Carla Rush is the Northeast Associate Regional Representative for the Sisters of Charity Associates in Mission. She currently lives in Centerville, Ohio, south of Dayton, with her husband of 16 years, and her two children, Sophie and Charlie.
Carla first became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during her senior year of college at the University of Dayton. After graduating, she decided to spend a year in service and found the Sisters of Charity Associate in Volunteer Ministry program, offering participants the opportunity to live a simple lifestyle, minister with Sisters and/or Associates, and participate in community gatherings and events. She was placed at The Women’s Connection in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had the opportunity to work alongside Sisters Mary Jo Gasdorf and Ann Hunt in serving the women and children of the community.
She recalls, “Working together with two Sisters of Charity gave me the gift of seeing the charism of the Sisters lived out each day.” During this time, Carla reflected on her service experience and learned more about the mission of the Sisters of Charity, “And the anchor of faith and spirituality that it gives to lay people.” Following the experience she made her commitment as an SC Associate in Mission in 2003.
When asked how she lives out the mission of the Sisters of Charity, Carla says she hopes she lives it each day as a wife, mother, and friend. She is inspired by Sisters of Charity founder Elizabeth Seton’s quote, “Contemplate how you are being asked to give your heart to God amidst your everyday activities.” She prays that she can bring God to every person with whom she interacts.
Carla is currently involved in many volunteer activities. Her children attend Incarnation School in Centerville, Ohio, and she serves as the PTO president, where she helps manage the fundraising budget and with various school activities. She is the marketing and development chair for NACAR (North American Conference of Associates and Religious), an organization that promotes the associate-religious relationship. Also, Carla is a team leader for Incarnation’s St. Vincent De Paul Society, organizing meals to be delivered to the St. Vincent De Paul Shelter.
Carla says what she enjoys most about being an Associate is, “being a part of a spiritual movement inspired by the Holy Spirit for lay people to connect to the charisms and missions of religious congregations.” In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and golfing with her family, reading, exercising, and crafting.