Charity Family News
February 12, 2016Intercommunity Novitiate
Meets in St. Louis
S. Donna Steffen (left) and Novice Romina Sapinoso (right) participated in the St. Louis Intercommunity Novitiate Feb. 6-10, 2017, with the topic: Being Sexual and Celibate: A Psycho-Spiritual Perspective, presented by Lynn Levo, CSJ. Twenty novices, male and female, and approximately 15 Novice directors attended. The SC Federation was represented with two seminarians and their seminary director (pictured) along with Romina and S. Donna.
St. Valentine’s Day
Photo by S. Marty Dermody, SC
As we take time to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day today, February 14, may we not take people and circumstances in our lives for granted. This seems like a fitting day to pause and thank people for their presence in our lives – friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, caretakers – to express our gratitude and view them as a blessing. This is true for our God as well. Let us acknowledge God’s continued love and presence often. That presence is the heart of living well in the life and world we have. Loving God, may our hearts never care too little. Amen.
February 5, 2016February 11 – World Day of the SickS. Montiel Named
One of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors
Congratulations to S. Montiel Rosenthal who was named one of Cincy Magazine’s “Best Doctors” in family medicine in the Tristate. According to the magazine, “To make this list, current Best Doctors are asked to nominate physicians they would personally refer a loved one to for care.” To read more about S. Montiel, click here.
Stained-glass image taken in the Immaculate
Conception Chapel, Sisters of Charity Motherhouse.
On this Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we pray for the needs of the sick and all those who suffer – the poor, the infirm, the outcast, the marginalized. May they be recognized, no matter how frail, for their dignity and mission in life. Like Bernadette of Soubirous, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared many times, may we support those who appear fragile; let us bring out in others the compassion and love that are part of every created human heart.
We pray for those who provide care and assist the sick – family members, health care workers and volunteers – that they may accompany the infirm and show them the love of God that is found in human spirits and hearts. We pray for those in different roles of service and in health care institutions throughout our world, that they will be strengthened in their dedication to the sick and suffering. May they serve to be models of surrender to God’s will, answering with a loving response.
Sustain the trusting expectations of our spirits and guide us to accomplish great things through our dependence on the Holy Spirit. May our mutual respect of each person bring fuller harmony and a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit.
A Journey Together gathering was held at the Motherhouse on Sunday, Feb. 5. Sisters of Charity participants took the day to share about “what we most care about at this time in our lives,” ministry as mission, and community life as it is emerging for us today.
Deep Concern about Executive Orders
We are pleased to share that Mayor John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati, this week declared Cincinnati a sanctuary city. We will welcome the immigrants and refugees who are seeking shelter and opportunities for their families. To read a statement from LCWR of which the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are active members CLICK HERE.
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service
It’s Catholic Schools Week! This week we are giving shout outs to our Sisters in SC sponsored ministries.
S. Terry Dutcher has ministered at Seton High School in Cincinnati since 1985. Currently she serves as a religion teacher at the school.
S. Sandy Howe (left) is the community service coordinator at Seton High School in Cincinnati.
S. Marcel DeJonckheere ministers in the Admissions Office at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
S. Nancy Bramlage (left) is keeping Mount St. Joseph University's mission alive and ever present as the director of the university’s Office of Mission and Ministry
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
Throughout the week the Sisters of Charity are featuring educational institutions where SCs have served and met a variety of needs, over a long period of time. Many Sisters of Charity have contributed to the Mission and its success; in collaboration with the parish and parents they helped to educate the youth in their care to live Gospel values.
We celebrate St. William in Cincinnati. READ MORE
We celebrate institutions in Trinidad, Colorado, where Servant of God S. Blandina Segale ministered. READ MORE
We celebrate celebrate St. James School (currently known as All Saints) in Bay City, Michigan. READ MORE
Community Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
Sisters and employees celebrated Catholic Schools Week on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. School songs and fond memories were shared at lunch … a few even remembered the answers to S. Cookie’s catechism questions.
March for Life Celebrates Life
Sisters of Charity participated in the March for Life in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 29. They joined more than 1,000 others for the annual event to celebrate life and stand up for the marginalized.
Seton High School
Participates in March for Life
Seton High School students participated in the 44th annual March for Life on Fri., Jan. 27, in Washington D.C. The theme for this year's March is - "The Power of One."
January 22, 2016
Sister SpotlightCelebrating the
Meet S. Virginia Bohnert. S. Ginny has companioned women and children at The Gathering Place in Denver, Colorado, since 2010. The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness.
Feast of St. Francis de Sales
Artwork by Bro. Mickey O’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S
“Stay close to God. The gentleness of His shadowStanding Up for
is more healthy than the brightness of the sun.”
- St. Francis de Sales
Human Dignity, Common Good
Sisters of Charity participated in marches and rallies across the United States on Saturday, Jan. 21 to show their support for women’s rights, and expressing concern about policy changes in immigration, health care and education.
Prayer for Our Nation
God, giver of life and love, we entrust our nation to your care as we witness the transition of government occurring in these coming days. You are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Make us aware of our role in helping this continue. Send your Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of our new leaders - president, vice president, House and Senate members and potential cabinet appointees. Open our minds to the responsibilities we and they have that accompany our human freedom. Continue to bless us as a nation and as a people. Amen.
January 15, 2016
Conference Explores ‘Healing Divisions’
More than 20 young Catholic Sisters and women in formation gathered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Phoenix, Arizona, January 13-15 for individual and communal prayer, shared reflection and conversation. The Giving Voice conference gave the women the opportunity to gather together to explore ways to heal divisions in our Church, country and world.
100 Percent College Acceptance
For the third year in a row DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s senior class has achieved 100 percent college acceptance. Every member of the Class of 2017 has been accepted to at least one college, most have been accepted to multiple schools, and these seniors have already earned $3.8 million in merit-based academic scholarships. The school is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
Celebrationg Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 8, 2016
SCs Honor Two
with Elizabeth Seton Award
The Sisters of Charity Community came together Jan. 8, 2017, to celebrate two very special people – John DiCola and Janet Schelb. The two were honored with the Elizabeth Seton Award for their compelling urge to further the Community’s mission to act justly, build loving relationships, share resources with those in need, and care for creation. READ MORE
Seton High School Celebrates Founder
The Sisters of Charity were honored to be special guests for the celebratory Mass of the Feast Day of Elizabeth Ann Seton at Seton High School on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Seton High School was founded by the Sisters of Charity and continues to be a SC sponsored ministry.
January 1, 2016
Seton Writings Project Helps
to Spread Elizabeth Seton’s Legacy
Six Sisters of the SC Federation – including Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Judith Metz - have dedicated years of work to document the story and legacy of Elizabeth Seton. READ MORE
January 4 –
Feast Day of Elizabeth Ann Seton
Statue created by Bro. Joe Aspell
As we begin this new year of 2017 we experience a world similar to that Elizabeth knew 200 years ago including violence, war, uncertainty and general turmoil. Elizabeth’s approach was to help her young community ‘hazard yet forward’ with untiring confidence in God. Some of her words may assist us as community and as individuals as we honor her feast on Jan. 4. Choose any one that may be helpful for reflection:
God smiles at the anxious, calculating heart and makes everything easy to the simple and confiding.
All nature speaks to us of heaven – the delight of the morning.
Look up and be thankful for the good that yet remains.
Every good work we do is a grain of seed for eternal life.
God gives us every grace … this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.
Like Elizabeth, may we meet our grace in the midst of life, ever conscious of God’s presence. Happy Feast!
Now the Work of Christmas Begins
January 1, the Solemnity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
Artwork by John Nartker
Yes, this feast and the New Year do go together well. In the liturgy for Jan. 1 we hear: The Lord bless and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
This blessing is a perfect way to begin the New Year. Mary herself would probably have heard this pronounced over her and her people. Did she understand her blessedness? What about ‘peace’? In Hebrew, peace means peace, justice and integrity in relationships; it implies safety and growth in wholeness as well. As the ‘Mother of God’ Mary must have learned to remain open to God’s peace, to allow her faith to exceed her uncertainty and her hope to give her resolve beyond her power to imagine. We ask Mary to teach us how to live simply as contemplatives in action. Adapted from Mary M. McGlone, NCR, Dec. 16-29, 2016
December 25, 2016
The Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The breathtaking chapel of the Sisters of Charity has seen a few changes since its original dedication in 1901. READ MOREGod’s Best Gift
Every December brings a journey through time. There is the journey of mind and heart back to other Christmases, to loved faces and places, to shimmering trees and candlelight, to stockings hung and carols sung, to a family gathered around a holiday table. And there is the journey of the spirit back to Bethlehem to behold once more the miracle of God’s best Gift lying in a manger, a Gift still available, still important, to each of us today. Above the rush and bustle of our hectic activity His Star still shines. Take time to follow it. - Esther York Burkholder
Santo Niño Celebrates Las Posadas
Sisters of Charity at the U.S./Mexico border celebrated Las Posadas this past weekend with families at the Santo Niño Project in Anapra, Mexico. The tradition of Las Posadas was brought to Mexico in the 1500s by Catholic Missionaries, and commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a place for Jesus to be born. This Advent celebration – revolving around the concept of hospitality – occurs the nine days before Christmas.
The days of light shorten. The temperature grows colder. On this shortest day of the year we celebrate the gift of light. We express our gratitude for the sun and moon, light and darkness, stars and fire. We honor God’s faithfulness in spite of the darkness of our world. We trust the dawn will come.
Artwork by S. Augusta Zimmer, SC
With Christmas we celebrate the Life that is Light. May the Joy of this season live in us; so much so that we claim the unwanted, love the neediest and dare to hope in Emmanuel, ‘God with us’. God is in our midst, beside us and among us. God IS with us. We pray: Gracious God, we rejoice in your gift. As struggling believers, we give energy to the glad song of the angels. May the presence of Jesus in our lives offer us continued Joy and generosity. Amen.
December 18, 2016
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati
Annie Klapheke Professes First Vows
Annie Klapheke pronounced first vows during a ceremony December 10, 2016, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. READ MORE
Laughing All the Way…
Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall have been enjoying the songs of the season this past week. Musical accompaniment added joy to the occasion.
Celebrating the Season
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Sisters and employees gathered on Dec. 15 for the annual Christmas sing-a-long, coordinated by S. Cookie Crowley. The event is a time for the Motherhouse Sisters to thank the employees for the services they provide throughout the year.
A Joyful Delivery
Members of the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team visited sponsored ministry St. Joseph Home on December 7 to personally deliver their 2017 Christmas card to one special SJH resident. Tommy created the cover artwork for the card with the help of Anora Snyder. St. Joseph Home creates a home for non-ambulatory children and adults who have severe/profound developmental disabilities. Click here to view the artwork.
Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week Four
Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.
For the past five years S. Peggy Rein has been ministering at Holy Family School in Price Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) through a grant from SC Ministry Foundation. READ MORE
December 11, 2016
Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week Three
Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.
Intercommunity Novitiate Closes
Novices from five area religious congregations have completed their first semester of joint classes, held weekly at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity. Novices from the Congregation of Divine Providence, Marianists, Notre Dames, Sisters of Charity and Sisters of the Precious Blood participated.
December 4, 2016
Feast of the
Hail Mary, full of Grace … For the December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception we celebrate the fact that Mary was equipped by God to oppose evil and to choose good. Like Mary we are to incarnate the love of God; we too are called to be holy, to do good and to celebrate the story of redemption. Mary accepted God’s ‘interruption’ in her life. Like Mary may we accept with gratitude and joy God’s invitation to bring his beloved Son into our Bethlehems and Nazareths.
We pray: Creating God, fill us with every grace and blessing. We rejoice in you, naming Mary as ‘blessed among women.’ May we possess the faith and trust of your daughter Mary to say yes to your ‘interruptions’ in our lives, when you call us to make your presence real in our own time and place. May your will be done in us. Amen.
Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week Two
Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.
Bring Holiday Cheer to Zoo
The Mount St. Joseph Talent Education Cello Choir – led by Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Alice Ann O’Neill – performed at the Cincinnati Zoo on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, during Mount St. Joseph University Alumni Night.
Sisters of Charity living at Mother Margaret Hall, the Motherhouse and in the city of Cincinnati were invited for gatherings in the home of Dr. H. James and Mrs. Carol Williams last week. Dr. Williams is the president of Mount St. Joseph University.
Girl Scouts Carol at Motherhouse
The third grade Brownie Troop at nearby St. Antoninus School visited the Sisters in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Dec. 2 to offer Christmas greetings and cheer.
MSJU Baseball Team
Decks the Halls
Members of Mount St. Joseph University’s baseball team joined the Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Dec. 2 to decorate the area for Christmas.
November 27, 2016
Looking Toward the Future with Cuba
S. Donna Steffen (right) with Fidel Castro at a State Banquet given in honor of the NGO conference in 1984. Sisters Donna and Louise Akers were present along with over 300 Central American and Caribbean women and 17 others from the U.S.
Upon the death of Fidel Castro this week at age 90 we are reminded of a feature article in the spring issue of Intercom 2015. It was then that President Barack Obama began opening relations with Cuba. To read excerpts from the Intercom feature, click here.
A throwback to 1984 as Sisters (from left) Agnes Zita Wewe, Jerome Heiselmann and Jane Vogt prepare for the Mother Margaret Hall Christmas boutique. The annual event, sponsored by Mother Margaret Hall, was open to those living and working at the Motherhouse and to friends and family of the Sisters.
Environment Through Art
EarthConnection – a ministry of the Sisters of Charity devoted to learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth - recently offered “Eco-Art for Adults”. The program centered around artwork created by those concerned with the state of our environment. Eco-Art is designed to re-envision our relationship with nature and creatively proposes new ways for sustainability, healing and coexistence.
The Heartbeat of the SC Motherhouse:
The Drum Circle
Once a month, under the direction of S. Shirley Le Blanc, Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community gather together for companionship and community. For more than one year the Sisters of Charity Drum Circle has been making music using a variety of drum and percussion instruments. READ MORE
Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week One
S. Mary Barbara Philippart reflects on her many years of ministry in Peru, and the projects she initiated that still exist today. READ MORE
November 20, 2016Thanksgiving Thoughts
Why live our lives in Gratitude? Gratitude provides both energy and spaciousness in our lives. We can sense it welling up within us and feel the wonder of its flow. Gratitude creates inner spaciousness that encourages us to rest in the order of life – as it is. With Gratitude we attune to our own rhythm, helping us to find our place in relationships and in the situations of our lives. It is in the generosity of our experience that we, in turn, are supported to be generous, serving as co-creators with all of life.
Sisters of Charity to Install
Solar Panels on Property
This fall the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team announced steps taken toward solar energy on the Mount St. Joseph compound. The intent is to have 10 interfacing solar panels provide all the electricity needed for the six Sisters of Charity residences located on the corner of Bender Road and Delhi Pike. READ MORE
Elizabeth Seton Medal
Sung-Hae Kim, SC-Seton Hill, received the 21st annual St. Elizabeth Seton Medal from Mount St. Joseph University on Monday, Nov. 14. The honor is presented to an individual for their contributions to an area of theology. Dr. Kim presented her lecture “Elizabeth Seton’s Ecological Spirituality and Her Vision of Ecological Community” at the ceremony; she serves as the general superior of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and a professor emerita at Sogang University.
A Bond Between All
"Being at the Motherhouse seemed to be a coming home ..." Carol Dreyer Yeazell (pictured, left) is one of the more than 20 women who met as postulants 50 years ago and reunited in August 2016 for the golden jubilee celebration of Sisters Barbara Hagedorn (pictured, right), Mary Alice Haithcoat, Georgia Kitt and Patricia Wittberg. CLICK HERE
Sisters Barb Davis (left) and Karen Elliott, Associate, reflect on their recent move from their friends and co-ministers in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, to their new home in Xenia. READ MORE
November 13, 2016
Nuns Build 2016:
Women Religious Making a Difference!
Sisters from across the country, along with friends and family, are gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana, this week for the 11th annual Nuns Build. Sisters and Associates part of the SC Federation are staying at the House of Charity and taking part in the effort to rebuild homes for families still struggling 11 years after Hurricane Katrina. Among the volunteers is Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Pat Wittberg.
Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted unanimously to support the advancing of the cause of beatification and canonization of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Blandina Segale! Episcopal consultation is a step in the Catholic Church’s process toward declaring one a saint. To view the press release from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe CLICK HERE
Fall Luncheon a Success
Sisters, Associates and candidates joined together on Sunday, Nov. 13 for a fall soup luncheon. The annual event is hosted by the Cincinnati Associates and offers time for shared conversation and fellowship.
November 6, 2016
November 6-12 was National Vocation Awareness Week – an annual weeklong celebration to promote vocations to religious life and to offer prayers and support for those considering a religious vocation. All this week the Sisters of Charity have been posting videos from our newest members. Here’s S. Andrea Koverman expressing what she loves about religious life and what she would like people to know about religious life today. VIEW MORE
Veterans Day – November 11
Across our globe we, as Americans, have long stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity and it has often been our veterans who embody that spirit. Veterans and their families have proudly served and carried our legacy forward. May we, in turn, support and respect them for their service, expressing our gratitude in words and actions. May we give our energies to build a future that is less violent, stronger, safer and freer.
Veterans of our wars, and other lesser conflicts, have encountered violence in their service. We pray that they receive needed health and supportive services to lead a fulfilling life. May they know courage, respect and gratitude for their generous gift of service. We ask that God will protect all military men and women who are currently serving our country in conflicts throughout the world. May God’s gift of peace become a prevalent reality. Amen
November 1, 2016Artistic Expressions:
S. Mary Frances Boyle (1934-)
In her retirement Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Mary Frances Boyle [lives] in the presence of God and express[es] through poetry and music the beauty and gratefulness she experiences. READ MORE
A Chapter Closes
On Thursday, Nov. 3, SC president, S. Joan Elizabeth Cook, assisted with the official steam shut-off of the pipes between Mount St. Joseph and Bayley, an SC sponsored ministry. For the last 26 years Bayley – following a planned timeline – has gradually assumed self-reliance from the Sisters of Charity. This decentralization of HVAC helps Bayley save money by using new energy-efficient HVAC equipment, and eliminating the steam pipe loss that occurred by piping steam under Bender Road. On the Motherhouse side, the Sisters of Charity are now able to lower steam pressure and operate only two boilers, also saving money.
Collaborating for the Future
Representatives from Sisters of Charity congregations and from their sponsored colleges and universities met Oct. 27-30 at the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (Kansas) motherhouse to plan a joint Charity Formation Program for faculty and staffs. Those in attendance included Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth/University of St. Mary, Sisters of Charity of New York/Mount St. Vincent College, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill/Seton Hill University, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth/Spalding University, St. Elizabeth College (New Jersey), S. Judith Metz from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, John Trokan, chair of Religious Studies from Mount St. Joseph University, Rob Judge from the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Scott Kelly from DePaul University. After sharing what each institution was currently doing, the group developed a preliminary outline for a four-session program to which representatives of each college/university will be invited. It is the hope that this will become an ongoing experience that can be offered as a way to continue the mission and charism of charity as these schools move into the future with fewer Sisters of Charity present on their campuses.
All Souls Day–November 2
Generous God, our birth is the fruit of your love; our redemption, the fruit of your mercy. May we remember your goodness as we cherish the lifetime you have given us. Let us make each moment a preparation for our last. Amen.All Saints Day–November 1
Artwork by Bro. Mickey O'Neill McGrath, OSFS
Faithful God, the saints heard your creative voice in the depths of their hearts. May we learn to silence the distractions in our lives and complete the work that you have begun in us. We count on your grace to embrace our call with generosity and perseverance. Let the hope that your saints give us nourish our longing to love and serve you more.Halloween Carnival
at Mother Margaret Hall
On Saturday, Oct. 29 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.Mercy Monday
Through her years of service in education, and now in her volunteer ministry to the elderly parishioners at St. Martha as well as local nursing facilities in Okemos, Michigan, S. Pat Newhouse is a shining example of God’s merciful love.
October 23, 2016
In the fall of 1973 Blasa Rivera, Jean Rancoilta and Flo Carris made their commitments in Colorado as the first Auxiliary members of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Now known as Associates, the Sister/Associate relationship was established so that lay individuals could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.Sisters of Charity
Host All Boards Retreat
More than 100 members of the boards of Sisters of Charity sponsored ministries and the SC Ministry Foundation gathered at the Motherhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 26, along with SC leadership and sponsored ministry CEOs and presidents, for the biannual dinner and retreat. This year’s theme was “Carrying Forward the Mission: Co-Creators of a New World Order.” The guest speaker was Allen Sanchez, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and petitioner of the cause of sainthood for S. Blandina Segale. He spoke about Mission, the values for Mission, and how all Sponsored Ministry Mission Statements need to include and embody the SC Mission.Region 6 Meets at Motherhouse
Members of LCWR’s Region 6 gathered Oct. 23-24 at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse for their fall meeting. S. Sharon Euart, RSM, presented during the gathering on “Ministerial Public Juridic Person: What is it? What are its implications?”
United Nations Day
Oct. 24, is celebrated as United Nations Day, a day devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. This year's UN Day is being used to highlight concrete actions people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. More information can be found at www.un.org/en/events/unday/posters.shtmlMother Margaret Hall
Art Show on Display
The fifth annual Mother Margaret Hall Art Show, sharing the work of both Sisters and employees, was exhibited on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Mother Margaret Hall Community Room. Artwork included water color, photography, oil paintings and various other mediums.
October 16, 2016
SCMF Presents Year in Review
Sisters gathered in the Cedars Auditorium on Oct. 18 to hear a review of SC Ministry Foundation’s activities over the past year. S. Sally Duffy, and staff members used a Powerpoint to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and the highlights of the Foundation’s grant-making, capacity building and collaborative initiatives.
Archdiocese Celebrates Jubilarians
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recognized sisters, brothers and priests who celebrated jubilees in 2016 with a Mass on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Mount Notre Dame. A number of Sisters of Charity were in attendance for the celebration, including readers Sisters Barbara Hagedorn (50 years) and Esther Marie Humbert (60 years).
Michigan Small Group Gathers
The Michigan small group of Sisters Mary Glockner, Maureen Donovan, Karen Hawver, Marie Pauline Skalski, Patricia Wlock, Noreen Ellison, Julie Gatza, Anita Parks, Pat Newhouse and Associate Jamie Kelly gathered for discussion on “In Service of Life” last weekend in Bay City. The sharing is a follow-up to the SC Chapter Directions.
S. Sarah Mulligan and the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, are helping the Oblate Sisters of the Holy Redeemer as they minister to women as prostitutes in Guatemala’s red-light district. READ MORE
October 9, 2016
S. Mary Alice Haithcoat honored
St. Mary’s Church in Piqua, Ohio, celebrated the golden jubilee of S. Mary Alice Haithcoat (front row, center) on Sunday, Oct. 9 with Mass and a dinner and reception. S. Mary Alice has served at Piqua Catholic School for 23 years as both a teacher and principal; the school is sponsored by both Piqua parishes: St. Mary and St. Boniface. To learn more about S. Mary Alice’s 50 years as a Sister of Charity CLICK HERE.
Convergence at the Border
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati joined others this weekend for the Convergence at the Border with Giving Voice. One of the evenings was spent outside of Eloy Detention Center in Arizona where 1,800 immigrants are currently held. They sang, chanted and prayed for justice, ending the evening saying with one voice: "You are not alone! We love you!" In Nogales, Mexico, the group went to a rally at the border, and held an afternoon “Encuentro de Hermanas” where they gathered in a soup kitchen for migrants and shared and discerned how as women religious they can continue to help in the struggle for comprehensive immigration reform. It was a beautiful weekend spent standing in solidarity, community and prayer for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.
Sisters Call for Prayer and Fasting
Join us the second Tuesday of each month in prayer/fasting for our country in preparation for the coming presidential election. READ MORE
S. Dorothy William Englert volunteers at Corryville Catholic Elementary School and Holy Family Catholic School, both in Cincinnati, tutoring students who come from inner-city, often low-income backgrounds, many of them second generational immigrants.
October 2, 2016
Standing in Solidarity
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati support the U.S./Mexico Border Convergence witness occurring Oct. 7-10 in Arizona and Mexico encouraging compassionate national conversations and effective political action on the topic of immigration and much needed reform that protects human dignity and family unification.
Someone Beautiful for God
S. Ramona Chisholm with the framed letter
she received from Mother Teresa in 1991.
The excitement of Mother Teresa’s canonization on Sept. 4 prompted a few Sisters of Charity to take a look back at their experiences with the Church’s newest saint. READ MORE
Seton Hill SCs Visit Motherhouse
The Final Vow Sisters of the Korean Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill made their annual visit to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse this 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 enjoyed learning more about the SC Community and history on Thursday, Sept. 28 with S. Judith Metz. With the visit past friendships were renewed and new ones made.
Dance with delight, O flame of autumn fire,
As the earth, spinning and leaning away from the sun,
Begins to cool from the summer heat,...
And speak to me of the promise
Hidden in this season of autumn.
For spring is seeded in this season of completion,
Just as the giant oak exists within the acorn.
Autumn fire, orange and yellow sacrament of the sun,
Light up the darkness with your danc ing.
Great is God, whose heart is the shrine,
Greater still is your unceasing love for me.
May my love enflame my every work of thanksgiving
To reflect the golden beauty of autumn.
- Autumn Equinox Fire Prayer, Edward Hayes
September 25, 2016
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 African countries.
DPCR Celebrates Founders Day
Board members and invited guests celebrated Founders Day with students, faculty and staff at DePaul Cristo Rey High School on Friday, Sept. 23. The school – the newest sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity – is named after St. Vincent de Paul whose Feast Day was Sept. 27.
New Dining Room Named, Dedicated
The Sisters of Charity dedicated the new, small dining room in the Motherhouse with a lunch honoring the former Vincentian Sisters of Charity on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The dining room is furnished with pieces from Villa San Bernardo, the former home of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity in Bedford, Ohio, who merged with the Sisters of Charity in 2004. The room has been named the Bedford Room, and will serve as a loving remembrance of a piece of the former VSCs’ lives.
Feast of St. Vincent DePaul
Sept. 27, 2016
Artwork by Bro. Mickey O'Neill McGrath, OSFS
“Called to bear the love of God … this divine fire … everywhere.”
We need, more than ever, the living example of St. Vincent de Paul who responded with compassion to the hungry and homeless, neglected children, elderly women and men, sick person without health care, refugees from warfare, those without hope. In these persons, Vincent saw individuals loved by God, created in God’s image and worthy of dignity and value. Vincent turned his frustration into a faith-filled desire to improve their lives.
We pray: Creating God, give us the same courage and strength to change violence into love. Grant us a tender heart filled with compassion for the distress and suffering of others, especially the most vulnerable in our world. Be with us in our service so that we become impassioned by God’s Gospel of love and mercy. Amen. Adapted from a prayer of the Sisters of Charity, St. John New Brunswick, Canada
Open House a Success
More than 200 guests visited the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Sunday, Sept. 25 as part of Delhi Pike’s Peek Open House. Guided tours and engaging conversations resulted during the three-hour event to celebrate the history and the milestones that make Delhi unique.
Fall Congregational Days Conclude
Fall Congregational meetings concluded on Sept. 24 with an interactive exchange between Sisters and Associates in Cincinnati, Gainesville, Florida, and Pueblo, Colorado. The meetings – which were held throughout the month - allow Sisters and Associates to come together to share and listen as reports and updates are offered by Leadership and membership.
September 18, 2016
Chillin’ and Grillin’
Student leaders from Mount St. Joseph University joined Sisters for a picnic and conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Regina Hall. The annual Chillin’ and Grillin’ event is an opportunity for MSJU students and campus ministry to meet and learn more about the Sisters of Charity and their ministries.
Justice for Immigrants
Sisters of Charity joined together with people of faith, community members, friends and neighbors to call for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform on Sept. 18. S. Juana Mendez had a prominent role in the Journeying Together Immigration Rally /Juntos Caminando Marcha in Newport, Kentucky.
September 11, 2016
Celebrating Elizabeth Seton
The Sisters of Charity joined Seton High School faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton. Seton High School is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.
Nuns on the Bus Cincinnati Gathers
A number of Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates gathered at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Sept. 13 to witness to the importance of protecting the right to vote. In response to a call from Nuns on the Bus Cincinnati the group gathered to ask the Board to suspend the purge of voter registration rolls in Ohio. The state is eliminating Ohioans who haven't voted in six years.
Fall Congregational Days Continue
Fall Congregational meetings continue to take place throughout the month of September. New this year is an interactive exchange across geographic locations. While being physically present in one of five locations (Bay City, Michigan, Bedford, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Pueblo, Colorado, and Gainesville, Florida) Sisters and Associates will be “virtually” present to those attending at the other sites scheduled for that day. The new technological opportunity is meant to help nurture relationships, facilitate conversation across geographic regions and deepen commitment to the Chapter direction. Congregational Days allow Sisters and Associates to come together to share and listen as reports and updates are offered by Leadership and membership.
Intercommunity Novitiate Opens
The Intercommunity Novitiate Program began gathering at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Monday, Sept. 12. This year religious congregations participating in the program are: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati; Sisters of Notre Dame of Covington, Kentucky; Sisters of the Precious Blood, Dayton, Ohio; the Society of Mary (Marianists), Dayton, Ohio; and the Congregation of Divine Providence, Covington, Kentucky (not pictured). The weekly meetings will take place at the Motherhouse through December.
Remembering September 11
This Sunday, ‘Nine – Eleven’, we remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. After 15 years we can still recall the shock and grief we felt, the bravery of the emergency services personnel who risked their own lives, the helplessness of those 2,977 victims, and the amazing, supportive international response. On this Sunday, Sept. 11, we join our fellow Americans in marking a ‘Moment of Silence’ in remembrance at 8:46 a.m. We pray: Creating God, help us to learn that evil does not triumph when such atrocities occur, when persons rights are violated, and when hate is given power. Instill in each of us a circle of compassion and we will find peace. Amen.
September 4, 2016
House of Charity Hosts
Come and Serve Weekend
Sisters from the SC Federation hosted volunteers Sept. 2-5 at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a Come and Serve weekend. Participants had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Sisters to help those in Baton Rouge following the devastating floods. They also found time for prayer, reflection and fellowship.
Celebrating Mary’s Birth -
Artwork by Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS
Mary has numerous feast days in September. Today, Sept. 8, is especially meaningful to many Sisters of Charity since they entered the Community on this date. Happy Anniversary, Sisters! Happy Birthday, Mary! Found only in apocryphal text, Mary’s birthday is recorded as ‘the miraculous matrix from which Salvation flows – ever old, ever new … each year.’ We pray: Blessed are you, holy Mary, deserving of all praise; from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God. We celebrate you with gratitude. Amen. Adapted from work of Fr. Richard Fragomeni
Congratulations to Sisters Jeannette Cochran, Barbara Counts, Dorothy William Englert, Rita Hawk, Patricia Hill, Nancy Hoffman, Esther Marie Humbert, Margaret Mach, Patricia McQuinn, Patrick O’Connor, Sarah Mulligan and Mary Dolores Schneider on the occasion of their Diamond Jubilee. The Sisters of Charity community, friends and family joined together to Sunday, Sept. 4 to celebrate the women and their commitment to the SC Community 60 years ago.
Canonization of Mother Teresa
On Sept. 4, 2016, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa as a saint of the Catholic Church. She is most remembered for her selfless charity, ministering amongst the poorest of the poor, and inspiring kindness and compassion. In this Year of Mercy, we remember Mother Teresa as an example of God’s mercy in today’s world.
9 Treasures of the McCann Room
Used today as a permanent display room for the Sisters of Charity Archives department, the Motherhouse’s McCann Room has become a place to exhibit some of the wonderful treasures former archivist S. Mary Agnes McCann had worked to save over the years. READ MORE
August 25, 2016
Celebrating Our Jubilarians
Congratulations to Sisters Barbara Hagedorn, Mary Alice Haithcoat, Georgia Kitt and Patricia Wittberg on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee. The Sisters of Charity community, friends and family joined together to Sunday, Aug. 28 to celebrate the four women and their commitment to the SC Community 50 years ago.
S. Kathryn Ann Connelly Honored
Congratulations to Sister of Charity Kathryn Ann Connelly (left), who was one of four individuals honored as a Pro Seniors’ “Senior Who Rocks”. Honorees are named for their continued active and vibrant additions to the community. S. Kathryn Ann was the first female superintendent of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; today she is actively involved in Education Matters and Community Matters in Lower Price Hill.
We Wish You a Happy Birthday
Aug. 28 was Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday; she was born in 1774 in New York, New York. In those pioneer days of the Church in America she felt the early stirrings of its promise and believed it had a future. Elizabeth, woman of Faith, aid us in these times of uncertainty. Elizabeth, woman of Love, remove from us any division or indifference. Elizabeth, woman of Hope, share with us your unconquerable optimism in the work we are called to do. May your life speak to us of the courage needed for the days ahead. Amen.
August 21, 2016Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Welcome Novice Romina Sapinoso
Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Romina Sapinoso into the Canonical Novitiate during a ceremony Aug. 20 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The purpose of the one-year Canonical Novitiate is to enable Romina to learn more about religious life, to deepen her connection to the Congregation’s roots and history, and to develop an integrated apostolic spirituality. READ MORE
Celebrating Our Jubilarians
Meet S. Rita Hawk. S. Rita is one of 12 Sisters of Charity celebrating their Diamond Jubilee with the SC Community on Sunday, Sept. 4. To read more about Sister’s 60 years in religious life CLICK HERE
Summer Beauty Abounds
Wendell Barry cautions us : “Summer ends, and it is time to face another way.” Before this happens enjoy some of the beauty that summer provides around the Motherhouse campus.
Learning, Connecting Continues
DePaul Cristo Rey High School Seton High School
It is that time of year when we have memories of returning, reconnecting and remembering. It’s the back to school ‘daze.’ Getting back in the routine we soon find the ‘daze’ will connect us with the real joy of learning. We wish students, teachers, parents and staff a very happy new school year!
Production Crew Visits Motherhouse
The Sisters of Charity welcomed Tomas Sanchez and crew to the Motherhouse on Monday, Aug. 22. Mr. Sanchez is director and co-producer of the television series “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” to be based on S. Blandina Segale’s life. The group is at the Motherhouse this week to learn more about the life of S. Blandina. Principal filming is set to begin in October in New Mexico.
August 14, 2016
Struggle for Sainthood
The Cincinnati Enquirer recently featured S. Blandina Segale, her cause for sainthood and the production of a television series based on Sister’s life. READ IT HERE
Mother Margaret Hall
Celebrates Life Commitments
On Monday, Aug. 15 Mother Margaret Hall celebrated the Sisters’ vow day and their life commitments with a Jubilee Luncheon. In past years, most Sisters of Charity made their vows on Aug. 15 each year. The special date is now commemorated with Mass and a meal for all.
Cincinnati Associates Host Picnic
Cincinnati Associates and candidates hosted the annual summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 14 in Regina Hall. The gathering began with prayer followed by lunch and fellowship.
SCs Attend LCWR Assembly 2016
Sisters of Charity Marge Kloos, Louise Lears, Joan Cook, Mary Bookser and Mary Caroline Marchal were among the 800 persons gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 9-16 for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious annual assembly. This year’s theme was Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation. “Designed to help members view the changes occurring in religious life – with all of their pain and challenge – as significant opportunities for growth, the assembly offered ideas and insights on how to embrace the invitation to transformation.”
Needs Are Great
We ask your special prayers for those in Louisiana victimized by the deadly, historic flooding in the Baton Rouge area - and the rains continue! Persons living in the neighborhood of the SC Federation's House of Charity in New Orleans filled a truck with supplies over the weekend to assist those misplaced from the flood waters. Currently the Coast Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities are on the scene. FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO DONATE
Mary’s Victory, Our Victory
"Queen of Heaven, Mother of Earth"
by Brother Mickey McGrath
Monday, Aug. 14 we celebrated the Feast of Mary’s Assumption. It is about her victory, a victory she shares with us. Let us go to her! She can assist us in situations where we may have become estranged or separated; this could be by misunderstanding, our own indifference or even neglect. As we understand the meaning of this feast Mary can save us from separation and alienation; she can give us the confidence we need to reach out.
Mary, we celebrate you. Deepen in us the awareness that nothing can come between us and God – not distance, not alienation, not death. We share in your victory. We live into your promise and possibility, leaving indifference behind. Increase our confidence. Journey with us. Amen.
August 7, 2016
1966 Lehman Catholic Grad
and Sister of Charity Honored
Mirsberger family members and Sister of Charity friends as well as friends of Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney, Ohio, came together on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, to honor the 2016 inductees to the Sidney Lehman Alumni Hall of Fame. The ceremony honored five individuals, including Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Patricia ‘Trish’ Mirsberger, who was a 1966 graduate of Holy Angels (now Lehman Catholic High); Sister Trish died in 2007. This year marks Sister Trish’s 50th anniversary of high school graduation and 50 years since entering the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Sister Trish was nominated for the Hall of Fame by her sister, Ginny Mertz, and her high school classmates Elizabeth Kohlhorst Edwards and Jeanne Gaier Schlagetter. The Hall of Fame Committee has sought to honor not only alumni but outstanding faculty and supporters of Lehman Catholic; the evening began with Mass in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel on campus. Sister Trish served as Congregational Secretary for the Sisters of Charity in addition to ministering at Marian High School, Cincinnati, and serving as executive secretary to the vice president/treasurer of Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. She was serving on the Board of Limited Jurisdiction for Lehman Catholic High School at the time of her death.
Summer Writing Opportunity
The 11th Annual Summer Employment Program Celebration Luncheon was held Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the Fifth Third Dining Hall, Mount St. Joseph University. Of the 78 students who worked in 33 nonprofit agencies and organizations, Junior Carolyn Kesterman was employed in the Sister of Charity Communication Office on the Motherhouse Campus. Carolyn is pictured above with Sister Georgia Kitt, director and Michelle Bley, graphic designer. This program is made possible through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation.
Honored and Remembered
Sister of Charity community historian Sister Judith Metz and Sister Victoria Marie Forde attended the dedication ceremony, unveiling the New Madison Female Institute interpretive marker in Madison County, Kentucky on Sunday, Aug. 7. The marker was placed at the site of where the original Madison Female Institute building stood. The is the place where our Sister of Charity Civil War nurses treated the injured soldiers, during an 8 month period, prior to forming an ambulance train to transport the wounded to Cincinnati for further treatment. The ceremony was coordinated by Phillip Seyfrit, Mason County historical properties director.
Twenty-seven years ago, S. Carol Ann Brockmeyer started Vine Street Neighborhood Service Center, a center devoted to bettering the quality of life for area residents by assisting them in meeting the basic needs of daily living. Today, S. Carol Ann continues that compassion and generous spirit; daily she picks up donations at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse and from various organizations and individuals and delivers them to the center where they are given away to the poor.
August 1, 2016
Pray for the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, has been chosen by the Sisters of Charity as a day of prayer for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Let us ask St. Augustine, a bishop of North Africa, to give peace to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”
In September 2010, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates committed themselves to be informed about the human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, calling on the government to do everything in its power to end the violent conflicts there. LEARN MORE
National Coloring Book Day
August 2 is National Coloring Book Day, a day to celebrate the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring that has grown in popularity with adults over the past few years. Get out your crayons, markers, and colored pencils, because no one is too old to celebrate! In honor of the day, enjoy a coloring page of the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse or chapel from us!
July 24, 2016
Sharing the Freshness of the Earth
On a recent visit to the EarthConnection Garden, we were able to capture volunteers harvesting a variety of vegetables to share with the visitors to the Good Samaritan Free Health Center in Price Hill. The vegetables harvested include squash, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, and green beans, all of which have appropriate recipes provided by the Center’s nutritionist, S. Annie Klapheke. Every week, head gardener S. Winnie Brubach and her volunteers prepare baskets of harvested produce to deliver to the Center, which welcomes all donations with open arms.
Sisters Enjoy Mexican Fiesta
Friday night fun in Mother Margaret Hall! Sisters enjoy a Mexican fiesta and dinner Friday, July 22 on the second floor of MMH.
July 17, 2016
for Babylift Adoptees
A small group of adoptees of the Vietnam Operation Babylift gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in July. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Kateri Maureen Koverman brought the group together; Sister coordinated the evacuation of the Vietnamese children through Catholic Relief Services in 1975.
Cleveland Comes Together
in Love and Peace
Sisters Margaret Mach, Mary Ann Flannery, Louise Lears, Andrea Koverman and Annie Klapheke joined hands with more than 2,000 others during Cleveland’s Circle the City with Love event on Sunday, July 17. Shoulder-to-shoulder, hand-in-hand, participants lined both sides of the Hope Memorial Bridge in silent reflection rooted in love. That evening, Sisters Anita Maroun and Mary Ann Flannery attended the Nuns on the Bus political caucus. They joined in discussion on topics such as Tax Justice, Living Wages, Family-Friendly Workplaces, Access to Democracy, Access to Healthcare, Access to Citizenship, and Access to Housing. Each group submitted their most salient points on the subject and S. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and leader of Nuns on the Bus, recorded each point submitted and lobbied for to the Republican legislators at the Republication National Convention on Monday.
On Saturday, July 9 more than 1,000 people marched through downtown Cleveland calling for immigration reform in the Walk for Justice. The walk was sponsored by faith groups, ecumenical and Catholic parishes as well as religious congregations of Greater Cleveland including our own SC Congregation and SC Ministry Foundation. Participants marched, sang, carried banners and offered specific prayers at each of the five stops. These included prayers for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform, family reunification, justice in the workplace, civil discourse and due process with a path to citizenship. S. Margaret Mach and many other women religious participated, seeing in this action a fitting expression of deep respect for every human person; especially true in light of all that has transpired in our country in the past weeks.
Governor Kasich Signs Bills
at St. Joseph Home
On July 14, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed two bills at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville to strengthen Ohio's developmental disabilities system. Media, residents of St. Joseph Home and guests watched as Gov. Kasich signed House Bill 483, which is aimed to allow more direct nursing from health care staff among other provisions, and House Bill 158, which replaces all phrasing of “mental retardation” in the Ohio Revised Code with “intellectual disability.” St. Joseph Home is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
S. Blandina’s Life
to Inspire Television Series
Exciting news regarding Servant of God S. Blandina Segale. The life of the Sister of Charity of Cincinnati will soon be the basis for a television series. To be called “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail”, the series will be a fictional account based on S. Blandina’s life and will largely rely on material from her 1932 book of the same name.
Called By Name
St. Mary Magdalene At The Tomb artwork
by Br Mickey McGrath, OSFS
On July 22 we honor the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. We too have been called by name, in the deepest places of our hearts. To St. Mary Magdalene it was given to see Jesus newly alive in the garden where he had been buried, alive in a way she could not recognize until he called her by name. We too await Jesus to come – as healer, friend, companion, God with us. May we recognize him when he comes. Risen One, continue to call us by name; fill us with the knowledge of your love. May we proclaim you in word and deed, bringing forgiveness and harmony where there is injury, division and disunity. Amen.
July 10, 2016
Thank You, S. Judith Metz
Members and friends of the Sisters of Charity Community came together on June 30 to say thank you to S. Judith Metz. S. Judy retired in June after 40 years of service in the SC Archives. She will continue as the Community historian, giving her more time for research and writing. Thank you, S. Judy, we are blessed with your service.
Remembering St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Photo by Dieterkaupp, statue of Keteri Tekakwitha,
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM
July 14 is the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. A convert to Catholicism, the Mohawk-Algonquin saint was instructed in the faith by Jesuit missionaries. Being inflicted with near blindness, we might turn to her to see where the Holy Spirit is desiring to lead us as individuals and as a nation in these days of extreme unrest. In company with St. Kateri we ask: Draw us closer to you, O God, creator of every nation, tribe and tongue. We trust in you. Amen.
SCs Celebrate S. Marie Flowers Final Vows
(From left) S. Tracy Kemme, S. Andrea Koverman, S. Annie Klapheke, Whitney Schieltz, Affiliate, and S. Alice Ann O'Neill attended the final vows ceremony of S. Marie Flowers, Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, on June 11. Sisters of both congregations are members of the SC Federation. Congratulations, S. Marie!
S. Ginny Scherer is a teacher, chair of the science department and senior class advisor
at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio.
"God fills us with his mercies which are new every morning."
- St. Elizabeth Seton
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Celebrate Three Centenarians
For the first time in the Community’s 164-year history the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are celebrating the lives of three centenarians: Sisters Miriam Thomas Busch, Annina Morgan and Eileen Therese Breslin. LEARN MORE
July 3, 2016
Beloved by the Mount St. Joseph University community, S. Maria Corona Molloy was the school’s first official president. Sister’s sense of charity and mercy extended well beyond her students to those outside the college. READ MORE
June 26, 2016
Mission Walk a Success
Friends of the Community came together on Saturday, June 18 to support S. Sarah Mulligan and the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic. The annual Mission Walk at Winton Woods Park supports the health and education programs provided by the clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, where S. Sarah lives and ministers.
Seton Heritage Ministries
Gifts Federation Leaders
Seton Heritage Ministries gifted each of the congregations of the Sisters of Charity Federation with a replica of the key presented by President Barack Obama to Pope Francis during the pope’s visit to the White House on Sept. 23, 2015. The original key is from Mother Seton’s home in Emmitsburg, Maryland; the gift celebrated Elizabeth Seton’s - and the pope’s - dedication to opening doors for those who are poor, sick and underserved.
National Shrine Opens New Exhibit
The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Emmitsburg, Maryland) opened a new exhibit in June. “Sisters Today – A World of Difference” showcases the work that Sisters are doing today across the country and the world. Included in the exhibit is a display of hats that represents the various roles Sisters take on. S. Pat Newhouse’s “Cat in the Hat” hat is featured through her ministry at schools and hospitals in towns around her Michigan home. LEARN MORE
SC Ministry Foundation Day
The Sisters of Charity celebrated the 20th anniversary of SC Ministry Foundation – the public grant-making organization promoting the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati - on June 23 with a special visit from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. The mayor presented a proclamation to the SCs calling June 23, 2016 SC Ministry Foundation Day. For two decades SC Ministry Foundation has supported nearly 1,000 nonprofits locally, nationally and internationally. More than $158 million in grants for nonprofits has supported services that promote social justice, address the root causes of poverty, and advocate for better lives for all people through improvements in education, income, and health, while minimizing inequity and racism.
Mount St. Joseph University
Displays Heritage Wall
Sisters of Charity were invited to Mount St. Joseph University last week to view a new display next to Mater Dei Chapel. The Heritage Wall honors the history of St. Elizabeth Seton, the Sisters of Charity and the history of the "College of Mount St. Joseph" to where it is today as a university. The Heritage Wall was a project that S. Nancy Bramlage secured funding to create with the help of many people including graphic designer Tricia Johnson.
Unlocking the Secrets of Regina Hall
Regina Hall is the oldest building on the Mount St. Joseph property, built in the 1880s.
Located on the Motherhouse property stands a gray limestone building with a cottage-like design. Known as Regina Hall, the building has a history as eclectic and intriguing as the people who have spent time there. READ MORE
In the News
February 16, 2017
S. Pat Sabourin was mentioned in a Feb. 8 article on Cincinnati.com following Bayley’s celebration of the completion of its new assisted living memory support apartments and a power plant.
Global Sisters Report recently included an article on Emerging U.S. Communities of Consecrated Life Since Vatican II, a directory that chronicles emerging religious communities and collaborated on by S. Pat Wittberg and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.