By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern
Carmen Ferguson is one of three Tri-State Associate Regional Representatives living in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Carmen first became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity in the fall of 2006 when she was hired as a fitness specialist at the Fitness Club at Bayley, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Following an invitation from Associate April Vale to attend a small group meeting for the Sisters and Associates, and learning more about the mission and charism of the Community, Carmen felt compelled to make her own commitment as an Associate in Mission in 2008.
Meeting new people and hearing their stories is what Carmen enjoys most about being an Associate. She says she is, “Amazed and inspired by the contributions that the Sisters of Charity and Associates have made in the world.”
In her role as a trainer, Carmen says she is able to live out the Sisters of Charity mission through her work helping others reach their goals. “I try to instill the mission and charism of the Sisters in every person I come into contact with,” says Carmen, “especially my family.”
Beginning this August, Carmen is very excited for the opportunity to take part in the 18-month Collaborative Leadership Development Program where she will get to meet, network, and learn from other Sisters and Associates from all over the country and from different cultures. Carmen will also gain the skills and confidence needed to become a leader in ministry and in her community. The program includes three four-day sessions in St. Louis, Missouri and online forums.
Because she has a great love for nature and taking care of the Earth, Carmen enjoys gardening, walking with friends, and running races. In addition, she loves to read.