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Yearly Archives: 2017

Christmas Events at the Residence at 2462 N Prospect Avenue
All events held in the Astor Room
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm: Winter Voice Recital featuring the students of Natalie Sajdak
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm: Northwestern Mutual Choir, “A Very British Christmas”
Wednesday, December 13, 2:45 pm: Christmas Caroling with the St. Monica Brownie Troop
Monday, December 18, 7:00 pm: MCH Choir Christmas Concert

Christmas Events at the Health and Rehab Center at 2330 N Prospect Avenue
All events held in the 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room
Friday, December 1, 2:00 pm: A Visit from Santa and his Reindeer
Wednesday, December 6, 10:00 am: Christmas Gift Giving with the Marquette HS Choir
Thursday, December 21, 2:30 pm: Intergenerational Christmas Play

Advent Evenings of Musical Reflection
Join us every Sunday evening for a musical meditation on the season! Performances will be held at 6:30 pm in the St. Anne Chapel at The Residence at 2462 N Prospect, with refreshments to follow.
December 3: Beginning the Advent Journey
Holy Family Choir directed by Larry Theiss
December 10: Advent Lessons and Carols
Caitlin Elftman, Therese Goode and Terri Adrian
December 17: Christmas Favorites
North Shore Suzuki Strings

Schedule of Christmas Liturgies
Christmas Eve: Mass at St. Joachim Chapel, 10:30 am
Christmas Day: Mass at St. Anne Chapel, 10:30 am
New Year’s Eve: Mass in the St. Joachim Chapel, 10:30 am
New Year’s Day: Mass in the St. Anne Chapel, 10:30 am



We are thrilled to announce that our ground-breaking Intergenerational Education Program has again been generously funded by Bader Philanthropies. We look forward to our continued partnership with Bader and Messmer Catholic Schools in giving older adults the opportunity to share a lifetime of knowledge with students hungry to learn!

Now in its third year, the Intergenerational Education Program is a six-week long curriculum-based program, designed and facilitated by the MCH’s expert recreation therapy team. The program enriches students’ understanding of aging while allowing older adults to contribute to the educational process with their unique gifts and life experience.

Learn more about the program here.


Join us for a special panel discussion with experts in rehabilitative care, and get answers to all of your questions about what happens after your discharge from the hospital. How long will your stay in rehab be? What kinds of therapy will you need? How will you pay for it? Our team of exceptional professionals, including MCH medical director Dr. James Volberding, will put your mind at ease about life after surgery.

Thursday, December 7th
Milwaukee Catholic Home Health and Rehabilitation Center
2330 N Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

9:00 am: Coffee and Light Breakfast in the Watertower Café
9:30 am: Panel Discussion
10:00 am: Tours of Health and Rehabilitation Center

Please RSVP to Linda Cardinale at 414.220.3216 or lcardinale@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

A Milwaukee PBS segment featuring our resident, Ada Dziewanowska, has been nominated for a regional Emmy award for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Human Interest Programming! The film highlights Ada’s role as longtime artistic director of the Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble of Milwaukee, WI and the celebration of her 100th birthday.

We featured Ada’s story in a recent issue of the Focus newsletter.

Join us for a screening of the film on Thursday, November 30th at 2:30 pm at The Residence at 2462 N Prospect Avenue.

Congratulations to the artistic team at PBS Milwaukee and to Ada on this honor!

Join us for our annual community retreat on the theme of “Praying As We Mature.” The retreat will be led by Sr. Susan Seeby and Sr. Patrice Rob from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes.

The retreat will invite participants to awaken to God through various styles of prayer. These experiences will enrich and expand your prayer life, no matter your age or abilities.

The retreat will begin with a meet-and-greet on Monday at 7:00 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday each include a talk and guided prayer from 10 am – 11:30 am, Mass at 4:00 pm, and opportunities for reflection, Sacraments, and one-on-one time with the retreat leaders.

The retreat is open to the public: you are welcome to attend any of the individual retreat events or to join us for the entire retreat.

For more info or to RSVP, contact Terri Adrian at 220.8468 x.3416 or tadrian@milwaukeecatholichome.org.


Retreat Leader Bios

Sister Susan Seeby, CSA is a graduate of the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha. She has been engaged in the ministry of Spiritual Direction and retreat direction for 12 years, including directed retreats at the Jesuit Retreat House. In addition to the ministry of Spiritual Direction, Sister Susan has been a high school Theology teacher. Following her passion for Social Justice, she was a member of the Staff of the Brother David Darst Center for Spirituality and Education in Chicago. Currently, Sister Susan is a member of the leadership team of her community, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.


Sister Patrice Rog, CSA, a member of the Sisters of St. Agnes, considered herself as an educator, and has ministered as a teacher, librarian, principal and volunteer tutor.  For more than twenty years, she has journeyed with people as spiritual director, working on staff at retreat centers and campus ministry from middle school to the university.  More recently, Patrice has offered sessions on mindfulness, transitions in life, and various topics related to healing and spirituality.

Tuesday, September 19
2462 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53211
Mass: 4:00 pm, St. Anne Chapel
Reception to follow: The Astor Room

Please join us for a celebration with the newly appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. We’re excited to welcome Bishop James Schuerman to our campus for the first time in his new role.

This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are required for those wishing to attend the reception as seating is limited. Please contact Linda Cardinale at 414.220.3216 or

This summer, MCH hosted Kristine Tarmann as our first ever Artist-In-Residence. Kristine has lived in community with us and offered our residents numerous opportunities to grow and learn through artistic experiences.

The artist-in-residence model and other intergenerational living programs have grown in popularity at senior communities all over the world.  In exchange for housing and professional development, the resident artist contributes to the seniors’ health and well-being through artistic programming and social engagement.  The program decreases feelings of isolation in older adults and leads to the development of meaningful friendship and a sense of connectedness to the larger community.

Kristine was the perfect match as a resident artist at Milwaukee Catholic Home.  Her interest in art therapy began after a mission trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua her sophomore year at Valparaiso University, when she became convinced of the healing power of the arts.  She began pursuing her interest in art therapy through an internship at a senior day center, teaching art classes and helping to facilitate the painting of two large murals in their activity room.  She also focused on research about the impact of art therapy on those with Alzheimer’s disease.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Valparaiso, Kristine moved to Milwaukee to start a Masters of Art Therapy program at Mount Mary University. She has finished her first year of studies, as well as an internship in Nicaragua doing community-based art therapy.

During the past months of her residence with us, Kristine has led a community art class, facilitated story-telling sessions, hosted discussions of theatre productions, and led small and large group music programs in the Health and Rehab Center.  She has also served as a “Good Samaritan On Call,” providing support for daily resident needs and welcoming new residents to the community.

Kristine reflected on her time with us and shared a few thoughts:

“Having worked at MCH before, I knew the transition into living in this community would be pretty smooth. However, I was not prepared with how fast I would feel a part of this community. I was immediately met with smiles, excited eyes, warm welcomes, intrigued questions, and the occasional, ‘Don’t you know you’re too young to live here?’ And I have loved every second of it, every new connection I have made, and I hope those I have interacted with feel the same. Personally, I feel like this program has helped me gain further understanding and empathy for a community and population that I already had so much love for. The residents here challenge me every day–whether that is artistically, personally, or professionally. My art group constantly keeps me on my toes, asking me about techniques that I may not have used in years. But, even if I do not know the answer to the question, I know we can figure it out together through playing and experimenting with the different materials. I feel that is a good metaphor for this program as well; we are figuring it out together between the staff, the residents, and myself. There are constantly things that we are learning together, and I think that this helps our residents know that it is okay to keep learning and searching for knowledge as well. It’s helpful to constantly stretch and develop new perspectives and friendships. We have so much to learn from each other and with each other, and I am so thankful that I can be a part of it.”

As Kristine prepares to return to school, we would like to extend our gratitude to her for her time with us, and look forward to continuing this program in the future!