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National Catholic Sisters Week
March 8-14, 2019

National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), the sixth annual celebration of women religious, will take place March 8-14, 2019, in tandem with National Women’s History Month. The week is intended to honor the nation’s 45,000 Catholic Sisters and all who have gone before – founders of schools and hospitals, artists and activists, leaders and spiritual guides for all walks of life. “In a time when there isn’t much good news, we need to share stories of how Catholic Sisters can heal our Church and unite our country,” said Molly Hazelton, who has headed the NCSW team since its inception. “Raising awareness of their ministries can inspire the masses – and that’s exactly what we aim to do.”

Stand with Sisters

Throughout NCSW, the Sisters of Charity will celebrate the myriad ways our Sisters and their supporters stand up for social justice in our communities. All peace and justice issues are important to us and the following are several examples: Death Penalty, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Earth, Human Trafficking, Migration, Peace and Nonviolence, Racism and Women.

Standing for the Common Good
Associate Debbie Weber, director of the Sisters of Charity Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation, demonstrates how lay people and religious stand together for God’s creation, justice and the common good. READ MORE

Standing Against Oppression
Dr. Claver Pashi has witnessed the injustices facing the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo firsthand and allied himself with the Sisters of Charity to respond with tenacity. READ MORE

Standing With Immigrants
As a volunteer in the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, Anne Stattelman has been exposed to the injustices surrounding immigrants in their journey to cross the border and in their life in the United States. In response, she and Sister of Charity Nancy Crafton are setting an example of what it means to be inclusive to the citizens of the world. READ MORE

Standing for Justice
In response to the harsh political climate of the times, Sequoia Powers-Griffin has made it her personal mission to stand with the Sisters for justice in her work with Ohio Nuns on the Bus. READ MORE

Make It A Habit

In celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), the Sisters of Charity Communications Office developed the following GUESSING GAME for Sisters and employees. The game has been distributed throughout the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility to encourage relationship building and fun among the Sisters and employees. We invite friends of the SC Community to take your best guesses at home as well! Answers will be posted at the conclusion of NCSW next week. CLICK HERE to see the answers.

 

Prayer for NCSW

Gracious and all-loving God, we thank you that You call us to be one with You and to be, in every way of life, doers of Your Word and not hearers only.

In this National Catholic Sisters Week, we celebrate women religious who consecrate their lives in poverty, celibacy and obedience.

We thank you for their character, courage and commitment to live in solidarity with those who live in poverty and suffer violence in everyday living.

Your love and grace inspire them. Their joy and total generosity inspire us.

Together they form a “global sisterhood” whose network of prayer and ministry call all of us to broader and deeper understanding and communal responsibility for the common good of our Earth community.

May their powerful stories ignite the hearts of girls and women today to answer your call to live a life dedicated to the common good through living in community and sharing ministry.

May religious life abound in vitality so that the boundless power of your love and care will be known more and more throughout our world.

In every way of living we are all called to be poor in spirit, faithful in heart, and obedient to Your Love. Strengthen in each of us a deeper commitment to our own calling, that all may be one with each other and with You.

We ask this in Jesus’ name and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.