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Charity Family News

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 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 ...

June 2, 2014

S. Mary Loyola Mathia Retires

Approximately 1,200 friends and acquaintances of S. Mary Loyola Mathia filled St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Spring Hill, Fla., on Sunday, June 1 to celebrate Sister’s retirement. The bishop of the St. Petersburg diocese Rt. Reverend Robert Lynch was the celebrant of the liturgy. S. Mary Loyola has ministered in pastoral ministry and education in Florida for the past 35 years; she has been at St. Frances Cabrini since 2007. In addition, Sister is responsible for helping many women become SC Associates. She plans to retire to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse later this month.

S. Rose Martin Morand Honored

Congratulations to S. Rose Martin Morand, who received the Scholar of Life Award from St. Joseph Orphanage in Cincinnati on May 31. S. Rose Martin was the last SC administrator of St. Joseph Orphanage with her ministry extending from 1972-’79. She began SJO’s transition from traditional orphanage to its current mission of providing care and services to children who have been abused, neglected or are emotionally troubled. The Scholar of Life Award recognizes not only Sister’s contributions to SJO, but also her long ministry. 

Welcome Summer

She paused at the gardens
along her daily walk
to admire all the flowers.
Today, she thought, it’s time
we introduce ourselves
To see more ...

May 26, 2014

S. Barbara Hagedorn Honored

Congratulations to S. Barbara Hagedorn, who was recognized as one of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Women of Compassion on May 9. Recipients are honored for the impact they have had on the lives of those around them. S. Barbara currently ministers as the coordinator of client services at the Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic in Price Hill (Cincinnati). To learn more about her ministry ..

SCs Host Civil War
Commemoration Service

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati honored their Sisters who ministered on the battlefields of the Civil War during a commemoration service on Saturday, May 24. The program included music performed by the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, prayer and a choral reading first performed July 4, 1961, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the War.

Employees Recognized
for Years of Service

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati celebrated their employees on May 29 with an Employee Recognition ceremony. Employees were honored for their years of dedication and service to the Community at the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall. Retirees also were recognized. Betty Hughes, environmental services, was recognized for 40 years of service.

May 19, 2014

Spring Benefactor Luncheon

Sister residents of Mother Margaret Hall enjoy the annual Spring Benefactor Luncheon, held on May 20 in appreciation of all the services the Sisters provided during their years of active ministry as well as their current ministry of prayer. Sisters living and working on the Motherhouse campus served the catered meal; MMH staff members provided the ambiance.

National Nursing Home Week Concludes

The Sisters of Charity celebrated National Nursing Home Week May 11-17 in Mother Margaret Hall with a variety of activities planned to celebrate and promote the relationships that exist between nursing home residents, family members, staff and the community. During the week MMH staff and residents enjoyed a performance of Appalachian music by the trio of Jean Dowell, Mary Ann Broderick and Paula Gray; a volunteer luncheon; an adopt-a family fundraiser; and Wild Carrot Folk Music.

May 12, 2014

SC Artwork
Featured in Live Auction

"The Face"

Congratulations to S. Mary Laura Miceli whose artwork was auctioned at the Alzheimer’s Association’s (Greater Cincinnati Chapter) Art of Making Memories event on May 1, which raises funds to support research and provide the programs and services sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility participates in the association’s Memories in the Making art program. Each year artwork of one MMH resident is used for the silent auction. This year Sister’s artwork was included in the live auction and sold for $800.

DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Honors S. Janice

S. Janice Ernst with DePaul Cristo Rey students (left to right) Aaron, Caylum and Deanna.

S. Janice Ernst received the first annual DePaul Cristo Rey Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has offered exemplary service to the DePaul Cristo Rey community. She was honored at the school’s Volunteer Appreciation Reception on May 7. S. Janice began volunteering at DPCR in 2010 before the school even opened, and has continued through this year though she’s currently on a hiatus for health reasons. In recognizing Sister, DPCR President S. Jeanne Bessette noted, “Sister Janice has served our students and staff in so many capacities: as receptionist, tutor, patron of the arts, ambassador, donor, fundraiser, cheerleader, business office associate, and in fact, the very embodiment of St. Vincent de Paul. She has helped us to understand just who the Sisters of Charity are – not just the idea of them – but the flesh and blood women they are.” When accepting the award, S. Janice explained, “I would not be here if it weren’t for the students. My heart has always been with the students.”

CMSJ Faculty and Staff Lend a Hand

As part of their annual Employee Service Day, a group of faculty and staff of the College of Mount St. Joseph volunteered their time helping S. Winnie Brubach weed and plant at EarthConnection. Built to address the adverse ecological effects of our consumer society, EarthConnection is landscaped with a variety of native species plantings. A working organic vegetable garden is planted with produce being donated to the Freestore Foodbank produce warehouse. Photo by Buffy Barkley

Introduction to the Labyrinth

Vertiditas-certified labyrinth facilitator Sallie Hilvers offered an evening of labyrinth history, lore and information on Tuesday, May 13. The program was offered through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center; an indoor labyrinth was available to walk.

Ministering in Dominica

S. Mary Gallagher offered a presentation to Sisters and Associates on May 8 about her ministry in the Commonwealth of Dominica. S. Mary has ministered in the West Indies since 2011, serving the diocese as coordinator of religious education and faith formation for teachers in the Catholic grade and high schools. In addition, S. Mary served in St. Lucia from 1979 until 1990.

Celebrating National Nursing Home Week
May 11-17, 2014

The Sisters of Charity celebrated National Nursing Home Week on Monday, May 12 with an opening prayer service and performance of Appalachian music by the trio of Jean Dowell, Mary Ann Broderick and Paula Gray. Various activities are planned throughout the week, including a trivia challenge, volunteer luncheon and adopt-a family fundraiser.

May 5, 2014

World Day of Prayer for Vocations
May 11, 2014

(From left) Affiliate Annie Klapheke, Novice Tracy Kemme and Novice Andrea Koverman were part of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center’s marathon relay team during the May 4 Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati.

Who are women religious today? We are women who have responded to a call from God and we believe God still calls, often through relationships. Women choosing religious life today need strong values, moving us beyond the world’s thinking, as well as a fidelity to a charism and a Gospel vision. Prayer, service to the poor, devotion to the Eucharist, relationships, community living and social justice all hold meaning. Join us on May 11 as we pray for vocations to all forms of religious life. Read more …

SC Employees Recognized

Congratulations to Josh Abner, Motherhouse Kitchen; Bev Anderson (back, second from left), activity department at Mother Margaret Hall; Connie Geraci (back, third from right), administrative assistant; and Tara Cooper (not pictured), Mother Margaret Hall nurse, recipients of the 2014 STARS Awards sponsored by LeadingAge of Ohio, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. 

Recipients were recognized for fulfilling their organization’s mission and vision daily and were nominated by MMH residents/staff. They were honored at a luncheon on May 6 at Cedar Village, a long-term care facility located in Mason, Ohio. In addition to the honorees, the persons who nominated the recipients were invited to attend the festivities. 

Crossing the Finish Line

S. Tracy Kemme, S. Andrea Koverman, Affiliate Annie Klapheke and S. Leslie Keener, CDP, were part of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center’s marathon relay team during the May 4 Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. In addition Sisters Joyce Richter, Jean Miller, Donna Steffen and Janet Gildea participated in all or part of the half-marathon walk and S. Sally Duffy ran the half-marathon. Women and men religious participating on Team IJPC all wore the shirt “Religious on the Run for Justice as Peace” creating a visible witness to the vibrancy of religious life in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Walk as One at 1

World Labyrinth Day was celebrated at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse on Saturday, May 3. This global event is intended to be a day that brings people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion or practice. Individuals were invited to “Walk as One at 1” to effect a rolling wave of labyrinth walking as the earth turns.

Pictures from the Past:
Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati Ohio

S. Judith Metz’s article “Pictures from the Past: Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio” was included in the new online edition of the Vincentian Heritage Journal published by DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) The article includes many beautiful, color photographs from around the Motherhouse and Mount St. Joseph, and includes historical information written by S. Judith. View it here! If you would like to download the complete book for free, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/vincentian-heritage.

April 28, 2014

CCFP Meets at Motherhouse

Members of the Company of Charity Formation Personnel (CCFP) met April 23-27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. About 35 Sisters and Associates who do ministry in the areas of formation, vocation, Associates, novitiate and temporary professed gathered to discuss common issues, ideas and concerns. The theme of the gathering was Social Justice in a Life of Charity. In addition to their regular business meetings, S. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, was the keynote speaker on Friday, April 25.

April 21, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day

Sisters, Associates, employees and friends of the Community visited an Earth Day Fair on Tuesday, April 22  in the Motherhouse’s Rose Room. Hosted by EarthConnection and the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation, the fair offered a Farmer’s Market, raffle prizes and easy tips and information in relation to caring for our Earth.

Welcome CCFP

Members of the Company of Charity Formation Personnel (CCFP) began arriving at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse on Wednesday, April 23. About 35 Sisters and Associates who do ministry in the areas of formation, vocation, Associates, novitiate and temporary professed will gather April 23-27 at the Mount to discuss common issues, ideas and concerns. The theme of the gathering is Social Justice in a Life of Charity.

From Our Archives

With baseball season officially underway, listen to former Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt pay tribute to Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Andrew Hanlon.

“The environment is God’s gift to everyone,
and in our use of it we have a responsibility toward the poor,
toward future generations, and toward humanity as a whole.”

- Pope Benedict XVI   

April 14, 2014

The Legend of the Easter Egg

One day a poor peddler went to the marketplace to sell a basket of eggs. He came upon a crowd mocking a man who staggered with a heavy cross on which he was about to be crucified. The peddler ran to his aid, leaving a basket by the roadside. When he returned, he found the eggs transformed into exquisite designs of bright colors.

The man was Christ; the peddler, Simon. And the eggs were to become the symbol of rebirth for all humankind. (Ukrainian Folk Tale)

SCs Show Support
to St. Joseph Home

(From left) Sisters Tracy Kemme, Maureen Heverin and Andrea Koverman participated in St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati’s 17th annual Incline to the Finish Line 5K run/walk on April 12. St. Joseph Home, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, provides residential and respite programs to non-ambulatory, non-verbal and medically fragile infants, children and adults.

S. Juana Mendez Honored

Congratulations to S. Juana Mendez who received the Su Casa Hispanic Center’s Cesar Chavez Award for extraordinary contributions in the area of social justice for the immigrant community. She was honored at Su Casa’s 15th annual silent auction and awards dinner on April 9. S. Juana has been the pastoral associate at Cristo Rey parish in Erlanger, Ky., for almost 14 years. In addition she is an immigration specialist, accredited to do limited immigration work under the authority of the Department of Justice.

April 7, 2014

Clowning Around

S. Cheryl Ann Grenier shared her knowledge of clowning with Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Wednesday, April 9. S. Cheryl Ann is certified in clown ministry under the name Melo-D; during the demonstration she “made-up” the face of S. Grace Schmersal, MMH activity coordinator.

Bird Banding Begins
at Motherhouse

Spring is in the air and the birds are migrating through southwestern Ohio! S. Marty Dermody (left) with S. Michael Clare Mauntel (right) and Dr. Jill Russell from the Mount’s Biology Department have been collecting data on banded birds at the Clifford Bird Observatory at the Motherhouse for more than five years. Today was the first day of banding for 2014 and they were able to band two beautiful White-breasted Nuthatches (one shown here) and a Downy Woodpecker. Bird banding data provides valuable information on bird populations over time and the data collected at CBO is part of a national study on bird migration sponsored by the North American Bird Banding Program that quantifies bird populations continent-wide.

April 1, 2014

SCs Travel to Guatemala

In March, Sisters Marcel DeJonckheere (pictured), Louise Lears and Lois Jean Goettke visited S. Sarah Mulligan, who lives and ministers in Mixco, Guatemala, at the Clinica Comunitaria Daniel Comboni. During their 10-day stay the Sisters visited S. Sarah’s clinic, which provides health services and community programs to the indigenous people living in poverty; spent time at Colegio Monte Real where S. Marcel brought several science experiments for all the students, grades pre-school to ninth; and visited a boarding school for indigenous girls ages 13 to 26, where S. Lois played the guitar and taught the girls a song in English.

New Horizon Band
Performs at Motherhouse

Members of the New Horizons Band of Cincinnati, including Sister of Charity Mary Frances Boyle, performed for an audience at the Motherhouse on Sunday, March 30. Band members are retired individuals who recently learned an instrument or are rediscovering their talent after many years. The Band rehearses twice weekly and plays several concerts around town, performing show tunes, holiday songs and patriotic tributes.

Remembering Father Joe

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and SC Associates celebrate the life of the Rev. Joseph Bruening, who died Monday, March 31 in Cincinnati, Ohio. “Fr. Joe,” as he was affectionately known, made his commitment as an Associate in Mission on June 6, 2004, and took on the primary sacramental functions for our Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall in July 2003, celebrating daily liturgy and offering the Sacraments of the Sick, Penance, etc. for the Sister residents for more than 10 years. We are grateful for Fr. Joe’s presence and service, his friendship and his loving support throughout the years.

March 24, 2014

Sisters Offer Choral Reading at St. Martin

(From left) Sisters Mary Frances Boyle, Diana Durling, Marty Dermody, Cheryl Ann Grenier and Sheila Gallagher shared a choral reading on the Passion at St. Martin of Tours in Cheviot on March 25. The reading was part of St. Martin’s Lenten series.

Ohio Honors Sisters of Charity

On May 7, 2004, Sisters, Associates, employees, local dignitaries, family members and friends gathered at the front entrance to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse for the dedication of Ohio Historical Marker 62-31. The large bronze marker honors the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for their years of service to the people of Ohio. It was 162 years ago today, on March 25, 1852, that with the encouragement and assistance of Archbishop John Purcell, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati formed.  

March 17, 2014

Seton High School
Participates in Water With Blessings

On Tuesday, March 18, OPJCC Director Debbie Weber presented the Water With Blessings project to the Seton High School student body as part of the Campus Ministry Lenten series. Debbie showed slides of places where the WWB filtration system is being used as she explained the process, the results and the excitement that always follows. Afterwards, students were able to come to the stage and see the bucket of dirty water, watch it being filtered, and then taste the clean water. The Seton Latin Club set a goal of sponsoring 10 Water Women for a total of $600. Since each Water Woman must train three more women, the number rises to 30 families affected!

SCs Attend Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress

(From left) Pre-Entrant Romina Sapinoso, Carmen Zuniga, Denise Morris, Affiliate Annie Klapheke, S. Janet Gildea, Sandra Gutierrez and S. Carol Wirtz attended the 2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress held March 14-16 in Anaheim, Calif., the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The three-day weekend offers more than 200 speakers presenting more than 300 workshops, and provides the opportunity to share our faith with 40,000 other Catholics from around the world.

Florida Associates Participate in
Spirituality Center’s Day of Reflection

On Saturday, March 8, S. Teresa Marie Laengle presented “The Wisdom of the Cross,” an all-day retreat through the Spirituality Center at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. Miles away in Spring Hill, Fla., Director of Associates Mary Jo Mersmann and many Florida Associates spent the day watching and participating in the retreat through live-streaming. The Florida group had the same prayer table, handouts, prayers and discussion questions, and were able to listen to the presentation and participate in a beautiful ritual at the end of the day.  While there were a few glitches, this first adventurous attempt was a huge success!

Celebrating Our Sisters

(From left) S. Kathryn Ann Connelly and Mary Massong

As part of National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), we asked friends of the SC Community to help honor our Sisters – their lives, their mission and their works. By sharing their experiences, we learn that Catholic Sisters continue to leave a lasting legacy on the world today. As a continuation of last week Mary Massong thanks the Sisters of Charity and The Women’s Connection for their presence in her life. Read more …

Welcome Spring

The springtime reminds us that God’s
creative breath is still alive and active,
sustaining this world, God’s garden.

Spring is full of energy – like its name.
It coils and tenses and waits
and then jumps out at us,
bursting with vigor and new life
and shouts its presence
with a this-is-what-you've-been-waiting-for attitude.

There is real wisdom in this adage
"It is always springtime in the heart that loves God."

 Adapted from Faith & Worship, 2012

March 10, 2014

Thank You, Sisters!

This week we celebrate the inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week. As the nation celebrates the good works and good will of Catholic sisters throughout the world, the Sisters of Charity Communications Office took the opportunity to ask Mount St. Joseph employees to share their experiences, learnings and gratitude to the many women they have come to know and care for on a daily basis.

Standing on Their Shoulders

(From left) Sisters Andrea Koverman, Marge Farfsing and Tracy Kemme.

During National Catholic Sisters Week our Novices, Sisters Tracy Kemme and Andrea Koverman, took the opportunity to reflect on their time spent with many of the Sisters living in the Motherhouse, and Mother Margaret Hall. Both women are grateful for their elder Sisters sharing their life journeys and wisdom, as well as friendship. Read more…

Employees Host Ice Cream Social

Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall employees celebrated their Sisters during lunch on Monday, March 10. As part of National Catholic Sisters Week, employees thanked the Sisters for their support, inspiration and contributions to the community and world with ice cream, flowers and a short video.

March 3, 2014

Part of History

On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Pope Francis appointed 19 new cardinals in a ceremony in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica. Sister of Charity Mary Gallagher (front, right) was in attendance, in support of Kelvin Felix, Archbishop emeritus of Castries (St. Lucia). S. Mary is one of many Sisters of Charity ministering with the newly appointed cardinal in the 1980s. To read more about S. Mary’s experience in Rome…

Lent Begins

Lent is a journey–time to deepen our connection with God,
time to listen as God speaks to us in new ways…
Remember God is with us every step of the way.

Celebrating Mardi Gras

Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall celebrated Mardi Gras on March 4 New Orleans style. The Sisters were treated with lunch, a King Cake, music and dancing.

February 24, 2014

House of Charity Hosts
Associate Build

The first-ever Associate Build took place Feb. 15-19, 2014, in New Orleans, La. The gathering allowed Associates from the Charity Federation to travel to New Orleans to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and stay at the House of Charity. Cincinnati Associates Moe Nieman, Debbie Weber and Mary Jo Mersmann participated along with three Associates from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. To hear from our Associates ...

Mine Eyes Have Seen ...
View the trailer

Mine Eyes Have Seen is a 32-minute film documenting the Sisters’ service during the U.S. Civil War. Click here to order a DVD.

All Creation Sings:
Praying the Psalms with St. Elizabeth Seton

You are invited to experience the wonder of God’s creation, the power of God’s Word, and the wisdom of St. Elizabeth Seton. Let the images and words of this book lead you into a place of peacefulness and prayer. To learn more, or to purchase, contact S. Judith Metz at 513-347-4058. To view other books offered by the Sisters of Charity...

February 10, 2014

Sisters Visit DePaul Cristo Rey

A group of Sisters of Charity visited DePaul Cristo Rey High School, the newest SC sponsored ministry, on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Sisters braved the cold to see the school, for some it was their first visit.

Federation Sisters, Young Adults
Gather at House of Charity

A group of SC Federation Sisters and young adults from across the US and Canada gathered in January for a week of prayer, service and community at the House of Charity in New Orleans, La. Cincinnati Associate Ann Laiche (center) visited the group one evening and taught them how to make pralines.

Documentary Wins
International Award

“We Shall Not Be Moved: The Catholic Sisters of New Orleans” has been awarded the 2013 Gold Aurora Award for achieving a high standard of excellence in the film industry. The documentary was the only film recognized for this award in the Cultural Documentary category. To be chosen, the film was examined by industry professionals who understand the disciplines involved in filmmaking and the effective use of storytelling. The documentary received very high scores for content, execution and creativity. SC Ministry Foundation organized the fundraising effort to produce the documentary, which included other Catholic foundations and congregations of women religious.

A Message from
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

On the 9th anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang's martyrdom, we reflect on her life's work defending the human rights of the poor and the protection of the Amazon rainforest.

In early August 2013, Pope Francis visited Brazil for World Youth Day. During his visit, he also defended the Amazon and its indigenous people from illegal logging, widespread cattle grazing, and irresponsible development projects, echoing the work of Sister Dorothy Stang. 

Sister Dorothy dedicated her life to bringing faith and justice to families in the Amazon region of Brazil. She worked with them to form Christian communities, to improve sustainable farming methods, to defend their basic human rights and work for social justice. She was a deeply spiritual woman who was not afraid to challenge the land-greedy ranchers and loggers who were destroying the Amazon rain forest.

Echoing the work of Sister Dorothy, the pope called for a "forceful appeal and respect and protection of the entire creation which God has entrusted to man, not so that it be indiscriminately exploited, but rather made into a garden."

February 3, 2014

International Vincentian Family Meeting

S. Caroljean Willie, UN NGO, (third row, left) attended the bi-annual meeting of the International Heads of the Vincentian Family in Paris, France, the week of Jan. 13. More than 40 people attended, representing numerous branches of the Vincentian Family throughout the world. The agenda included input on a variety of topics including Vincentian Family initiatives on systemic change, the introduction of new members of the Family as well as the opportunity to meet in small groups for sharing.

Images of Margaret

On Feb. 2, 1812, Margaret Farrell George entered the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. While we may not have many physical images of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati founder, we can learn much from her journals, diaries and poems.

Honors and Awards
October 23, 2014

S. Barbara Hagedorn was interviewed in the fall issue of Seton High School’s magazine after receiving Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Women of Compassion honor. S. Barbara Hagedorn was interviewed in the fall issue of Seton High School’s magazine after receiving Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Women of Compassion honor. S. Montiel Rosenthal was also included in the issue after receiving the Outstanding Family Medicine OB Educator Award from The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency. was also included in the issue after receiving the Outstanding Family Medicine OB Educator Award from The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency.

S. Blandina Segale and her cause for canonization were included in the Aug. 17 issue of Our Sunday Visitor.

S. Rose Therese Wich was featured in the fall issue of Catholic Charities’ El Correo. S. Rose Therese volunteered at Catholic Charities as a trip coordinator for senior transportation services for seven years, and is fondly remembered by staff and patients.