Celebrating Earth Day
April 22 is Earth Day! While the day is set aside to demonstrate, on a large scale, support for environmental protection, the Sisters of Charity are called to be life-giving and creative participants in the ongoing life of Earth – every day! Ever aware of the interconnectedness of all creation the Community is committed to the healing of our global home.
Mercy in Motion
S. Cathy Cahur (center) ministers at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco, California, a parish known for sharing God’s compassionate love with all people. Its mission states that the parish “draws people from isolation to community, from searching to awakening, from indifference to concern, from selfishness to meaningful service, from fear in the midst of adversity to faith and hope in God.” S. Cathy teaches centering prayer; in addition she offers an annual introductory workshop, supports the ongoing weekly prayer gatherings and plans and coordinates the monthly distinguished speaker series. Read more…
Hosts Girl Scout Troop
Members of the St. Antoninus Brownie Troop visited EarthConnection on Friday, April 15 to learn more about living lightly on Earth. S. Winnie Brubach and Associate Kay Clifton took the troop on a tour of the facility before heading outdoors to weed in the large organic garden and to plant onions. The outing enabled the girls to earn their Household Elf badge – learning tips and pointers to keeping their home clean and green.
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National Poetry Month
The month of April is set aside to celebrate National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. The following poem is written by the late S. Carita Kemble:
Teardrops of rain
Irresistibly drawn sunward
Create ray-diant paths
From earth to heaven
–Divine Magnet, draw me!
Future of Charity
Meets in April
Members of the Federation’s Future of Charity group met in St. Louis, Missouri, the weekend of April 8. The gathering’s theme was “The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus.” The Future of Charity was formed to build relationships among the younger, newer members of the Sisters of Charity Federation, which is comprised of 12 unique religious congregations founded by St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
S. Mary Barbara Philippart credits the example of her family, and the Sisters of Charity who taught her in Michigan, with her decision to enter religious life. To read more …
As we continue to celebrate our Earth this month, we offer this video with images from the organic garden at EarthConnection. Many hours have been given to caring for and maintaining the garden. The produce harvested is donated to various nonprofit organizations in the Cincinnati area, including the Good Samaritan Free Health Center.
S. Leona Marie Berens
This watercolor is the artistic expression of S. Leona Marie Berens (1901-1993). A native of Denver, Colorado, Sister’s parents were of Austrian and German descent. For 42 years S. Leona Marie ministered as an elementary teacher in schools in Ohio, New Mexico and her native Colorado. Throughout, she appreciated her artistic gifts and often brought them into her classroom activities. In her retirement years S. Leona Marie remained in Colorado, taking additional classes at several senior citizen centers in the Colorado Springs area, concentrating on watercolor; she was known for frequently giving away her best work to an admirer. She also enjoyed drawing, sketching and painting as well as crocheting and macramé. Sister was a woman of deep faith and a model Sister of Charity for 63 years.
April Mission Electronic
Mission is the quarterly electronic newsletter dedicated to promoting the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. To view ...
Books Available to Purchase
Santa Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a 4-page brochure written in Spanish, with Mother Seton's life and litany prayer to her. Price: $.50 for 1 copy, $.40 a piece for 6-10 copies, $.30 a piece for 11 or more copies. Free shipping. Order from Regina Bechtle, SC by calling 718-879-5271 or emailing email@example.com. To view publications available for purchase ...
At the End of the Santa Fe Trail recounts the lively experiences of Sister Blandina Segale on her missions in Colorado and New Mexico from 1872 to 1892. To view an informational flyer ...