Charity Family News
January 12, 2015
Elizabeth Ann Seton Award
Recipients of the 2015 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award are (from left)
Dave Thorsen, Kay Brogle, Emily Eskridge, Mary Knauff and Jen Walters.
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati awarded the Congregation’s highest honor, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, to Kay Brogle, Dave Thorsen, Jen Walters, Mary Knauff and Emily Eskridge on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2014, the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. To learn more about the recipients…
Seton High School
Honors Sisters of Charity
Seton High School celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with a Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 7. In addition the school honored the SCs who have ministered at Seton with an engraved plaque outside of the auditorium and by acknowledging the legacy of two former Seton principals -- Sisters Kathryn Ann Connelly and Mark Neumann. SHS inaugurated the Sister Mark Neumann Circle of Charity -- a giving society who’s funds are designated to support capital projects and facility improvements for Seton High School. Additionally, Seton High School’s planned giving society has been named in honor of alumna and past principal S. Kathryn Ann Connelly.
"The most pleasant things in the world are pleasant thoughts,
and the art in life is to have as many of them as possible."
January 4, 2015
SC Federation Celebrates
Five Years in New Orleans
The House of Charity celebrated five years in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Federation volunteers serving with the Sisters of Charity Federation. Women from the Magnificat House of Discernment joined together as they played, prayed and served in the charity charism!
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
On January 4, we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on July 31, 1809. This American Community opened schools, cared for orphans, visited the sick and tended to the poor and elderly. Elizabeth was named the first American-born saint in the Catholic Church on Sept. 15, 1975.
SC Leadership Team
Thanks Employees and Sisters
Employees and Sisters working or living at the Motherhouse and/or Mother Margaret Hall were treated to a luncheon celebration of the Epiphany on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. Sisters and employees were given the opportunity to place their name and their favorite charity in a raffle. One Sister and one employee were chosen with a $500 donation going to their charity of choice.
December 29, 2014
Chime Choir Performs
Members of the Sisters of Charity Chime Choir, accompanied by S. Terry Thorman, performed their annual Christmas sing-a-long for Sisters and Associates in the Motherhouse chapel on Monday, Dec. 29.
All Saints Music Ministry
Presents Choral Christmas Concert
The All Saints Parish Choir in Kenwood, Ohio, performed a Choral Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 19 for Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community. Directed by Ron Miller Jr., and assisted by the Elder High School Drummers, the adult and children’s choir performed a number of carols for the filled Motherhouse chapel. The Sisters of Charity Motherhouse Choir also performed during the concert. It was a wonderful way to begin the final week of Advent and move into a prayer-filled Christmas.
Spreading Christmas Cheer
Sisters and Associates gathered on Sunday, Dec. 21 for Christmas caroling throughout the halls of Mother Margaret Hall. The annual event is anticipated by many Sisters as it typically begins the final week of Advent.
Water With Blessings in Haiti
S. Andrea Koverman and Director of OPJCC and Associate Debbie Weber spent the first week of Advent in Zabriko, Haiti. As a SC Federation collaboration, the two along with Steve Schmitt, an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, delivered water filtration kits to the women of Zabriko and trained them to be “Water Women,” women who commit to the kind act of sharing clean water with three other families in their communities. By equipping the Water Women of Zabriko with a simple, in-home filtration system and teaching them clean water habits, they were able to provide them with the means to protect not only their family but also their neighbors from deadly water. During their time in Haiti, the three trained 41 Water Women (between them, they have 179 children). These women will share their filtration system with three other families!
The SC Archives holds many treasures, including video footage from a Christmas celebration at St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home (now St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati) in the late 1960s. Included among the many Sisters of Charity ministering there at the time were Sisters Rose Eileen McGinnis and Teresa Mary Chiou.
Living the Gospel with Joy
The Joy of the Gospel sings in this photo of S. Sally Duffy with Pope Francis. S. Sally made a pilgrimage to Rome the first week of November with members of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. The theme of the week was “Going Out: Living the Gospel with Joy,” during which members had the opportunity to dialogue with Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the secretariat for the economy, and with Monsignor Peter Brian Wells, assessor for general affairs of the secretariat of state. In addition they took part in a spiritual retreat, heard from the CEO of the Global Freedom Network, an interfaith effort to address human trafficking, listened to a panel on sharing the Joy of the Gospel, and met with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is central to Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. next September. S. Sally currently serves as the chair of the board of FADICA.
December 8, 2014
Cello Students Perform at Zoo
(From left): Meagan Hipsky, Jeffrey Vonderschmidt, Ari Webb, and Iris Borgert
S. Alice Ann O'Neill's Mount St. Joseph Talent Education Cellos performed at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, Dec. 9 as part of Mount St. Joseph University's annual alumni event. They played for one hour a combination of classical pieces, solo Bach and Christmas carols.
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.
12 Days of Christmas
Sisters and employees came together for the annual 12 Days of Christmas sing-a-long on Tuesday, Dec. 9 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.
December 1, 2014
Take the Layup for Lauren Challenge
(From left) Pete Robinson, Patsy Schwaiger, Jamie Leslie (aka Elizabeth Seton), S. Nancy Bramlage and Bernadette Plair (all participating in the Mount St. Joseph University pilgrimage to Emmitsburg, Maryland, last summer) took to the basketball court Wednesday, Dec. 3 to participate in the Layup for Lauren Challenge. The fundraiser is in honor of freshman basketball player, Lauren Hill, who has been diagnosed with an incurable pediatric brain cancer.
Sisters Attend Opening Mass
A group of Sisters of Charity attended the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life on Sunday, Nov. 30. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer presided over the Mass at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. SCs attending were (from left) S. Rose Martin Morand, Cory Canon, SC-Seton Hill, Tery Dery, Frances Maureen Trampiets, Louise Zaplitny, Mary Alice Stein and Lois Jean Goettke.
Seton High School Student
Designs SC Christmas Card
Congratulations to Seton High School senior Maria Torok, whose artwork will be used for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Leadership Team’s Christmas card. A number of Seton students participated and were thanked for their time and talents during a presentation to Maria on Monday, Dec. 1. The artwork for the Christmas card is presented above.
November 24, 2014
Girl Scouts Visit
Mother Margaret Hall
On Friday, Nov. 21 the St. Antoninus Daisy Troop visited Mother Margaret Hall. Sisters and Daisies were paired up and had an opportunity to get to know each other before taking part in a craft. The visit ended with Daisies singing the Sisters a few songs. This was the beginning of a year-long friendship between the Daisies and their Sister pals. A pen pal relationship will continue to build throughout the year, and the troop will return in March for another visit.
Happy Faces, Happy Memories
It’s been 23 years since members of this former small group from the Dayton, Ohio, area first gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday together. Every year since Sisters Sandy Howe, Mary Alice Stein, Rita Maureen Schmidt, Rosemarie Gerrety, Mary Alice Haithcoat, Joan Clare Stewart, Ginny Scherer, Patrice Vales, Dorothy William Englert, Pat Malarkey and Ann Lehman have gathered for a Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by S. Patrice. The annual gathering is a time for the Sisters to reconnect and give thanks for their many blessings.
SOA Prayer Service
A group of Sisters gathered on Sunday, Nov. 23 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.
Presents The Joy of the Gospel
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Spirituality Center hosted Father Dan Hartnett, SJ, on Sunday, Nov. 23 as he presented The Joy of the Gospel. During the two-hour session, those attending explored Pope Francis’ transformative vision for both Church and society.
Ferguson and Our Nation
Gentle Breath of God’s own Life
Breathe on our anxious nation today.
Ever brave Breath of God’s own Power
Speak to our distressed and angry hearts.
Wisdom Breath of God’s own Truth
Blow over us a heightened respect for one another.
Descend again and hover over our troubled waters,
Recreate a willingness and opportunities for dialogue.
Holy, healing Spirit
Unbind us; Unite us. Amen
Adapted from Spirit Prayer at Pentecost
by Christine Schenk CSJ
November 17, 2014
Community Welcomes Associates
Congratulations to Rev. John Amankwah and James Weber, who made their commitments as Associates in Mission on Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Motherhouse chapel. During the ceremony, each candidate, alongside his companion, was called forward to read his personal statement and make his formal request to the Community. Father John’s companion was S. Monica Lucas, and Jim’s was S. Janet Gildea. A reception and celebration followed in the Motherhouse Dining Room.
Peaslee Neighborhood Center
Recognizes S. Terry Thorman
On Thursday, Nov. 6, Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine (Cincinnati) honored S. Terry Thorman with the Dream Builder Award for her dedication to Peaslee’s piano program. The award recognizes individuals whose energy, talents and heart are dedicated to the service of others. S. Terry began volunteering with the piano program in 1990, and (with the exception of a few years' absence) has been an integral part of it ever since. As one of her adult students, June Alexander, said, “She won't let you give up. She helps students find the music in her soul.”
the Holiday Season
Mother Margaret Hall hosted its annual Christmas raffle on Thursday, Nov. 20. The activities included an Adopt-A-Family raffle, Split the Pot and baked goods for sale. Raffle items included handmade quilts, wreaths and much more. All proceeds benefitting the Adopt-A-Family fund for SC employees and their families.
This week we commemorate the fidelity of the six Jesuits, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, who were violently killed on Nov. 16, 1989, on the campus of the Jesuit University of Central America. They, along with 70,000 persons, were killed during the violence that tore apart El Salvador. The Jesuits stood with the poor and oppressed of El Salvador, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Liberator. With their lay companions they made the ultimate sacrifice for God, for the Church and for their sisters and brothers.
Visit S. Blandina’s Grave
The great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews of Servant of God, S. Blandina Segale, recently visited her grave site in the Sisters’ Mount St. Joseph cemetery. They are (from left) Joy Stagge Hansbauer, Lisa Stagge Schall, Mike Stagge, and Jim and Tina Stagge.
November 10, 2014
Honoring Our Veterans
The Sisters of Charity hosted lunch for their veteran employees and Sisters on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Community Gathers to Assemble Gift Bags
Sisters and Associates gathered in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall to assemble gift bags of personal care items, snacks and notes of encouragement for End Slavery Cincinnati’s Anti-Human Trafficking, Street Outreach Program.
A trained team of volunteers and End Slavery Cincinnati staff go out to the streets of Cincinnati to connect with women being exploited and to offer support. As a team, they distribute gift bags that include basic essentials for victims and outreach efforts to spread awareness and understanding. The team offers encouragement and a source of hope, letting human trafficking victims know that they are there to serve them. http://www.endslaverycincinnati.org
November 3, 2014
Gather at Mount St. Joseph
Archivists from some of the Charity Federation congregations met in Cincinnati to discuss ways to collaborate and communicate. Taking a break from a morning session are (seated, from front, clockwise) Michelle Bley, SC (Cincinnati, Communications Office), S. Mary Ellen Blumlein, SC (NY); S. Kathleen Mary Connelly, SC (Leavenworth); S. Joyce Brehm, SC (Cincinnati); S. Margaret Ann Gainey, DC; Dee Gallo; S. Louise Grundish, SC (Seton Hill); S. Vivien Linkhauer, SC (Seton Hill); and S. Rosa Lee Kramer, DC. Standing are (from left) Sisters Judith Metz, SC (Cincinnati) and Georgia Kitt, SC (Cincinnati, Communications Office).
Community Celebrates Reprint of
At the End of the Santa Fe Trail
Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community gathered Wednesday, Oct. 29 to celebrate the reprint of S. Blandina Segale’s At the End of the Santa Fe Trail. The reprint, with a new cover and introductory material to commemorate the approval of the cause for Sister’s canonization, was available for purchase for the first time. In addition, members of S. Blandina’s family were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. Artifacts related to S. Blandina were on display with a viewing of the Death Valley Days episode, “Fastest Nun in the West,” featuring the Servant of God.
At the End of the Santa Fe Trail recounts the lively experiences of S. Blandina on her mission in Colorado and New Mexico from 1872 to 1892. This is part of the saga of this colorful Sister of Charity who worked tirelessly for the poor and marginalized, advocated for women and children, cared for the sick and built orphanages, hospitals and schools. To purchase a book…
SCs Host All Boards Retreat
Members of the boards of Sisters of Charity sponsored ministries and the SC Ministry Foundation gathered at the Motherhouse on Tuesday, Oct. 28, along with SC leadership and sponsored ministry CEOs, for the biannual dinner and retreat. The guest speaker was S. Peggy Martin, OP, vice president for governance and sponsorship at Catholic Health Initiatives. S. Peggy invited the participants to think creatively about the possible evolving relationships between the sponsored ministries and the Sisters of Charity. Lively table discussions followed with new ideas and insightful questions to explore.
High School Celebrates S. Donna
Bishop Fenwick High School in Franklin, Ohio, surprised S. Donna Bryant with a 70th birthday celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The festivities included a parade through the hallway, followed by the band, and ending in the cafeteria for cake. Tech coordinator Cheryl Brandenburg said of S. Donna, “Everyone loves Sister, and we celebrated as a family.”
Halloween Carnival at
Mother Margaret Hall
On Sunday, Oct. 26 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati employees were invited to bring their little ghosts, goblins and fairies to Mother Margaret Hall for a Halloween carnival. Games, crafts and refreshments were included in this afternoon of fun for both Sisters, employees and their families.
Mass of Appreciation
Bayley, the continuing care retirement community and SC sponsored ministry, honored the Sisters of Charity on Oct. 26 with a Mass of Appreciation at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. Bayley staff and employees acknowledged and thanked the Sisters of Charity for their faithful commitment, prayers and support throughout the last 25 years. October 25 marked the beginning of Bayley’s yearlong 25th anniversary celebration.
Congo Week Concludes
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati ended Congo Week on Oct. 23 with a presentation by Dr. Claver Pashi, Ph.D., from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Claver spoke about his vision and hope for his country, calling on our government to do everything in its power to end the violent conflicts there. In September 2010, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates committed to be informed about the human rights violations in the DRC. To learn more …
October 20, 2014
St. Rita School for the Deaf
(From left) Sisters Mary Bookser, Jane Bernadette Leo,
John Michael Geis, Lynn Heper, Paula Gonzalez
In anticipation of St. Rita School for the Deaf’s 100th anniversary, the school dedicated its friendship garden to the lay staff, festival committee members, priests and Sisters of Charity who have served the school throughout the years. The school opened in 1915 with only 11 students and a staff of three Sisters of Charity. It became the first accredited high school for the deaf in Ohio, and was served by the Sisters of Charity consistently throughout those years. Sisters John Michael Geis and Jane Bernadette Leo continue to volunteer at the school.
Seton Writers Gather at Mount St. Joseph
(From left, clockwise) Sisters Vivian Linkhauer, Regina Bechtle,
Judith Metz and Betty Ann McNeil
The four SC Federation members charged with the task of publishing St. Elizabeth Seton’s writings met recently at the MSJ Motherhouse. They are currently working on the collected correspondence of Elizabeth, that written to Elizabeth or about her. The four Sisters are: Betty Ann McNeil, DC, Vivian Linkhauer, SC Seton Hill, Regina Bechtle, SC New York, and Judith Metz, SC Cincinnati.
The Seton Writings Project grew out of the Seton Legacy gatherings held throughout the Federation congregations in 1992. They served to better understand and appreciate our rich heritage. Sisters Regina Bechtle and Judith Metz have served as co-editors throughout. The group has completed and published three volumes of Elizabeth’s writings. For more information on the completed volumes contact S. Judith Metz, Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, at 513-347-4058.
Region 6 Members Meet
Members of LCWR’s Region 6 gathered Oct. 19-21 at St. Anne’s in Melbourne, Kentucky, for their fall meeting. The agenda included Region 6 members as panel members, reflecting on the vows. They used the contemplative decision-making process for resolutions they considered; the outcomes from each of the regions were sent to LCWR.
Archdiocesan Conference Room
Named for EAS
(From left) Sisters Judith Metz, SC Archives director; Cathy Bever, director of certification,
Archdiocese Catholic Schools Office; S. Lois Jean Goettke, SC Leadership councilor
The SC Archives has given the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Offices a statue and portrait of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity. The new Elizabeth Seton Conference Room, located on the seventh floor of the Archdiocesan Offices, will be used for inservice and business meetings as well as educational gatherings.
Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn
S. Melannie Svoboda, SND, presented Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Motherhouse. Nestled in the heart of October, this retreat day, offered through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center, celebrated four gifts autumn gives to us: beauty, harvest, fallowness, and letting go. Using Scripture, nature, music, stories, and humor, S. Melannie helped participants explore ways to emulate this rich season in their everyday spiritual lives.
October 6, 2014
Sister Roslyn Hafertepe Honored
On Friday, Oct. 10 Bayley presented S. Roslyn Hafertepe (center) with the Sister Jeanne Roach Service to Bayley Award, which recognizes an individual who has dedicated himself or herself to making Bayley the excellent community it is today. Bayley, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, honored S. Roz for her legacy of service and extraordinary contribution, in making a profound impact on the lives of Bayley residents both currently and for those to be served in the future. S. Roz was one of three Sisters who signed/ratified the original Articles of Incorporation which created/governed Bayley when it was founded in 1990. In addition, she has been a member of the Bayley Board of Directors and currently serves on the Bayley Strategic Planning Committee, the Gift Planning Cabinet and the Benevolent Care Committee-ensuring that charitable care support goes to residents in need.
Seton Hill SCs
The Final Vow Sisters of the Korean Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill made their annual visit to their ‘grandmothers’ home last week. The Seton Hill Sisters were formed from the Cincinnati Congregation in 1870 at the request of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, to serve his diocese. The Sisters are pictured with S. Benedicta Mahoney.
The Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation of the Archdiocese of Hue, Vietnam, offered the above token of appreciation to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Sister Maria Tien Pham was a guest at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse the past two years while attending Mount St. Joseph University and receiving a degree. S. Maria’s community thanked the SCs for their love, charity and hospitality during her stay.
S. Blandina Visits
CWR Annual Conference
Participants of the Communicators for Women Religious Annual Conference enjoyed a visit from S. Blandina Segale during the final day of their gathering in Long Beach, California, on Friday, October 3. Next year’s conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and S. Blandina (also known as S. Georgia Kitt) set the stage for potential guests. S. Blandina ministered in Albuquerque where, besides her work of teaching, opened a Wayfarers’ House, became a defender of Native Americans and “Mexicans,” and went on begging trips to mining and railroad camps to raise money to support the Sisters’ missions.
September 25, 2014
Sister of Charity
Inducted Into Hall of Honor
The late S. Rose Elizabeth Bumgarner was inducted into Catholic Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sister graduated from the Springfield, Ohio, high school in 1948 and went on to minister as teacher and principal in schools in Ohio and Michigan.
Carroll High School Honors SC
Congratulations to S. Mary Alice Stein, who was inducted into the Carroll High School (Dayton, Ohio) Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 27. S. Mary Alice was honored for her lasting and profound effect on the high school, its students and its community through her commitment to Catholic education and her active involvement, leadership and support of the school. Sister served as the school’s English and Latin teacher for 43 years (1967-2010).
Mother Margaret Hall
Art Show Underway
S. Marty Dermody with her photography exhibit.
The third annual Mother Margaret Hall Art Show, sharing the work of both Sisters and employees, began Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Mother Margaret Hall Activity Room. Visitors to MMH will be able to enjoy the artwork through Friday.
(From left) Director of Associates Mary Jo Mersman with Associate Lee Hemminger
(From left) Associate Lynnessa Gallagher with S. Louise Lears
Congratulations to Lynnessa Gallagher and Lee Hemminger who made their Lifetime Commitments as Associates in Mission during the Fall Congregational Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lynnessa, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, also celebrates her 25th anniversary as an Associate in Mission; she made her original commitment on Sept. 16, 1989. Lee, a Colorado Associate, made her original commitment on Dec. 1, 1996.
September 15, 2014
Community Welcomes Pre-Entrant
(From left) S. Lois Jean Goettke, Pre-entrant Denise Morris,
S. Monica Gundler
Welcome to Denise Morris who began pre-entrance with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sept. 13. Denise met the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a Come and Serve weekend at the House of Charity and also spent time at Casa de Caridad in Anthony, New Mexico, and at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse during the 2013 Gathering. She lived in community at Xavier House with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, and also spent a year in Bolivia with the Maryknoll short-term immersion program. She is very dedicated to the ministry of education and is currently serving as a fifth-grade teacher at Resurrection School in Kansas City, Kansas. Welcome Denise!
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, Sept. 27 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.
San Antonio Church
Hosts Sisters of Charity
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were guests of San Antonio Church on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Sisters enjoyed Mass and breakfast, and were given the opportunity to share informational materials regarding S. Blandina Segale with the parishioners and Sister’s great-nieces and great-nephews. S. Blandina, whose cause for canonization has been approved by the Vatican, founded San Antonio Church (located at Queen City Avenue and White Street in Cincinnati) with her sister, S. Justina Segale. Parish elders recalled the ways that Sisters Blandina and Justina helped the struggling Italian immigrants in the South Fairmount area of Cincinnati. They will never forget the many sacrifices the pair made for their families and the church. Parishioners and family are praying to and for Servant of God S. Blandina.
Seton High School Hosts SCs
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were guests of Seton High School on Monday, Sept. 15 in honor of Founder’s Day. The Sisters of Charity founded SHS in 1853 as Mount St. Vincent Academy (Cedar Grove). On Sept. 12, 1927, Cedar Grove reopened its doors as Seton High School.
Community Celebrates Jubilarians
Congratulations to Sisters Carol Brockmeyer, Donna Collins, Shirley Dix, Mary Ann Flannery, John Michael Geis, Rosemarie Gerrety, Katrinka Gunn, Judy Gutzwiller, Jeanine Marie Holthouse, Catherine Kirby, Marie Virginia Lovato, Elizabeth Jane Mann, Rose Martin Morand, Kathleen Ann Murray, Stephen Ann O’Malley and Jean Welling, who celebrated 60 years with the Sisters of Charity Community on Sunday, Sept. 7. In addition, Sisters celebrating more than 50 years as women religious were also honored.
Thick leaf-fall glows
amber, ochre, bronze
on yards, walks and lawn.
Gutters gather gold dust.
bounces colors skyward,
charges ambient air
a mellow yellow.
And I, who walk amid
this Midas mist,
am gilded head to toe,
a living statue
raised to honor Autumn.
- S. Anna Maria Ahl, SC, 2008
September 9, 2014
Congratulations to Sisters Dorothy Ann Blatnica, Winnie Brubach, Pat Hayden, Pat Malarkey, Marie Tessmer and Marianne Van Vurst, who celebrated 50 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 31. Sisters, Associates, family and friends filled the Motherhouse chapel in gratitude for the six women and their gifts of faith, friendship, and service throughout these past 50 years.
Chillin’ and Grillin’
Students from Mount St. Joseph University joined Sisters for dinner and conversation on Thursday, Sept. 4 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.
CISE Celebrates Sisters of Charity
The Sisters of Charity were honored at the annual CISE celebration and reception on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Great American Ball Park’s Champion Club. S. Joan Cook, SC president, accepted the ‘Faith in Education Award’ in the name of the Congregation. Sisters of Charity have been educators influencing the lives of students in the Catholic Inner-city Schools Education (CISE) throughout its existence. This annual event kicks off the campaign to raise funds for the 1,800 students attending the eight inner-city Catholic schools. More than 70 percent of the students in the CISE schools are at grade level in both reading and math by the fourth grade, thanks to the untiring efforts of the teachers, tutors and administrators.
Come and Serve Weekend
S. Monica Gundler (left) and the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted a Come and Serve Weekend Aug. 29-Sept. 1 for those interested in religious life. The weekend included prayer, service and reflection in the charity charism.
August 25, 2014
Future of Charity
Gathering in New Orleans
The House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted the Future of Charity Aug. 22-24 for those in the SC Federation in formation and under 10 years finally professed. Sisters Sandy Howe, Janet Gildea, Alice Ann O’Neill, Donna Steffen, Lois Jean Goettke, Tracy Kemme, Andrea Koverman, Affiliate Annie Klapheke and Pre-entrant Romina Sapinoso were among those attending this first gathering to celebrate our common charism and build relationships that will carry into the future.
August 18, 2014
Leadership Team Attends
LCWR Annual Assembly
The 2014 LCWR assembly was held Aug. 12-15 in Nashville, Tennessee. Approximately 750 participants from all regions of the United States and several other countries attended the meetings, which focused on the “Holy Mystery Revealed in Our Midst.” Speakers included S. Carol Zinn, SSJ, S. Nancy Schreck, OSF, and S. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, who received the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award. In addition the assembly passed a resolution on the doctrine of discovery and on renewable energy for the sake of the survival of the planet.
Safety Week Concludes
Human Resources hosted Safety Week August 14-21 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.
Associates Host Summer Picnic
Cincinnati Associates and Candidates hosted the annual summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 17 in Regina Hall. The gathering began with prayer and was followed by a barbecue lunch for Sisters and Associates to enjoy while also visiting with each other.
August 11, 2014
DPCR Students Visit Motherhouse
Incoming freshmen and new students of DePaul Cristo Rey High School visited the Motherhouse on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Students had the opportunity to meet with Sisters and to take a tour of the Motherhouse, including the Immaculate Conception Chapel, to learn more about the Community’s mission and charism. DPCR is the newest sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
University Hosts Celebration Luncheon
Mount St. Joseph University recognized its students participating in the Summer Employment Program during a luncheon Aug. 11. This program connects university students to the important work of nonprofit agencies and organizations in the community. The SC Communications Office would like to thank Megan Moore (center) for her service this summer (and last). Megan will also be a student co-op in the office this school year.
August 4, 2014
Lights of Hearts Villa
Celebrates 25 Years
(From left) Sisters Margaret Mach, Dorothy Ann Blatnica and Regina Kusnir were among the group of Sisters of Charity attending the 25th anniversary celebration of Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio, on Aug. 1. Light of Hearts Villa (LOHV), which provides premier faith-based senior care in Northern Ohio, is a co-sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Vincentian Sisters of Charity established LOHV following the closing of Lumen Cordium High School in 1987. Two years later, the VSCs had transformed the high school building into an award-winning, senior residential living and community outreach services facility that continues today.
Wheels Continue to Roll
In July, members of Nuns on the Bus Ohio gathered at Mount St. Joseph to draft their vision and mission statements to represent their state-wide group. Learn more about their time together …
Visits Mother Margaret Hall
Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed a visit from Sunrock Farm on Thursday, July 31. The Traveling Pet Farm included goats, sheep, a pig, chickens and a rabbit.
July 28, 2014
S. Barbara Busch to Receive
Women of Influence Award
Congratulations to S. Barbara Busch, who has been selected by the editorial team at Venue Media as a recipient of this year’s Women of Influence Award 2014. The award aims to honor women who have helped shape the success of their organization and have demonstrated leadership, professional achievement and continuous contribution to the workplace and community. S. Barbara is the executive director of Working In Neighborhoods, an organization that empowers people to make informed choices for themselves and their neighborhoods through community building, home ownership, and economic learning. Sister and her fellow honorees will be celebrated on Aug. 20, 2014, at the Newport Syndicate.
July 21, 2014
Sisters Return to El Salvador
Sisters Christine Rody and Irene Mraz traveled to El Salvador this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland mission there. A Mass of Thanksgiving was held in the city of La Libertad, recognizing the names and places where the individuals served. The Cleveland mission began after an appeal from Pope St. John XXIII that North American dioceses support their Latin American sisters and brothers. S. Christine volunteered for the Cleveland Mission in El Salvador from 1975-1981 and S. Irene from 1981-1986. It was a joy for both women to return to see many friends and reconnect with places of importance from their years of ministry there.
Mary of Magdala, Witness and Prophet
Sisters, Associates and friends of the Community celebrated the Feast of Mary of Magdala, known as “Apostle to the Apostles,” on Tuesday, July 22 with an intercommunity prayer service. This year’s theme was Mary of Magdala, Witness and Prophet. The presider was Michaelle Jones from the Church of the Resurrection, Bond Hill and the reflector was S. Leslie Keener, CDP. Following the service refreshments were prepared and served by Power Inspires Progress.
Tone Chime Choir Performs
The SC Community was entertained on Sunday, July 20 with the delightful sounds of the SC Tone Chime Choir Concert. The light, enjoyable and interactive performance in the Motherhouse chapel was provided by a group of Sisters living in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall as well as Associate Judi Sauerbrey.
Sisters of Earth 2014 Conference
(From left) Sisters Paula Gonzalez, Clarann Weinert and Caroljean Willie attended the Sisters of Earth 2014 Conference July 10-13 in Leavenworth, Kansas. This year’s theme was The Emerging Humanity: Healing Into Wholeness. Sisters of Earth is an informal network of women who share a deep concern for the ecological and spiritual crises of the times and who wish to support one another in work toward healing the human spirit and restoring Earth’s life support system. S. Caroljean, NGO for the Sisters of Charity Federation, spoke to participants on “Spirituality at the UN.”
July 14, 2014
S. Montiel Rosenthal Receives Award
S. Montiel Rosenthal received the Outstanding Family Medicine OB Educator Award from The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency. Upon the occasion, one of S. Montiel’s graduating residents, Dr. Eleanor Glass, wrote the following poem…
Associate Jacquie Jones Honored
Congratulations to Associate Jacquie Jones, who was honored at the 34th graduation ceremony of Keystone Montessori School, El Cerrito, California, on June 27 with the creation of the Jacquie Jones Scholarship Fund. As Head Teacher, Jacquie “enriched Keystone’s program and set a precedent above and beyond [the school’s] highest expectations.” This scholarship will benefit families with financial need. While no longer teaching, Jacquie continues to volunteer as educational consultant for the school.
S. Blandina Segale, Pray for Us
Sisters of Charity Monica Lucas, Celestia Koebel, Patricia Sabourin and Victoria Marie Forde attended the press conference announcing the cause of sainthood for Sister Blandina Segale, on June 25, 2014. The decree was hung on the doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, NM on June 29. Participating in the ceremonies were: Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces (Postulator), Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe (Judge for the Cause), Victor Limary (Board of Directors Vice-Chair CHI St. Joseph’s Children), and Allan Sanchez (Petitioner for the Cause, President & CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children). St. Joseph’s Children was founded by Sister Blandina while ministering among the poor in the New Mexico Territory.
July 1, 2014
LeadingAge Ohio Art and Writing Show
S. Rose Therese Wich stands next to her group’s second place entry, entitled
“Zoo Creations, in the LeadingAge Ohio South Region’s Art and Writing Show
Congratulations to our Sisters participating in the LeadingAge Ohio South Region’s Art and Writing Show on June 30 at Bayley Wellness Center. Works of art and writing were submitted by residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio organizations. Receiving second place in the cooperative art category for “Zoo Creations” were Sisters Rose Therese Wich, Mary Laura Miceli, Imelda Cooper, Mary Pat Wagner, Carol McCarthy, Irene Luther, Joan Crocker, Florence Cremering and Miriam Thomas Busch of Mother Margaret Hall’s Art’s Delight. S. Mary Fran Boyle received first place in the poetry category for “Threat”, and S. Mary Kathryn McFerrin received honorable mention in the prose non-fiction category for “Yoctangee Park-1930s”.
Congratulations to the newest university in town! Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the College of Mount St. Joseph, today the SC sponsored ministry officially becomes Mount St. Joseph University.Congratulations to the newest university in town! Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the College of Mount St. Joseph, today the SC sponsored ministry officially becomes Mount St. Joseph University.
Sustaining the Sacred Web of Creation
The College of Mount St. Joseph hosted its 13th Summer Spirituality Institute June 23-27. Sisters Mary Bookser and Marge Kloos both taught weeklong academic courses. In addition Sisters Paula Gonzalez, Jean Miller, Joyce Richter and Caroljean Willie were guest speakers during the lunchtime panels regarding “Healing Our Global Home” and “Advocating for Mother Earth.” This year’s theme addressed sustainability, spirituality, the environment and bringing about a sustainable reign of God and environmental ethics.
June 23, 2014
Celebrating Associate Commitments
It was a day of celebration at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse on Sunday, June 22. The SC Community welcomed Jo Ann Ballinger, Kay Jackson, Kinny McQuade and Joan Wiebell as Associates in Mission. In addition, lifetime commitments were made by Associates Mary Jo Mersmann, Barbara Raymond and Mary Ellen Williams while Associates Carol Herbert and Barbara Raymond celebrated 25 years as Associates in Mission. Congratulations to all of the above mentioned Associates and those who accompanied them on their journeys!
SCs Support Mission Walk
(From left) Sisters Nancy Bramlage, Victoria Marie Forde, Andrea Koverman, Sarah Mulligan and Tracy Kemme participated in the 2014 Mission Walk on Saturday, June 23. The ninth-annual walk benefits the health and education programs provided by the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, where Sister of Charity Sarah Mulligan lives and ministers.
June 16, 2014
Ever-Evolving Charism of Charity:
SC Federation Annual Meeting, June 4-8
The annual meeting of the Sisters of Charity Federation concluded over the weekend with a focus on Implementing our Process to Speak with One Voice. On Saturday, June 7 members participated in the Federation business meeting and heard a presentation from Seton Heritage Ministries. Afternoon discussion focused on the Federation’s collaborative projects and a reflection on Covenant Relationships. A Mass for Pentecost was held in the Motherhouse chapel followed by an evening banquet. On Sunday, June 8 farewells were said and leaders from Les Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur invited the group to Moncton, New Brunswick for next year’s meeting. To view additional photos ...