About the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Sisters of Charity Fact Sheet [printable version]
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.
On June 25, 2014, in a joint press conference with CHI St. Joseph's Children, Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan announced the Vatican's immediate permission to open the sainthood cause of Servant of God, S. Blandina Segale.
S. Blandina entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sept. 13, 1866, and is known for tirelessly working for the poor and marginalized, advocating for women and children, caring for the sick, and building orphanages, hospitals and schools in the southwest and in Cincinnati. Her ministries continue today, more than 100 years later.
Photograph of S. Blandina Segale courtesy of Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA) Negative #67735
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.
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.
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.
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.