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June 21, 2015

A Charity Charism Retreat
in the Living Cosmology


The Sisters of Charity Federation Grassroots Planners sponsored A Charity Charism Retreat in the Living Cosmology during the week of June 14 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Each day a cosmic-related presentation was given by Maureen Wilde, SC of Halifax, followed by silence and a variety of supplementary activities to enhance the experience, including liturgy. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Paula Gonzalez gave one afternoon presentation relating to energy. Participants from all SC Federation groups, except three, were  in attendance;  this included 16 SCs of Cincinnati.

S. Margarita Brewer Honored


S. Margarita Brewer with her sons Dan (left) and William.

Congratulations to S. Margarita Brewer, who received Northern Kentucky University’s 24th annual Lincoln Award on June 23. The award is given annually to individuals who exemplify the qualities of outstanding citizenship, notable achievement and distinguished service in their professions. Sister founded the English Language Learning Foundation, Inc. to help English language learners succeed in school while also preserving their cultural identity. She also helped bring social service agencies together to serve the Hispanic population through the Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Center, and coordinated services for English language learners at Cincinnati Public Schools.

Community Shows Support
for Pope’s Encyclical

The Sisters of Charity welcomed Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, on the environment with a prayer service on the Motherhouse front porch - overlooking nature’s beauty - on Thursday, June 18. Many Sisters and friends of the Community participated; it was a joyful celebration, but also a reminder of the urgency on the part of we humans to “Care for Our Common Home.” The opportunity to  gather in prayer was sponsored by the SC Spirituality Center, EarthConnection and the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for  Creation. To view a copy of the entire encyclical letter …

Mission Walk Celebrates
Clinic’s 20 Years


Despite the rain, the 10th annual Mission Walk on Saturday, June 20 was a success! The walk benefits the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, where S. Sarah Mulligan lives and ministers. In its 20th year, the clinic serves as a health and education lifeline to the people of Mixco, providing programs to more than 45,000 families.


June 14, 2015

A Day of Celebration


On Sunday, June 14 the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Donna Bender, Mary Alice Cunningham, Irene Diesel, Virginia Gilmore, Larry Harty, Catherine Herzog, Michelle Howard and Tina Meder as Associates in Mission. During the celebration lifetime commitments were also made by Jan Metz, Ruth Meyer and Brother Gary Sawyer. Ruth Meyer also was recognized for her 25 years as an Associate in Mission. Congratulations to all of the above mentioned Associates and those who accompanied them on their journeys!

Miriam Thomas Celebrates 100 Years


The SC Community, employees and friends and family members of S. Miriam Thomas Busch gathered on Friday, June 12 to celebrate Sister’s 100th birthday. Sister, who lives at Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility in Delhi, is still very active and attends a weekly class called “Art with Cheryl” where she works on her watercolor painting. Much of her artwork was on display at the birthday party along with a slideshow presentation representing the various decades of her life. To read more …

S. Grace Schmersal Retires


After 25 years with the Sisters of Charity, S. Grace Schmersal, CDP, is retiring this month. Currently S. Grace is the Mother Margaret Hall activity coordinator. We are grateful to Sister for her many years of dedicated and loving service to our Sisters and the Community.

Day of Mission and Service
a Success

The first Day of Mission and Service with the Sisters of Charity took place on Saturday, June 13. Volunteers worked alongside our Sisters at the following locations: EarthConnection, Community Matters/Education Matters, the Price Hill Pacer and the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. It was an opportunity for friendship and to come together in common service! There is still time to sign up for the various opportunities we have planned for this Friday, June 19 from 9 a.m. until noon. Learn more …


June 7, 2015

Celebrating the
Feast of the Sacred Heart


Artwork by Bro. Mickey O'Neill McGrath

Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus demonstrating compassion, human affection for others he encounters. The portrayal of Jesus as the Sacred Heart is about the overwhelming desire of God to save. On the feast we are reminded that God’s ways are not our ways. Jesus is, for us, the expression of God’s outpouring love and compassion. The emphasized heart seen in images of Jesus is a reminder that our beating heart holds life, too, capable of compassion and much good. The way for us to respond is, by the grace of God, to make ourselves into something similar. Adapted from the writing of Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ

SC Federation Annual Meeting
Held in Moncton


Sixty-plus leadership team members of the Sisters of Charity Federation came together June 5-7 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, for their annual meeting. This year’s theme was “Deepening Charity for the Life of the World.” On Friday the group examined our relationships for justice, with presentations from the UN NGO and Vincentian Family social justice representative, Debbie Weber, director of the Sisters of Charity OPJCC. On Saturday, S. Sandra Schneiders, IHM, presented “Religious Life in the World,” exploring the question: What does world mean in our time? On Sunday, President of the Federation, S. Susan Gatz, SCN, spoke on relationships, our life and our collaborations. Many reports were also presented by Company of Charity Formation Personnel.

Mother Margaret Hall
Busy with Activity


On Monday, June 8, Mother Margaret Hall hosted an interactive train display, courtesy of the Queen City HiRailers. Sisters and employees were invited to bring family members and all those young at heart. On June 11, staff and volunteers of MMH hosted a split the pot and raffle in the Community Room. One-hundred percent of the profit went to the SC Adopt-A-Family project.

 


June 4, 2015

DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Graduates First Seniors


Congratulations to the first graduating class of seniors at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati. The sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati held its first commencement on Sunday, May 31. Forty-eight seniors graduated; all have been accepted to college. DPCR is the newest Catholic high school in Greater Cincinnati and the first to open in 50 years. DPCR opened in 2011 with a mission unique among local private high schools - to only serve students whose families can’t afford other private, college-prep high schools. 

Guatemala Clinic
Celebrates 20 Years with Move


During May the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, co-founded by S. Sarah Mulligan and Comboni Father Bill Jansen, celebrated its 20th anniversary of providing health and educational programs to more than 45,000 families. In additional, the clinic moved from its original space to an adjacent location in May; a formal blessing and reception of the new clinic space was held on May 30. Congratulations, S. Sarah and community!

Don’t forget to save the date and join us for the Tenth Annual Mission Walk, benefiting the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic, on Saturday, June 20 at Winton Woods Park. For additional information about this year’s Mission Walk, please visit www.Mission-Walk.org.

Community Thanks S. Annette


Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community attended a farewell and thank you for S. Annette Paveglio as she prepares to retire from her position as director of the SC Spirituality Center on June 30. Sister has served the Spirituality Center for the last 11 years. Thank you, S. Annette!


May 24, 2015

Community Blesses Newly Renovated
Mother Margaret Hall


On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the SC Community gathered to bless the newly renovated Mother Margaret Hall. Prayers in the MMH chapel were led by Sisters Joan Cook, Barbara Hagedorn and CFO Tim Moller. The new Sister resident rooms were then blessed by current and immediate past leadership team members; a reception followed in the MMH Community Room. Turner Construction, PDT Architects and subcontractors were in attendance along with current MMH managers and staff, Sister residents, Motherhouse Sisters, and friends. Turner Construction presented the SC Congregation with a generous check for the Sisters’ Retirement Fund in appreciation for the patience of the staff and Sister residents throughout the past 34 months of reconstruction work.

Surprise Visit


S. Donna Bryant returned for a surprise visit to the senior ‘good-bye assembly’ and Mass at Bishop Fenwick High School, Middletown, Ohio, last week. Students and teacher were equally happy to connect. S. Donna has been recovering from shoulder surgery following a fall in February; she will return to her teaching ministry in the fall.


May 17, 2015

Employees Recognized for Service


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati recognized employees for their years of service at a celebration on Tuesday, May 19 in the Cedars Auditorium. Employees celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 35 years of service were acknowledged. In addition 10 retirees were also recognized. Congratulations to all employees and their many years of dedicated service.

Drum Circle Draws Large Crowd


Approximately 50 Sisters and Associates gathered in the Cedars Auditorium on May 16 to enjoy the timeless rhythms of self-expression. An initiative of EarthConnection, the Drum Circle – led by S. Shirley Le Blanc - invites participants to share in this group expression by listening to the beat of their own heart.  The Drum Circle will continue to meet regularly throughout the year.

Harpers’ Robin Performs
at Motherhouse


The Cincinnati Harpers’ Robin presented Songs of Creation, Joy and Peace on Saturday, May 16 in the Motherhouse chapel. Sisters Montiel Rosenthal and Paula Mary Russell joined five other harpists to play selections that included “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, “Star in the East”, and “In May”.

Associates Host Ice Cream Social


Cincinnati Associates hosted the annual spring Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 17 in Mother Margaret Hall. Sisters enjoyed ice cream sundaes and the opportunity to visit with a number of SC Associates during the afternoon gathering.

Garlic Mustard Pull


Sisters and volunteers came together on Saturday, May 16 to remove garlic mustard from the old growth forest at Mount St. Joseph. Garlic mustard is an invasive weed which crowds out wild flowers and secretes an enzyme that kills trees. Many thanks to students and faculty from DePaul Cristo Rey High School who helped with the project.


May 10, 2015

Mother Margaret Hall
Hosts Luncheon for Volunteers


Staff and employees of Mother Margaret Hall hosted an appreciation luncheon for their volunteers on Wednesday, May 13. Entertainment was provided by the Mother Margaret Hall Chime Choir, directed by S. Cheryl Ann Grenier.

S. Paula Gonzalez
Honored at MSJU


S. Paula Gonzalez addressed graduate and nontraditional students during Mount St. Joseph University’s morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. S. Paula also received the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree on Saturday.

Welcome New Associates


Congratulations to Susan Keister, Anna Nelson, Zulema Ramirez and Genny Sample, who made their commitments as Associates in Mission on Sunday, May 3. The beautiful celebration took place in Spring Hill, Florida, at St. Frances Cabrini Church among family, friends and many SC Associates.

St. Brigid Students Visit Mount


Fifth and sixth grade students from St. Brigid School in Xenia, Ohio, visited the Motherhouse on Friday, May 8. Students received a tour of the Motherhouse and enjoyed lunch on the grounds. The school remains appreciative of the many years SCs served in Xenia, and the relationships that continue today.

S. Blandina Santos Arrives


Our S. Blandina Segale collection continues to grow! This week we received a santos of our Servant of God, created by S. Roberta Westrick. The santos will be displayed in the S. Blandina Parlor at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.

Sisters Show Appreciation


(From left) SC employee Freddie McGhee and S. Cookie Crowley

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker, SC employees enjoyed lunch and ice cream on the Sisters of Charity on Tuesday, May 12. Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall Sisters thanked employees for their daily caring and loving service.


May 3, 2015

SCs Raise Awareness
at Flying Pig Marathon

A number of Sisters of Charity and SC Associates joined together to participate in the weekend events of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon while also raising money for the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) and awareness of religious life. Sisters Annie Klapheke, Andrea Koverman and Tracy Kemme joined S. Leslie Keener, CDP, for a relay team. Also participating were Sisters Marcel DeJonckheere, Peggy Rein and Joyce Richter. SC Ministry Foundation covered the registration fees for Sisters participating in this year’s event.

On Friday, May 1 Sisters and Associates volunteered at the Cincinnati Convention Center as ambassadors to Expo attendees. Their participation also raised funding for IJPC.

Resurrection Students
Visit Motherhouse


The fifth and sixth grade students and their teachers at Resurrection School in Price Hill (Cincinnati) made their annual spring visit to the Mount St. Joseph campus this week. They toured the Motherhouse chapel and rooms with a significant SC history, enjoyed lunch on the Regina Hall patio and visited the grave of Servant of God Sister Blandina Segale.

Retracing History


(From left) Sisters Judith Metz, Sheila Gallagher, Georgia Kitt and Victoria Marie Forde

The Sisters of Charity Archives and Communications Offices enjoyed a tour of various Cincinnati locations and their historical significance to the SC Community on Wednesday, May 7. Stops along the tour included Sawyer Point, downtown Cincinnati and Mount Adams. A more detailed account will be included on the SC website at a later date. Stay tuned!


April 27, 2015

DPCR Hosts Appreciation Luncheon


DePaul Cristo Rey High School hosted an appreciation luncheon for its seniors and Corporate Work Study supervisors on Friday, April 24. The Sisters of Charity Congregation, as a Corporate Work Partner, helps to sponsor student work teams in small not-for-profit companies that otherwise would not be able to offer and benefit from the Corporate Work Study Program. Highlighted at the luncheon were the varied work opportunities afforded to this first graduating class of DPCR. CEOs, company advisors and directors were honored for their participation. Sister Board members and volunteers were in attendance.

S. Paula Gonzalez Honored


Congratulations to S. Paula Gonzalez, who was honored as a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the  Year at the annual recognition luncheon April 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinnati. S. Paula was one of 10 local women to receive this year’s honor for their contributions to the community. To read a press release …

Earth Day Fair Educates, Motivates


EarthConnection, the SC Spirituality Center and the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with its second annual Earth Day Fair. Sisters, Associates and employees were encouraged to stop by to learn more about caring for our Earth while earning chances for raffle items. Among the activities included were the opportunity to calculate their water footprint, purchase produce from a Farmers’ Market and speak with a representative from Rumpke Recycling

Spirituality Center
Presents Women of Beauty


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Spirituality Center presented Women of Beauty on Saturday, April 25. Norma Rocklage, OSF, facilitated the program which focused on beauty around us, on the beauty that we are as individuals, as women created in the image and likeness of God, and as a community. To learn more about the retreats offered by the Spirituality Center ...

Visit the Future of Charity Blog


In anticipation of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Sunday, April 26, we encourage friends of the SC Community to visit the SC Federation’s Future of Charity Blog. This collaborative ministry appeals to many readers. Written by younger, newer vowed members or women in formation, the blog’s goal is to communicate the women’s love of God and of religious life while drawing others ever more deeply into “the beauty of God.” Please take a moment to visit the Future of Charity Blog and even make it one of your “favorites.” To view, visit http://futureofcharity.blogspot.com/.


April 20, 2015

Rey of Light a Huge Event


Sisters of Charity were in attendance in support of DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s Rey of Light event on Saturday, April 18. The event benefits scholarships for the students of DePaul Cristo Rey, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. The evening was a huge success thanks to its many sponsors, volunteers, students and guests!

St. Joseph Home's
Incline to the Finish Line a Success


Sisters and Associates participated in the St. Joseph Home Incline to the Finish Line 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, April 18. S. Annie Klapheke took first place over all women, and in their respective age divisions,  S. Tracy Kemme received first place and S. Andrea Koverman came in third. St. Joseph Home, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, enjoyed record-breaking attendance this year; all proceeds benefit the residents of SJH.

Celebrating Earth Day


Wednesday, April 22, was Earth Day! The first Earth Day in 1970 activated 20 million people in the United States and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Earth Day is now the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.


April 13, 2015

Celebrating 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 is from
Walt Whitman’s poem “A Song for Occupations”.

“The sun and the stars that float in the open air,
The apple shaped earth and we upon it,
surely the drift of them is something grand,
I do not know what it is except it is grand,
and that it is happiness”

Choices and Changes
in Consecrated Life


On Saturday, April 11, Dominican Sister Colleen Mallon presented her reflections on the topic “choices and changes needed to be more authentic witnesses to consecrated life.” The afternoon session included small group discussions, large group sharing and reflective feedback from S. Colleen.

We Remember and Are Grateful


Photo courtesy Mount St. Joseph University

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Community celebrates the life of Lauren Hill, Mount St. Joseph University student and athlete and an advocate and inspiration in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Lauren lost her battle with terminal brain cancer (DIPG) on Friday, April 10.  More than $1.5 million have been raised for cancer research through Lauren’s efforts. We offer our prayers to Lauren’s parents Brent and Lisa and her siblings Erin and Nathan. We are grateful for Lauren’s life; we are all better persons for having been touched by her special spirit.

National Equal Pay Day


April 14 is Equal Pay Day, a day in which we mark how far into the new year women would have to work to earn the same as men did in the previous year. When women succeed, the U.S. succeeds. However, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women still make only 77 cents to every man's dollar, and the pay gap is even wider for women of color. Over her lifetime, the average U.S. woman can expect to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars to the earnings gap, a significant blow to both women and their families. On this day let’s recommit to making equal pay a reality.


April 6, 2015

Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The following is written by
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Imelda Cooper.

The Songbird

Flying, flittering, hopping...
From limb to limb
tree to tree
Singing, chirping
A special message
Of joy, cheer, hope and healing
Gifting, gracing, blessing
our days.

Remembering
Teilhard de Chardin


Friday we celebrate the life of Teilhard de Chardin, who died on April 10, 60 years ago. A Jesuit, his dedicated work integrated the theory of evolution with his own cosmic vision of Christianity. We thank him for his vision and contributions to theology and spirituality. As a mystic he perceived the face of the divine in all of creation: “I want to teach people how to see God everywhere, to see Him in all that is most hidden, most solid and most ultimate in the world.” His writings continue to speak to a growing audience of followers. It is fitting that we remember Chardin as the earth comes into full bloom.

SCs Show Support
for Hometown Team


S. Edward Rielage decorated her Mother Margaret Hall bedroom door to show her support for the hometown Cincinnati Reds. Throughout the Mount St. Joseph campus Sisters were taking part in the Opening Day celebrations throughout the city. Like the Reds, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have been loyal to the Greater Cincinnati community since the 1800s. We wish the team a successful 2015 season!


March 22, 2015

One Silence, One Mercy:
A Lenten Retreat with Thomas Merton

Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community gathered March 18 and 25 for this Lenten retreat. Christopher Pramuk facilitated the two evenings of Lenten prayer, which joined music and shared silence with a series of brief meditations on the writings of Thomas Merton.

Associate Mary Wall Honored

Associate Mary Wall was recognized in March by the Nightingale Society for her 50 years of service in the field of nursing. The Society presented her with the Foundress and Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary made her commitment as an Associate in Mission in 2004.

Light of Hearts Villa
Celebrates Feast of St. Louise de Marillac

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Louise de Marillac on March 15, residents and staff of Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio, gathered for coffee and donuts. The group presented the three Sisters on staff (from left to right: Sisters Sandy Emrich, SCN, Regina Kusnir, SC, and Estelle Chopnak, SCN) with flowers, thanking them for ministering in the spirit of St. Louise. 

Associate Named
NACAR Mission Advancement Coordinator

Congratulations to SC Associate Carla Rush, who has been hired as the new mission advancement coordinator for the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR). Carla brings with her a passion for the Associate movement and the role of the laity in the Church, as well as experience as a volunteer, community leader and relationship builder. Her new position provides assistance to the Board of Directors in the areas of membership recruitment and awareness building.

Fifth Week of Lent

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it produces a rich harvest …” John 12:24.

In what ways have I died to myself on this Lenten journey? Let me walk the blessing path of Jesus. Blessed be the path of giving. Blessed be the path of letting go. Blessed be the path of forgiving. Jesus, may I be more loving, more generous, more grateful, as I trod the desert path leading to Easter’s water – a fountain springing up toward eternal life. Amen.

Spring Arrived March 20

March 20 marked the first official day of Spring. We believe in the God of Springtime! Creator God, we give thanks for your spring blessings, for your touch of life that vivifies and sanctifies all of creation. Bless us as we go forth to the places where your Presence leads us. Amen.

 


March 15, 2015

Mother Margaret Hall Sisters
Enjoy Game Time


Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed trivia last Thursday, March 12. Five teams competed against each other with door prizes (shamrock plants) at stake. Hot pretzels and treats were served during the games; a good time was had by all.

Feast of St. Joseph


As we celebrated the Feast of Joseph on March 19, we call on him to bless all families. In times of tension and crisis, Joseph, bless families with the hope of consolation and forgiveness; in times of joy and growth bless them with a spirit of gratitude so that parents may serve as a loving source of stability. Help all of us to be persons of integrity and justice, just as you were for Jesus. Amen.

Thank A Sister 

During National Catholic Sisters Week, we honored the lives and legacies of our Sisters – past and present. Our online community contributed as well. We took to social media to ask our friends and acquaintances to name a Sister of Charity that has touched their life and describe her in ONE word. Here is the special tribute created for our Sisters using your comments. Thank you!

Fourth Week of Lent

"From the Gospel of John: Whoever lives the truth
comes to the light; so that His works may
be clearly seen as done in God.
"
John 3:21

Does this sound familiar? I am uncertain; I doubt; I am restless.  My sense of God’s closeness has grown strained, my efforts at living ‘the gospel call’ have come undone.  I must remember that my baptism conversion from darkness to light is an ongoing journey. My search for God begins at baptism, but it does not end there.  We are challenged to keep our hearts and spirits open to God’s presence in prayer, in whatever good we can do and in love & support of family and friends.  We are to be witnesses of joy. O God, help me to persevere in faith despite my exhaustion and my hurting. By Your Spirit of compassion heal my broken spirit into a heart made whole. Amen. (Adapted from Jay Cormier, Not By Bread Alone)


March 9, 2015

Thank a teacher on Pi Day


On Saturday, March 14 we celebrate the 27th annual commemoration of Pi Day. This names the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any circle. Former Sisters of Charity high school math teachers gathered to anticipate the day, trusting that former students will fondly remember when and where they learned all about this irrational, non-repeating number.  In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week and Pi Day, thank a teacher!

Thank You, Sisters


Employees of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati celebrated their Sisters during a special gathering on Wednesday, March 12 in honor of National Catholic Sisters Week. Hosted by Human Resources and the Communications Office, Sisters and employees enjoyed root beer floats and a light-hearted video tribute to the Sister-employee relationship.

Cardinal Speaks at Athenaeum


Religious women and men of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were privileged to hear Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, SDB, at The Athenaeum of Ohio on Wednesday, March 11. His topic, “The Joy of Consecrated Life: New Wine in New Wineskins,” was specially chosen for this year in which the Church is celebrating consecrated life. The Cardinal spoke of religious women and men as being witnesses and prophets of joy, and credited the Holy Spirt as maintaining this miracle of joy in consecrated life, a joy which is constantly born anew. He urged those present to be happy people and in turn, to make others happy.

National Catholic Sisters Week Sister Spotlight:
The Angel of the Battlefield: Sister Anthony O’Connell  


All through the Civil War Sister Anthony O’Connell was regarded as the leading spirit of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Her great charity, devotion and ability were such that she was described as “the embodiment of humanity and charity.” To read more about S. Athony O'Connell …
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National Catholic Sisters Week Sister Spotlight:
Sisters Peggy Deneweth, Janet Gildea
and Carol Wirtz  


Hidden away on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, in the colonia of Anapra, is a humble building that houses the Santo Niño Project. Within plain view of the United States border, a group of Sisters of Charity discovered a call to serve children with special needs. They cross the border from El Paso, Texas, each week to offer their services in a clinic built of cement, adobe and straw bale.

National Catholic Sisters Week Sister Spotlight:
Inspiration with Eyes on the Future


S. Caroljean Willie was the Sisters of Charity Federation NGO representative at the United Nations from 2007-2015. Read more about S. Caroljean and her ministry …

National Catholic Sisters Week Sister Spotlight:
S. Mary Gallagher ministers in the Commonwealth of Dominica in the West Indies.


S. Mary Gallagher presents books and other school items to
students in Dominica. The supplies were donated from
S. Mary Caroline Marchal’s parish in Louisville, Ky.

Just as Elizabeth Seton was open to meeting her grace in each day, S. Mary Gallagher has been meeting hers as the coordinator of religious education and faith formation in the Catholic grade and high schools since 2011. Read more…


March 9, 2015

S. Paula Gonzalez Named
Enquirer Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Paula Gonzalez who has been named one of The Enquirer’s Women of the Year. This is the 47th year The Enquirer will recognize a group of women for their contributions to the community. S. Paula and this year’s honorees will be recognized at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Cincinnati on April 22.

Celebrating the March 15 Feast
of St. Louise de Marillac


What is the Spirit calling forth from us as the Family of Charity on this Feast of St. Louise? Could it be she is begging us “to renew our courage in the service of God and the poor, being more fervent, humble and charitable than before” (St. Louise de Marillac).

Third Week of Lent

Jesus made a whip out of cords
and drove the money changers out of the temple area…
and to those who sold doves he said,...
“Take these out of here,
and stop making God’s house a marketplace.”

(John 2:15,16)

What gets in my way from living a life of meaning & purpose? What activity or device monopolizes my energy and time? I will invite Jesus into my life to see what things make my life less than what God created it to be. We pray – Jesus, help me to see what is unnecessary that clutters my life and ‘muddies’ my relationship with you. Restore my sense of perspective in this week ahead. (Adapted from Jay Cormier, Not By Bread Alone)


March 1, 2015

Second Week of Lent

Jesus was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
(Mark 9: 2b-3)

God is present within me, animating me to do good things, guiding my steps as I try to walk justly and humbly in the ways of God.  He is enlightening my vision with wisdom to bring justice and charity into
our world.  Dear Jesus – just as you were transfigured before your followers, help me to discover a sense of divinity within myself.  May I see beyond my own beliefs our needs and interests to transfigure our world into one of compassion, forgiveness and justice. Amen.
(Adapted from Jay Cormier, Not By Bread Alone)


February 23, 2015

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 8


The morning of March 7 began by focusing our prayer and reflections on the question, “What happens when Chapter is over?” Donna Fyffe, our facilitator, invited us personally and congregationally to name the time moving forward from the conclusion of Chapter. A spirited evaluation of the entire Chapter process was discussed at each table and reported back to the Chapter Planning Committee and Leadership Council for future planning. S. Joan Cook concluded the morning with the historic statement, “The Chapter of 2015 is now adjourned!”

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 7

Day 7 of the 2015 Sisters of Charity Chapter focused on the election of Leadership. S. Joan Cook was elected president; the four councilors elected were: Sisters Louise Lears, Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos and Mary Caroline Marchal. The newly elected team received a blessing in the Motherhouse chapel. The day concluded with supper and dancing in the Motherhouse dining room.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 6

Thursday, March 5 gave nominees for Leadership Council the opportunity to share the fruits of their discernment by reading a personal statement. The remainder of the morning, each table of delegates developed one or two questions, through consensus. Afternoon discussion continued to focus on the nominees, giving time for candidates to respond to questions from the list compiled.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 5

On Wednesday, March 4, a day of reflection and prayer, energies were turned toward discernment for leadership. Delegates, collaborators, and supporters embraced an atmosphere of prayer and quiet throughout the day to allow room for God to speak to the discerning hearts. The day concluded with prayer in the chapel and a simple supper in the dining room.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 4

On Tuesday, March 3 - Day 4 of the Sisters of Charity Chapter - Chapter delegates approved the Chapter Directional Statements regarding spirituality, environment, relationships and persons on the margins. The afternoon session focused on the discernment of leadership for the next four years with discussion on the major areas of responsibility and qualities needed for the next Leadership Team.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 3

On March 2, Day 3 of the 2015 Sisters of Charity Chapter, energetic discussion developed on the concepts of intentional communities, environment, people on the margins, spirituality and expanding networks of relationships. The evening concluded with a performance by the Seton/Elder High School Chorus.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 2

Sunday, March 1 began with sharing the urgencies and challenges of “hazard yet forward.” Energizing discussions took place following the five scenarios presented. Scenarios captured topics of small group discussions throughout the year.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 1

On Day 1 of the 2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Chapter, the meeting space and Sister delegates were blessed before hearing reports from the Leadership Team and CFO Tim Moller. The afternoon session included table discussion regarding hope and new ways of growth as we collaborate more closely with others.

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter Opens

On February 27, S. Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC president, declared the 2015 Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati open. Delegates were called by name in the Motherhouse chapel to offer their commitment before the altar.

Sisters of Charity
Chapter Begins Friday

After months of planning and preparation, the 2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Chapter to set direction and hold elections will be held February 27 through March 7. The Chapter Planning Committee has chosen the Seton Family motto, “Hazard Yet Forward,” as the Chapter theme. During this time we ask for your prayerful support as we move into the future with faith, hope, courage and deep love.

Anticipating 2015 Chapter

The 2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Chapter commences Friday, Feb. 27. As Sisters and Associates anticipate its beginning, the Communications Office asked a few of our arriving Sisters what they look forward to the most about the week.

 

First Week of Lent

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan. (Mark 1:12-13)

In this reading from Mark we find Jesus confronted with the “beginnings” of his own life. He discovers what God is calling him to do. We find ourselves confronting the same question: how to live our “imperfect” lives to the fullest, to the happiest, to the most meaningful. Lent calls us to realize that our lives begin now. These forty days are a time for deciding what we want our lives to be, what values we want to make the center of our lives, what we believe to be purposeful for us. We pray- Jesus, may your grace and wisdom minister to us in this season for new beginnings. Walk with us. Amen. (Adapted from Jay Cormier, Not By Bread Alone)


February 16, 2015

Celebrating the Chinese New Year
and Our Chinese Mission

The six original Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati missioned to Wuchang, China who
first introduced us to the wonderful spirit of the the Chinese people and culture.

Today, February 19, marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year, an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In 1928 six Sisters of Charity were chosen to take charge of a hospital in Wuchang, China. Their work came to include conducting St. Joseph Hospital, care for the aged, operating an orphanage, a school, a training school for nurses and a dispensary. In 1934 the Community opened a Novitiate to receive Chinese women who wished to become SCs. The Sisters ministered in China through World War II and the Civil War, but withdrew from China in 1949 in the wake of the Communist takeover.  As a Congregation we remain grateful for the presence of our Chinese Sisters of Charity among us and their cultural influence that enhances our SC legacy.

Celebrating Presidents’ Day


Presidents’ Day is a time of remembrance and staging of celebrations and reenactments, a time of celebrating all our U.S. presidents, past and present. In light of this occasion we pray:        

Creator God,
We ask that you bless our president and all elected leaders. Enlighten each of us as citizens to promote human dignity and be about the common good. May we overthrow greed and bring about the love of justice and charity toward all our neighbors. Grant to our president and all leaders a deep desire to guarantee and defend the great life of peace. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

MSJU Honors Sister Blandina

The Mission Committee of Mount St. Joseph University honored Servant of God S. Blandina Segale and her good works, including founding the Santa Maria Institute in Cincinnati, on Sunday, Feb. 15 at The Flats Gallery. Those attending enjoyed a wine and cheese party with short presentations by S. Judith Metz and A.J. Musser, CEO of Santa Maria Institute. They were also able to view an art exhibit by Seton High School students.

Waking Up the World


The February 8 Open House at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse was a huge success! Thank you to the more than 450 family and friends of the SC Community who filled 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 during the three-hour event, which included guided tours of the Motherhouse gems, 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, and the SCs will be planning other events throughout the year to celebrate.


February 8, 2015

Girl Scouts Visit Sisters


Second grade Girl Scouts from Our Lady of Lourdes School visited with Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Monday, Feb. 9. Sisters and Girl Scouts enjoyed their time together while creating Valentine’s Day crafts.

Prayer Service Held


In honor of World Day of the Sick, the Sisters of Charity held a prayer service which included the Anointing of the Sick on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the Motherhouse chapel. Those attending prayed together: May we all be an example of patience during difficult times and joyful witness to the power of your love. Help us strengthen and encourage one another as we continue our life’s journey together.

World Day of the Sick


February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. It is an important opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them. Today at 1 p.m. everyone is invited to stop wherever they are for one powerful minute of collective prayer for healing. For additional materials, including a prayer, sample prayer service and special message from Pope Francis, please visit Catholic Health Association’s website …

Hope Abounds
Honoring S. Dorothy Stang


On February 12, 2015, we will remember the 10th anniversary of the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN in Anapu, Brazil. During these years, since her assassination, new life has burst forth even in the midst of continued violence and threatening situations in the country. S. Dorothy was murdered, but her life and work for human rights and agrarian reform have taken root in the hearts of the people in Brazil. Hope abounds in signs of new growth. On S. Dorothy’s anniversary, the Sisters and people will remember and relive the shock and pain of her murder, the fear and violence which haunted us during 2005. To learn more about S. Dorothy Stang ...


February 1, 2015

St. Rita School for the Deaf Honors SCs


On behalf of the Congregation (from left) Sisters Joan Elizabeth Cook and Bernadette Shumate accepted the From the Beginning Award from St. Rita School for the Deaf on Jan. 31, 2015. The award was presented to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati with sincere appreciation for their outstanding contributions and visionary guidance in making St. Rita School for the Deaf successful over the years. Three SCs first staffed the school in 1915, 100 years ago, and have continued a loving presence throughout the past century.

MMH Celebrates St. Brigid Day


Sisters and residents gathered on Jan. 30 to celebrate St. Brigid Day, a tradition begun 13 years ago by S. Paula Mary Russell and Mary Pat Burke, director of Resident Services. The gifted Nancy Clark played her Celtic harp. The “Bodran” or Irish drum was played by Frank Clark and Jude Jones entertained with the fiddle. A selection of Irish tunes with a bit of poetry graced the gathering. Bridget and Catherine Barrons, daughters of Rebecca Barrons and students at St. Dominic School, provided an Irish jig and entertained our Sisters. Soda bread, an Irish treat, was baked by S. Paula Mary and Mary Pat.

Spirituality Center Offers
January Pottery Retreat

 

S. Jackie Kowalski (center) leads participants on a retreat that refreshes the spirit and renews creativity. In Feel Like You’re Going to Pot? – held Saturdays in January – S. Jackie has helped participants hand-build, trim and glaze a creation while reflecting on the parallel manner in which God interacts with us human vessels of clay. To learn more about the programs offered through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center, click here.


January 25, 2015

Pope Francis and Friends

 

Award-winning artist, author and storyteller Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, shared his artwork inspired by Pope Francis and saints throughout history – from Elizabeth Seton to John XXIII – Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. Brother Mickey explores the relationship between art and faith; his work and ministry have been featured in St. Anthony Messenger, USA TODAY, and many Catholic newspaper articles around the country.

National Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 25-31

 

This week we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” For the week, or any other time a school finds it appropriate, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have age-appropriate resource materials available on our website related to S. Blandina Segale, our Cincinnati saint in the making, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who celebrates 40 years of sainthood this September. For word searches, crossword puzzles, essay topics and coloring books, please visit our website at www.srcharitycinti.org/resources/education.htm

Community Celebrates Catholic Schools

 

Sisters, Associates and employees celebrated National Catholic Schools Week on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. School songs and fond memories were shared at lunch, and a few even remembered the answers to catechism questions.

Seeds of Learning—Mother Seton’s Legacy

 

In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, S. Regina Bechtle, SC-NY, remembers the founder of the Sisters of Charity, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who many call the “Foundress of the Parochial School System.” To read S. Regina’s article and to learn more about Mother Seton’s legacy in education …


January 12, 2015

Community Welcomes
Novice Annie Klapheke

 

Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Annie Klapheke into the Canonical Novitiate during a ceremony January 12 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. To learn more about Annie…

Florida Associates Gather
for Annual Recommitment

 

Florida Associates gathered on Sunday, Jan. 4, the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, to celebrate their relationship with the SC Community during a recommitment ceremony. Approximately 22 Associates, their family members and others interested in becoming SC Associates joined together at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Spring Hill for the annual event.

SCs Participate in Transition of
Sponsorship of Light of Hearts Villa

 

Sisters Joan Cook and Christine Rody participated in a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 14 marking the transition from the Community’s co-sponsorship with the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to SCHS becoming sole sponsor of Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. 

During the ceremony S. Christine told the story of the beginning of Light of Hearts under the Vincentian Sisters of Charity 25 years ago, when they re-purposed what had been Lumen Cordium High School and created Light of Hearts Villa for senior living and senior care. S. Joan continued the story by describing our Cincinnati SC involvement that began with the merger. She assured the guests that the Community will continue to pray for everyone in the Light of Hearts Family, and presented Light of Hearts with a portrait of Elizabeth Seton. The Villa honored the Sisters of Charity by naming the wellness department the “Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Wellness Department.”  

Several SCs who live in the Bedford area attended the ceremony. In the evening they gathered for dinner, to mark the occasion and enjoy our SC Sisterhood. Let us all pray that Light of Hearts will continue to be richly blessed as it begins its next 25 years.


January 4, 2015

SC Federation Celebrates
Five Years in New Orleans

 

The House of Charity celebrated five years in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Federation volunteers serving with the Sisters of Charity Federation. Women from the Magnificat House of Discernment joined together as they played, prayed and served in the charity charism!

Celebrating
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


On January 4, we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on July 31, 1809. This American Community opened schools, cared for orphans, visited the sick and tended to the poor and elderly. Elizabeth was named the first American-born saint in the Catholic Church on Sept. 15, 1975.

SC Leadership Team
Thanks Employees and Sisters


Employees and Sisters working or living at the Motherhouse and/or Mother Margaret Hall were treated to a luncheon celebration of the Epiphany on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. Sisters and employees were given the opportunity to place their name and their favorite charity in a raffle. One Sister and one employee were chosen with a $500 donation going to their charity of choice.


January 12, 2015

Community Welcomes
Novice Annie Klapheke

 

Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Annie Klapheke into the Canonical Novitiate during a ceremony January 12 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. To learn more about Annie…

Florida Associates Gather
for Annual Recommitment

 

Florida Associates gathered on Sunday, Jan. 4, the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, to celebrate their relationship with the SC Community during a recommitment ceremony. Approximately 22 Associates, their family members and others interested in becoming SC Associates joined together at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Spring Hill for the annual event.

SCs Participate in Transition of
Sponsorship of Light of Hearts Villa

 

Sisters Joan Cook and Christine Rody participated in a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 14 marking the transition from the Community’s co-sponsorship with the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to SCHS becoming sole sponsor of Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. 

During the ceremony S. Christine told the story of the beginning of Light of Hearts under the Vincentian Sisters of Charity 25 years ago, when they re-purposed what had been Lumen Cordium High School and created Light of Hearts Villa for senior living and senior care. S. Joan continued the story by describing our Cincinnati SC involvement that began with the merger. She assured the guests that the Community will continue to pray for everyone in the Light of Hearts Family, and presented Light of Hearts with a portrait of Elizabeth Seton. The Villa honored the Sisters of Charity by naming the wellness department the “Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Wellness Department.”  

Several SCs who live in the Bedford area attended the ceremony. In the evening they gathered for dinner, to mark the occasion and enjoy our SC Sisterhood. Let us all pray that Light of Hearts will continue to be richly blessed as it begins its next 25 years.

Congregation Bestows
Elizabeth Ann Seton Award


Recipients of the 2015 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award are (from left)
Dave Thorsen, Kay Brogle, Emily Eskridge, Mary Knauff and Jen Walters.  

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati awarded the Congregation’s highest honor, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, to Kay Brogle, Dave Thorsen, Jen Walters, Mary Knauff and Emily Eskridge on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2014, the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. To learn more about the recipients…

Seton High School
Honors Sisters of Charity

 

Seton High School celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with a Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 7. In addition the school honored the SCs who have ministered at Seton with an engraved plaque outside of the auditorium and by acknowledging the legacy of two former Seton principals -- Sisters Kathryn Ann Connelly and Mark Neumann. SHS inaugurated the Sister Mark Neumann Circle of Charity -- a giving society who’s funds are designated to support capital projects and facility improvements for Seton High School. Additionally, Seton High School’s planned giving society has been named in honor of alumna and past principal S. Kathryn Ann Connelly.

Celebrating Winter

 

"The most pleasant things in the world are pleasant thoughts,
and the art in life is to have as many of them as possible."
- Bovee


January 4, 2015

SC Federation Celebrates
Five Years in New Orleans

 

The House of Charity celebrated five years in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Federation volunteers serving with the Sisters of Charity Federation. Women from the Magnificat House of Discernment joined together as they played, prayed and served in the charity charism!

Celebrating
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


On January 4, we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on July 31, 1809. This American Community opened schools, cared for orphans, visited the sick and tended to the poor and elderly. Elizabeth was named the first American-born saint in the Catholic Church on Sept. 15, 1975.

SC Leadership Team
Thanks Employees and Sisters


Employees and Sisters working or living at the Motherhouse and/or Mother Margaret Hall were treated to a luncheon celebration of the Epiphany on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. Sisters and employees were given the opportunity to place their name and their favorite charity in a raffle. One Sister and one employee were chosen with a $500 donation going to their charity of choice.



News and Events
June 25, 2015

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were featured in the June 13 issue of The Cincinnati Enquirer advertising the Community’s Days of Mission and Service held June 13 and June 19. S. Winnie Brubach was pictured in the article.

S. Mary Gallagher was interviewed in the April issue of Our Catholic Community, a publication of the Diocese of Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica. The article featured Sister’s life before and after entering the SC Community.