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March 15, 2015

Mother Margaret Hall Sisters
Enjoy Game Time


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

Feast of St. Joseph


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

Thank A Sister 

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

Fourth Week of Lent

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

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


March 9, 2015

Thank a teacher on Pi Day


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

Thank You, Sisters


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

Cardinal Speaks at Athenaeum


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

National Catholic Sisters Week Sister Spotlight:
Sisters Peggy Deneweth, Janet Gildea
and Carol Wirtz  


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

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


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

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


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

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


March 9, 2015

S. Paula Gonzalez Named
Enquirer Woman of the Year

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

Celebrating the March 15 Feast
of St. Louise de Marillac


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

Third Week of Lent

Jesus made a whip out of cords
and drove the money changers out of the temple area…
and to those who sold doves he said,...
“Take these out of here,
and stop making God’s house a marketplace.”
(John 2:15,16)

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


March 1, 2015

Second Week of Lent

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

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


February 23, 2015

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 8


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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 7

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 6

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 5

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 4

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 3

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 2

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter – Day 1

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

2015 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Chapter Opens

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

Sisters of Charity
Chapter Begins Friday

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

Anticipating 2015 Chapter

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

 

First Week of Lent

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

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


February 16, 2015

Celebrating the Chinese New Year
and Our Chinese Mission

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

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

Celebrating Presidents’ Day


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

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

MSJU Honors Sister Blandina

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

Waking Up the World


The February 8 Open House at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse was a huge success! Thank you to the more than 450 family and friends of the SC Community who filled our home to learn more about the Sisters of Charity Community and religious life today. Guests were grateful for the variety of opportunities presented to them during the three-hour event, which included guided tours of the Motherhouse gems, opportunities to interact with Sisters and Associates, children’s activities, musical performances and a birthday celebration. The Open House was in response to the Year of Consecrated Life, and the SCs will be planning other events throughout the year to celebrate.


February 8, 2015

Girl Scouts Visit Sisters


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

Prayer Service Held


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

World Day of the Sick


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

Hope Abounds
Honoring S. Dorothy Stang


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


February 1, 2015

St. Rita School for the Deaf Honors SCs


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

MMH Celebrates St. Brigid Day


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

Spirituality Center Offers
January Pottery Retreat

 

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


January 25, 2015

Pope Francis and Friends

 

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

National Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 25-31

 

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

Community Celebrates Catholic Schools

 

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

Seeds of Learning—Mother Seton’s Legacy

 

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


January 12, 2015

Community Welcomes
Novice Annie Klapheke

 

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

Florida Associates Gather
for Annual Recommitment

 

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

SCs Participate in Transition of
Sponsorship of Light of Hearts Villa

 

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

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

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


January 4, 2015

SC Federation Celebrates
Five Years in New Orleans

 

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

Celebrating
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


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

SC Leadership Team
Thanks Employees and Sisters


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


December 29, 2014

Chime Choir Performs

Members of the Sisters of Charity Chime Choir, accompanied by S. Terry Thorman, performed their annual Christmas sing-a-long for Sisters and Associates in the Motherhouse chapel on Monday, Dec. 29.

All Saints Music Ministry
Presents Choral Christmas Concert


The All Saints Parish Choir in Kenwood, Ohio, performed a Choral Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 19 for Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community. Directed by Ron Miller Jr., and assisted by the Elder High School Drummers, the adult and children’s choir performed a number of carols for the filled Motherhouse chapel. The Sisters of Charity Motherhouse Choir also performed during the concert. It was a wonderful way to begin the final week of Advent and move into a prayer-filled Christmas.

Spreading Christmas Cheer


Sisters and Associates gathered on Sunday, Dec. 21 for Christmas caroling throughout the halls of Mother Margaret Hall. The annual event is anticipated by many Sisters as it typically begins the final week of Advent.

Water With Blessings in Haiti


S. Andrea Koverman and Director of OPJCC and Associate Debbie Weber spent the first week of Advent in Zabriko, Haiti. As a SC Federation collaboration, the two along with Steve Schmitt, an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, delivered water filtration kits to the women of Zabriko and trained them to be “Water Women,” women who commit to the kind act of sharing clean water with three other families in their communities. By equipping the Water Women of Zabriko with a simple, in-home filtration system and teaching them clean water habits, they were able to provide them with the means to protect not only their family but also their neighbors from deadly water. During their time in Haiti, the three trained 41 Water Women (between them, they have 179 children). These women will share their filtration system with three other families!

Looking Back

The SC Archives holds many treasures, including video footage from a Christmas celebration at St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home (now St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati) in the late 1960s. Included among the many Sisters of Charity ministering there at the time were Sisters Rose Eileen McGinnis and Teresa Mary Chiou.

Living the Gospel with Joy


The Joy of the Gospel sings in this photo of S. Sally Duffy with Pope Francis. S. Sally made a pilgrimage to Rome the first week of November with members of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. The theme of the week was “Going Out: Living the Gospel with Joy,” during which members had the opportunity to dialogue with Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the secretariat for the economy, and with Monsignor Peter Brian Wells, assessor for general affairs of the secretariat of state. In addition they took part in a spiritual retreat, heard from the CEO of the Global Freedom Network, an interfaith effort to address human trafficking, listened to a panel on sharing the Joy of the Gospel, and met with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is central to Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. next September. S. Sally currently serves as the chair of the board of FADICA.


December 8, 2014

Cello Students Perform at Zoo


(From left): Meagan Hipsky, Jeffrey Vonderschmidt, Ari Webb, and Iris Borgert

S. Alice Ann O'Neill's Mount St. Joseph Talent Education Cellos performed at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, Dec. 9 as part of Mount St. Joseph University's annual alumni event. They played for one hour a combination of classical pieces, solo Bach and Christmas carols.

MMH Says Thanks
with Christmas Tea


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

Motherhouse Celebrates
12 Days of Christmas

Sisters and employees came together for the annual 12 Days of Christmas sing-a-long on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. The gathering and donut day is a way for Sisters in residence at the Motherhouse to say “thank you” to SC employees. With each year comes new and creative ways to perform the song.


December 1, 2014

Emmitsburg Pilgrims
Take the Layup for Lauren Challenge


(From left) Pete Robinson, Patsy Schwaiger, Jamie Leslie (aka Elizabeth Seton), S. Nancy Bramlage and Bernadette Plair (all participating in the Mount St. Joseph University pilgrimage to Emmitsburg, Maryland, last summer) took to the basketball court Wednesday, Dec. 3 to participate in the Layup for Lauren Challenge. The fundraiser is in honor of freshman basketball player, Lauren Hill, who has been diagnosed with an incurable pediatric brain cancer.

Sisters Attend Opening Mass

A group of Sisters of Charity attended the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life on Sunday, Nov. 30. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer presided over the Mass at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. SCs attending were (from left) S. Rose Martin Morand, Cory Canon, SC-Seton Hill, Tery Dery, Frances Maureen Trampiets, Louise Zaplitny, Mary Alice Stein and Lois Jean Goettke.

Seton High School Student
Designs SC Christmas Card


Congratulations to Seton High School senior Maria Torok, whose artwork will be used for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Leadership Team’s Christmas card. A number of Seton students participated and were thanked for their time and talents during a presentation to Maria on Monday, Dec. 1. The artwork for the Christmas card is presented above.

 

January 12, 2015

Community Welcomes
Novice Annie Klapheke

 

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

Florida Associates Gather
for Annual Recommitment

 

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

SCs Participate in Transition of
Sponsorship of Light of Hearts Villa

 

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

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

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


January 12, 2015

Congregation Bestows
Elizabeth Ann Seton Award


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

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

Seton High School
Honors Sisters of Charity

 

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

Celebrating Winter

 

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


January 4, 2015

SC Federation Celebrates
Five Years in New Orleans

 

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

Celebrating
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


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

SC Leadership Team
Thanks Employees and Sisters


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


December 29, 2014

Chime Choir Performs

Members of the Sisters of Charity Chime Choir, accompanied by S. Terry Thorman, performed their annual Christmas sing-a-long for Sisters and Associates in the Motherhouse chapel on Monday, Dec. 29.

All Saints Music Ministry
Presents Choral Christmas Concert


The All Saints Parish Choir in Kenwood, Ohio, performed a Choral Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 19 for Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community. Directed by Ron Miller Jr., and assisted by the Elder High School Drummers, the adult and children’s choir performed a number of carols for the filled Motherhouse chapel. The Sisters of Charity Motherhouse Choir also performed during the concert. It was a wonderful way to begin the final week of Advent and move into a prayer-filled Christmas.

Spreading Christmas Cheer


Sisters and Associates gathered on Sunday, Dec. 21 for Christmas caroling throughout the halls of Mother Margaret Hall. The annual event is anticipated by many Sisters as it typically begins the final week of Advent.

Water With Blessings in Haiti


S. Andrea Koverman and Director of OPJCC and Associate Debbie Weber spent the first week of Advent in Zabriko, Haiti. As a SC Federation collaboration, the two along with Steve Schmitt, an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, delivered water filtration kits to the women of Zabriko and trained them to be “Water Women,” women who commit to the kind act of sharing clean water with three other families in their communities. By equipping the Water Women of Zabriko with a simple, in-home filtration system and teaching them clean water habits, they were able to provide them with the means to protect not only their family but also their neighbors from deadly water. During their time in Haiti, the three trained 41 Water Women (between them, they have 179 children). These women will share their filtration system with three other families!

Looking Back

The SC Archives holds many treasures, including video footage from a Christmas celebration at St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home (now St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati) in the late 1960s. Included among the many Sisters of Charity ministering there at the time were Sisters Rose Eileen McGinnis and Teresa Mary Chiou.

Living the Gospel with Joy


The Joy of the Gospel sings in this photo of S. Sally Duffy with Pope Francis. S. Sally made a pilgrimage to Rome the first week of November with members of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. The theme of the week was “Going Out: Living the Gospel with Joy,” during which members had the opportunity to dialogue with Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the secretariat for the economy, and with Monsignor Peter Brian Wells, assessor for general affairs of the secretariat of state. In addition they took part in a spiritual retreat, heard from the CEO of the Global Freedom Network, an interfaith effort to address human trafficking, listened to a panel on sharing the Joy of the Gospel, and met with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is central to Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. next September. S. Sally currently serves as the chair of the board of FADICA.


December 8, 2014

Cello Students Perform at Zoo


(From left): Meagan Hipsky, Jeffrey Vonderschmidt, Ari Webb, and Iris Borgert

S. Alice Ann O'Neill's Mount St. Joseph Talent Education Cellos performed at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, Dec. 9 as part of Mount St. Joseph University's annual alumni event. They played for one hour a combination of classical pieces, solo Bach and Christmas carols.

MMH Says Thanks
with Christmas Tea


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

Motherhouse Celebrates
12 Days of Christmas

Sisters and employees came together for the annual 12 Days of Christmas sing-a-long on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. The gathering and donut day is a way for Sisters in residence at the Motherhouse to say “thank you” to SC employees. With each year comes new and creative ways to perform the song.


December 1, 2014

Emmitsburg Pilgrims
Take the Layup for Lauren Challenge


(From left) Pete Robinson, Patsy Schwaiger, Jamie Leslie (aka Elizabeth Seton), S. Nancy Bramlage and Bernadette Plair (all participating in the Mount St. Joseph University pilgrimage to Emmitsburg, Maryland, last summer) took to the basketball court Wednesday, Dec. 3 to participate in the Layup for Lauren Challenge. The fundraiser is in honor of freshman basketball player, Lauren Hill, who has been diagnosed with an incurable pediatric brain cancer.

Sisters Attend Opening Mass

A group of Sisters of Charity attended the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life on Sunday, Nov. 30. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer presided over the Mass at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. SCs attending were (from left) S. Rose Martin Morand, Cory Canon, SC-Seton Hill, Tery Dery, Frances Maureen Trampiets, Louise Zaplitny, Mary Alice Stein and Lois Jean Goettke.

Seton High School Student
Designs SC Christmas Card


Congratulations to Seton High School senior Maria Torok, whose artwork will be used for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Leadership Team’s Christmas card. A number of Seton students participated and were thanked for their time and talents during a presentation to Maria on Monday, Dec. 1. The artwork for the Christmas card is presented above.

 

November 24, 2014

Girl Scouts Visit
Mother Margaret Hall


On Friday, Nov. 21 the St. Antoninus Daisy Troop visited Mother Margaret Hall. Sisters and Daisies were paired up and had an opportunity to get to know each other before taking part in a craft. The visit ended with Daisies singing the Sisters a few songs. This was the beginning of a year-long friendship between the Daisies and their Sister pals. A pen pal relationship will continue to build throughout the year, and the troop will return in March for another visit.

Happy Faces, Happy Memories


It’s been 23 years since members of this former small group from the Dayton, Ohio, area first gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday together. Every year since Sisters Sandy Howe, Mary Alice Stein, Rita Maureen Schmidt, Rosemarie Gerrety, Mary Alice Haithcoat, Joan Clare Stewart, Ginny Scherer, Patrice Vales, Dorothy William Englert, Pat Malarkey and Ann Lehman have gathered for a Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by S. Patrice. The annual gathering is a time for the Sisters to reconnect and give thanks for their many blessings.

SOA Prayer Service


A group of Sisters gathered on Sunday, Nov. 23 for a prayer vigil to remember all who have died at the hands of soldiers trained at the School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, Ga. For years Sisters of Charity have gathered with thousands of other individuals and organizations at the gate of Fort Benning to express our concern. According to the Center for International Policy, the SOA is notorious for its training of abusive military forces.

Spirituality Center
Presents The Joy of the Gospel


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Spirituality Center hosted Father Dan Hartnett, SJ, on Sunday, Nov. 23 as he presented The Joy of the Gospel. During the two-hour session, those attending explored Pope Francis’ transformative vision for both Church and society.

Prayer for
Ferguson and Our Nation


Spirit’s Prayer

Gentle Breath of God’s own Life
Breathe on our anxious nation today.
Ever brave Breath of God’s own Power
Speak to our distressed and angry hearts.
Wisdom Breath of God’s own Truth
Blow over us a heightened respect for one another.
Descend again and hover over our troubled waters,
Recreate a willingness and opportunities for dialogue.
Holy, healing Spirit
Unbind us; Unite us. Amen

Adapted from Spirit Prayer at Pentecost
by Christine Schenk CSJ


November 17, 2014

Community Welcomes Associates


Congratulations to Rev. John Amankwah and James Weber, who made their commitments as Associates in Mission on Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Motherhouse chapel. During the ceremony, each candidate, alongside his companion, was called forward to read his personal statement and make his formal request to the Community. Father John’s companion was S. Monica Lucas, and Jim’s was S. Janet Gildea. A reception and celebration followed in the Motherhouse Dining Room.

Peaslee Neighborhood Center
Recognizes S. Terry Thorman


On Thursday, Nov. 6, Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine (Cincinnati) honored S. Terry Thorman with the Dream Builder Award for her dedication to Peaslee’s piano program. The award recognizes individuals whose energy, talents and heart are dedicated to the service of others. S. Terry began volunteering with the piano program in 1990, and (with the exception of a few years' absence) has been an integral part of it ever since. As one of her adult students, June Alexander, said, “She won't let you give up. She helps students find the music in her soul.”

Preparing for
the Holiday Season


Mother Margaret Hall hosted its annual Christmas raffle on Thursday, Nov. 20. The activities included an Adopt-A-Family raffle, Split the Pot and baked goods for sale. Raffle items included handmade quilts, wreaths and much more. All proceeds benefitting the Adopt-A-Family fund for SC employees and their families.

We Remember


This week we commemorate the fidelity of the six Jesuits, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, who were violently killed on Nov. 16, 1989, on the campus of the Jesuit University of Central America. They, along with 70,000 persons, were killed during the violence that tore apart El Salvador. The Jesuits stood with the poor and oppressed of El Salvador, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Liberator. With their lay companions they made the ultimate sacrifice for God, for the Church and for their sisters and brothers.

Segale Descendants
Visit S. Blandina’s Grave


The great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews of Servant of God, S. Blandina Segale, recently visited her grave site in the Sisters’ Mount St. Joseph cemetery. They are (from left) Joy Stagge Hansbauer, Lisa Stagge Schall, Mike Stagge, and Jim and Tina Stagge.


November 10, 2014

Honoring Our Veterans


The Sisters of Charity hosted lunch for their veteran employees and Sisters on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Community Gathers to Assemble Gift Bags


Sisters and Associates gathered in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall to assemble gift bags of personal care items, snacks and notes of encouragement for End Slavery Cincinnati’s Anti-Human Trafficking, Street Outreach Program.

A trained team of volunteers and End Slavery Cincinnati staff go out to the streets of Cincinnati to connect with women being exploited and to offer support. As a team, they distribute gift bags that include basic essentials for victims and outreach efforts to spread awareness and understanding. The team offers encouragement and a source of hope, letting human trafficking victims know that they are there to serve them. http://www.endslaverycincinnati.org


November 3, 2014

Federation Archivists
Gather at Mount St. Joseph

Archivists from some of the Charity Federation congregations met in Cincinnati to discuss ways to collaborate and communicate. Taking a break from a morning session are (seated, from front, clockwise) Michelle Bley, SC (Cincinnati, Communications Office), S. Mary Ellen Blumlein, SC (NY); S. Kathleen Mary Connelly, SC (Leavenworth); S. Joyce Brehm, SC (Cincinnati); S. Margaret Ann Gainey, DC; Dee Gallo; S. Louise Grundish, SC (Seton Hill); S. Vivien Linkhauer, SC (Seton Hill); and S. Rosa Lee Kramer, DC. Standing are (from left) Sisters Judith Metz, SC (Cincinnati) and Georgia Kitt, SC (Cincinnati, Communications Office).

Community Celebrates Reprint of
At the End of the Santa Fe Trail


Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community gathered Wednesday, Oct. 29 to celebrate the reprint of S. Blandina Segale’s At the End of the Santa Fe Trail. The reprint, with a new cover and introductory material to commemorate the approval of the cause for Sister’s canonization, was available for purchase for the first time. In addition, members of S. Blandina’s family were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. Artifacts related to S. Blandina were on display with a viewing of the Death Valley Days episode, “Fastest Nun in the West,” featuring the Servant of God.

At the End of the Santa Fe Trail recounts the lively experiences of S. Blandina on her mission in Colorado and New Mexico from 1872 to 1892. This is part of the saga of this colorful Sister of Charity who worked tirelessly for the poor and marginalized, advocated for women and children, cared for the sick and built orphanages, hospitals and schools. To purchase a book…

SCs Host All Boards Retreat


Members of the boards of Sisters of Charity sponsored ministries and the SC Ministry Foundation gathered at the Motherhouse on Tuesday, Oct. 28, along with SC leadership and sponsored ministry CEOs, for the biannual dinner and retreat. The guest speaker was S. Peggy Martin, OP, vice president for governance and sponsorship at Catholic Health Initiatives. S. Peggy invited the participants to think creatively about the possible evolving relationships between the sponsored ministries and the Sisters of Charity. Lively table discussions followed with new ideas and insightful questions to explore.

High School Celebrates S. Donna


Bishop Fenwick High School in Franklin, Ohio, surprised S. Donna Bryant with a 70th birthday celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The festivities included a parade through the hallway, followed by the band, and ending in the cafeteria for cake. Tech coordinator Cheryl Brandenburg said of S. Donna, “Everyone loves Sister, and we celebrated as a family.”

Halloween Carnival at
Mother Margaret Hall


On Sunday, Oct. 26 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati employees were invited to bring their little ghosts, goblins and fairies to Mother Margaret Hall for a Halloween carnival. Games, crafts and refreshments were included in this afternoon of fun for both Sisters, employees and their families.

Bayley Hosts
Mass of Appreciation


Bayley, the continuing care retirement community and SC sponsored ministry, honored the Sisters of Charity on Oct. 26 with a Mass of Appreciation at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. Bayley staff and employees acknowledged and thanked the Sisters of Charity for their faithful commitment, prayers and support throughout the last 25 years. October 25 marked the beginning of Bayley’s yearlong 25th anniversary celebration. 

Congo Week Concludes


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati ended Congo Week on Oct. 23 with a presentation by Dr. Claver Pashi, Ph.D., from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Claver spoke about his vision and hope for his country, calling on our government to do everything in its power to end the violent conflicts there. In September 2010, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates committed to be informed about the human rights violations in the DRC. To learn more …


October 20, 2014

St. Rita School for the Deaf
Honors SCs


(From left) Sisters Mary Bookser, Jane Bernadette Leo,
John Michael Geis, Lynn Heper, Paula Gonzalez

In anticipation of St. Rita School for the Deaf’s 100th anniversary, the school dedicated its friendship garden to the lay staff, festival committee members, priests and Sisters of Charity who have served the school throughout the years. The school opened in 1915 with only 11 students and a staff of three Sisters of Charity. It became the first accredited high school for the deaf in Ohio, and was served by the Sisters of Charity consistently throughout those years. Sisters John Michael Geis and Jane Bernadette Leo continue to volunteer at the school.

Seton Writers Gather at Mount St. Joseph


(From left, clockwise) Sisters Vivian Linkhauer, Regina Bechtle,
Judith Metz and Betty Ann McNeil

The four SC Federation members charged with the task of publishing St. Elizabeth Seton’s writings met recently at the MSJ Motherhouse. They are currently working on the collected correspondence of Elizabeth, that written to Elizabeth or about her. The four Sisters are: Betty Ann McNeil, DC, Vivian Linkhauer, SC Seton Hill, Regina Bechtle, SC New York, and Judith Metz, SC Cincinnati.

The Seton Writings Project grew out of the Seton Legacy gatherings held throughout the Federation congregations in 1992. They served to better understand and appreciate our rich heritage. Sisters Regina Bechtle and Judith Metz have served as co-editors throughout. The group has completed and published three volumes of Elizabeth’s writings. For more information on the completed volumes contact S. Judith Metz, Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, at 513-347-4058.

Region 6 Members Meet


Members of LCWR’s Region 6 gathered Oct. 19-21 at St. Anne’s in Melbourne, Kentucky, for their fall meeting. The agenda included Region 6 members as panel members, reflecting on the vows. They used the contemplative decision-making process for resolutions they considered; the outcomes from each of the regions were sent to LCWR.

Archdiocesan Conference Room
Named for EAS


(From left) Sisters Judith Metz, SC Archives director; Cathy Bever, director of certification,
Archdiocese Catholic Schools Office; S. Lois Jean Goettke, SC Leadership councilor

The SC Archives has given the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Offices a statue and portrait of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity. The new Elizabeth Seton Conference Room, located on the seventh floor of the Archdiocesan Offices, will be used for inservice and business meetings as well as educational gatherings.

Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn 


S. Melannie Svoboda, SND, presented Celebrating the Gifts of Autumn on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Motherhouse. Nestled in the heart of October, this retreat day, offered through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center, celebrated four gifts autumn gives to us: beauty, harvest, fallowness, and letting go. Using Scripture, nature, music, stories, and humor, S. Melannie helped participants explore ways to emulate this rich season in their everyday spiritual lives. 


October 6, 2014

Sister Roslyn Hafertepe Honored

On Friday, Oct. 10 Bayley presented S. Roslyn Hafertepe (center) with the Sister Jeanne Roach Service to Bayley Award, which recognizes an individual who has dedicated himself or herself to making Bayley the excellent community it is today.  Bayley, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, honored S. Roz for her legacy of service and extraordinary contribution, in making a profound impact on the lives of Bayley residents both currently and for those to be served in the future. S. Roz was one of three Sisters who signed/ratified the original Articles of Incorporation which created/governed Bayley when it was founded in 1990. In addition, she has been a member of the Bayley Board of Directors and currently serves on the Bayley Strategic Planning Committee, the Gift Planning Cabinet and the Benevolent Care Committee-ensuring that charitable care support goes to residents in need.

Seton Hill SCs
Visit Motherhouse

The Final Vow Sisters of the Korean Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill made their annual visit to their ‘grandmothers’ home last week. The Seton Hill Sisters were formed from the Cincinnati Congregation in 1870 at the request of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, to serve his diocese. The Sisters are pictured with S. Benedicta Mahoney.

In Gratitude

The Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation of the Archdiocese of Hue, Vietnam, offered the above token of appreciation to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Sister Maria Tien Pham was a guest at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse the past two years while attending Mount St. Joseph University and receiving a degree. S. Maria’s community thanked the SCs for their love, charity and hospitality during her stay.

S. Blandina Visits
CWR Annual Conference

Participants of the Communicators for Women Religious Annual Conference enjoyed a visit from S. Blandina Segale during the final day of their gathering in Long Beach, California, on Friday, October 3. Next year’s conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and S. Blandina (also known as S. Georgia Kitt) set the stage for potential guests. S. Blandina ministered in Albuquerque where, besides her work of teaching, opened a Wayfarers’ House, became a defender of Native Americans and “Mexicans,” and went on begging trips to mining and railroad camps to raise money to support the Sisters’ missions.


September 25, 2014

Sister of Charity
Inducted Into Hall of Honor


The late S. Rose Elizabeth Bumgarner was inducted into Catholic Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sister graduated from the Springfield, Ohio, high school in 1948 and went on to minister as teacher and principal in schools in Ohio and Michigan.

Carroll High School Honors SC

Congratulations to S. Mary Alice Stein, who was inducted into the Carroll High School (Dayton, Ohio) Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 27. S. Mary Alice was honored for her lasting and profound effect on the high school, its students and its community through her commitment to Catholic education and her active involvement, leadership and support of the school. Sister served as the school’s English and Latin teacher for 43 years (1967-2010).

Mother Margaret Hall
Art Show Underway



S. Marty Dermody with her photography exhibit.

The third annual Mother Margaret Hall Art Show, sharing the work of both Sisters and employees, began Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Mother Margaret Hall Activity Room.  Visitors to MMH will be able to enjoy the artwork through Friday.

Associates Make
Lifetime Commitments


(From left) Director of Associates Mary Jo Mersman with
Associate Lee Hemminger

(From left) Associate Lynnessa Gallagher with S. Louise Lears

Congratulations to Lynnessa Gallagher and Lee Hemminger who made their Lifetime Commitments as Associates in Mission during the Fall Congregational Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lynnessa, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, also celebrates her 25th anniversary as an Associate in Mission; she made her original commitment on Sept. 16, 1989. Lee, a Colorado Associate, made her original commitment on Dec. 1, 1996.


September 15, 2014

Community Welcomes Pre-Entrant


(From left) S. Lois Jean Goettke, Pre-entrant Denise Morris,
S. Monica Gundler

Welcome to Denise Morris who began pre-entrance with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sept. 13. Denise met the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a Come and Serve weekend at the House of Charity and also spent time at Casa de Caridad in Anthony, New Mexico, and at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse during the 2013 Gathering. She lived in community at Xavier House with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, and also spent a year in Bolivia with the Maryknoll short-term immersion program. She is very dedicated to the ministry of education and is currently serving as a fifth-grade teacher at Resurrection School in Kansas City, Kansas. Welcome Denise! 

Fall Congregational Days
Nearing Conclusion

Fall Congregational meetings have taken place throughout the month of September at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The final Congregational Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each year Sisters and Associates come together to share and listen as reports and updates are offered by Leadership and membership. Liturgy and opportunities to reconnect and recommit to the year ahead are valued.

San Antonio Church
Hosts Sisters of Charity

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were guests of San Antonio Church on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Sisters enjoyed Mass and breakfast, and were given the opportunity to share informational materials regarding S. Blandina Segale with the parishioners and Sister’s great-nieces and great-nephews. S. Blandina, whose cause for canonization has been approved by the Vatican, founded San Antonio Church (located at Queen City Avenue and White Street in Cincinnati) with her sister, S. Justina Segale. Parish elders recalled the ways that Sisters Blandina and Justina helped the struggling Italian immigrants in the South Fairmount area of Cincinnati. They will never forget the many sacrifices the pair made for their families and the church. Parishioners and family are praying to and for Servant of God S. Blandina.

Seton High School Hosts SCs


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were guests of Seton High School on Monday, Sept. 15 in honor of Founder’s Day. The Sisters of Charity founded SHS in 1853 as Mount St. Vincent Academy (Cedar Grove). On Sept. 12, 1927, Cedar Grove reopened its doors as Seton High School.

Community Celebrates Jubilarians

Congratulations to Sisters Carol Brockmeyer, Donna Collins, Shirley Dix, Mary Ann Flannery, John Michael Geis, Rosemarie Gerrety, Katrinka Gunn, Judy Gutzwiller, Jeanine Marie Holthouse, Catherine Kirby, Marie Virginia Lovato, Elizabeth Jane Mann, Rose Martin Morand, Kathleen Ann Murray, Stephen Ann O’Malley and Jean Welling, who celebrated 60 years with the Sisters of Charity Community on Sunday, Sept. 7. In addition, Sisters celebrating more than 50 years as women religious were also honored. 

Autumn Ambience


Thick leaf-fall glows
amber, ochre, bronze
on yards, walks and lawn.
Gutters gather gold dust.
Afternoon sunlight...
bounces colors skyward,
charges ambient air
a mellow yellow.
And I, who walk amid
this Midas mist,
am gilded head to toe,
a living statue
raised to honor Autumn.
- S. Anna Maria Ahl, SC, 2008


September 9, 2014

Golden Jubilarians
Celebrate Anniversary

Congratulations to Sisters Dorothy Ann Blatnica, Winnie Brubach, Pat Hayden, Pat Malarkey, Marie Tessmer and Marianne Van Vurst, who celebrated 50 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 31. Sisters, Associates, family and friends filled the Motherhouse chapel in gratitude for the six women and their gifts of faith, friendship, and service throughout these past 50 years.

Chillin’ and Grillin’

Students from Mount St. Joseph University joined Sisters for dinner and conversation on Thursday, Sept. 4 at Regina Hall. The annual Chillin’ and Grillin’ event is an opportunity for MSJU students to meet and learn more about the Sisters of Charity and their ministries.

CISE Celebrates Sisters of Charity



The Sisters of Charity were honored at the annual CISE celebration and reception on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Great American Ball Park’s Champion Club. S. Joan Cook, SC president, accepted the ‘Faith in Education Award’ in the name of the Congregation. Sisters of Charity have been educators influencing the lives of students in the Catholic Inner-city Schools Education (CISE) throughout its existence. This annual event kicks off the campaign to raise funds for the 1,800 students attending the eight inner-city Catholic schools. More than 70 percent of the students in the CISE schools are at grade level in both reading and math by the fourth grade, thanks to the untiring efforts of the teachers, tutors and administrators.

HOC Hosts
Come and Serve Weekend

S. Monica Gundler (left) and the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted a Come and Serve Weekend Aug. 29-Sept. 1 for those interested in religious life. The weekend included prayer, service and reflection in the charity charism.


August 25, 2014

Future of Charity
Gathering in New Orleans

The House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted the Future of Charity Aug. 22-24 for those in the SC Federation in formation and under 10 years finally professed. Sisters Sandy Howe, Janet Gildea, Alice Ann O’Neill, Donna Steffen, Lois Jean Goettke, Tracy Kemme, Andrea Koverman, Affiliate Annie Klapheke and Pre-entrant Romina Sapinoso were among those attending this first gathering to celebrate our common charism and build relationships that will carry into the future.


August 18, 2014

Leadership Team Attends
LCWR Annual Assembly

The 2014 LCWR assembly was held Aug. 12-15 in Nashville, Tennessee. Approximately 750 participants from all regions of the United States and several other countries attended the meetings, which focused on the “Holy Mystery Revealed in Our Midst.” Speakers included S. Carol Zinn, SSJ, S. Nancy Schreck, OSF, and S. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, who received the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award. In addition the assembly passed a resolution on the doctrine of discovery and on renewable energy for the sake of the survival of the planet.

Safety Week Concludes

Human Resources hosted Safety Week August 14-21 at Mount St. Joseph. Daily events and activities were planned throughout the week, including a health walk, police canine unit demonstration, ice cream social and the annual safety fair. In addition a departmental safety poster contest was held.

Associates Host Summer Picnic

Cincinnati Associates and Candidates hosted the annual summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 17 in Regina Hall. The gathering began with prayer and was followed by a barbecue lunch for Sisters and Associates to enjoy while also visiting with each other.


August 11, 2014

DPCR Students Visit Motherhouse

Incoming freshmen and new students of DePaul Cristo Rey High School visited the Motherhouse on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Students had the opportunity to meet with Sisters and to take a tour of the Motherhouse, including the Immaculate Conception Chapel, to learn more about the Community’s mission and charism. DPCR is the newest sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

University Hosts Celebration Luncheon

Mount St. Joseph University recognized its students participating in the Summer Employment Program during a luncheon Aug. 11. This program connects university students to the important work of nonprofit agencies and organizations in the community. The SC Communications Office would like to thank Megan Moore (center) for her service this summer (and last). Megan will also be a student co-op in the office this school year.


August 4, 2014

Lights of Hearts Villa
Celebrates 25 Years


(From left) Sisters Margaret Mach, Dorothy Ann Blatnica and Regina Kusnir were among the group of Sisters of Charity attending the 25th anniversary celebration of Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio, on Aug. 1. Light of Hearts Villa (LOHV), which provides premier faith-based senior care in Northern Ohio, is a co-sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Vincentian Sisters of Charity established LOHV following the closing of Lumen Cordium High School in 1987. Two years later, the VSCs had transformed the high school building into an award-winning, senior residential living and community outreach services facility that continues today.

Wheels Continue to Roll


In July, members of Nuns on the Bus Ohio gathered at Mount St. Joseph to draft their vision and mission statements to represent their state-wide group. Learn more about their time together …

Sunrock Farm
Visits Mother Margaret Hall


Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed a visit from Sunrock Farm on Thursday, July 31. The Traveling Pet Farm included goats, sheep, a pig, chickens and a rabbit.


July 28, 2014

S. Barbara Busch to Receive
Women of Influence Award

Congratulations to S. Barbara Busch, who has been selected by the editorial team at Venue Media as a recipient of this year’s Women of Influence Award 2014. The award aims to honor women who have helped shape the success of their organization and have demonstrated leadership, professional achievement and continuous contribution to the workplace and community. S. Barbara is the executive director of Working In Neighborhoods, an organization that empowers people to make informed choices for themselves and their neighborhoods through community building, home ownership, and economic learning. Sister and her fellow honorees will be celebrated on Aug. 20, 2014, at the Newport Syndicate.


July 21, 2014

Sisters Return to El Salvador

Sisters Christine Rody and Irene Mraz traveled to El Salvador this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland mission there. A Mass of Thanksgiving was held in the city of La Libertad, recognizing the names and places where the individuals served. The Cleveland mission began after an appeal from Pope St. John XXIII that North American dioceses support their Latin American sisters and brothers. S. Christine volunteered for the Cleveland Mission in El Salvador from 1975-1981 and S. Irene from 1981-1986. It was a joy for both women to return to see many friends and reconnect with places of importance from their years of ministry there.

Mary of Magdala, Witness and Prophet

Sisters, Associates and friends of the Community celebrated the Feast of Mary of Magdala, known as “Apostle to the Apostles,” on Tuesday, July 22 with an intercommunity prayer service. This year’s theme was Mary of Magdala, Witness and Prophet. The presider was Michaelle Jones from the Church of the Resurrection, Bond Hill and the reflector was S. Leslie Keener, CDP. Following the service refreshments were prepared and served by Power Inspires Progress.

Tone Chime Choir Performs

The SC Community was entertained on Sunday, July 20 with the delightful sounds of the SC Tone Chime Choir Concert. The light, enjoyable and interactive performance in the Motherhouse chapel was provided by a group of Sisters living in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall as well as Associate Judi Sauerbrey.

Sisters of Earth 2014 Conference

(From left) Sisters Paula Gonzalez, Clarann Weinert and Caroljean Willie attended the Sisters of Earth 2014 Conference July 10-13 in Leavenworth, Kansas. This year’s theme was The Emerging Humanity: Healing Into Wholeness. Sisters of Earth is an informal network of women who share a deep concern for the ecological and spiritual crises of the times and who wish to support one another in work toward healing the human spirit and restoring Earth’s life support system. S. Caroljean, NGO for the Sisters of Charity Federation, spoke to participants on “Spirituality at the UN.”


July 14, 2014

S. Montiel Rosenthal Receives Award

S. Montiel Rosenthal received the Outstanding Family Medicine OB Educator Award from The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency. Upon the occasion, one of S. Montiel’s graduating residents, Dr. Eleanor Glass, wrote the following poem…

Associate Jacquie Jones Honored

Congratulations to Associate Jacquie Jones, who was honored at the 34th graduation ceremony of Keystone Montessori School, El Cerrito, California, on June 27 with the creation of the Jacquie Jones Scholarship Fund. As Head Teacher, Jacquie “enriched Keystone’s program and set a precedent above and beyond [the school’s] highest expectations.” This scholarship will benefit families with financial need. While no longer teaching, Jacquie continues to volunteer as educational consultant for the school.

S. Blandina Segale, Pray for Us


Sisters of Charity Monica Lucas, Celestia Koebel, Patricia Sabourin and Victoria Marie Forde attended the press conference announcing the cause of sainthood for Sister Blandina Segale, on June 25, 2014. The decree was hung on the doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, NM on June 29.  Participating in the ceremonies were: Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces (Postulator), Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe (Judge for the Cause), Victor Limary (Board of Directors Vice-Chair CHI St. Joseph’s Children), and Allan Sanchez (Petitioner for the Cause, President & CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children). St. Joseph’s Children was founded by Sister Blandina while ministering among the poor in the New Mexico Territory.


July 1, 2014

LeadingAge Ohio Art and Writing Show


S. Rose Therese Wich stands next to her group’s second place entry, entitled
“Zoo Creations, in the LeadingAge Ohio South Region’s Art and Writing Show

Congratulations to our Sisters participating in the LeadingAge Ohio South Region’s Art and Writing Show on June 30 at Bayley Wellness Center. Works of art and writing were submitted by residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio organizations. Receiving second place in the cooperative art category for “Zoo Creations” were Sisters Rose Therese Wich, Mary Laura Miceli, Imelda Cooper, Mary Pat Wagner, Carol McCarthy, Irene Luther, Joan Crocker, Florence Cremering and Miriam Thomas Busch of Mother Margaret Hall’s Art’s Delight. S. Mary Fran Boyle received first place in the poetry category for “Threat”, and S. Mary Kathryn McFerrin received honorable mention in the prose non-fiction category for “Yoctangee Park-1930s”.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the newest university in town! Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the College of Mount St. Joseph, today the SC sponsored ministry officially becomes Mount St. Joseph University.Congratulations to the newest university in town! Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the College of Mount St. Joseph, today the SC sponsored ministry officially becomes Mount St. Joseph University.

Sustaining the Sacred Web of Creation

The College of Mount St. Joseph hosted its 13th Summer Spirituality Institute June 23-27. Sisters Mary Bookser and Marge Kloos both taught weeklong academic courses. In addition Sisters Paula Gonzalez, Jean Miller, Joyce Richter and Caroljean Willie were guest speakers during the lunchtime panels regarding “Healing Our Global Home” and “Advocating for Mother Earth.” This year’s theme addressed sustainability, spirituality, the environment and bringing about a sustainable reign of God and environmental ethics.


June 23, 2014

Celebrating Associate Commitments

It was a day of celebration at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse on Sunday, June 22. The SC Community welcomed Jo Ann Ballinger, Kay Jackson, Kinny McQuade and Joan Wiebell as Associates in Mission. In addition, lifetime commitments were made by Associates Mary Jo Mersmann, Barbara Raymond and Mary Ellen Williams while Associates Carol Herbert and Barbara Raymond celebrated 25 years as Associates in Mission. Congratulations to all of the above mentioned Associates and those who accompanied them on their journeys!

SCs Support Mission Walk

(From left) Sisters Nancy Bramlage, Victoria Marie Forde, Andrea Koverman, Sarah Mulligan and Tracy Kemme participated in the 2014 Mission Walk on Saturday, June 23. The ninth-annual walk benefits the health and education programs provided by the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, where Sister of Charity Sarah Mulligan lives and ministers. 


June 16, 2014

Ever-Evolving Charism of Charity:
SC Federation Annual Meeting, June 4-8

The annual meeting of the Sisters of Charity Federation concluded over the weekend with a focus on Implementing our Process to Speak with One Voice. On Saturday, June 7 members participated in the Federation business meeting and heard a presentation from Seton Heritage Ministries. Afternoon discussion focused on the Federation’s collaborative projects and a reflection on Covenant Relationships. A Mass for Pentecost was held in the Motherhouse chapel followed by an evening banquet. On Sunday, June 8 farewells were said and leaders from Les Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur invited the group to Moncton, New Brunswick for next year’s meeting. To view additional photos ...


Honors and Awards
March 19, 2015

The Cincinnati Enquirer, in its March 7 issue, reported Seton High School honored the Sisters of Charity Community and the legacy of former principals Sisters Kathryn Ann Connelly and the late Mark Neumann during its annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day celebration and Mass in January. Pictured in the article were Sisters Lois Jean Goettke, Mary Dolores Schneider, Sheila Gallagher, Marie Irene Schneider, Mary Barbara Philippart and Associate Carolyn Davis.

S. Joan Cook was quoted in an article on Cincinnati.com reporting the resignation of Mount St. Joseph University president Tony Aretz. S. Joan thanked Tony for his “generous, dedicated service.”

S. Mary Gallagher has written three articles, entitled “The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity,” in Our Catholic Community, a publication of the Diocese of Roseau, Dominica. The articles have featured Elizabeth Seton, the establishment of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, and ministries abroad.

S. Sandy Howe was quoted in an article on Cincinnati.com following the visit of Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga to Cincinnati. Cardinal Rodriguez visited Seton High School and spoke to the students about youth involvement, the Eucharist, and Scripture.

S. Delia Sizler was featured in the February issue of the Southeast Alaska Catholic for her ministry in the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska.