With the updated guidance from IDPH, Covid-19 vaccinations are no longer mandatory. Staying up to date with required vaccines and boosters is, however, highly recommended as a component of infection prevention. With this in mind, effective June 1, 2023, Misericordia will no longer mandate employees and volunteers to be up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters. Please do consider maintaining your status.
Well-fitted masks are required of all employees and visitors in McAuley. All other areas on campus will be mask optional unless the risk is high, based on:
Please ask the Director or AVP if you have any questions.
Mary Pat O'Brien, Executive Vice President
During June, Misericordia is recognizing the following departments, and there will be an Appreciation Luncheon on June 20th for these employees, with gifts and raffles:
We need three volunteers to help set-up, greet the staff and clean-up at the June 20th luncheon. For more details and to sign-up, please go to this link:
In addition, we are asking that families write notes of thanks and appreciation to the staff in these departments and email them to us at
Lisa Masucci & John Butler
MFA’s Staff Appreciation Coordinators
This week we are highlighting the Benefit Silent Auction. As always, Misericordia families have been gracious and generous with both their time and their treasure giving us a great start on our offerings.
At this time, we are looking for some help. We have listed several items on the GiveSmart site (click below) and we are hoping that you will take a look and help us with some underwriting* so that we can offer these on our Silent Auction. And, as always, if you have any ideas, experiences, items or contacts, please get in touch. Thank you!
Click here to see the Silent Auction items in need of underwriting. * Underwriting entails donating funds to obtain the item(s) which will be auctioned at the event. Proceeds from the Silent Auction go to Misericordia. You are not purchasing the item for yourself.
Thanks to our good friends at Hines, we are thrilled to share with you a sneak peek of a small selection of resident artwork that will be on display in the lobby of two of their premier buildings:
To become an Artist in All Sponsor and/or purchase tickets: CLICK HERE
by Barb Quaintance
If you’re ever in the Misericordia’s administrative offices between 6-7am, you may well see Father Jack working at his desk. Since becoming Executive Director about two years ago, Father Jack has valued this quiet time before the rush of the day begins. He says that the biggest change he’s faced as Executive Director is that now he’s asked about everything by just about everyone.
Of course, Father Jack was at Misericordia for 22 years before becoming Executive Director and was responsible for many of Mis’ operations. In his new role, his mission is not only to ensure that Mis runs smoothly and efficiently, but to help staff see the big picture; i.e. to see how interdependent the various departments and functions are. One of Father Jack’s priorities has been to build a strong leadership team. He has expanded the team with several new Vice Presidents and Assistant Vice Presidents (AVPs), with several more AVPs and Directors to be hired. Father Jack believes that the “perfect” leadership team is one that combines long-term employees—who have been dedicated to Mis and have deep knowledge of how things work—with new people who can bring fresh perspectives and new ideas. Father Jack also believes it’s his role to ask questions: Is this the best way to do something? Could we do it in a new or different way?
Congratulations again to our amazing Sister Rosemary who received the 2023 Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame at the Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2023.
For those who were unable to watch the commencement, we have edited it down to the 10 minute presentation of the medal to Sister Rosemary which can be watched by clicking here.
To read more about Sister Rosemary and the award click here.
On Sunday, June 4, world-renowned pianists Ilya Friedberg and Noam Dekalo will be performing in the Benefactor Hall of the Jean Marie Ryan Center from 2:30 - 4:00pm. They will be joined by Misericordia resident/virtuoso Charlie Carpenter.
Doors will open at 2:00pm and refreshments (beer/wine/soft drinks) will be served. Donation to attend is $50.00 per person. For more information and to RSVP, contact Robert Bourke at
We wanted to inform you that Dr. Jennifer Farrell will be leaving the clinic. She and her family will be moving out of state. Dr. Farrell was one of the “founding” dentists involved with starting the clinic. We are very grateful to her for sharing her knowledge and supporting the Donovan Clinic.
Our plan is to find a new dentist and we hope to begin interviewing several dentists. We will keep you posted, but also know that this may slow the clinic down somewhat.
Mary Pat O'Brien, Executive Vice President
Starting in June, part of Ridge Ave, north of Peterson, will be closed. This is likely to cause traffic disruptions which may impact travel to Misericordia.
The closure is part of the construction of the new Metra station at Peterson and is expected to last 2 months. Please plan your travel accordingly.
by Lisa Masucci
Continuing the series of profiles on Misericordia’s new leadership team, today we feature Geana Connelly, recently appointed to the position of Vice President of Strategy, People & Culture. After 30 years at Misericordia, Geana has the experience and relationships needed for this important new role.
Many of you may not know that Geana grew up on a farm in a small town in north central Wisconsin, the youngest of five children. Her interest in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities started in high school when she volunteered in a special education classroom. She went to St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and studied psychology. While she was in college, Geana’s niece was born with Down syndrome, which further deepened her desire to work with the population that she has come to love and admire her entire professional career.
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