World Choir Games Peace Bell
As our city of Cincinnati enjoys the World Choir Games these 10 days we appreciate the beautiful Peace Bell that was designed to open and close the games. The bell was cast locally at the Verdin Bell Company headquarters, a deeply rooted Cincinnati-based organization. It serves as a signature symbol of the “Olympics of choral music.” The Peace Bell calls for all nations to sing and celebrate together in peace.
The Sisters of Charity have a connection to the company and the Verdin Family. Sister Maria Vincensia Verdin (Rose Mary Verdin) was a member of the third generation of Verdin’s to manage the bell, clock and carillon company; her brother, I.T. Verdin, was the great-grandfather of the present generation operating the company currently.
Sister Maria Vincensia was born in 1876 in Yorkville, Ind., and entered the Congregation in 1901 from Glendale, Ohio. She became a nurse and a pharmacist ministering at Good Samaritan Hospital, Seton Hospital and St. Joseph Infant Home in Cincinnati and St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. ; her work also took her to Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, before serving at the Motherhouse in the Sisters’ infirmary. Sister died in 1949 at the Sister of Charity Motherhouse.
The Verdin Family Company is America’s oldest bell and clock company, founded 170 years ago, they enrich the secular and spiritual lives of customers and employees with their creations. Today they proudly team technological creativity with traditional expertise.
Jim Verdin, current president, said: “We have designed thousands of bells over the course of our company’s history, and we’re excited about this project as any in recent memory. This is a great fit for us. We are honored to create a special Peace Bell for what promises to be one of the great events in the history of our city.”
The Sisters of Charity congratulate the Verdin Family on their contribution to the World Choir Games and the intended spirit the Peace Bell, their specialized work of art, conveys.