Spirit. It’s the third word in our tagline, and it says a lot about what’s most important at Milwaukee Catholic Home. Our faith tradition is central to who we are, and we are committed to continuing to provide our residents of all faiths the opportunity for spiritual growth and enrichment.
In the upcoming print edition of our Focus newsletter, you’ll learn about a new opportunity for supporting our sacramental and spiritual life here at Milwaukee Catholic Home. Our chaplain, Fr. Chuck Keefe, who has faithfully served our residents for 25 years, will be retiring this fall. To honor him, we are establishing an endowment fund in his name, directed towards maintaining and enhancing the activities of our pastoral care department. This includes everything from daily Mass to our annual retreat to the day-to-day supportive presence of our pastoral care staff in the lives of our residents.
Our identity as a Catholic institution, rooted in the values of compassion and service, is vital to who we are as Milwaukee Catholic Home. We want to ensure that this identity remains strong as our organization grows and changes.
If you are interested in learning more about this unique opportunity to give, I invite you to contact me directly at email@example.com or 414.220.3212. I look forward to sharing more with you about the Fr. Charles R. Keefe Pastoral Care Endowment Fund, and to the support this fund will provide for programs and people who transform the lives of our residents.
In Poland, a common birthday toast is “Sto Lat!” which means “100 Years!” For MCH resident Ada Dziewanowska, who was born in Poland, the traditional toast takes on a special significance this year as she celebrates her 100th birthday. To make her birthday even more special, the Polish dance community in Milwaukee will be marking the occasion with an original choreographed dance piece based on her life.
Ada has been involved in the traditional art of recreational Polish dance all her life. She’s taught in Poland, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, and all over the United States. She’s also created teaching tools for other instructors, and is the principal author of Polish Folk Dances and Songs: A Step-by-Step Guide, which is considered the authoritative English-language work on Polish folk dancing. She’s often shared the cultural riches of the Polish folk tradition with our community at MCH, giving talks and performances and even teaching us a dance step or two!
The dance piece in honor of Ada’s life is being performed by the Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, a group that Ada has led as Artistic Director for many years. The performance will take place on February 11th at the “Bal Maskowy,” an annual ball sometimes referred to as the “Polish Mardi Gras.” The piece was choreographed by her student and longtime collaborator, Staś Kmieć, an award-winning dancer and choreographer who is currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown, OH. We’ll feature more about the event, including pictures, in the upcoming print edition of the Focus newsletter!