Pat Cannon is the President of Liturgical Publications and a longtime business partner of MCH. He strives to live his Catholic faith in both his work and personal life. He is actively involved in his parish, Lumen Christi, and is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the local chapter of Legatus, an national organization for Catholic business executives. Pat was gracious enough to share some thoughts about what it means to be a Catholic business person in Milwaukee, and why he values his work with Milwaukee Catholic Home.
What does it mean to be a Catholic business person? How does your faith affect your work?
To be a Catholic business person means more than just managing the dollars and cents of a business. It involves the realization that one’s skills and abilities are gifts from God and are to be used for good. Every employee, every customer, every vendor has received differing gifts from Jesus Christ, Our Father in Heaven and your role is to see Him in everyone as you work to bring out the best in all of the stakeholders.
The other side of the coin is that we are all sinners, imperfect beings in need of prayer, support and love. We and everyone we interact with all carry a cross and fall down frequently. We are presented daily with challenges and opportunities to demonstrate our faith. It is only through recognizing and acknowledging our limitations, that we can improve ourselves and our work.
One of the neat things about doing business in Wisconsin this time of year is to participate in the almost religious fervor that surrounds the Green Bay Packers and the devotion that surrounds them. As a Catholic and a Packer fan sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we can record a Packer game and watch it later but celebrating the Eucharist can only be done live and in person.
How does the Catholic business community work together in Milwaukee?
There is outstanding leadership in the Milwaukee Catholic business community. Many Catholic business leaders work together sharing their time and talent for worthwhile organizations like Milwaukee Catholic Home, the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, Catholic Charities, the St. Francis Seminary, our Catholic Grade Schools, High Schools and Universities.
When one is involved with one or more of these worthy Catholic causes, you naturally meet and get to know other Catholic business people with similar interests. Those volunteer experiences often lead to a deepening of faith and friendship that can lead in unexpected directions.
What is the significance of business partnerships with other Catholic organizations?
One big difference between a business partnership with a Catholic organization and a non-Catholic organization is, knowing from the beginning of the relationship, that there is an alignment of values. Mission Statements and Vision Statements will always be different, but in my experience core values always seem to be similar. When you share core values with another person or organization it is a lot easier to surmount challenges together.
What do you value about working with Milwaukee Catholic Home?
The MCH has been a vibrant part of our community for over 100 years. Its mission to serve older adults in an environment of Christian love and service while respecting dignity, independence and individuality across a continuum of service is as important today as it ever has been. Growing up on the east side of Milwaukee and visiting many family members there over the years, I have always been aware of the great work they do in the community. However, sometimes M CH seems to be a well kept secret. More people should know about it, have a chance to see their good work for themselves, participate as a volunteer, contribute financially or be knowledgeable to suggest it as a residence for a loved one. Through my work at Liturgical Publication Inc, we are able to partner with MCH and spread the word of the good works they do in our community to a receptive audience of church going Catholics.
Milwaukee Catholic Home got cold and wet for a good cause this week, joined by the kids from Nurturing Nook child daycare! Our donations will be directed to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute. Enjoy the video and some great pictures below!
Last Friday afternoon, the courtyard at MCH’s Health and Rehab Center was transformed into a 1950s dance party. Our annual Corn Roast luncheon and an afternoon ice cream social with the kids from Nurturing Nook child daycare both featured live music from the Doo-Wop Daddies as well as ’50s themed decor, costumes, and lots of dancing. Enjoy some pictures below!
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Please join us for our annual retreat on September 15th-17th, featuring noted retreat leader Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ. Residents, family, staff and all friends of MCH are welcome to attend one or more of the retreat talks or sacramental celebrations.
A full schedule of events is below. For more details, please contact Anne Spoerl, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at (414) 220-4610 x. 3389.
Monday, September 15th
Luncheon with music by Sr. Marianne Verhaalen:
11:45 AM-1:00 PM, Health and Rehabilitation Center Lobby
Retreat Talk: 2:00 pm, St. Anne Chapel
Retreat Mass: 4:00 PM, St. Anne Chapel
Tuesday September 16th
Reconciliation Service: 10:00 AM, St. Anne Chapel
Followed by an opportunity for individual confessions
Retreat Talk: 2:00 PM, St. Anne Chapel
Retreat Mass: 4:00 PM, St. Joachim Chapel
Wednesday September 17th
Retreat Talk: 2:00 PM, St. Anne Chapel
Closing Retreat Mass: 4:00 PM, St. Anne Chapel
On August 12th, Milwaukee Catholic Home was honored to host Dr. Michael Lovell, the new president of Marquette University, for a special Mass and reception. Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Chuck Keefe, our chaplain, and Fr. Tom Anderson, SJ, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Marquette and son of MCH residents Tom and Kay Anderson.
At the reception, Dr. Lovell was introduced by MCH resident Paul Salsini, who taught for many years at Marquette in the College of Communications. Dr. Salsini emphasized Dr. Lovell’s accomplishments and the enthusiasm with which the Marquette community is embracing his new vision and leadership for the university.
Dr. Lovell then spoke a few words, emphasizing the fact that Marquette University has welcomed him as a family, and that he observes the same spirit of family at Milwaukee Catholic Home. He expressed his gratitude for the time spent with us and a shared enthusiasm for the future.
MCH looks forward to continued strengthening of our connection with Marquette University. MCH was founded in 1913 by members of the Marquette Women’s League, and we have many MU alumni and emeritus faculty among among our residents and staff. We’re also excited to continue ongoing conversations about concrete ways we might partner with MU in the future.
Enjoy some photos from the event below.
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MCH was featured in a recent issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an article spotlighting innovative and exciting developments in senior living dining.
The Milwaukee Catholic Home employs 17 chefs and cooks to prepare food, which is “such a huge social aspect of (the residents’) lives,” according to Chris Reinheimer, director of hospitality and dining services.
Reinheimer said chefs often use more herbs and cook foods that may seem on the sweeter side for a typical palette.
“Older people tend to like sweeter food because of changes in smell or taste buds. Different dishes become out of balance because of (the changes) and so the people pick up bitter or sour tastes,” Reinheimer said. “So we try to balance out their palette profiles.”
The Catholic Home offers a menu that changes weekly, and food is prepared about 20 feet from where residents eat on each floor, instead of using steam carts to transport the meals to one central location. The food is prepared restaurant style and options are not dependent on time of day, which increases residents’ choices, Reinheimer said.
Read the whole article here!
It’s time again for our annual week of State Fair Fun! Join us for any of our numerous State Fair themed activities August 4-8 in our Health and Rehabilitation Center. One of the most popular events of the week is always Livestock Day, featuring a visit with live animals in our courtyard. A complete schedule of the week’s events is below. For more information, please contact Bridget McNair at (414) 220-3229 or email@example.com. We hope you can join us!
Monday, August 4th
10:30 am – Baking Cream Puffs
2:15 pm – Dairy Day Social and Trivia
Tuesday, August 5th
PRODUCE AND FLORAL DAY
10:30 am – Produce and Floral Display
Wednesday, August 6th
CREAM PUFF DAY
10:00 am – Presentation on the State Fair by the Wisconsin Historical Society
11:00 am – Staff Cream Puff Eating Contest and Social
Thursday, August 7th
FOOD ON A STICK DAY
2:30 pm – Food on a Stick Social
Friday, August 8th
2:00 pm – Livestock Show in the Courtyard