Ministry Health Care has talent — and uses it to benefit community

December 15, 2013

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien

"Safe & Sound" by TRISIS, winners of the
2013 Ministry Has Talent contest at Ministry Health Care

Move over, "American Idol." This year's winner of Ministry Health Care's the "Ministry Has Talent" competition is TRISIS, made up of sisters Jessica, 17, Jacqueline, 13, and Jasmine, 10, and their guitar-playing father, David Winemiller, a Marshfield Clinic psychologist and consultant to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis.

Winners of the competition — now in its seventh year — record a track on the "Sing for Your Supper" Christmas CD, which raises money for the community meal program at Agape Community Center in Milwaukee, which is also part of Ascension Health's Milwaukee-based Ministry Health Care. "As a community center we want to reach out to the rest of the (Ministry Health Care) system that is statewide," said Al Luzi, director of development at Agape Community Center. The competition, he said, "highlights those hidden talents that aren't always exhibited in the workplace."

Last year's winner, Stephanie Pacey, a patient access coordinator at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston, Wis., and Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill, Wis., also performs on the 2013 holiday CD.

Nearly 6,000 CDs have been sold in the project's first six years, helping the center to serve more than 23,000 hot meals to children, families and seniors. The Agape center's meal program is a community affair, with more than 1,500 volunteers from 23 different churches, synagogues, civic groups and businesses preparing and serving hot meals three nights a week, 52 weeks a year.

The "Sing for Your Supper" project also has a wide community reach. In addition to Ministry Health Care's 2012 and 2013 talent competition winners, performers this year include six Milwaukee-area high schools, the Milwaukee Police Department Band, the Vianney/St. Dominic strings, St. Robert Middle School Choir, the Greater Galilee and Calvary Baptist church choirs and choirs from Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University.

The song TRISIS chose to sing on the CD, an adaptation of Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound," is a change from their usual repertoire of songs from the 1920s to 1950s, inspired by their grandmother's records.


Copyright © 2013 by the Catholic Health Association of the United States
For reprint permission, contact Betty Crosby or call (314) 253-3477.

Copyright © 2013 by the Catholic Health Association of the United States

For reprint permission, contact Betty Crosby or call (314) 253-3490.