual benefit, we will creatively attempt to meet some needs at MCH, and we will insure that the legacy wishes of the donor are carried out.

I look forward to greeting you in the weeks and months ahead.