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July 17, 2016

Reunion Weekend
for Babylift Adoptees


A small group of adoptees of the Vietnam Operation Babylift gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in July. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Kateri Maureen Koverman brought the group together; Sister coordinated the evacuation of the Vietnamese children through Catholic Relief Services in 1975.

Cleveland Comes Together
in Love and Peace


Sisters Margaret Mach, Mary Ann Flannery, Louise Lears, Andrea Koverman and Annie Klapheke joined hands with more than 2,000 others during Cleveland’s Circle the City with Love event on Sunday, July 17. Shoulder-to-shoulder, hand-in-hand, participants lined both sides of the Hope Memorial Bridge in silent reflection rooted in love. That evening, Sisters Anita Maroun and Mary Ann Flannery attended the Nuns on the Bus political caucus. They joined in discussion on topics such as Tax Justice, Living Wages, Family-Friendly Workplaces, Access to Democracy, Access to Healthcare, Access to Citizenship, and Access to Housing. Each group submitted their most salient points on the subject and S. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and leader of Nuns on the Bus, recorded each point submitted and lobbied for to the Republican legislators at the Republication National Convention on Monday. 


On Saturday, July 9 more than 1,000 people marched through downtown Cleveland calling for immigration reform in the Walk for Justice. The walk was sponsored by faith groups, ecumenical and Catholic parishes as well as religious congregations of Greater Cleveland including our own SC Congregation and SC Ministry Foundation. Participants marched, sang, carried banners and offered specific prayers at each of the five stops. These included prayers for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform, family reunification, justice in the workplace, civil discourse and due process with a path to citizenship. S. Margaret Mach and many other women religious participated, seeing in this action a fitting expression of deep respect for every human person; especially true in light of all that has transpired in our country in the past weeks.

 

Governor Kasich Signs Bills
at St. Joseph Home


On July 14, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed two bills at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville to strengthen Ohio's developmental disabilities system. Media, residents of St. Joseph Home and guests watched as Gov. Kasich signed House Bill 483, which is aimed to allow more direct nursing from health care staff among other provisions, and House Bill 158, which replaces all phrasing of “mental retardation” in the Ohio Revised Code with “intellectual disability.” St. Joseph Home is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

 

S. Blandina’s Life
to Inspire Television Series


Exciting news regarding Servant of God S. Blandina Segale. The life of the Sister of Charity of Cincinnati will soon be the basis for a television series. To be called “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail”, the series will be a fictional account based on S. Blandina’s life and will largely rely on material from her 1932 book of the same name.

Called By Name


St. Mary Magdalene At The Tomb artwork
by Br Mickey McGrath, OSFS

On July 22 we honor the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. We too have been called by name, in the deepest places of our hearts. To St. Mary Magdalene it was given to see Jesus newly alive in the garden where he had been buried, alive in a way she could not recognize until he called her by name. We too await Jesus to come – as healer, friend, companion, God with us. May we recognize him when he comes. Risen One, continue to call us by name; fill us with the knowledge of your love. May we proclaim you in word and deed, bringing forgiveness and harmony where there is injury, division and disunity. Amen.


July 10, 2016

Thank You, S. Judith Metz

Members and friends of the Sisters of Charity Community came together on June 30 to say thank you to S. Judith Metz. S. Judy retired in June after 40 years of service in the SC Archives. She will continue as the Community historian, giving her more time for research and writing. Thank you, S. Judy, we are blessed with your service.

Remembering St. Kateri Tekakwitha


Photo by Dieterkaupp, statue of Keteri Tekakwitha,
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM

July 14 is the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. A convert to Catholicism, the Mohawk-Algonquin saint was instructed in the faith by Jesuit missionaries. Being inflicted with near blindness, we might turn to her to see where the Holy Spirit is desiring to lead us as individuals and as a nation in these days of extreme unrest. In company with St. Kateri we ask: Draw us closer to you, O God, creator of every nation, tribe and tongue. We trust in you. Amen.

SCs Celebrate S. Marie Flowers Final Vows

(From left) S. Tracy Kemme, S. Andrea Koverman, S. Annie Klapheke, Whitney Schieltz, Affiliate, and S. Alice Ann O'Neill attended the final vows ceremony of S. Marie Flowers, Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, on June 11. Sisters of both congregations are members of the SC Federation. Congratulations, S. Marie!

Mercy Monday


S. Ginny Scherer is a teacher, chair of the science department and senior class advisor
at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio.

"God fills us with his mercies which are new every morning."
- St. Elizabeth Seton

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Celebrate Three Centenarians 

 

For the first time in the Community’s 164-year history the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are celebrating the lives of three centenarians: Sisters Miriam Thomas Busch, Annina Morgan and Eileen Therese Breslin. LEARN MORE


July 3, 2016

Mercy Monday


Beloved by the Mount St. Joseph University community, S. Maria Corona Molloy was the school’s first official president. Sister’s sense of charity and mercy extended well beyond her students to those outside the college. READ MORE


June 26, 2016

Mission Walk a Success

Friends of the Community came together on Saturday, June 18 to support S. Sarah Mulligan and the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic. The annual Mission Walk at Winton Woods Park supports the health and education programs provided by the clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, where S. Sarah lives and ministers.

Seton Heritage Ministries
Gifts Federation Leaders


Seton Heritage Ministries gifted each of the congregations of the Sisters of Charity Federation with a replica of the key presented by President Barack Obama to Pope Francis during the pope’s visit to the White House on Sept. 23, 2015. The original key is from Mother Seton’s home in Emmitsburg, Maryland; the gift celebrated Elizabeth Seton’s - and the pope’s - dedication to opening doors for those who are poor, sick and underserved.

National Shrine Opens New Exhibit

The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Emmitsburg, Maryland) opened a new exhibit in June. “Sisters Today – A World of Difference” showcases the work that Sisters are doing today across the country and the world. Included in the exhibit is a display of hats that represents the various roles Sisters take on. S. Pat Newhouse’s “Cat in the Hat” hat is featured through her ministry at schools and hospitals in towns around her Michigan home. LEARN MORE

Mayor Proclaims
SC Ministry Foundation Day


The Sisters of Charity celebrated the 20th anniversary of SC Ministry Foundation – the public grant-making organization promoting the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati - on June 23 with a special visit from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. The mayor presented a proclamation to the SCs calling June 23, 2016 SC Ministry Foundation Day. For two decades SC Ministry Foundation has supported nearly 1,000 nonprofits locally, nationally and internationally. More than $158 million in grants for nonprofits has supported services that promote social justice, address the root causes of poverty, and advocate for better lives for all people through improvements in education, income, and health, while minimizing inequity and racism.

Mount St. Joseph University
Displays Heritage Wall


Sisters of Charity were invited to Mount St. Joseph University last week to view a new display next to Mater Dei Chapel. The Heritage Wall honors the history of St. Elizabeth Seton, the Sisters of Charity and the history of the "College of Mount St. Joseph" to where it is today as a university. The Heritage Wall was a project that S. Nancy Bramlage secured funding to create with the help of many people including graphic designer Tricia Johnson.

Unlocking the Secrets of Regina Hall


Regina Hall is the oldest building on the Mount St. Joseph property, built in the 1880s.

Located on the Motherhouse property stands a gray limestone building with a cottage-like design. Known as Regina Hall, the building has a history as eclectic and intriguing as the people who have spent time there. READ MORE


June 19, 2016

Deepening Charity for the
Life of the World

One-hundred leaders of the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America are gathering June 15-19  in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for their annual meeting. They represent two provinces of the Daughters of Charity and 11 congregations of Sisters of Charity in the United States and Canada. S Teresa Kotturan, Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, and Federation NGO representative at the UN, met with liaisons from each congregation to explore and present ways to better collaborate on justice issues.


June 12, 2016

Remembering Father's Day

Pray for Orlando

Welcome New Associate

The Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Linda Trenn (center) as an Associate in Mission on Sunday, June 12. Linda previously served as an Associate in Volunteer Ministry in Guatemala teaching English to children and adults.

Mercy Monday

Since 2011 Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community have knit or crocheted baby blankets for newborns at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. More than 550 blankets have been made with love and given to children whose families do not have the financial resources to purchase one, or to babies with particular health issues.

 


June 5, 2016

Employees Recognized
for Years of Service

Congratulations to the more than 30 SC employees who were honored for their years of service to the Sisters of Charity! The employees were recognized during a program on Thursday, June 9 at the Motherhouse. Thank you for your many years of dedicated and faithful service to the Sisters of Charity and their mission.

Reaching A Milestone

On June 4, S. Eileen Therese Breslin joined the unique group of Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati who have turned 100 years old. Let’s continue to get to know a few of the other fascinating SCs who have celebrated their centennial birthdays; today we feature S. Frances Loretto Lopez. READ MORE

Community Celebrates
Sister Eileen Therese

Community members and friends gathered on June 4 to celebrate the 100th birthday of S. Eileen Therese Breslin. S. Eileen Therese is the third Sister of Charity to reach the milestone in the last year. READ MORE

Community Welcomes New Associates

Sisters, Associates and friends of the Community joined together on Sunday, June 5 to welcome Nancy Bick Clark, Sue DiTullio, Janet Dwyer, Pamela Korte and Patricia Stetter as Associates in Mission. During the celebration, long-time Associate Carol Herbert also made her lifetime commitment to the Community. Congratulations to all of the above mentioned Associates and to those who accompanied them on their journeys!

MSJU Recognizes Sister Judith Metz

Congratulations to S. Judith Metz, who was honored by Mount St. Joseph University with the Loretta Richards Distinguished Alumni Award on June 4. The award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Mount graduate, recognizes achievements in an alumni’s career and or vocational work and their service to the university. READ MORE

Mercy Monday

S. Sarah Mulligan is the director of the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala. The clinic provides health services and community programs to the large population of indigenous people living in poverty in Mixco. To learn more about supporting the clinic through its annual Mission Walk visit: www.mission-walk.org.


May 29, 2016

Reaching a Milestone


S. Mary Joseph Sullivan was the longest-living
Sister of Charity at 107 years old.

Earlier this year, S. Annina Morgan joined the unique group of Sisters of Charity turning 100 years old. As we anticipate S. Eileen Therese Breslin’s 100th birthday on June 4, let’s get to know a few of the other fascinating SCs who have celebrated their centennial birthdays; the first, S. Mary Joseph Sullivan. READ MORE

DePaul Cristo Rey
Class of 2016 Graduates

Congratulations to members of DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s Class of 2016 as they celebrate the school’s second commencement on May 31. DePaul Cristo Rey High School is the newest sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

Feast of the Visitation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary


May 31 commemorates the joy of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth and celebrates the sisterhood of two women joined by faith in the God of the impossible. May we, too, reach out to others and accept help from others. Mary, be our guide.

Religious Honored
at Pueblo Cemetery


Sisters Barbara Jeanne Krekeler, Nancy Crafton and Joan Cain were in attendance for a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 30 to pray for the priests and religious Sisters of the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, buried in Roselawn Cemetery. The Knights of Columbus councils in Pueblo created a special flag and placed them at each grave; the graves were then blessed in each section after Mass. Sixteen Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are buried at Roselawn Cemetery.

Remembering
Our Sisters in the Civil War


As we approach this Memorial Day weekend, we recall the many experienced Sisters of Charity nurses at St. John’s Hospital in Cincinnati, who were called upon to serve through the duration of the war. Throughout, S. Anthony O’Connell was regarded as the leading spirit of the Community and became known to the larger whole as “The Angel of the Battlefield”. READ FROM HER JOURNAL


May 22, 2016

Feast Day of Corpus Christi
May 26, 2016

A Salute to Summertime

It’s Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer! The Sisters of Charity Motherhouse pool opened in 1963 marked with a special blessing by the Sisters. More than 50 years later, Community members and friends continue to celebrate its opening.

LeadingAge Ohio
Art and Writing Show


Congratulations to our Sisters participating in the LeadingAge Ohio South/Southwest Region’s Art and Writing Exhibition on May 25 at Berkeley Square Retirement Community (Hamilton, Ohio). Works of art and writing were submitted by residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio organizations. S. Mary Fran Boyle received third place for her poem “Snowbound”.

Throwback Thursday


As we approach the summer months, here’s a throwback to 2006. Sisters and former members visit with each other at a pool party and picnic during the June Gathering at the Motherhouse.


May 15, 2016

We All Scream for Ice Cream!


Cincinnati Associates hosted the annual spring Ice Cream Social on May 15 in Mother Margaret Hall. Sisters enjoyed ice cream sundaes and the opportunity to visit with SC Associates during the afternoon gathering.

Seton Students
Go to “Beautiful Lengths”


So proud of our SC sponsored ministry Seton High School. Approximately 400 students and community members came together on Monday, May 16 to make the kindest cut for Pantene’s “Beautiful Lengths” campaign. Participants got their hair cut simultaneously in order to donate to the program which makes wigs for cancer patients.

Associate and director of the Sisters of Charity Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation Debbie Weber, was honored at Mount St. Joseph University’s Mount Jubilee as a Future Five honoree. Learn more about Debbie and her post-graduate work.

The above video shows Sisters speaking in a variety of languages, representative of the first Pentecost when members of the crowd heard each one speaking in his own language – the power of the Holy Spirit was given.

Art of Making Memories


Sisters Rose Therese Wich and Joan Groff were featured artists in the silent auction at the Alzheimer’s Association’s (Greater Cincinnati Chapter) Art of Making Memories event on May 5. The two Sisters participate in the association’s Memories in the Making art program at Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility.


May 8, 2016

Sisters of LCWR Region 6
Release Statement


Sisters of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Region 6 gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in April for their semi-annual meeting. During that time, the group developed a resolution which states: The Sisters of Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Region 6 (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee) resolve to bring the message of Laudato Si’ to hear the cry of the earth and cry of the poor to all our ministries and spheres of influence. In addition a press release was developed calling for ecological conversion in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and mentioning specific conditions which call for transformation from a “rust belt industry” of mining, fracking and harmful agricultural practices. The goal is that all people, particularly those in poverty, might live in areas which enhance cultural richness, protect water and soil, and nurture healthy communities.

Mother Margaret Hall
Recognizes Volunteers


Mother Margaret Hall administration and support staff celebrated the volunteers who help life happen at Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility by hosting a luncheon in the Cedars Auditorium on Wednesday, May 4; approximately 95 volunteers attended. S. Pat Saul, administrator, acknowledged those present for the ways in which they add to the life of the Sister residents. She thanked the volunteers who serve through the year as vigil ministers, companions, visitors, readers, helpers, musicians, sacristans, chime choir members, cook-out grillers, bingo callers, activity assistants, and singers.

Welcome Carolyn


The Sisters of Charity are excited to welcome Carolyn Kesterman to the Communications Office! Carolyn will be sharing her talented writing abilities with the office as part of Mount St. Joseph University’s Summer Employment Program, sponsored by SC Ministry Foundation.


May 1, 2016

Mother’s Day Proclamation


The following Mother's Day Proclamation, promoting a Mother's Day for Peace, was written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870. This represented her growing concern over the consequences of war, and her hope for an end to all wars. To read the proclamation ... 

World Communications Day –
May 8


“Communications and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter.” Pope Francis says, “At a time when our attention is often drawn to the polarized and judgmental nature of social networks, this theme invokes the power of words and gestures to overcome misunderstandings, to heal memories and to build peace and harmony.” 

As communicators for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, we are committed to using our gifts to develop creative ways to promote the actions of our Sisters – who act when others can’t or won’t, who help with suffering, who support Earth and care for creation, who promote peace and  justice even when their own lives might be at stake – all aiming to make the world a better place in which to live. We are privileged to communicate the history, Gospel-inspired values and ongoing contributions of the Sisters of Charity!

‘Sole Sisters’
Raise Money, Awareness


Congratulations to Sisters Sally Duffy, Tracy Kemme, Annie Klapheke, Andrea Koverman, Louise Lears and Joyce Richter who participated in the weekend events of the 18th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. While doing so the women raised money for the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati. For more than 30 years, IJPC has been educating and advocating for peace, challenging injustices, and promoting a nonviolent society.

Associate Debbie Weber Honored


Congratulations to Associate and Director of the Sisters of Charity Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation, Debbie Weber (center), who was honored April 27 as one of the recipients of Mount St. Joseph University’s Future Five Award. Recipients of the award are recognized for excelling in their professions and serving their communities post-graduation. To read more about Debbie’s years of service …


April 24, 2016

Sisters, Students
Participate in Garlic Mustard Pull


Students from Seton and DePaul Cristo Rey high schools joined Sisters on Saturday, April 23 to pull garlic mustard from the old Hillside Road (located on the Motherhouse property). Garlic mustard is an invasive weed which crowds out native wildflowers and whose roots secrete an enzyme that kills tree seedlings. After the group finished weeding, they enjoyed lunch and conversation in the Motherhouse Dining Room.

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 poem is written by the S. Victoria Marie Forde:

the music flows
as moments in our lives,
never still
rising,
falling;
dissonances
dissolving
into harmonies,

unheard
except by ears
open
to a world grief,
one with a God
who cries,
and rises
in every moment of time.


April 17, 2016

EarthConnection
Hosts Girl Scout Troop


Members of the St. Antoninus Brownie Troop visited EarthConnection on Friday, April 15 to learn more about living lightly on Earth. S. Winnie Brubach and Associate Kay Clifton took the troop on a tour of the facility before heading outdoors to weed in the large organic garden and to plant onions. The outing enabled the girls to earn their Household Elf badge – learning tips and pointers to keeping their home clean and green.

Mercy in Motion


S. Cathy Cahur (center) ministers at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco, California, a parish known for sharing God’s compassionate love with all people.  Its mission states that the parish “draws people from isolation to community, from searching to awakening, from indifference to concern, from selfishness to meaningful service, from fear in the midst of adversity to faith and hope in God.” S. Cathy teaches centering prayer; in addition she offers an annual introductory workshop, supports the ongoing weekly prayer gatherings and plans and coordinates the monthly distinguished speaker series. Read more…

Celebrating Earth Day


April 22 is Earth Day! While the day is set aside to demonstrate, on a large scale, support for environmental protection, the Sisters of Charity are called to be life-giving and creative participants in the ongoing life of Earth – every day! Ever aware of the interconnectedness of all creation the Community is committed to the healing of our global home. 

 

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 poem is written by the late S. Carita Kemble:

The Magnet
Teardrops of rain
Irresistibly drawn sunward
Create ray-diant paths
From earth to heaven
–Divine Magnet, draw me!


April 10, 2016

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 poem is written by S. Imelda Cooper ...

Visit the Future of Charity Blog


The World Day of Prayer for Vocations was on Sunday, April 17. 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/.

Mercy Monday

S. Rose Martin Morand ministers to female jail inmates in Montgomery County, Ohio. Sister leads peacemaking circles to support and encourage the womeon. Of the ministry she says, “We’re talking about restorative justice rather than retributive justice. Restorative justice is trying to heal the harm, rather than punish the perpetrator. And to heal the relationship takes time and humility and to know that it can be done. It’s relationship building.”


April, 3, 2016

New Horizons Band
Performs at Motherhouse

Members of the New Horizons Band of Cincinnati – including our own S. Mary Fran Boyle – performed for the Sisters of Charity, Associates and Friends on Sunday, April 3 in the Cedars Auditorium. The musical program provides entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. The varied array of music they performed was enjoyed by all.

CLDP Members Gather in St. Louis


(Back row, from left) Sisters Sandy Howe, SC-Cin; Janet Gildea, SC-Cin; Nancy Murphy, DC; Catherine Brown, DC; Mary Kay Neff, SC-Seton Hill; Christina De Santos, Assocoate SC-Cin; Victoria Anyanwu, SC-Cin; (front row, from left) Alice Ann O'Neill, SC-Cin; Cheryl Ann Hillig, DC; Julie Burdick, Associate SC-Cin; Rachel Blais, SC-Seton Hill

Sisters of Charity Federation members participating in the 18-month Collaborative Leadership Development Program met in St. Louis, Missouri, in March. The program is designed to prepare women religious, Associates, and co-members with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assume leadership positions in community and ministry.

Sisters Celebrate
Opening Day in Cincinnati


The excitement of the upcoming baseball season has reached the Motherhouse! Sisters and employees donned their red on Monday, April 4 in support of the Reds Opening Day. Throughout the Mount St. Joseph campus Sisters were taking part in the Opening Day celebrations throughout the city. Go Reds!

Celebrating the
Feast of the Annunciation


Window in Immaculate Conception Chapel
Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse

When the angel visited, Mary trusted.
May your will be done in us, O God.


March 27, 2016

Spring Blessing


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.

Celebrating the Most
Light-Hearted Day of the Year


S. Cookie Crowley has been no stranger to April Fools’ Day pranks throughout the years; as trickster and victim alike. With April Fools’ Day upon us, Sister remembers a memorable prank played on her at St. Leo School in Detroit, Michigan. Read more …

Mercy Monday


S. Marcel DeJonckheere volunteers with End Slavery Cincinnati, delivering gift bags to trafficked women. She says: “For me, it is a privilege to be able to offer these women compassion; I am so grateful for our Congregational support, even naming End Slavery Cincinnati as the recipient of the 2014 SC Christmas gift. I am ever conscious of two sayings: 1) ‘You may be the only face of Jesus someone sees today’ and 2) ‘What one of us does, we all do.’

Only Love


Jesus’ power in his Risen Life belongs to us also – he is hidden in our own lives. We, too, can bring peace to another, give courage and comfort, change fear to love, shame to joy, restore self-respect. The only condition for finding and recognizing the Risen One today is that we love him – not power, chance or virtue. Only Love. Believe!  Adapted from Caryl Houselander, The Risen Christ

Easter Blessings Abound


Sisters in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall remain grateful for the generosity of their SC employees who prepared and served the Easter dinner on Sunday, March 27.


March 20, 2016

Mercy Monday


Last week the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were able to donate numerous boxes of bed linens and medical supplies to Matthew 25: Ministries. Donated items help the poorest of the poor and disaster victims throughout the United States and around the world.

Celebrating 90 Years


Sisters and Associates living in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, area celebrated the 90th birthdays of Sisters Jane Grosheider and Anna Maria Ahl (from left, seated) at the Broadmoor Sunday Brunch on March 20. Those attending were (from left) Ruth Boling, Pat Grubelnik, S. Barb Counts, S. Roberta Westrick, Claudia Rogers, Maria Gutierrez, Kate McCord and Janet Kearns.

Lenten Reflection
Week 6


God I need your grace in my life. We have been down this road before; the reading of the passion lays it bare – we humans are being pushed to a decision. The time is coming. Do I stand with Jesus? Faith requires risk as much as it requires belief.Touch my soul and penetrate my heart.


March 13, 2016

Reflections on Religious Life


In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we have been spotlighting Sisters in different stages of their SC community life. Each woman has either answered the question or demonstrated how their lives reflect the goodness and compassion of God today and into the future. S. Annina Morgan recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Sister’s more than 80 years in the SC Community offer a valued perspective. Read more…

Lenten Reflection
Week 5


God I need your grace in my life. This week I want to consistently accept the good in every person. Help me to refrain from condemning and judging; to bring our world back into a holy, happy and healthy existence – not one where force and fear reign. The amount of listening and loving it takes from each of us must increase. May I help it happen! Touch my soul and penetrate my heart.

Feast of St. Joseph
March 19


Artwork by Michael O'Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S.

Mother Margaret George often advised, when in doubt as to how to proceed, “Go to Joseph.” As we celebrate his feast we call on Joseph 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.

The Feast of St. Patrick
March 17


Artwork by Michael O'Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S.

May the Spirit of St. Patrick bring a harvest of peace and unity to our world at this time, especially in Syria and other places of unrest. May the Irish continue to share their very special gifts of humor, folklore and music.

Paying Tribute to St. Patrick


Irish music and folklore were present, in abundance, in the Motherhouse Dining Room on Thursday, March 17.

NCSW Spirit Continues


Approximately 40 Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall employees enjoyed a complimentary meal in the Motherhouse Dining Room on Wednesday, March 16. The employees had participated in the National Catholic Sisters Week guessing game earlier in the week. As a thank you, the SC Communications Office treated the employees to lunch with those Sisters participating in the game. It was an enjoyable time and an opportunity for the Sisters and employees to get to know each other better.

National Catholic Sisters Week
Ends with Celebration


SC employees celebrated the Sisters on the final day of National Catholic Sisters Week on Monday, March 14. Human Resources provided root beer floats during the social hour, and the results of the Sister guessing game circulating throughout the campus the week prior were revealed. Employees answering correctly are invited to join the participating Sisters for lunch on March 16.


March 6, 2016

Happy Birthday S. Annina


Happy 100th Birthday to Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Annina Morgan! Celebrations for S. Annina will be held throughout the week at Mother Margaret Hall. Born on March 9, 1916, S. Annina entered the Sisters of Charity in 1933. Sister ministered in education for 33 years – as teacher and principal – and is well loved and treasured by many of her former students, as well as her SC Community. Dear friend S. Mary Bookser says it well, “She is a woman who radiates goodness, grace, wisdom and love, and has shared these through all the years of her Sisters of Charity living. She is a blessing to all of the Charity family and to all who know her.”

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick


On Thursday, March 3, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a popular Westside male choral group, entertained the Sister residents of Mother Margaret Hall and the Motherhouse. This is an annual March event for the Sisters of Charity, celebrating the month of the Irish. A number of the young men have been taught by the Sisters of Charity and are members of the parishes where the Congregation ministered.

Lenten Reflection
Week 4


God I need your grace in my life. Take time to listen. “If today you hear God’s voice harden not your hearts” (Psalm 95). Norvene Vest tells us that “silence creates an environment in which God can be heard.” May it take root in us, creating greater openness to God’s grace in the day-to-day. “Listen with the ear of your heart.” (Benedict of Nursia) Touch my soul and penetrate my heart.


March 1, 2016

Lenten Reflection
Week 3


God, I need your grace in my life.  Pope Francis refers to ‘mercy’ as the bridge that connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.  God’s forgiveness knows no bounds, always ready to forgive.  Joan Chittister OSB reminds us that when we really come to know ourselves we also come to realize that we have no right to give up on anyone any more than God ever gives up on us.  God waits for all of us to grow into goodness.  Touch my soul and penetrate my heart.

MSJU Welcomes New President


Mount St. Joseph University introduced Dr. and Mrs. James Williams on Feb. 29. Dr. Williams will officially begin as president of the university on March 15. S. Joan Cook offered a prayer and welcome from the Sisters of Charity during the special event, which was attended by many Sisters as well as Mount community members. MSJU is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

Forever Young


Mike Davis, a local Elvis/Neil Diamond impersonator,
serenaded S. Ramona on her ‘Sweet 16’ in 2008.

Sister of Charity Ramona Chisholm celebrates her 18th birthday this year.  Officially born on Feb. 29, S. Ramona is a “leapling.” To read more about Sister’s unique birthday ...


February 21, 2016

S. John Miriam Jones Honored


The Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati celebrated S. John Miriam Jones’ 92nd birthday on Sunday, Feb. 21. In celebration of the university’s 40th anniversary of coeducation, S. John Miriam was recognized for “making it happen.” Sister was assistant to the provost at the time and put in charge of the coeducation effort.

Lenten Reflection
Week 2


God, I need your grace in my life. Pope Francis encourages us to open our eyes and see the misery of persons in our world. May we break down the barriers of indifference around us and heed Jesus’s example to make our Church and our nation just, generous, merciful and honest to everyone. Touch my soul and penetrate my heart.

Remembering S. Blandina Segale


This week (February 23) marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Servant of God S. Blandina Segale. Throughout her 91 years, 75 years as a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, S. Blandina worked tirelessly for the poor and marginalized, advocated for women and children, cared for the sick and built orphanages, hospitals and schools in the Southwest and in Cincinnati. S. Blandina’s cause for sainthood is currently being reviewed in Rome. If … when we have the joy of celebrating S. Blandina’s canonization, February 23 might possibly also be known as S. Blandina’s Feast Day! S. Blandina, pray for us!

Mercy Monday


In this Year of Mercy, we remember the late S. Mary Grafe (left), an advocate for justice. In the words of Bonnie Neumeier, “Mary could be seen at City Hall, by someone’s bedside, praying with youth in prison, or knocking on a door for a home visit. Her gift was her presence. Mary was known to be soft spoken, but the way she lived her life spoke loud and clear about her commitment to justice and her faithfulness to her family, friends, and community.”


February 14, 2016

Journey Toward Goodness


God, I need your grace in my life.  Life is a journey toward goodness. This Lent you call us to put on the broken heart of the world as we witness to others that You love us through the love others see in us. We are meant to prepare the way for Your Works today, here and now. Joan Chittister, OSB, suggests, “We are not here simply to wait for heaven. We are here to bring it.” Touch my soul and penetrate my heart.

Tibetan Monks
Create Sand Mandala


Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery have been creating a Sacred Sand Mandala this week at the Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University. The Monks have been staying at the Motherhouse during the week and will end their visit on Thursday, Feb. 18 with an hour-long chant/prayer in the Motherhouse chapel. The service is open to the public. To read more about the Sacred Art of Sand Mandalas…

Mardi Gras Celebrations


Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed a Mardi Gras style celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Community Room. Ricki Nye provided the entertainment, and delicious Cajun treats were all part of the festivities leading up to Ash Wednesday.

Valentine’s Luncheon
Held in MMH


The Sisters of Charity Leadership Team hosted a Valentine’s Day-themed luncheon for Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Feb. 12. The lunch hour was spent enjoying a meal, dessert and fellowship.

Mid-Winter Prayer
by Alice Ann O'Neill, SC


Mid-winter softly continues
Bright, bleak, white, gray;
Cold.
January silently within
Easy, difficult, courage, fear;
Luke-warm.
Prayer singing on
Clear, foggy, beautiful, bumbling;
Warm.
Sing unceasingly!
Heart seeking union
Soften, open, glowing, melting;
Alive.


February 8, 2016

Celebrating Valentine’s Day
February 14


On this Valentine’s Day ask yourself: “Who gifted me with life?” “How am I living it?” Revisit your own ‘heartstrings’. Early on … Who Influenced me, motivated me, left their imprints? Who helped me to heal, aided me in learning balance, wounded me, taught me to believe? Today, bring your grateful heart. God of Life, you have been there for me all along.

Lent Begins


God, I need your grace in my life. I admit my weakness.
Touch my soul and penetrate my heart. Let my fasting this Lent be rooted in justice and love for the poor.

MMH Celebrates St. Brigid Day


Sisters and residents gathered on Friday, Feb. 5 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, and Catherine Barron and Rose Cooper (daughters of Mother Margaret Hall employees) served as Irish dancers, adding variety to the afternoon entertainment. Soda bread, an Irish treat, was baked by S. Paula Mary and Mary Pat.

Harpers’ Robin Performs
at Motherhouse


Sisters Montiel Rosenthal and Paula Mary Russell took part in the Saturday, Feb. 6 performance of the Cincinnati Harpers’ Robin. As part of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival, the group performed music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras to a crowd in the Motherhouse chapel.


February 1, 2016

Community Celebrates
Catholic Schools Week

Sisters, Associates and employees celebrated Catholic Schools Week on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. School songs and fond memories were shared at lunch … a few even remembered the answers to catechism questions.

Catholic Schools:
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati join in the celebration of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 6) by recognizing a few of our current SC educators. S. Mary Alice Haithcoat has ministered in education since entering the Community. She has served at Piqua Catholic School (Piqua, Ohio) as assistant principal and teacher since 1993. Reflecting on her ministry, Sister says, “For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. As a teacher, I have the unique opportunity to share my faith and values with my students every day. Over the years, I have taught grades two through eight and have found each day full of  surprises. The innocence, simplicity, and smiles of the children are a welcome sight. The students teach me so much about God's love.”

S. Sandy Howe is the community service coordinator at Seton High School, an SC sponsored ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio.

S. Katharine Pinto has ministered in education for more than 40 years, teaching everyone from kindergarteners to non-English speaking adults. She currently tutors at Resurrection School in Price Hill. To read more …

S. Ginny Scherer is teacher, chair of the science department and senior class advisor at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio.

Celebrating Our Educators:
S. Helen Attenweiler


As we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week – January 31 through February 6 – we celebrate our SC educators. Diamond Jubilarian S. Helen Attenweiler ministered in education for more than 50 years, 37 of those at St. William School in Cincinnati. To read more about S. Helen …

A Heartfelt Thank You

Kindergarten, first, second and third grade students from Resurrection School in Price Hill (Cincinnati) sent a warm thank you to the Sisters of Charity in honor of Catholic Schools Week. The SC Community has a long history with Resurrection School; three SCs and one lay person opened the school in 1919. Today Sisters Juliette Sabo and Katharine Pinto (also in the video) minister part-time at Resurrection.


January 24 , 2016

S. Tracy Kemme
Co-Leads Giving Voice Retreat


Sisters Tracy Kemme, SC, and Tracey Horan (Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods) led the annual Giving Voice Retreat for Sisters in their 20s and 30s this month in Phoenix, Arizona. The retreat is a much-needed nourishing and fun weekend for young women religious to come together for prayer, reflection and relationship building. This year’s theme was "Contemplating the Mystery of Mercy."

SC Communications Attends
Salesian Guild Annual Meeting


Members of the SC Communications Office attending the 72nd annual meeting of the
Salesian Guild were (from left) Megan Moore, Michelle Bley, S. Georgia Kitt,
S. Patrice Vales and Joshua Zeller

Sisters of Charity communicators attended the 72nd annual meeting of the Salesian Guild on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor’s Peace Center. The evening’s guest speaker was Mark Friedman, long-time educator and composer of “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical”. Maryanne Zeleznik was honored with the Distinguished Communicator of the Year Award “in recognition of her integrity, professionalism, fellowship and idealism as news director and “Morning Edition” host for WVXU, Cincinnati Public Radio.”

Get to Know An Associate


(From left) S. Grace Ann Gratsch, Associate Virginia Gilmore and Virginia’s son
Frank at the June 14 Associate commitment ceremony at the Motherhouse.

Meet Cincinnati Associate Virginia Gilmore. She made her commitment as an Associate in Mission on June 14, 2015. To read more about Virginia and her connection with the SC Community …


January 17, 2016

Day of Prayer for the
Legal Protection of Unborn Children

On Jan. 22 we honor the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, remembering that it takes courage to choose life. We pray that we may be examples of those who give people the strength to be courageous. May we safeguard the dignity of every human life, from womb to tomb.

Happy Birthday, S. Blandina Segale

Let us celebrate Sister of Charity Blandina Segale, Servant of God’s, birthday this January 23rd!  Having been born in 1850, she would have been 166 years old this year. Sister Blandina’s cause for sainthood is currently being reviewed in Rome. 

Through your many birthdays whenever you saw a need you were ready to serve. In your example as teacher, social worker and builder, lead us to bandage wounded hearts and repair bruised relationships. Build in each of us a forgiving spirit and a welcoming place for God’s love. Help us to learn to always trust in Jesus, as you did, and may the immigrant of today find a home among us. Amen.

Wake Up the World,
Celebrating the Gift of Being Called


On Sunday, Jan. 17 more than 125 consecrated women and men from 16 area societies joined their voices at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. They celebrated the Year of Consecrated Life in song to a packed audience, giving witness to the joy of living Gospel life.

 

Ice Cream Celebration Honors
70 years as a Sister of Charity


Friends of S. Mary Bodde honored her 70 years of commitment as a vowed religious with an ice cream celebration for all the Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Jan. 15. Everyone attending was treated to the flavor and toppings of their choice. A good time was had by all!


January 10, 2016

Packet of Testimony is Opened


THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DAY. Today, Jan. 13, the testimony taken to the Vatican on behalf of our Servant of God Sister Blandina Segale will be opened by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. The testimony will be given to the theological experts; they will determine if the materials made the case that Blandina practiced heroic virtue. If the packet of testimony prepared and submitted by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, & the Sisters of Charity made the case then we will be notified that she can be declared Venerable.  If the case looks strong, but more evidence of heroic is needed, we (Archdiocese and Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati) will be invited to provide additional evidence.  The cause is processing quickly. May prayers accompany their efforts.

Seton Research Shows Progress


Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Sisters Regina Bechtle, SCNY (left) and Judith Metz, SC Cincinnati, the first installment of charts listing documents written to and about Elizabeth Seton, the Seton and Bayley families, and related letters have been posted online at DePaul University Library’s Vincentian Heritage Collection: http://via.library.depaul.edu/seton_stud/.

Over 450 documents from 1767 through 1809 are listed, with their location and first lines, in three chronological charts. Several sample letters are also included.  See the first link in the online material for a fuller description of this continuing work, which will eventually list over 1,000 documents in 17 archives. Stay tuned! The Seton Writings Project is supported by the Sisters of Charity Federation.

Young Adult Service Trip
to the House of Charity


The Annual Company of Charity Formation Personnel (CCFP) young adult service trip to New Orleans at the House of Charity took place January 4-9, 2016. Sisters from Cincinnati, Nazareth, New Jersey, New York and Leavenworth provided a week of prayer, service and community with young adults as they continued work on the Seton Homecoming Project. Sisters Lois Jean Goettke, Monica Gundler and Affiliate Whitney Schieltz were part of the week.

Canonical Year Completed


(From left) Sisters Terry Thorman, Carol Leveque, Annie Klapheke, Maureen Heverin,
Nancy Bramlage and Donna Steffen

Monday, Jan. 11, marked the conclusion of S. Annie Klapheke’s Canonical year as a Sister of Charity novice. Attending the celebration are S. Annie’s novitiate community and novice director S. Donna Steffen. In Annie’s own words to the entire Charity Family Annie states: “It takes a village to raise a novice. Each of you is a part of the village. You have contributed to my formation in countless ways. To all, my deepest and most sincere thank you.”

A Wintery Snow

"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow."
- Edgar Fawcett


January 3, 2016

2016 Elizabeth Seton Awardees


(From left) Linda Smith Berry, S. Joan Cook, SC president, and Pamela Matson

The Manager of the Good Samaritan Free Health Center, Linda Smith Berry (left), and the co-founders of End Slavery Cincinnati, Jessica Donohue-Dioh and Pamela Matson (right), were the recipients of the 2016 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards.  The awards were presented during the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton liturgy on Sun., Jan. 3, in the Sister of Charity Motherhouse Chapel, in the presence of Sisters, SC Associates, family members, and past EAS Award recipients.

Sisters of Charity Celebrated


Seton High School celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with a Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 6, followed by a reception that honored the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Celebrating St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Sisters and Associates in the Denver Colorado area gathered on Sun., Jan. 3, 2016  to celebrate St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Feast Day and to renew their SC vows and Associate commitments. They gathered at the Gardens of St. Elizabeth where S. Jackie Leech ministers.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Jan. 4 Feast Day

On Jan. 4 we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The first American-born saint, Elizabeth founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity, opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage. All this she did in the span of 46 years while raising her five children.

See and Be Filled with Joy


The star has appeared, one far brighter than the others.  Lift up your head and see.  Be filled with Joy.  In his book, Hungry, and You Fed Me, Richard Rohr, OFM challenges us to be wise women and men. “Let us journey with eyes searching to see light, to see truth, to see love, to see goodness – wherever it is found, by whatever name it carries. God is shone forth wherever people are searching for love and light and truth…Let this be the year we, like the wise men, are willing to go on the same kind of stretching and perilous journeys to find the God that is always present and freely given to all.” Be filled with Joy!

Festive Lunch


The Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall were treated to a special Christmas Lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 23.  It provided a chance to have more time with one another and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Winter Fun in the Snow


December 27, 2015

Christmas Caroling


Sisters, Associates and friends gathered in the Motherhouse chapel on Monday, Dec. 28 for a Christmas Sing-a-long with S. Terry Thorman accompanied by the Sisters of Charity Chime Choir. It provided an opportunity for participants to recall old favorites and share the gift of song.


December 21, 2015

Maggie’s Musical Memories

Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed remembering and recalling lines from familiar Christmas carols, some even taking the mic to sing a few bars.  Winter scenes on screen and other hints helped to set the tone. Wonderful memories made for a festive time together.

Friends Reconnect


(From left) Juanita Marie Gonzales, Peggy Deneweth, Patricia Sabourin, Joan Cook,
Allen Sanchez and (center) Cardinal Achille Silvestrini.

While in Rome to deliver the documents for S. Blandina’s Cause for Canonization the Sisters of Charity reconnected with Cardinal Achille Silvestrini for dinner at Villa Nazareth. When the Sisters of Charity ministered at Villa Nazareth the Cardinal was the administrator for the older boys division and worked closely with the Sisters who over saw the younger boys section. The Cardinal was instrumental in establishing the Christian Education of Leaders Program when redirection for the Villa was needed. Currently Villa Nazareth is a residence for college students, once again filling a need.

Fourth Week of Advent

“Faith steals upon us like dew: some days you wake and it is there and like dew, it gets burned off in the rising sun of anxieties, ambitions and distractions.”
- Christian Wiman

May we dwell then in the Advent dawn, drenched in faith. The next light to come is not the rising sun of anxiety, but the Great Star of Hope. Come, Jesus, come.


December 13, 2015

Third Week of Advent

"Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life, rather look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, Whose very own you are will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting God Who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations." - St. Francis de Sales

Next Step for Canonization Cause


(From left) Allen Sanchez, Sisters Joan Cook, Patricia Sabourin,
Juanita Marie Gonzales and Peggy Deneweth

Awaiting the start of the meeting that took place on Dec. 10 at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome find Sister members of the Board of St. Joseph Children’s (Sisters Patricia Sabourin, Juanita Marie Gonzales and Peggy Deneweth), St. Joseph Children’s CEO Allen Sanchez and SC President Joan Cook. The meeting was a simple one where the Chancellor of the Congregation accepted the packet of documents prepared by the faithful of the Santa Fe Archdiocese; the contents attest to Cincinnati Sister of Charity Blandina Segale as a woman of virtue. It is hoped that the packet will be opened in early January, again with a modest ceremony to begin the review of the materials. The meeting concluded with Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, postulator for her cause, leading the group in the prayer for the canonization of Sister Blandina.

Door of Mercy at the
Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was chosen to be one of the sites selected in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to have a Door of Mercy. Pope Francis asked the bishops to designate doors of mercy all over the world to demonstrate that God’s mercy is available and accessible for everyone. The Shrine’s Door of Mercy is the center set of interior doors in the Basilica; note the banners of the congregations that make up the SC Federation members. The sacred celebration took place on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 Mass. Pilgrims from all walks of life are welcomed as they seek God’s mercy and visit throughout this coming year.

Anticipating the
Jubilee Year of Mercy


As we anticipate the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy we are encouraged to emphasize the goodness and tenderness of God. The Year begins on Dec. 8 when Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter’s in Rome. The Pope wishes this to be a special time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective. We begin introducing the Year by sharing Pope Francis’ Prayer. Find it attached here.


December 6, 2015

Opening the
Holy Door of Mercy


(Photo credit L’Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis has opened the Holy Door to evoke the concept of forgiveness, our main focus throughout this Holy Year. Through our efforts may we become more effective witnesses of God’s divine mercy.  May we be reassured of the ‘sweet and gentle touch’ of God’s forgiveness and his presence in difficult times. Pope Francis remarked this week, “What pleases God most on the part of believers is forgiveness and mercy.”

MMH Says Thanks with Christmas Tea


Members of the Mother Margaret Hall Activities Department thanked employees and Sisters for their contributions to MMH throughout the year with an afternoon tea on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The annual event is catered by A Taste of Class Catering, and desserts are provided by the Motherhouse kitchen.

Motherhouse Celebrates
12 Days of Christmas


Sisters and employees came together for the annual 12 Days of Christmas sing-a-long on Thursday, Dec. 10 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. The gathering and donut day is a way for Sisters in residence at the Motherhouse to say “thank you” to SC employees. With each year comes new and creative ways to perform the song.

Connecting with Our Beginnings


The Sister of Charity Archives is happy to announce that we now have on display in the Heritage Room at the Motherhouse an authentic replica of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s cap that she and her first Sisters wore. It was created by a textile conservation company from the original at Mount St. Vincent, Sisters of Charity of New York.

Second Week of Advent

"Slow us down, O Lord,
This Advent,
So we may understand
The darkness around us,
The darkness of fear
That comes with wanting more,
And the fear of having less.
Heal my constant rushing.
Make me attentive to
You in the moment."

Federation Archivists Gather


Eight of the Charity Federation Archivists gathered at the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Motherhouse Nov. 12-14, 2015 for their annual meeting. One of the highlights of the meeting was a discussion with Kristen Blacksher, the new communication director for the Sisters of Charity Federation. They primarily talked over ideas about incorporating the history and mission of our communities into the stories they offer on the Federation website. In addition the Archivists discussed the advantages of contracting with a web archiving service, and of some kind of affiliation with the Catholic Research Resources Alliance. The weekend ended with Saturday sessions providing a field trip to the Steamboat Arabia Museum that displayed the history and importance of the steamboat in the nineteenth century western movement.

Special Concert at the Motherhouse


S. Terry Thorman, SC (center) with members of the Cincinnati Men's Chorus

We thank the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus for the wonderful Christmas Concert in our MH Chapel on Friday, Dec. 2. We congratulate them on celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Celebrating the Feast of
the Immaculate Conception

On Dec. 8 we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin by virtue of the foreseen merits of her son Jesus Christ. This is always an important day for the Church, but this year we add to it the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We will have opportunities to do something small, but in an attentive way. Make it a day for an act of mercy. We recall the traditional corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to harbor the homeless; to visit the sick; to free the captive; to bury the dead. The spiritual works of mercy are: To instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to admonish the sinner; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive; to comfort the afflicted; to pray for the living and the dead.

Chime Choir Performs


The Sister of Charity Chime Choir offered a ‘Sing-a-long, Play-a-long’ Concert in the  Mother Margaret Hall Community Room on Dec. 2. It provided an opportunity for participants to recall old favorites and share the gift of song. Smiles were in evidence all ‘round. Choir members are Sisters and Associates who enjoy coming together weekly to remain ‘in-tune’.

Program Completed


(From left) Bela Mis, CPPS candidate, S. Paula Gonzalez, SC, Mayra Martinez, SND postulant,
S. Annie Klapheke, SC novice, Nicole Varnerin, SND postulant and
S. Donna Steffen, SC novice director.

The Intercommunity Novitiate Program has been meeting at the MSJ Motherhouse since Sept, holding classes on Mon. and Wed. mornings throughout the fall. After the final class on Wed., Dec. 2, the participants were treated to a special cake, prepared in their honor, and shared with all the MH Sisters.


December 1, 2015

Remembering the
El Salvador Church Martyrs


Dec. 2 marked the 35th anniversary of the deaths of the El Salvador Martyrs. We join with our own – Sisters Nancy Crafton, Lois Jean Goettke, Louise Lears and Associate Patrice Harty who are present in El Salvador for the ceremony – in remembering and giving thanks to God for the gift of these four Churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan. They joined the ranks of some 70,000 people of El Salvador slaughtered by their own militia during that nation’s civil war. We pray that hearts may be healed and violent acts can be transformed into good throughout our world in this advent season.

First Week of Advent

"The days are coming when God will fulfill the promises
made to us. Stand erect and raise your heads."

Motherhouse Campus Says “Thanks”


The Sisters living at the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall are most grateful to our employees who helped to make the Day of Thanks Giving special.  The Sisters resounding message: “The delicious dinner and the care with which our needs were met throughout the day took you away from your own families for a time. Know we do appreciate you.”

Pause to Say Thank You


On this Thanksgiving let us – rich and poor alike –
remember we are called to serve one another and walk
together on God’s earth. May we offer our grateful hearts
as a way to pursue peace and justice for all.
Let’s make it a true THANKS GIVING.

 


November 22, 2015

Associates Host Sisters

The annual Fall Gathering around the soup bowls took place on Sunday, Nov. 22.  It provides another opportunity for Sisters and Associates to interact, pray and break bread while sharing tasty soup creations. The event is hosted by SC Associates in Regina Hall.

SOA Prayer Service


A group of Sisters gathered on Sunday, Nov. 22 for a prayer vigil to remember all who have died at the hands of soldiers trained at the School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, Ga. For years Sisters of Charity have gathered with thousands of other individuals and organizations at the gate of Fort Benning to express our concern. According to the Center for International Policy, the SOA is notorious for its training of abusive military forces.

Sisters Gather in
New Orleans for Nuns Build


SC Federation Sisters with Pam and family at Nuns Build Big EZ dinner

Catholic Sisters from across the country gathered in New Orleans, La., Nov. 15-20 to participate in the St. Bernard Project’s Nuns Build to rebuild the homes and lives of Hurricane Katrina survivors. Five Sisters of Charity from the SC Federation spent the five days mudding and sanding, priming and painting with the help of site supervisors. The group stayed at the SC Federation’s House of Charity where they enjoyed community and prayer together.

Celebrating Mother Margaret George


Artwork by Augusta Zimmer, SC

It was in November of 1868 that the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati founding Mother, Margaret George died 147 years ago. She celebrated her golden Jubilee in 1862 and was on mission at the orphanage, overseeing 300 children, when she suffered a stroke, which eventually led to her death. Who was this woman of Charity? She was born in Ireland in 1787 and was a member of Elizabeth Seton’s first vow group and the original novitiate. She served as Mother of the Congregation for two, three year terms. She served on missions in Richmond, Boston, New York and was looked to for her financial expertise, serving as treasurer for the Congregation as well. It was in 1852, as a member of the Council, that Margaret and other members of the community chose to remain true to the vision of Elizabeth Seton, desiring to respond to the needs of the American Church. They therefore chose to remain an American community and not join with the Daughters of Charity with headquarters in France. To learn about Margaret George ...

Prayer for Peace

Healing God,
We step out from the routine
and the daily today
as we bring the hurts and
woundedness of France,
Lebanon, Syria and so much
of the world to You.
Stretch out the hand of Your
Grace and bring our
world to greater wholeness. 
We draw on Your
goodness and power,
Ever Present One. 
Amen.

November 16, 2015

S. Tricia Cruise Honored


The Business Professionals from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky celebrated the ‘25 Women of Influence for 2015’ at a luncheon held on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Sister of Charity Tricia Cruise, director of Healthy Moms & Babes, was one of the women honored.

Next Steps for Sister Blandina


In furthering the cause of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, Servant of God Blandina Segale, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, held their Closing Session of Inquiry on Nov. 13, 2015. This marked the conclusion of the Diocesan Inquiry Phase regarding her heroic virtues; the 'acts of the cause' total 1,838 pages of documents which were sealed in preparation for the presentation to authorities in Rome in December. The furthering of S. Blandina's cause for sainthood in the Catholic Church has been led by the board of St. Joseph's Children, Albuquerque, New Mexico; in preparing testimony dozens of witnesses who knew her ministry have participated. Two miracles are required to be canonized a saint in the Church.


November 8, 2015

Intercommunity Novitiate


The Intercommunity Novitiate for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky women’s religious congregations has been meeting at the Sister of Charity Motherhouse since August for their common programming and shared instruction; this will continue through December. Both novices and directors find this sharing of presenters and resources to be supportive and enriching. (From left) Mayra Martinez, SND postulant, S. Ann Clark, CPPS novice director, S. Annie Klapheke, SC novice, Nicole Varnerin, SND postulant, Bela Mis, CPPS candidate, S. Donna Steffen, SC novice director, S. Florence Anyabuonwu, CDP novice, S. Rose Moser, SND assistant novice director, S. Theresa Falkenstein, CDP novice director and S. Marla Monahan, SND novice director.

Honoring Our Veterans


(From left) S. Francis Clare Pavioni and employee Roger Luken

The Sisters of Charity hosted lunch in the Motherhouse Dining Room for their veteran employees and Sisters on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Sisters of Charity are grateful to all women and men who have served our country – and continue to pray for peace in our world.


November 1, 2015

Sister Julie Gatza Day


For 49 years, S. Julie Gatza has ministered in Bay City Catholic schools — including St. James and All Saints Catholic Elementary School — in the diocese of Saginaw, where the mayor has honored her years of service by proclaiming Nov. 3 “Sister Julie Gatza Day”. Sister is well-known for her strong devotion to Bay City, which she has always made known to and fostered in her students. Children from area Catholic schools joined in the proclamation ceremony to give hugs and support to S. Julie, who wishes to see the school district through important changes prior to retirement.

“Those Who Follow Me
Will Have the Light of Life”


Sisters and Associates gathered in prayer in the MH Chapel to remember those who have died in this past year – Sisters, Associates and family members. As each name was chanted a representative carried a lighted candle forward to the altar and the participants  responded in song, “We remember.” As part of the ‘remembering’ psalms and intercessions were also included.

S. Pat Wittberg
Receives CARA Award


The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at George Washington University honored S. Patricia Wittberg for her contributions to Church research on Monday, Oct. 26. S. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, was honored posthumously at the same ceremony. In accepting the award Pat mentioned that she was a bit embarrasses at receiving an award for something she absolutely loves; she feels blessed to belong to a community that values higher education so much that she was able to study sociology at the University of Chicago. Through this experience she was delighted to discover her passion for research on a sabbatical with CARA many years ago. S. Pat is the author of numerous books and articles on the sociology of religion and on religious communities, including most recently, “From Piety to Professionalism-And Back”, Building Strong Church Communities: A Sociological Overview”, and “New Generations of Catholic Sisters.” Sisters Mary Caroline Marchal and Joyce Richter attended the reception held in Washington D.C.


October 25, 2015

Honoring S. Mary Loyola


On Oct. 23, S. Mary Loyola Mathia was honored for her role as a founder of Saint John Paul II Catholic School in Citrus County, Florida. The institution is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and friends, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered together in Florida to greet S. Mary Loyola in Cincinnati through video chat. Discussion and reminiscences abounded, and Sister gave a speech in which she thanked all of them for making the school into what it is today. Afterwards, not only did S. Mary Loyola get to watch the crowd give her a standing ovation, but also the school’s auditorium was rededicated as Loyola Hall in her honor. The community there is immensely grateful for all of the prayers, love, and effort that Sister gave them over the six years that she ministered there.       

Symposium Gives Life
to Congregational Stand  


Close to 500 persons attended the “Violence Against Women Symposium” held at the Cintas Center on Oct. 27. The reality of human trafficking was brought home to all in attendance through a variety of mediums including drama, stories, video, those in direct service, social service agencies, and law enforcement. Main presenters for the evening were Edwina Gately and Brenda Myers-Powell. We thank the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation and the Committee members and volunteers for providing this most challenging program.

Pumpkin Pie and Fall Fun


Fall in Mother Margaret Hall says - pumpkin pie, decorations to enhance the environment and time to be together - makes for an enjoyable afternoon. Those who like puzzles can find ways to fit them into pie-eating as well. Sister residents and MMH staff members appreciate the mix of food and fun.

Charity Cousins Gather in Denver


“Charity cousins” is how they referred to themselves as the Sisters and Associates gathered in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The gathering was planned by three Directors of Charity Associates from Leavenworth, Terri Butel; Nazareth, Jo Paulin; and Cincinnati, Mary Jo Mersmann. Sisters and Associates introduced themselves, chatted and prayed together; they spoke about the special relationships as a Family of Charity and shared a little about how each share the Charity charism in the world. The Cincinnati Charity members who attended were Br. Gary Sawyer, Chanin Wilson, Lee Hemminger, Pat Grubelnik, Barry Mersmann, S. Jackie Leech, S. Catherine Erger, S. Nancy Hoffman and S. Virgina Bohnert. A spiritual gathering was suggested as the next step around which to gather and continue to learn about one another and grow together. The afternoon ended with a recommitment ceremony and blessing. The next reunion of the Charity Cousins in Denver will be in the not too distant future!

Reconnecting at the SC Motherhouse


(From left) Sisters Ann Joseph, Edward Rielage, Cookie Crowley
and Rev. Joseph Cardone.

Former SC faculty members of St. Charles School in Lima, Ohio, reconnected with a former pupil on Oct. 23. Rev. Joseph Cardone conducted an inservice for Mother Margaret Hall Staff on medical ethics. Following an afternoon presentation to Sisters on the Motherhouse campus, he was reunited with his former principal S. Edward Rielage, first grade teacher S. Jean Marian (Cookie) Crowley and faculty member S. Ann Joseph.


October 18, 2015

SCs Participate in
St. Rita Mass of Thanksgiving


The Sisters of Charity were involved in the Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Rita School for the Deaf on Saturday, Oct. 17. Mass was followed by a ceremony to bury a time capsule in the anniversary garden. 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.

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan
Visits Motherhouse


The Sisters of Charity welcomed Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, archbishop emeritus of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. During his visit to the Motherhouse Archbishop Sheehan, who is the judge for S. Blandina Segale’s cause for sainthood, visited the gravesite of S. Blandina and said morning Mass in the Motherhouse chapel. His visit is in anticipation of a December trip to Rome when the prepared materials on behalf of Sister of Charity Blandina Segale’s cause for beatification and sainthood will be delivered to the Vatican.

SCMF Presents Year in Review


Sisters gathered in the Cedars Auditorium on Oct. 21 to hear a review of the SC Ministry Foundation’s activities over the past year. S. Sally Duffy, and staff members  Amelia Riedel, and Maureen Maxfield used a Powerpoint presentation to highlight where the Foundation’s energies have been directed, emphasizing other organizations with which they are partnering. Price Hill revitalization has been a focus of the Foundation’s attention and progress is becoming evident. The program was livestreamed and will be offered again in other areas of the country where Sisters reside in December.

LCWR Region VI Meets


Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Region VI met the week of October 18 at the Sisters of Divine Providence, Melbourne, Kentucky. The group used the contemplative format of LCWR to pray and discuss challenge questions over the course of the mornings, which included the upcoming national LCWR Call 2015-2022. A similar process was used to reflect on an article by S. Nancy Schreck OSF, and review the implications of the August assembly resolution. The spring meeting will be held at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.

Spirituality Center Presents
“What Makes a Difference?”


Patricia Livingston, a nationally known speaker and award-winning author, presented “What Makes a Difference?” through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center on Saturday, Oct. 17. The day of retreat explored insights, experiences, types of prayer and Scripture passages that have brought our faith to life, strengthened hope, and  helped us to love.

Mother Margaret Hall
Hosts Fall Festival


Employees and family members of Sisters enjoyed the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Mother Margaret Hall. Guests had the opportunity to bring their young ones for games, prizes and trick or treating with the MMH Sisters. Sunrock Farm brought its traveling petting farm to the festival to add to the fun. In addition, MMH hosted a breakfast for the Sisters earlier that morning.

Archbishop Schnurr
Speaks at Motherhouse



(From left) S. Judith Metz, SC Archives director; S. Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC president; Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Rev. Jan Schmidt,  St. Margaret of York Parish

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr was an honored guest at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Motherhouse. The Archbishop spoke about his recent trip to Honduras and what he learned from the experience. He also answered questions and held discussion related to the immigrant situation. 


October 5, 2015

Spirit of the Wind, Spirit of the Message


The 21st annual conference of the Communicators for Women Religious is meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 6-9. Sisters of Charity communicators (from left) Amelia Riedel, S. Georgia Kitt and Michelle Bley are in attendance for the conference which will also celebrate S. Blandina Segale’s path to sainthood. This year’s theme is “Spirit of the Wind, Spirit of the Message”.

Mother Margaret Hall Art Show on Display


The fourth annual Mother Margaret Hall Art Show, sharing the work of both Sisters and employees, was exhibited on Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the Mother Margaret Hall Community Room. Artwork included water color, photography, oil paintings and various other mediums. 

S. Noreen Ellison Honored


Congratulations to S. Noreen Ellison who was recognized as one of three recipients of the Little Way Award by the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan. Sister was honored on Sept. 30 as “a beautiful example to Saint Therese’s ‘Little Way.’ Her faithfulness, dedication, love and tireless efforts on behalf of Our Lord and our parish are an inspiration to many.” S. Noreen recently retired as pastoral associate in Christian service at the Shrine, a ministry she had served in since 2004.


September 27, 2015

Brownie Troop Visits MMH


The St. Antoninus second grade Brownie Troop visited Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Oct. 2 to reconnect with their Sister of Charity pals. The relationship began in the fall 2014 and has only grown over the past year. The girls and Sisters worked together on their My Promise My Faith pin, which allows the girls to strengthen their connection between faith and Girl Scouts

Thank You, S. Benedicta


Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall employees and Sisters came together on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to celebrate the retirement of S. Benedicta Mahoney from the SC Archives. S. Benedicta served the Archives for 36 years. In addition, she ministered in education, having been in charge of yearbook and journalism at Elizabeth Seton High School (South Holland, Illinois) and Seton High School (Cincinnati) for a total of 25 years. Thank you, S. Benedicta, for your talents, knowledge and love of our SC history.

Fall Congregational Days

Fall Congregational meetings have taken place throughout the month of September at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The final Congregational Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each year Sisters and Associates come together to share and listen as reports and updates are offered by Leadership and membership. Liturgy and opportunities to reconnect and recommit to the year ahead are valued.

The final Fall Congregational Day was held Saturday, Oct. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sisters and Associates enjoyed the opportunity to come together to hear reports and updates regarding the SC Congregation.

Autumn Reflection

God of the universe who circles the seasons with ease, teach us about Earth’s natural cycle of turning from one season to another.  Remind us often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming and the going of each of the four seasons. Open us to the teachings of autumn.

When we refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when we struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve, wrap us in the darkening days of autumn and encourage us to wait patiently for clarity and vision as we live with uncertainty and insecurity.

When we neglect to care for ourselves and become totally absorbed in life’s hurried pace, give us courage to slow down as we see how Earth slows down and allows her soil to rest in silent, fallow space.  May our hearts grow freer and our lives more peaceful as we respond to the many teachings this season offers. (Adapted from The Circle of Life, Rupp & Wiederkehr)


September 20, 2015

Welcome Pope Francis

As we joyfully welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time, a group of Sisters of Charity and employees were asked what they look most forward to hearing the pope speak about. Enjoy their responses.

Images from Emmitsburg

Many Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were in attendance for the weekend celebrations surrounding the 40th anniversary of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s canonization on Sept. 14, including the celebratory Mass on Sunday presided by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. Elizabeth is the founder of the Sisters of Charity, and the first native-born saint of the United States.

Seton High School Celebrates
Elizabeth Seton’s Canonization

The Sisters of Charity were honored guests for Seton High School’s celebratory Mass in honor of the 40th anniversary of the canonization of Elizabeth Seton on Monday, Sept. 14. Seton HS is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Sisters of Charity
Host Day of Prayer


Friends of the Community joined Sisters on Sunday, Sept. 13 for a Day of Prayer. The prayer day began with a celebratory Mass at 9:30 a.m.; afternoon experiences began at 1 p.m. and included a dramatic presentation of Elizabeth Seton by Susan Haumesser, the Rosary, prayerful song, the music of the harp, Taize Prayer, and Lectio Divina. In additional a display celebrating Sisters of Charity founder Elizabeth Seton (on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of her canonization) was exhibited. The Prayer Day was part of a year-long celebration for the “Year of Consecrated Life,” as declared by Pope Francis.  

Future of Charity
Gathers in New Orleans


A group of 14 women from the Future of Charity came together Sept. 11-13 at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana. They spent the weekend having meaningful conversations; sharing spirited prayer; and deeply listening to learn more about each other’s journeys. The Future of Charity group is open to all women in the Sisters of Charity Federation who are in the initial stages of formation, up through 10 years post-profession of final vows. The purpose of this group is to deepen relationships among newer members across the Federation.


September 6, 2015

House of Charity Hosts
Come and Serve Weekend


Sisters from the SC Federation hosted volunteers Sept. 4-7 at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a Come and Serve weekend. Participants had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Sisters to help with the continued rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. They also found time for prayer, reflection and fellowship.

Diamond Jubilarians Celebrated


The SC Community came together on Sunday, Sept. 6 to celebrate the 15 women who entered the Sisters of Charity 60 years ago. Sisters Helen Attenweiler, Helen Berson, Carol Brenner, Cathy Cahur, Mary Doherty, Betty Finn, Annette Frey, Martha Glockner, Paula Mary Russell, Pat Sabourin, Bernadette Schmidt, Rosaleen Simpleman, Kay Tardiff, Ann Elizabeth Von Hagel and Ann David Wojtylka were honored at the Jubilee celebration.


September 1, 2015

SCs Support Race for the Cure

Sisters Barbara Hagedorn (left) and Joyce Richter, both cancer survivors, participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Friday, Aug. 28 in Cincinnati.

Chillin’ and Grillin’

Students from Mount St. Joseph University joined Sisters for dinner and conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Regina Hall. The annual Chillin’ and Grillin’ event is an opportunity for MSJU students to meet and learn more about the Sisters of Charity and their ministries.

Vincentian Volunteers
Visit Motherhouse for Orientation

(From left) Justin Worthing, Amy Noser, Rachel Eldridge, Karuna Reang, Jeanette Lesenko and Maura Campinello - Vincentian Volunteers – were at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse for their orientation to their service year working with the society of St. Vincent de Paul on Bank Street in Cincinnati. The six have committed themselves to 11 months of service with the poor in a variety of positions at the central offices on Bank Street, and to live in community. S. Mary Ann Humbert assisted in hosting them and spent time acquainting them with the founders - St. Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, Frederic Ozanam and Rosalie Rendu, DC., the basics of Vincentian Spirituality and the extended Vincentian family. 

Happy Birthday, Mary!


"The Granduca Madonna" by Raphael Sanzio

On September 8 we celebrated the Joy of Mary’s birth.
We pray to be given the strength and willingness to yield to
God’s direction in our life’s journey as Mary was.
Through her, Jesus shared in our humanity and arose as sun of justice. 
We ask a share in her blessing and the promise of life eternal. Amen

World Day of Prayer
for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has established Sept. 1 as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, a time for individuals and communities to "reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation and to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which has been entrusted to our care.” As members of the Vincentian Family, we are deeply inspired by the connection Pope Francis makes between ecological devastation and those made poor. For a prayer …


August 23, 2015

Safety Week Concludes

Human Resources hosted Safety Week August 20-27 at Mount St. Joseph. Daily events and activities were planned throughout the week, including a health walk, police canine unit demonstration, ice cream social and the annual safety fair. In addition a departmental safety poster contest was held.

New School Year Begins

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati offer our blessings and prayers to the many teachers and students beginning the 2015-2016 school year, including those in our sponsored ministries DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Seton High School and Mount St. Joseph University. May this year be filled with enthusiasm, grace and potential as you learn, teach and grow.

Celebrating Elizabeth Seton

We remember St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Sisters of Charity founder, on her birthday, August 28, with the following prayer...

 


August 16, 2015

Cincinnati Associates Host Picnic

Cincinnati Associates and candidates hosted the annual summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 16 in Regina Hall. The gathering began with prayer followed by lunch and fellowship.

Leadership Assembly Held in Houston

(From left) Sisters Mary Caroline Marchal, Mary Bookser, Joan Cook, Louise Lears and Marge Kloos were among the leaders of U.S. congregations of women religious attending the 2015 LCWR Assembly Aug. 11-15 in Houston, Texas. This year’s theme was “Springs of the Great Deep Burst Forth: Meeting the Thirsts of the World.” The assembly explored what is being accessed from the Great Deep by women religious as well as what may be drawn from it to meet the many urgent thirsts experienced throughout the world.

MMH Celebrates Jubilarians

Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility celebrated the 2016 jubilarians living in MMH and Assisted Living during a Mass, luncheon and high tea on Friday, Aug. 14. The Congregational celebration for Sisters marking 60 years and above with the Community will be on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse chapel.

Go Instead Where There is No Path

S. Marge Kloos (left) was one of 99 women religious from across the globe to gather in Chicago, Illinois, in July to discuss the future of religious life as a life form that must continue as a vibrant sign of God’s immanent grace. The theme for the gathering was “Go instead where there is no path” and included former participants of the Collaborative Leadership Development Program. CLDP, sponsored by a coalition of religious congregations of women, in partnership with LCWR, prepares women religious, Associates, and co-members with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assume leadership positions in community and ministry. 

Welcome New Associate

Congratulations to Christina DeSantos (center), who made her commitment as an Associate in Mission on Sunday, Aug. 16 in Anthony, New Mexico. S. Janet Gildea was her companion during the initial formation process. Christina is an OB/GYN at Lifesteps. Christina will be participating in the Collaborative Leadership Development Program beginning this month. We welcome Christina to the Family of Charity!


August 9, 2015

DPCR Students
Visit Motherhouse

Incoming freshmen of DePaul Cristo Rey High School, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity, visited the Motherhouse on Thursday, Aug. 13. The Class of 2019 toured the Motherhouse chapel, visited with Sisters in the Dining Room.

S. Tricia Cruise
Throws Out First Pitch

S. Tricia Cruise had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Thursday, Aug. 6 Cincinnati Reds game. It was Healthy Moms & Babes Day at the ballpark; S. Tricia is president and CEO of the nonprofit organization serving at-risk, low-income women, their children and families. 

Welcome New Associate

Congratulations to Destiny Sargeant, who made her commitment as an Associate in Mission on Friday, Aug. 7 in Juneau, Alaska. Destiny is a clinical psychologist and has two children, a son, 18, and a daughter, 16, whom she adopted years ago as siblings from the Marshall Islands. Welcome Destiny to the Family of Charity!

SCs Help Students Prepare
for Job Placements

A number of Sisters of Charity took part in DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s “speed chatting” sessions on Thursday, Aug. 6. During the sessions, students were paired with local professionals for brief, five-minute introductory sessions to help them practice “soft skills” such as handshaking, making introductions and appropriate eye contact. These skills are important as these young people prepare to enter Greater Cincinnati’s professional community at the end of August. DPCR, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity, offers a nationally recognized, dual-focus education model to students whose families can’t afford other private, college preparatory programs.


August 2, 2015

S. Dorothy William Englert Honored


Congratulations to S. Dorothy William Englert, who was inducted into the Lehman Catholic High School (Sidney, Ohio) Alumni Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 2015. Sister taught at the school from 1970-'77, and was Lehman’s first vice principal.

Wake-up the Dream to a New Reality


(Front row, from left) Sisters Marty Dermody, Pat Dittmeier, Andrea Koverman,
(back row, from left) Carol Wirtz, Louise Lears, Janet Gildea and Marge Kloos

Members of the Sisters of Charity Federation entering religious life in 1970 or after gathered in Evansville, Indiana, July 20-Aug. 2. The theme of the weekend, facilitated by S. Mary Ann Seton Lopiccolo, was “Wake-up the Dream to a New Reality”.

In the Footsteps of Elizabeth

(From left) Sisters Regina Bechtle, SC-NY, Annie Klapheke,
Donna Steffen and Judith Metz

Sisters Annie Klapheke and Donna Steffen have been traveling with SC Archives director S. Judith Metz to New York and Maryland to follow the Way of Elizabeth. The group stayed with the Sisters of Charity of New York at the beginning of the trip; S. Regina Bechtel shared her knowledge of Elizabeth with them during the stay. On Friday they traveled to Emmitsburg, Maryland, and will also spend time in Baltimore.


July 26, 2015

Community Celebrates Jubilarians

Congratulations to silver jubilarian S. Ramona Chisholm and golden jubilarians Sisters Peggy Deneweth, Lynn Heper, Rose Marie Burns, Kevin Patrice Daley, Pamela Jones, Barbara Busch, Delia Sizler, Franette Hyc, Cheryl Ann Grenier and Anne Darlene Wojtowicz, who celebrated their anniversaries Sunday, July 26 in the Motherhouse chapel. We are grateful for their gift of commitment and valued presence throughout the years!

Leadership Team Thanks Employees

On Thursday, July 23 the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team thanked employees for their hard work during the summer months with a complimentary lunch and ice cream social. During that time employees also had the opportunity to meet the newest Leadership councilors, Sisters Mary Caroline Marchal and Marge Kloos.


July 19, 2015

Community to Celebrate
Silver, Golden Jubilarians

S. Peggy Deneweth is one of the silver and golden jubilarians to celebrate their special anniversaries with the SC Community on Sunday, July 26. The Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Motherhouse. To learn more about S. Peggy’s life and ministry, please visit our 2015 Jubilee section and look for more biographies to follow in the weeks to come.

S. Kateri Maureen Koverman
Hosts Operation Babylift Reunion

A special group of individuals united at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse over the July 17 weekend to remember and reflect. The group were Vietnamese adults and a few of their parents directly involved in the 1975 Operation Babylift mission, the mass evacuation of children (ranging from babies to teenagers) from South Vietnam to the United States. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Kateri Maureen Koverman brought the group together. Sister coordinated the evacuation of the Vietnamese children through Catholic Relief Services. The gathering comes 40 years after the initial mission, and offered prayer, reflection, and insight for those attending. Additional articles and interviews with S. Kateri and the families will follow in our SC publications.


July 12, 2015

Summer Days

Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed a summer treat on Wednesday, July 15. The Sisters were treated to milkshakes out on the patio during an “afternoon happy hour.”


July 5, 2015

Community Welcomes
New Leadership Team


(front row, from left) Sister Louise Lears, SC, councilor; Sister Marge Kloos, SC, councilor; (back row, from left) Sister Mary Bookser, SC, councilor; Sister Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC, president; and Sister Mary Caroline Marchal, SC, councilor.

On July 1, 2015, Sisters Joan Cook, Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos, Louise Lears and Mary Caroline Marchal began their four-year term to Leadership Council. To learn more about the Community’s newly elected leaders …

Celebration of Leadership

Sisters, Associates, family and friends of the SC Community gathered on Saturday, July 4 to celebrate the installation of the new Sisters of Charity Leadership Team. Sisters Joan Elizabeth Cook, president, and councilors Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos, Louise Lears and Mary Caroline Marchal began their four-year term on July 1, 2015. The new Leadership Team committed “to deepen our bonds with one another, to recommit ourselves to our Gospel call to dare to risk a caring response. … May God be with each of us as we move intentionally and creatively toward the vulnerabilities of our Earth and our sisters and brothers. May we be infused by a spirituality of union with the divine Mystery within and around us.”

Summertime Fun

Mother Margaret Hall Sisters enjoyed a watermelon social on Wednesday, July 8. In addition, J.B. Barnett, who does Red Skelton impersonations, performed a stand-up comedy act.

Sisters Andrea and Tracy
Pronounce First Vows

On Saturday, June 27 the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Community came together to celebrate the profession of First Vows of Sisters Andrea Koverman and Tracy Kemme. “[I] joyfully commit myself for three years to the service of God, God’s people and all of Creation as a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati,” each woman vowed during the celebration. “… I devote my life to continuing the transformative mission of Jesus to bring about the Kingdom. I freely promise to live in community and be a woman of communion, energized by Christ’s love and life.” President S. Joan Elizabeth Cook accepted the vows, and a Community celebration with Andrea and Tracy’s friends and family followed in the Motherhouse Dining Room. To learn more about Sisters Andrea and Tracy…


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

‘Waking Up the World’
at EarthConnection

Sisters Winnie Brubach and Caroljean Willie discuss the Days of Mission and Service held at EarthConnection in June. To read more …

Sharing Hope


Kathy Kelly and her daughter Maggie volunteered during one of the Sisters of Charity Days of Mission and Service in June. Kathy and Maggie helped make cards for trafficking victims and women and children in detention centers.

Kathy Kelly and her daughter Maggie took part in one of the many service opportunities available during the SC Community’s Days of Mission and Service in June. To read more …

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 28, 2015

Days of Mission and Service Conclude

Our Days of Mission and Service for the Year of Consecrated Life concluded on Friday, June 19. Close to 50 volunteers joined the Sisters and offered their time and talents to projects at the following locations: St. William School, EarthConnection, Resurrection School, Working In Neighborhoods and the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. The service days were part of a year-long celebration for the “Year of Consecrated Life,” as declared by Pope Francis. They offered families and adults the opportunity to learn more about religious life today and develop new and lasting relationships.

Looking Back 25 Years

It has been 25 years since Sisters of Charity ‘came home’ to the Motherhouse for Homecoming 1990. Our Vision Statement was born through those days of sharing. Might we come home again and deepen our living of this inspired work of ours? Has it become real? Enjoy the memories! To view the SC Vision Statement …

Welcome Summer

"Hope is an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world
that is immediately experienced, and is anchored
somewhere beyond the horizons."
(Vaclav Havel)


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, 2015. 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 …


In the News
July 21, 2016

Sisters Eileen Therese Breslin, Miriam Thomas Busch and Annina Morgan were featured in the July 16 Cincinnati Enquirer for each reaching the milestone of 100 years of age.

S. Andrea Koverman was quoted in the article “My journey across the color line” in the June 26 Cincinnati Enquirer. The article can be read at www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/06/25/my-journey-across-color-line/86194788/

The Columbus Dispatch and the Santa Fe New Mexican covered the press conference announcing that the life of
S. Blandina Segale will be the basis for a television series.