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St. Rita School for the Deaf
Honors SCs

(From left) Sisters Mary Bookser, Jane Bernadette Leo,
John Michael Geis, Lynn Heper, Paula Gonzalez

In anticipation of St. Rita School for the Deaf’s 100th anniversary, the school dedicated its friendship garden to the lay staff, festival committee members, priests and Sisters of Charity who have served the school throughout the years. The school opened in 1915 with only 11 students and a staff of three Sisters of Charity. It became the first accredited high school for the deaf in Ohio, and was served by the Sisters of Charity consistently throughout those years. Sisters John Michael Geis and Jane Bernadette Leo continue to volunteer at the school.

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.


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- St. Elizabeth Seton

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

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.

Region 6 Members Meet

Members of LCWR’s Region 6 gathered Oct. 19-21 at St. Anne’s in Melbourne, Kentucky, for their fall meeting. The agenda included Region 6 members as panel members, reflecting on the vows. They used the contemplative decision-making process for resolutions they considered; the outcomes from each of the regions were sent to LCWR.

Archdiocesan Conference Room
Named for EAS

(From left) Sisters Judith Metz, SC Archives director; Cathy Bever, director of certification,
Archdiocese Catholic Schools Office; S. Lois Jean Goettke, SC Leadership councilor

The SC Archives has given the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Offices a statue and portrait of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity. The new Elizabeth Seton Conference Room, located on the seventh floor of the Archdiocesan Offices, will be used for inservice and business meetings as well as educational gatherings.

Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn 

S. Melannie Svoboda, SND, presented Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Motherhouse. Nestled in the heart of October, this retreat day, offered through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center, celebrated four gifts autumn gives to us: beauty, harvest, fallowness, and letting go. Using Scripture, nature, music, stories, and humor, S. Melannie helped participants explore ways to emulate this rich season in their everyday spiritual lives. 

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.

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 ...

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?

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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