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Congo Week, October 19-25, 2014

Internationally, this week is Congo Week, raising global consciousness about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and advocating for peace, justice, and human dignity in partnership with Congolese people. This week of activities commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country. In September 2010, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates committed to be informed about the human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on our government to do everything in its power to end the violent conflicts there. On Thursday, Oct. 23 Dr. Claver Lumana Pashi, Ph.D., associate professor of the National Pedagogical University in Kinshasa, DRC, will speak about his vision and hope for the DRC. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.

Seton Writers Gather at Mount St. Joseph

(From left, clockwise) Sisters Vivian Linkhauer, Regina Bechtle,
Judith Metz and Betty Ann McNeil

The four SC Federation members charged with the task of publishing St. Elizabeth Seton’s writings met recently at the MSJ Motherhouse. They are currently working on the collected correspondence of Elizabeth, that written to Elizabeth or about her. The four Sisters are: Betty Ann McNeil, DC, Vivian Linkhauer, SC Seton Hill, Regina Bechtle, SC New York, and Judith Metz, SC Cincinnati.

The Seton Writings Project grew out of the Seton Legacy gatherings held throughout the Federation congregations in 1992. They served to better understand and appreciate our rich heritage. Sisters Regina Bechtle and Judith Metz have served as co-editors throughout. The group has completed and published three volumes of Elizabeth’s writings. For more information on the completed volumes contact S. Judith Metz, Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, at 513-347-4058.


"I would wish to fit you for the world in which you are destined to live."
- St. Elizabeth Seton

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Novice Tracy Kemme shares her spiritual and vocational journey to becoming a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati.

Sister Roslyn Hafertepe Honored

On Friday, Oct. 10 Bayley presented S. Roslyn Hafertepe (center) with the Sister Jeanne Roach Service to Bayley Award, which recognizes an individual who has dedicated himself or herself to making Bayley the excellent community it is today.  Bayley, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, honored S. Roz for her legacy of service and extraordinary contribution, in making a profound impact on the lives of Bayley residents both currently and for those to be served in the future. S. Roz was one of three Sisters who signed/ratified the original Articles of Incorporation which created/governed Bayley when it was founded in 1990. In addition, she has been a member of the Bayley Board of Directors and currently serves on the Bayley Strategic Planning Committee, the Gift Planning Cabinet and the Benevolent Care Committee-ensuring that charitable care support goes to residents in need.

A Year of Celebration

On Oct. 28, 2014, Bayley, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, will enter into its 25th year of service. The continuing care retirement community that offers a full spectrum of lifestyle options that promote engagement, wellness and vitality has provided compassion and quality of life to those served since 1990. Anniversary celebrations will continue throughout the next year.

Food for the Soul

The Sisters of Charity Art Collection contains many beautiful reproductions of masters’ artwork. Some of this paintings are hung in locations not frequented by many. In an effort to make this art more assessable, the Communications Office and the Archives began displaying one of these paintings in the Motherhouse Dining Room each month. Accompanying the art is an account of how it came to be in the art collection, a brief history of the art, and of the artist and his style. October's featured artwork is the Last Supper. Click here to read more ...

S. Blandina Visits
CWR Annual Conference

Participants of the Communicators for Women Religious Annual Conference enjoyed a visit from S. Blandina Segale during the final day of their gathering in Long Beach, California, on Friday, October 3.. Next year’s conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and S. Blandina (also known as S. Georgia Kitt) set the stage for potential guests. S. Blandina ministered in Albuquerque where, besides her work of teaching, opened a Wayfarers’ House, became a defender of Native Americans and “Mexicans,” and went on begging trips to mining and railroad camps to raise money to support the Sisters’ missions.

Spreading Joy

S. Pat Hill volunteers at St. Clement in Cincinnati, traveling 90 minutes, one way by bus to serve the parish. To learn more about Sister’s volunteer ministry…

Autumn Splendor

As we view the whispering aspen of Colorado we ask: What glorious burst of autumn splendor and bounteous harvests am I grateful l for? Of what promises of God am I reminded in this time of letting go?

Ministry in Motion

S. Nancy Bramlage is keeping Mount St. Joseph University’s mission alive and ever present as the director of the university’s Office of Mission and Ministry.

Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 18 to celebrate four gifts autumn gives to us: beauty, harvest, fallowness and letting go. Using scripture, nature, music, stories, and humor, this gentle day explores ways we can emulate this rich season in our everyday spiritual lives. The retreat will be presented by Melannie Svoboda, SND, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; cost is $45 ($40 if registered before Oct. 8). For more information...

Associate Spotlight

In 2014, Barbara Raymond celebrated 25 years as an Associate in Mission with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. In addition, she made her lifetime commitment to the Community in June. To read more about this Cincinnati Associate …

Sister Spotlight

Meet S. Donna Steffen. S. Donna is the Community's Novice Director. To learn more about Sister's ministry...

Vatican to Open Sainthood
Cause for S. Blandina Segale

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are pleased to announce that the cause for the canonization of S. Blandina Segale, SC  has been approved. This is the first step towards canonization; the cause is being led by the board of St. Joseph’s Children, Albuquerque, New Mexico, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives. To view a press release… To learn more about S. Blandina...

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 purchase a copy...

October E-VŌc
Now Available

E-Vōc is the monthly electronic newsletter of Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Vocations Team.
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July Mission Electronic
Newsletter Available

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 rbechtle@scny.org. To view publications available for purchase ...

Are you looking to improve your own or others health and healing? Sister of Charity Josetta Marie Chu’s Exercises from East to West offers doable exercises to help one’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Order your copy today! For more info …

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