The Bading House is a community of Stritch School of Medicine students who desire to be part of the living fabric of the Maywood community. Rather than remaining visitors or passers-by, we are committed to making our home in Maywood, serving the community, and getting to know its members as our neighbors. We are united in our passion for service and social justice, both in Maywood and beyond, and find that living out this passion in the context of community living provides us with support, inspiration, and encouragement in our work. We are inspired by the Jesuit value of living as men and women for others and feel that Maywood is a fertile environment for learning to serve our future patients well.
Past events and community commitments include:
- Service Day
- Monthly Christian Fellowship Meal
- Volunteering at Maywood Fine Arts
- Music Ministry at St. Eulalia Catholic Church
- Lenten Reflection & Dinner
- Murder Mystery Dinner
Learn more about the namesake of this community, Eva Bading, MD here.
I am from Albania, a small country known for its hospitality. Spending my childhood there, I learned the importance of community and care. I moved to the US and was shaped by the sacrificial love of my parents. I attended the University of Michigan where I studied Neuroscience and had many opportunities to discover my passion for medicine and service. While there, I also grew in my Catholic faith and understood God’s primacy in my life. This growth, aided by a small community at the University, made me see the need to be challenged and to continue growing in my faith. Further, I saw service as a personal responsibility to take action in using my gifts for others. Volunteering at a clinic during that time, I saw the value that unhindered personal care offers. Though I still need to learn a lot, I hope to use the insight I have as a medical student in Maywood and beyond. I am thankful for the community at the Bading House; I know each member will help me become a physician for the whole person.
I grew up in the small town of Metamora in Central Illinois and knew from an early age that I wanted to peruse a career in medicine. I went to undergrad at Greenville University in Southern Illinois and studied Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish, where I developed a passion for working with those underserved and marginalized. After graduating, I had the opportunity to spend a year in the Dominican Republic and work with a community health organization. Between our rural clinics, home visits, and patient education, I began to gain a broader view of the field of medicine, which helped me decide to do the MD/MPH program, on the Global Health Equity track. As soon as I heard about the Bading House, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I am so grateful for the passion and community-mindedness of my fellow classmates who push me to expand my faith and worldview as we strive to live in solidarity with one another and our Maywood neighbors.