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About the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

Sisters of Charity Fact Sheet  [printable version]
March 2015

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is an apostolic Catholic community of women religious that exists to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and prayer in the world.


1809 - The Sisters of Charity were founded by St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton in Emmitsburg, Md.
1829 - Four Sisters of Charity first came to Cincinnati.
1852 - Mother Margaret Farrell George founded the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, a separate community from the Sisters in Emmitsburg.
• 1975 - Elizabeth Ann Seton canonized a saint.


The February 8 Open House at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse was a huge success! More than 450 family members and friends of the SC Community visited our home to learn more about the Sisters of Charity Community and religious life today.

Guests were grateful for the variety of opportunities presented to them, which included guided tours of the Motherhouse treasures, opportunities to interact with Sisters and Associates, children's activities, musical performances and a birthday celebration. The Open House was in response to the Year of Consecrated Life.

The Immaculate Conception Chapel was one of the stops along the Motherhouse tour route during the Open House in February.


The Leadership Council of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati includes (front row, from left) Sister Louise Lears, SC, councilor; Sister Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC, president; (back row, from left) Sister Lois Jean Goettke, SC, councilor; Sister Mary Bookser, SC, councilor; and Sister Christine Marie Rody, SC, councilor.

The four-year term of the elected governing body runs through June 30, 2015.

Membership Statistics

Currently, 339 members of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati serve in 28 U.S. dioceses (15 states) and three foreign countries. A total of 263 Sisters serve in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Ministries include education, health care, retreat work, parish, social work, ministry of prayer and congregational service.

Colorado Springs

El Paso
Fort Wayne

Las Cruces
New Orleans
New York
San Francisco
Santa Fe

Foreign Countries
West Indies


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined by 196 Associates, lay women and men, who reside throughout the United States. The Sister/Associate relationship was established in 1973 so that individuals could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton.

Nonprofit Ministries

Since the Community was founded, the Sisters of Charity have sponsored numerous schools, hospitals, orphanages and social service agencies. They continue to sponsor the following ministries, which are all in Cincinnati except Light of Hearts Villa, located in Bedford, Ohio.

Seton High School (1854) is a comprehensive, Catholic high school for girls. Originally founded as Mount St. Vincent Academy, it was renamed Seton High School in 1927.

St. Joseph Home (1873) is a residential facility for children and adults with severe mental and multiple physical disabilities. Founded as St. Joseph Infant Asylum, it also served for many years as St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home.

Mount St. Joseph University (1920) is a coeducational, Catholic liberal arts university serving 2,300 students.

Bayley (1989) is a continuing care retirement community that offers a full spectrum of lifestyle options that promote engagement, wellness and vitality. Bayley offers progressive services for adults through two service lines: Bayley Access, a collection of programs enabling older adults still living at home to enjoy community and fellowship, and Bayley Living, which provides varied residential options for mature adults of all faiths.

Light of Hearts Villa (1989) is an assisted living facility for senior adults. It was founded by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Bedford, Ohio, who merged with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in June 2004. The facility is a 50-50 partnership with the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System.

DePaul Cristo Rey High School (2009) provides an opportunity for young women and men with economic need to obtain a Catholic, college preparatory education made affordable through an innovative corporate work study program.

After a long history of sponsoring hospitals and a health-care system, the Sisters of Charity joined with 10 other congregations in 1996 to create and sponsor Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national health-care organization.