Meet Associate Christine Hicks
By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern
Associate Christine Hicks with S. Joyce Brehm at her Lifetime Commitment ceremony in June.
“I realized early on that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” says Sisters of Charity Associate in Mission, Christine Hicks. On June 24, 2018, she made a Lifetime Commitment to being an Associate.
Having become aware of the Sisters of Charity through her friend S. Pamela Jones, Christine never knew the scope of all that the Sisters of Charity do around the country, and especially in Cincinnati. It was not until S. Pamela’s friend, who was an Associate, passed away, that Christine learned of the Associate program. S. Pamela urged Christine to consider becoming an Associate and to take part in a Sisters of Charity immersion experience where her eyes were opened to the countless ministries of the Community. She shared, “I couldn’t believe that they could be involved in so much; in social justice, in the environment, and so much more.” 13 years ago, she made the initial commitment.
Living half the year in Palm Springs, Florida, and the other in Cincinnati, Christine lives out the Sisters of Charity mission every day through her love and compassion for others, especially the homeless and less fortunate. She strives to make life better for at least one person each day. Her love for taking care of the homeless began many years ago when she and her husband decided to load up their van and deliver food and clothing to the homeless at beaches, parks, and under bridges. Eventually, they became so well known in the area that sometimes the homeless personally sought them out for aid; Christine recalls being asked if she was the ‘food lady’ in a store. However, a great tragedy struck Christine’s life as her husband, nephew, and nephew’s pregnant wife died in a car accident, and a short time later, her sister also passed away in a tragic accident.
Christine, though immensely heart-broken, managed to carry on with her life through the love of the Sisters of Charity. Staying at the Motherhouse for a couple weeks, Christine says she was overwhelmed with love and kindness. “They saved my life,” she said. “They prayed for me and carried me through it.” Christine turned her anger and sadness into love, vowing to help everyone she could.
S. Joyce Brehm, one of Christine’s mentors through the Associate discernment process, helped her connect on a deeper level to St. Elizabeth Seton, Sister of Charity Founder, who also went through much personal tragedy and loss in her life but was still able to do so much good.
Currently, Christine tries to make every day a good day. She spends much of her time going to soup kitchens and parks to hand out food and clothes such as socks, undergarments, and t-shirts. She also always has extra bottles of water in her car in case she comes across anyone who needs one. In addition, Christine always takes time to speak to the homeless, giving out hugs like she does items of necessity. Sometimes, she even bakes them cookies. Recently, she was called to help a person who had relapsed on drugs and took on the responsibility to help them.
When she is not out giving, Christine enjoys sending cards to those who need them, because even if she can’t see them personally, she says there is always another way to connect with people. Recently, she sent out over a dozen cards to Sisters, people in nursing homes, and people in prison. In her spare time, she signs petitions for social justice, does yoga, meditates, and prays. “You don’t need money to be happy,” says Christine, “just love and compassion.”