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Roberta Kuhn Center

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unsure when Roberta Kuhn Center classes will resume. Plans are underway for holding classes in some manner, including possibly a virtual learning environment (for example through Zoom) if appropriate, for certain classes. We are anticipating sending a brochure of fall classes in late summer for a possible start date of early October. Visit our website or to stay informed. Please join us in praying for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus.

Since 1982, the Roberta Kuhn Center (RKC) at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa, has been a gathering place that provides enrichment and socialization for women and men 55 years of age or over. This opportunity for older adults is a thank you to the citizens of the city and the surrounding area and fills a need in our community.
Our goals are:
  • to create a warm, loving atmosphere in which all senior citizens of Dubuque and the surrounding area feel welcome;
  • to provide enrichment to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit; and
  • to strengthen attitudes that growing older means growing better.

Instructors & Courses

Our volunteer instructors include BVM sisters, other women religious, and many lay women and men. They bring their professional experiences in the fields of education, the arts, and healthcare and wellness to our classrooms.

Class offerings include a variety of subjects—from popular wellness options to hands-on art classes—as well as history, foreign languages, creative writing, and poetry.

Download the 2019–20 Registration Brochure.

Download the RKC Newsletter.


Roberta Kuhn

RKC’s namesake, Roberta Kuhn, BVM (Alberto) was president of the BVM congregation from 1967–72. She was a remarkable woman for a remarkable time. The congregation, founded in Philadelphia in 1833, moved to Dubuque in 1843 and anticipated its 150th Jubilee celebration with the establishment of the RKC in 1982. BVMs have ministered in the Dubuque area since 1843, providing and promoting all levels of education, from young children in Montessori school to retirees in the RKC.

Contact Us

For more information or to join our registration
brochure mailing list, contact:

Roberta Kuhn Center, Sisters of Charity, BVM
1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003-7991
563-582-4155 |

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