Charity Family News
March 3, 2014
Lent is a journey–time to deepen our connection with God,
time to listen as God speaks to us in new ways…
Remember God is with us every step of the way.
Celebrating Mardi Gras
Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall celebrated Mardi Gras on March 4 New Orleans style. The Sisters were treated with lunch, a King Cake, music and dancing.
February 24, 2014
House of Charity Hosts
The first-ever Associate Build took place Feb. 15-19, 2014, in New Orleans, La. The gathering allowed Associates from the Charity Federation to travel to New Orleans to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and stay at the House of Charity. Cincinnati Associates Moe Nieman, Debbie Weber and Mary Jo Mersmann participated along with three Associates from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. To hear from our Associates ...
Mine Eyes Have Seen ...
View the trailer
Mine Eyes Have Seen is a 32-minute film documenting the Sisters’ service during the U.S. Civil War. Click here to order a DVD.
All Creation Sings:
Praying the Psalms with St. Elizabeth Seton
You are invited to experience the wonder of God’s creation, the power of God’s Word, and the wisdom of St. Elizabeth Seton. Let the images and words of this book lead you into a place of peacefulness and prayer. To learn more, or to purchase, contact S. Judith Metz at 513-347-4058. To view other books offered by the Sisters of Charity...
February 10, 2014
Sisters Visit DePaul Cristo Rey
A group of Sisters of Charity visited DePaul Cristo Rey High School, the newest SC sponsored ministry, on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Sisters braved the cold to see the school, for some it was their first visit.
Federation Sisters, Young Adults
Gather at House of Charity
A group of SC Federation Sisters and young adults from across the US and Canada gathered in January for a week of prayer, service and community at the House of Charity in New Orleans, La. Cincinnati Associate Ann Laiche (center) visited the group one evening and taught them how to make pralines.
“We Shall Not Be Moved: The Catholic Sisters of New Orleans” has been awarded the 2013 Gold Aurora Award for achieving a high standard of excellence in the film industry. The documentary was the only film recognized for this award in the Cultural Documentary category. To be chosen, the film was examined by industry professionals who understand the disciplines involved in filmmaking and the effective use of storytelling. The documentary received very high scores for content, execution and creativity. SC Ministry Foundation organized the fundraising effort to produce the documentary, which included other Catholic foundations and congregations of women religious.
A Message from
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
On the 9th anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang's martyrdom, we reflect on her life's work defending the human rights of the poor and the protection of the Amazon rainforest.
In early August 2013, Pope Francis visited Brazil for World Youth Day. During his visit, he also defended the Amazon and its indigenous people from illegal logging, widespread cattle grazing, and irresponsible development projects, echoing the work of Sister Dorothy Stang.
Sister Dorothy dedicated her life to bringing faith and justice to families in the Amazon region of Brazil. She worked with them to form Christian communities, to improve sustainable farming methods, to defend their basic human rights and work for social justice. She was a deeply spiritual woman who was not afraid to challenge the land-greedy ranchers and loggers who were destroying the Amazon rain forest.
Echoing the work of Sister Dorothy, the pope called for a "forceful appeal and respect and protection of the entire creation which God has entrusted to man, not so that it be indiscriminately exploited, but rather made into a garden."
February 3, 2014
International Vincentian Family Meeting
S. Caroljean Willie, UN NGO, (third row, left) attended the bi-annual meeting of the International Heads of the Vincentian Family in Paris, France, the week of Jan. 13. More than 40 people attended, representing numerous branches of the Vincentian Family throughout the world. The agenda included input on a variety of topics including Vincentian Family initiatives on systemic change, the introduction of new members of the Family as well as the opportunity to meet in small groups for sharing.
Images of Margaret
On Feb. 2, 1812, Margaret Farrell George entered the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. While we may not have many physical images of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati founder, we can learn much from her journals, diaries and poems.
January 26, 2013
Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 26 - 31
In 1829 the Sisters of Charity, believing in the “Charity of Christ Urges Us,” first carried out their philosophy in a two-story frame house in downtown Cincinnati. During the first six years these pioneers cared for 87 orphans and provided elementary education (first through eighth) for 600 children. Guided by the tradition of their founder, to be “women of courage,” they conducted a free school for children of the poor. (From our SC Archives)
One-hundred eighty-five years later we are still about education; our newest school, DePaul Cristo Rey High, near downtown Cincinnati, is in its third year. Seton High School, in its 160th year of educating young women, first begun as Mount St. Vincent Academy, Cedar Grove. Our other oldest, continuous SC school is St. James, Bay City, Mich., which recently celebrated 140 years.
Let us thank God for the privilege to serve young minds over these many years. We remain grateful for all the lay women and men who have accompanied us on this journey.
Sisters Remember Years
in Catholic Schools
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, a few of our Sister educators were interviewed about their years in the Catholic schools.
Reflecting on Catholic School Educators
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, the Communications Office team took to Facebook to see if our “friends” would be willing to share a special memory they have with one of their SC educators. To view their responses …
MMH Celebrates St. Brigid Day
Sisters and residents gathered on Jan. 24 to celebrate St. Brigid Day. The tradition began 12 years ago and was the inspiration of S. Paula Mary Russell and Mary Pat Burke, director of Resident Services. Influenced by their respective Irish grandmothers who shared the name of Brigid, it was decided that a true Celtic celebration was in order. Brigid was a fifth century Irish saint who was known for her generosity and kindness.
Common to all Irish traditional gatherings is the Celtic harp. 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. Soda bread, an Irish treat, was baked by S. Paula Mary and Mary Pat.
Spirituality Center Offers Retreat
Utilizing her Jungian training, S. Olga Wittekind, OSF, facilitated an enriching retreat on Achieving Wholeness Jan. 24-25 at the Motherhouse for 30 women.
January 20, 2013
Annie Klapheke as Affiliate
Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Annie Klapheke as an Affiliate during a ceremony Jan. 12 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. Affiliation is the first step of formation for vowed membership in which a woman lives in a Sister of Charity community while continuing to work and discern her readiness for further commitment.
Annie will be moving to Anthony, N.M., and continuing her SC journey with Affiliate Director S. Janet Gildea and the other members of the Casa de Caridad community.
Nuns Build 2013
Sisters from across the SC Federation gathered in New Orleans, La., Nov. 18-22 for the annual Nuns Build. They stayed at the Federation’s House of Charity, joining other women religious to collaborate in the rebuilding of homes and lives in the area. To read more about their week ...
Celebrating Elizabeth’s 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.
Vincentian Family Branches Collaborate on
Issues of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation
Social justice representatives from 15 branches of the Vincentian Family in North America are collaborating on issues of peace, justice and integrity of creation. The collaboration brings together representatives from nine Sisters of Charity congregations in North America as well as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Congregation of the Mission (East and West), the Ladies of Charity USA and the Vincentian lay missioners- MISEVI-USA. To learn more … The collaboration recently issued two statements regarding climate change and immigration reform.
Office Announces Name Change
In keeping with the Chapter 2011 decision to add “care for all creation” to the SC Mission Statement, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Leadership Team has approved a name change for the Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation. The office’s new name is the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation.
May we continue to work for justice and care for creation so that the peace of Jesus permeates our world.
Ministry in Motion
S. Alice Ann O’Neill teaches Suzuki cello lessons at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse each week to students between the ages of 2 and 18. To listen to their beautiful music, and to learn more about S. Alice Ann’s ministry, click here.
January 13, 2013
S. Clarann Weinert Honored
Congratulations to S. Clarann Weinert, professor emerita of the Montana State University College of Nursing, who has been selected by The Ohio State University College of Nursing as a transformer of healthcare. As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the university’s College of Nursing, 100 distinguished alumni will be honored as transformers of healthcare during their careers: at the bedside or in community-based healthcare settings; in academia as outstanding faculty, researchers, authors and deans; as leaders of healthcare, and professional organizations. S. Clarann received her master’s degree in nursing from OSU in 1974.
Centennial Celebration Opening Mass
(From left) Sisters Dorothy William Englert, Zoe St. James, Sheila Gallagher and Patrice Vales attended the Centennial Celebration Opening Mass at Holy Name Church in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 5. The Mass commemorated the 100th anniversary of Holy Name High School, which was opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1914. The four SCs, who either graduated from or taught at the school, were recognized during the Mass. S. Sheila ended 99 years of SC service at the high school in May 2013.
January 6, 2013
Congregation Honors Three with
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati awarded the Congregation’s highest honor, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, to Anne Gutzwiller, Jerry Judd and Norm Rich on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The award recognizes individuals outside the Congregation for their contributions and service to the mission of the Sisters of Charity. To learn more about the three recipients ... To see additional photos from the celebration ...
MMH Chime Choir Performs
The Mother Margaret Hall Chime Choir offered a concert of their work in the Motherhouse chapel on Monday, Dec. 30. The choir is made up of Sisters from Mother Margaret Hall and the Motherhouse along with Associate and volunteer Judi Sauerbrey. S. Cheryl Ann Grenier directs the group, which meets weekly to keep sharp and learn new music.
Welcome New Associates
(From left) Associate Geri Anderson, Associate Karla Nelemans, Associate Rebecca Van Vachon and S. Mary Loyola Mathia
(From left) Associates Pat Grublenik and Chanin Wilson
Karla Nelemans and Rebecca Van Vachon made their commitments as Associates in Mission on Sunday, Jan. 5 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Spring Hill, Fla. Karla and Rebecca have been in formation with Associate Geri Anderson for many months and S. Mary Loyola Mathia and the other Associates in the area have offered their support and prayers.
Chanin Wilson, daughter of Associate Pat Grubelnik, also made her commitment as an Associate in Mission on Jan. 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Her mother served as her Companion and other Sisters and Associates in the area served as her support.
Welcome Chanin, Karla and Rebecca!
Mount St. Joseph Blanketed in Snow
Winter and 2014 have come to the Motherhouse Campus. Enjoy nature’s beauty!
A New Years Blessing
God is in those ordinary moments and day-to-day happenings – the losses and loves, in all the days and nights – God is there. As we reflect on this past year is there a difficult memory that you want to make better or heal as you anticipate 2014? Let’s begin this New Year with a spirit of humility, making 2014 an opportunity for peace and healing.
Let us faithfully ponder the Word Made Flesh and have it take root in us. With reflective hearts may we offer hope to others, approaching the new days ahead with gratitude for the many blessings already received. Our God has “ been made flesh” and dwells among us. Happy New Year!
December 30, 2013
Creating Hope for Honduras
S. Jean Miller traveled with a group of other persons familiar with Central America to serve as observers for the recent presidential elections in Honduras. The group, sponsored by SHARE, defended the rights of the Honduran people to participate in a free and fair election, in an effort to return them to democracy following the 2009 coup. Violence is brutal and very open, especially in the barrios where there is grinding poverty.
We ask: God of the Poor, give the Honduran people a reason to hope and the opportunity for justice to prevail. Help all to believe in and work toward equal rights for all. Amen
Holy Name High School
Recognizes S. Katie Hoelscher
S. Katie Hoelscher (center) was named the 2013 recipient of the Mother Elizabeth Seton Award from Holy Name High School in Cleveland for her dedication to and love of the school. S. Katie taught at the school from 1961 until 1967, and though gone for more than 45 years, she has always supported Holy Name and has kept in touch with many of her former students. While at Holy Name, in addition to being one of the most loved teachers, she taught both geometry and algebra, was a moderator of a freshman girls homeroom, and shared her enthusiasm with the students as moderator of the Pep Club.
Come! Come to all that has grown dim in us,
Sing your winter chants to our reluctant hearts.
Cast beauty into our winter world.
Reveal to us our own gift of being light in darkness.
Come! Come teach us humility.
Cut through the frozen ground of our being.
Soften that which has become hard and unfeeling.
Free all that resists the silent waiting.
(Adapted from works of Joyce Rupp)
December 23, 2013
MMH Hosts Christmas Party
Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed a Renaissance-Boarshead Christmas party on Dec. 19. In addition to food of the season, costumes and fanfare, a madrigal quartet performed.
December 9, 2013
Santa Maria Community Services
Honors S. Kathryn Ann Connelly
(From left) S. Kathryn Ann Connelly and S. Pat Marie Bernard
Congratulations to S. Kathryn Ann Connelly who received The Sister Blandina Award from Santa Maria Community Services on Dec. 8. Sister received the honor for her dedicated service to the Price Hill community. Criteria includes being a creative thinker and doer; persistent in overcoming obstacles; champion of minorities; and fearless against injustice.
12 Days of Christmas
Sisters and employees came together for the annual 12 Days of Christmas sing-a-long on Thursday, Dec. 12 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.
MMH Hosts Christmas Tea
(From left) S. Pat Saul, MMH administrator, and S. Janice Ernst
Sisters, employees and volunteers enjoyed High Tea on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. Staff of Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility host the annual tea to thank individuals for their service and dedication throughout the year. A Taste of Class Catering provided the delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
Mother Margaret Hall Sister-residents moved in to the newly completed sixth and seventh floors this month. S. Pat Saul, MMH administrator, worked with staff on the coordination of the moves. We thank our God and all the many participants in the process, which began more than two years ago. We are blessed!
Time Magazine Names Pope
"Person of the Year"
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are pleased to hear that Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" after just nine months. We are refreshed and encouraged that he is giving new emphasis to the healing mission of the Catholic Church. We continue prayers for him in the daunting task of leading the global Church.
December 2, 2013
November Nuns Build a Success
Sisters Peggy Deneweth, Sally Duffy, Tracy Kemme, Andrea Koverman, Carol Leveque, Joyce Richter, Donna Steffen and Pre-Entrant Annie Klapheke headed to New Orleans, La., Nov. 18-22 for the annual Nuns Build. They stayed at the House of Charity along with other Sisters from the SC Federation, joining 62 other women religious to collaborate in the rebuilding of homes and lives in the area.
To learn more about their week …
Did You Know?
S. Anthony O’Connell died this month in 1897. Throughout the Civil War S. Anthony O’Connell was regarded as the leading spirit of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Her great charity, devotion and ability were such that she was described as a “brilliant ornament of her sex,” “a most creditable representative of her religion,” and “the embodiment of humanity and charity.” To read more about S. Anthony …
Young Sisters of Archdiocese Gather
Over the Thanksgiving weekend young Sisters of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse for fellowship. A total of 17 women attended, coming from seven different congregations and ranging in age from early 20s to 50. This is the second time the group has met. The women’s Congregations represented are: the Congregation of Divine Providence, Marianists, Poor Clares, Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Mercy, and SNDdeNamur.
November 25, 2013
Did You Know?
On October 29,1829 four Sisters of Charity arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, to open an orphanage and school. They were among the trailblazers in establishing the Roman Catholic Church on a sound footing in a diocese which encompassed almost the entire Northwest Territory.
SOA Prayer Service
Sisters and Associates gathered on Sunday, Nov. 24 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.
Did You Know?
S. Jackie Kowalski (right) celebrated her golden jubilee at St. Louis parish in Mount Clemens, Mich., in 2009. Sister’s grandfather, David Charboneau, donated a corner of his homestead to the parish.
S. Jacqueline Kowalski’s ancestral family has important roots in local and national history?
To learn more …
November 11, 2013
Did You Know?
More than 160 years ago, St. John’s Hotel for Invalids – a 21-bed hospital – was opened under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Today the hospital has grown into the largest private teaching and specialty health care facility in Greater Cincinnati, serving all sectors of the population, and is known as Good Samaritan Hospital.
Cooperative for Education
Photo Courtesy of Cooperative for Education
The Sisters of Charity were the guests of honor at a recognition breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 7 hosted by Cooperative for Education. The breakfast thanked the Sisters for their support throughout the years – through funding from SC Ministry Foundation, volunteering in the mission in Guatemala or serving on the advisory board. Cooperative for Education is a nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati and Guatemala City that provides educational resources and opportunities to schoolchildren in Guatemala’s Central and Western Highlands (www.cooperativeforeducation.org).
Honoring Our Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, the Delhi Township Veterans Association hosted its annual ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 10. As part of the commemoration, 45 names of township military veterans were added to the park’s Wall of Honor monument. Thirteen of those names were Sisters of Charity who served as Army nurses during the Civil War. The ceremony also featured presentation of the colors, a medley of military theme songs and the singing of patriotic songs by a group of Sisters of Charity and Associates in attendance. To view a list of names of the Sisters of Charity added to the Wall of Honor this year…
Sisters Host Lunch for Veterans
S. Cookie Crowley serves Motherhouse employees Roger Luken (left) and Lenny Kleiner during a lunch to thank all our veteran employees and Sisters on Monday, Nov. 11.
November 4, 2013
Creative Aging Establishes
the Sister Armin Cooper Award
Creative Aging in Memphis, Tenn., a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing enriching experiences in the arts to seniors, recently announced the commencement of the Sister Armin Cooper Award. The award will be given annually to an artist whose work demonstrates a passion for seniors and who is committed to advancing Creative Aging’s mission. The late S. Armin Cooper, a Memphis native, was a founding member of the Creative Aging board of directors. Sister ministered as a secondary teacher in the Memphis area from 1974 until 1990.
is this space of now
…ambiguity and questions bear the tale…
answers not yet visible
not yet revealing…where are we?
Can we cling to God
who walks with us
and talks with us
in this formless, faith-filled time and space?
Can we just be…in God…just be?
Can we willingly yield to God’s holding pattern
meeting our grace?
Excerpts from Mary Ellen Murph
October 28, 2013
From the Mount to the World
S. Sarah Mulligan and Associate Debbie Weber were recently featured with other individuals tied to the College of Mount St. Joseph in an article recognizing the many ways they are impacting the lives of people throughout the world. To read the article, please visit the College’s website ...
Vincentian Family Gathers
(From left) S. Lois Jean Goettke, S. Mary Ann Humbert, S. Caroljean Willie and Associate Debbie Weber, OPJIC director, attended the National Vincentian Family Gathering Oct. 25-27 in Indianapolis, Ind. This year’s theme was “Let Us Go To The Poor…” – chosen in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Vincentian Family is called to go deeper into the spirituality of systemic change; collaborate to end poverty through systemic change; and to make a place at the table for Vincentian young adults.
Breaking the Silence: Congo Week
Sisters, Associates and friends of the Community gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to hear Jacky Kalubi, a teacher at Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, and originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, speak about her native country. Jacky offered suggestions regarding what we can do to affect change in her war-torn homeland. Her presentation was the conclusion of many events held during Congo Week, Oct. 20-26, 2013, to bring awareness to the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while also celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country.
The Sisters of Charity officially began their Congo Week events with Mass in the Motherhouse chapel concelebrated by Fr. Pat McCloskey and Fr. Ruffino Ezama, a Comboni missionary working in Cincinnati. Congolese seminarian, Deacon Boniface Twaibu, also participated. After Mass, Fr. Ruffino and Deacon Boniface offered an informal, informational discussion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
S. Sally Duffy Completes Marathon
Congratulations to S. Sally Duffy, who completed the Columbus Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 20. S. Sally finished eighth in her age class. As a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, S. Sally ran in honor of her sister, who is in remission from myeloma - a cancer of the plasma cells in blood. Her participation helped to raise funds to find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. To view a video of Sister’s finish …
October 21, 2013
The Power of Pause:
Becoming More By Doing Less
The Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center, Centennial Barn: a Ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and Transfiguration Spirituality Center presented The Power of Pause: Becoming More By Doing Less with Terry Hershey on Oct. 19 at the Motherhouse. In this world of faster, newer and bigger, Hershey offered participants suggestions for slowing down and taking time for the important things.
DPCR High School
Unveils Hillside Campus, Names Science Center
Sisters of Charity were in attendance for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s Hillside Campus on Oct. 10. During the event the school also formally named the Seton Science Center in honor of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, its sponsoring organization. The dedication and Seton Science Center naming are the culmination of an extensive campus expansion project that began one year ago. The expansion has added three buildings to the DPCR campus as well as additional parking. The Seton Science Center is the first of these buildings to open; students and teachers began using its classrooms and labs in September.
October 14, 2013
MMH Hosts Art Exhibit
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance
of things, but their inward significance.” - Aristotle
The Second Annual Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Mother Margaret Hall Activities Department, took place Oct. 16. The exhibit was open to all entrants – Sisters, residents and employees – and coordinated by Beverly Anderson.
Busy Bee Brunch
Mother Margaret Hall residents were treated to brunch on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The annual Busy Bee Brunch began more than 20 years ago and is coordinated by MMH employees. Management staff cooks the meal and serves it to residents.
October 7, 2013
Water With Blessings
OPJIC’s Water With Blessings project officially got underway on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with a training of the Water Women in Mexico. The Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation and SC Family are partnering with mothers, empowering and equipping them to bring clean water to their families and neighbors. To learn more about the project …
Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership
Congregations representing the Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership visited the Motherhouse Oct. 11-12 for an overnight retreat. The Tri-State conference is committed to the support and enrichment of Associate leaders in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Congregations represented at the retreat were Ursuline Sisters of Mt. St. Joseph, Sisters of Mercy South Central, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ursuline Sisters of Immaculate Conception (Louisville), Ursuline Sisters Brown County, Benedictine Sisters, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Dominican Sisters of Peace and Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Ind.
Santo Niño Project
OPJIC Director Debbie Weber recently visited our Sisters living and ministering at the Texas/Mexico border. Debbie had the opportunity to spend some time at the Santo Niño Project in Anapra, Mexico, a ministry started by Sisters Peggy Deneweth, Ann Dorenbusch, Janet Gildea and Carol Wirtz in 2002 for poor children with special needs and their families. To learn more about the Santo Niño Project, visit http://proyectosantonino.org/.
October 1, 2013
Novices Visit Guatemala
Novices Andrea Koverman and Tracy Kemme recently returned from a 12-day stay with S. Sarah Mulligan in Guatemala. While there the Sisters, along with Novice Director S. Donna Steffen, worked with the mothers and children at S. Sarah’s Daniel Comboni Community Clinic; recycled, organized and weighed 5,000 pounds of items for pick-up; visited Associate in Volunteer Ministry Linda Trenn, teaching English through music and dance to her students; and visited with two Sisters of Charity of New York, who have lived and ministered in Guatemala for more than 30 years.
Associates Blasa Rivera (left) and Viola Elizond
Congratulations to Blasa Rivera and Viola Elizondo for making their Lifetime Commitments as Associates at the West Fall Congregational Day on Saturday, Sept. 28. They join Associate Evelyn Baca-Kight and Ohio Associates Rita Brandewiede, Pat Schloemer, Elaine Krotine and Joan Axt, who made their commitments earlier this month. Congratulations and thank you for your willingness to make this public commitment to the Charity Family.
Fall Congregational Days Conclude
The final Fall Congregational Day was held Saturday, Sept. 28 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Meetings took place throughout the month of September. 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.
Immigration Prayer Service
Sisters, Associates and friends of the Community gathered Friday, Sept. 27, the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, to remember our immigrant brothers and sisters and their needs. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious requested that we join in prayer and fast for the 40 days between Sept. 9 and Oct. 18, when legislators might be discussing Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The Sisters of Charity gathered for a prayer service for this intention and to hear an immigrant’s story.
September 23, 2013
Sisters Honored at St. Joseph Home
St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati commemorated its 140th anniversary on Sept. 18 with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. A light reception and tours of St. Joseph Home followed. Sisters Rose Martin Morand, administrator 1979-’86, and Marianne Van Vurst, administrator 1986-2010, were the guests of honor. St. Joseph Home is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
Art’s Delight Receives Honor
S. Helen Miriam Gunn with “Resurrection Windows.”
Congratulations to Sisters Joan Crocker, Grace Ann Gratsch, Helen Miriam Gunn, Carol McCarthy, Mary Laura Miceli, Mary Pat Wagner and the late Mary Ann Raycher, participants of S. Mary Ellen Murphy’s Art’s Delight class in Mother Margaret Hall, who won first place at the LeadingAge Ohio State Art and Writing Show. Their work, entitled “Resurrection Windows,” won the Cooperative Art category.
Did You Know?
In September 1969 S. Ruth Jonas arrived in Upper Volta (formerly French West Africa) to begin a two-year study of the Mosi people. Her project, backed by the U.S. Office of Education, was referred to as “the twinned classroom approach.” In the ensuing 15 years, eight more Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati would do missionary work in one or more of these African countries: Upper Volta, Zambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Uganda.
September 16, 2013
S. Pat Marie Bernard Honored
Congratulations to S. Pat Marie Bernard (second from right) who received the Molina Healthcare of Ohio Community Champions Award on Sept. 10 for her work over the last 50 years dedicated to improving the health of her community. The Community Champions Awards program is an opportunity for Molina Healthcare’s community partners to honor the unsung heroes of their communities. S. Pat was nominated by Santa Maria Community Services.
Canonization of Elizabeth Seton
September 14, 1975
On Sept. 14, 2013 we celebrate the anniversary of Elizabeth Seton’s canonization as the first American-born saint. The process leading to this event was a long road that required the prayers and fortitude of many of her Sisters of Charity descendants as well as many devoted followers.
To read more…
September 9, 2013
Fall Congregational Days
Throughout the month of September Sisters of Charity and Associates will gather for the Fall Congregational Days. Each year members 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.
Community Celebrates Jubilarians
Congratulations to Diamond Jubilarians Sisters Marilyn Joseph Czarnecki, Paula Gonzalez, Florence (Rose) Izzo, Frances Maureen Trampiets, Rita Cocquyt, Joan Carole Schaffner and Jane Bernadette Leo, who celebrated 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 8. The Community also celebrated all Sisters celebrating anniversaries of more than 50 years. For a full list …
Associates Celebrate Lifetime Commitments
(From left) Associate Rita Brandewiede and Mary Jo Mersmann, director of Associates
Congratulations to Associate Rita Brandewiede after making her Lifetime Commitments as an Associate at the Fall Congregational Days this week. Throughout the month of September Associates Pat Schloemer, Elaine Krotine, Joan Axt, Blasa Rivera, Evelyn Baca-Kight and Viola Elizondo will join Rita. We are grateful for their witness these many years and thank them for their discernment and willingness to make this public commitment to the Charity Family.
Chillin’ and Grillin’
Students from the College of Mount St. Joseph joined Sisters for dinner and conversation on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Regina Hall. The annual Chillin’ and Grillin’ event is an opportunity for College students in leadership roles to meet and learn more about the Sisters of Charity and their ministries.
September 2, 2013
S. Joan Cook, SC president, congratulates Silver Jubilarians Sisters Mary Kay Bush (left) and Margarita Brewer (right) following the Sept. 1 Mass celebrating their 25 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
August 26, 2013
Elizabeth Ann Seton
Sisters and employees in Mother Margaret Hall were treated to a musical performance by our Sisters on Aug. 28 – Elizabeth Seton’s birthday. Voices and instruments blended to create a joyful noise; it was a fitting combination for the special day.
The Battle of Richmond
Association Welcomes SCs
The Sisters of Charity were warmly welcomed Sunday, Aug. 25 by The Battle of Richmond (KY) Association for their annual Civil War Commemoration and re-enactment of the Battle of Richmond. The battle occurred Aug. 29-30, 1862. In its aftermath six Sisters of Charity traveled by ambulance train from Cincinnati to tend the wounded. These nurses spent about three weeks in Richmond at their ministrations. Representing the community, Sisters Judith Metz (left) and Andrea Koverman were presented with a beautiful memorial wreath, handmade by members of The Battle of Richmond Association, at the ceremonies preceding the re-enactment. A Sisters of Charity display was located in a restored slave cabin where many visitors learned of the Sisters’ heroic service.
After ministering 30 years as a registered dietitian in hospitals, intermediate care and long-term care settings, S. Mary Catherine Faller (second from left) is currently the nutrition services manager for Warren County Community Services, a nonprofit agency in Lebanon, Ohio. To read more about Sister’s ministry…
SCs Show Support
for Immigration Reform
(From left) Sisters Carol Wirtz, Janet Gildea and Peggy Deneweth participated in a Justice for Immigrants Prayer March for immigration reform in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, Aug. 22. Bishop Oscar Cantu attended the rally and urged those present to work for comprehensive reform that includes a path to citizenship. Our Sisters of Charity history reflects the Community’s dedication and ministry to immigrants. In 2007, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati issued a Public Statement on Immigration. To view the statement …
Week of August 1, 2013
Way of Elizabeth
Novices Andrea Koverman (left) and Tracy Kemme (right) set out this week with Novice Director S. Donna Steffen (center) on “the Way of Elizabeth,” they are visiting the various places that were part of our founder Elizabeth Seton’s life. With Sisters Regina Bechtle, SCNY, and Judith Metz, SC, as tour guides the group drove to Mount St. Vincent in New York where over the course of several days they have visited lower Manhattan; New Rochelle; Trinity/St. Paul’s; Mt. St. Vincent archives, chapel, and campus; St. Andrew’s; Staten Island; and Convent Station. On Friday they will drive to Emmitsburg, Md., to visit Paca Street and the shrine in Baltimore, Md. S. Alice Ann O’Neill joined them for the Manhattan, Staten Island portion.
S. Lynn Heper (left) with Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s Kelly Rowland, director of development.
S. Lynn Heper brings her contagious warmth to her ministry at the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation in Cincinnati. To read more …
S. Cheryl Uses Gifts
in Volunteer Role
S. Cheryl Ann Grenier helps Peaslee Neighborhood Center’s preschool students discover and utilize their creative gifts by playing guitar and encouraging them to sing along. To learn more about Sister’s volunteer ministry…
Week of July 22, 2013
S. Juliette Sabo Honored
Resurrection School students Laura Beckroege and Samantha Gatliff present S. Juliette Sabo with a clock that will be hung in the school’s second floor hall in honor of all Sisters of Charity who have been affiliated with Resurrection School; S. Juliette is retiring after 17 years, but the Congregation will continue to minister there. The Sisters of Charity have been at Resurrection parish since 1920 - 93 years.
Mary of Magdala
Sisters, Associates and friends of the Charity Family gathered Monday, July 22 for a prayer service honoring Mary of Magdala, known as “Apostle to the Apostles.” This year’s theme was The Women of Vatican II: Daughters of Mary of Magdala. Eileen O’Reilly, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, was the presider, and the homilist was Jessie Thomas, D-Min. A reception followed the prayer service.
Cincinnati Associate Karen Martin (second from right) enjoys a visit with (from left) Juneau SC Delia Sizler and Associates Mary Henn-Bodine, Maria Rogers and Eileen Casey while vacationing in Alaska in July. While in Juneau Karen had the opportunity to dine with the group and "see the sights," including Mendenhall National Park and the Mendenhall glacier.
Greensburg SCs Visit
The Korean Province of the Sisters of Charity of Greensburg, Pa., made their annual visit to the Motherhouse on July 12, 2013. They are pictured above with Archive director, S. Judith Metz. The Greensburg Sisters consider the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati their 'grandmothers' since their congregation was formed from original members of the Cincinnati Community in 1870.
Week of July 15, 2013
The final day of the 2013 SC Gathering concluded with a morning general session entitled “Into the Future” and presented by the Leadership Team. A quiet, reflective afternoon was scheduled prior to the closing liturgy in the Motherhouse chapel. To view additional photos ...
Week of July 8, 2013
in Bicycle Adventure
Georgia Associate Jane Burdette recently took part in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) with 3,000 bikers aged 3 to 89. To read more about the adventure…
Week of July 1, 2013
From The Circle of Life
by Wiederkehr & Rupp
Blessed are you sacrament of summer,
nature’s green season, sweet echo of spring.
You speak to us in living colors;
you renew the earth with symbols of life for our bodies & souls.
Blessed are you summer,
with firefly evenings you minister to the child in us.
You feed our hunger for beauty.
Mission Walk a Success
Sisters and Associates took part in the eighth annual Mission Walk on Saturday, June 22. The event benefits the health and education programs supported by Mission Partners Guatemala and provided to the people of Mixco, Guatemala, and surrounding areas, through the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic.
Week of June 17, 2013
Gathers in Leavenworth
Sisters Joan Cook, Mary Bookser, Lois Jean Goettke, Louise Lears and Christine Rody were among the more than 60 leaders of religious congregations gathering in Leavenworth, Kan., June 12-16 for the annual meeting of the Sisters of Charity Federation. This year’s theme was “Courageous Charity - Deepening Collaboration.” During their five days of meetings, participants explored ways to collaborate to support and effect systemic change; discussed the criteria and process for initiating a new ministry sponsored by the Charity Federation; heard reports; and reviewed the Federation’s strategic plan.
Week of June 10, 2013
Nuns on the Bus
Visits the Border
Our SC community was an enthusiastic and very visible presence for NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus during their 24 hours at the border this week. To learn more …
Week of June 3, 2013
DPCR Students Say Thanks
Photo Courtesy of DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Motherhouse employees representing departments where the DePaul Cristo Rey High School students (Ashley, Amber and Noah) were employed throughout the school year attended an Appreciation Brunch on Friday, May 31 at the school. Departments represented above include: Archives, Communications, Associates, OPJIC, Nutrition, and Human Resources. The students each worked five days per month as part of the Corporate Work Study program; 35 area corporations participated in this, the second year of the school’s existence.
Visit to Guatemala
Debbie Weber, OPJIC coordinator and SC Associate, and her husband, Jim, recently spent 10 days in Guatemala with S. Sarah Mulligan. From photographing the annual community run or designing certificates and posters to assisting with a dental health training or spending time with S. Sarah, Debbie had a wonderful time reuniting with friends and building new relationships.
Week of May 27, 2013
A Special Visit
S. Alice Ann O’Neill recently visited our Sisters, Affiliates and Associate in Community living at Casa de Caridad in Anthony, N.M. While there she had the opportunity to volunteer at the Santo Nino Project, started by our Sisters in 2003 in Anapra, Mexico, to serve children with special needs and their families.
SCs Host Civil War
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati hosted a Civil War commemoration service on Saturday, May 25 to recognize the 42 Sisters of Charity who served as nurses on the battlefields. The event included prayer, poetry, music by the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, and the first public screening of Mine Eyes Have Seen, a 32-minute film documenting the Sisters’ service. Written and produced by Michael Turney, this Ken-Burns-style documentary was created to recognize the incredible compassion and care our Sisters gave to the soldiers and how their efforts were a true testament to the Community motto: The Love of Christ Urges Us. To purchase a DVD copy of the documentary …
St. William Honors SCs
On Wednesday, May 22, the Sisters of Charity were honored at St. William parish and school. S. Helen Attenweiler is retiring after 37 years of ministry there. She is the last of a long line of SCs to minister in the school; we have been there for 102 years – quite a legacy! At the close of Mass Father Umberg announced that a plaque would hang in the school and a flowering tree has been planted on the property in honor of the Sisters’ service. A reception followed in the library where many SCs in attendance were greeted and thanked by grateful parents and students.
Week of May 20, 2013
Sisters Show Support for
DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Many Sisters of Charity were in attendance for DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s inaugural Rey of Light Scholarship Benefit for Students on April 27. With the support of sponsors, guests and the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers, the school raised $349,000 for the scholarship fund. As the school’s sole sponsor, the Sisters of Charity are proud of DePaul Cristo Rey’s success and the many students the school will continue to support into the future.
Week of April 27, 2013
S. Carol Bauer (left) was honored with the Community Leader of the Year Award on April 18. S. Carol was honored at this year’s Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley Annual Leadership Luncheon. She graciously accepted the award, and challenged attendees with her words of advice: “Find something that matters to you and share your time, talent, and treasure.” S. Carol has served the Dayton community for more than 35 years. She has been involved with the leadership of Catholic Social Services for more than 20 years, serving on the Board for three terms - two of those terms as president.
S. Mary Dugan Receives Honor
S. Mary Dugan (second from right) with fellow honorees of the Exceptional Achievement Award on April 24.
S. Mary Dugan received the Exceptional Achievement Award (Highland County) from the Regional Advisory Council and the Parent Council of Ohio Region 14-Hopewell Center (Hillsboro, Ohio) at a ceremony April 24. Sister was recognized her efforts “above and beyond the call of duty that have resulted in excellence in educational experiences for students with special needs. The award represents not only an acknowledgement from educators, but also from parents of Sister’s unique contribution and dedication.”
Past, Present and Future
Sisters Jean Patrice Harrington and Sally Duffy (on behalf of SC Ministry Foundation) were among those honored at the College of Mount St. Joseph’s annual scholarship benefit April 24 for their contributions to the school’s history. The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were also recognized for their vision, leadership and support to help advance the College’s mission of educating students.
Week of April 22, 2013
S. Sheila Gallagher Honored
(From left) Sisters Mary Barbara Philippart, Sheila Gallagher, Marie Tessmer and Diana Durling
Holy Name High School, opened by the Sisters of Charity in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914, recognized S. Sheila Gallagher on April 20 at the Holy Name Auction and Gala for her demonstration of Holy Name’s life creed - to succeed in mind, body and spirit – throughout her life and to the success of Holy Name throughout the years. S. Sheila came to Holy Name in 1974 as a math teacher and department chair when the number of Sisters on the faculty was decreasing. Sister said she wanted to do her part to continue the Charity tradition, to bring Elizabeth Seton’s spirit to those she taught. “I hope that I have succeeded at least some in this,” she said in her acceptance. “I, too, am grateful for these years that I have been a part of Holy Name and have shared in the lives of so many Namers. I accept this honor in the memory and name of the 265 Sisters of Charity who have given 1,268 Sister years to Holy Name High School.” S. Sheila is the last SC on the faculty and will be retiring in June.
Week of April 15, 2013
Sowing the Seeds of
S. Winnie Brubach (right) and June Greensmith deliver produce from the organic garden at EarthConnection to St. Leo’s Food Pantry.
Four Sisters of Charity environmental activists have led the way within the community and among those with whom they’ve ministered. To learn more …
Week of April 8, 2013
Voice of the Voiceless
On April 13, Annunciation House, a shelter for migrants and refugees in El Paso, Texas, presented its 2013 “Voice of the Voiceless” award to women religious of the U.S. and Mexico. New Mexico Sisters of Charity, Affiliates and Associate in Community participated with a display celebrating the ways that we have been “Weaving a Welcome since 1852.” They were also involved as volunteers for the solidarity dinner. S. Janet Gildea and Yessenia Vasquez presented a "StoryCorps-like" interview at the immigration forum that preceded the dinner and also participated in the opening and closing prayer rituals.
Week of March 25, 2013
Sisters of Charity
“The Future of Charity is Now” gathering held at Mount St. Joseph March 23, 2013, was attended by more than 80 Sisters and Associates from Cincinnati, Nazareth, Ky., and Seton Hill, Pa. Organized by the Grass Roots Committee of the Sisters of Charity Federation and hosted in Cincinnati by Sisters Joan Cook and Alice Ann O’Neill, it was a spirited meeting that included presentations, reflection, discussion, and a panel presentation by newer members on its main theme. This meeting was one of several being held throughout North America by members of the Federation.
Associates Host Spring Fling
Sisters, Associates and Candidates in the Greater Cincinnati area braved the cold and light snow on March 24 to attend the annual Spring Fling held in Regina Hall. The afternoon included prayer, lunch and fellowship. To view additional photos visit our photo gallery …
St. Joseph Home Celebrates
Feast Day with SCs
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati joined St. Joseph Home for a special Mass in honor of the Feast Day of St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 19. Sisters Roslyn Hafertepe and Maureen Heverin helped plan the Mass. Following Sisters enjoyed a light lunch and a tour of the Home's History Hall, which documents St. Joseph Home's founding in 1873 by S. Anthony O'Connell.
Week of March 18, 2013
College Dedicates Heritage Wall
A group of Sisters of Charity attended the dedication of the College of Mount St. Joseph’s Heritage Wall on March 19 – the Feast Day of St. Joseph. S. Rita Hawk (front, left) and S. Nancy Bramlage, Director of Mission and Ministry, led the ceremony to bless and dedicate the wall, which focuses on the values that members of the College community embrace: excellence in academic endeavors, integration of life and learning, respect and concern for all persons, diversity of cultures and beliefs, and service to others. The dedication followed a prayer service in honor of St. Joseph in the College’s Mater Dei Chapel.
Week of February 25, 2013
Charities Renew Acquaintance
with Soccer “Great”
S. Mary Bookser recently renewed contact with soccer great Omar Cummings, a former Colorado Rapids forward. To read more …
Good Samaritan Free Health Center
The new site of the Good Samaritan Free Health Center was dedicated on Feb. 26. Located at 3727 St. Lawrence Avenue in Price Hill (Cincinnati), the center addresses the critical shortage of physicians and clinics in the Price Hill area, where 43 percent of residents are uninsured; they often wait three to six months for an appointment at a health clinic or go to an area emergency department to receive episodic care. This two-year pilot of the new health center has been fully funded through generous donations, including the time and talents of many. Care at the center is of the highest quality, utilizing volunteer physicians and nurses; it incorporates electronic medical records and uses group visits to address the need for education about chronic health conditions such as diabetes. S. Barbara Hagedorn, pictured above, serves as the coordinator of client services for the center. It is the desire of the Good Samaritan Foundation and TriHealth to improve the health status of the people being served at the center by providing a full range of health-related services which include prevention, wellness and education.
Honors and Awards
February 27, 2014
Throughout the past year, S. Victoria Anyanwu was featured in The Christ Hospital’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences “My Story Campaign.” In honor of her and others contributions to the campaign, S. Victoria will be recognized at the first student awards celebration in April, named the My Story Celebration.