Meet Our New Associates: Cheryl Dagy
By AJ Keith, Communications intern
Cheryl Dagy is one of many new Associates in Mission to make her commitment because of the relationships that have endured since her earliest memories. Because of her history with the former Vincentian Sisters of Charity, Cheryl feels pleased and privileged to honor its charism through her service.
“I didn’t really choose to become an Associate – it kind of chose me!” Cheryl says. The Sisters of Charity have always been a part of Cheryl’s life – first as educators from first until 12th grade, and now as friends. Inspiring her through living the Sisters of Charity mission and charism, the Sisters have taken an active part in the development of Cheryl’s life. The Sisters of Charity’s influence was rekindled in her 30s when her grandmother was a resident at Light of Hearts Villa, a senior residential care facility in Bedford, Ohio.
Light of Hearts Villa was established in 1989 by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity before the congregation merged with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. When Cheryl returned there to work, not only did she fall in love with this community but she was once again united with the Sisters. While here, Cheryl met her good friend and eventual Associate companion, S. Mary Ann Flannery, who was the first to suggest Association to Cheryl. She also met S. Helen Therese Scansy, who, according to Cheryl, taught her, “diligence, simplicity and not to take [herself] too seriously.”
After years of helping the Community with numerous service opportunities, Cheryl finally decided to become a candidate. Cheryl has continued to minister at Light of Hearts Villa in whatever capacity she is called to. She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a role that she was encouraged to take by S. Regina Kusnir. Beyond these two services, Cheryl aims to help with the fundraisers at Light of Hearts Villa and to take proper care of the residents to ensure that they receive the same exceptional care that her grandmother did. In addition, Cheryl is willing to commit to any service necessary to honor her commitment as an Associate, whatever shape it may take. “I know that I will continue my prayerful discernment and will joyfully await the whisper of the Holy Spirit calling me to action,” Cheryl says.
As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Cheryl is constantly exercising her faith and sharing it with others. Cheryl attributes her strong faith to the strong women in her life, such as Sisters Mary Ann, Helen and Regina. Rejuvenated by their strength and charism, Cheryl is happy to share her faith with such a steadfast Community. “Truly, if I can live my life with humility, charity and simplicity, I will be responding to Christ’s love that urges me to this calling,” Cheryl says.
By practicing the charism taught to her at a young age, Cheryl has offered herself as a woman of virtue and faith. Her service at Light of Hearts Villa shows no signs of stopping, nor does her utmost dedication to the mission of the Sisters of Charity. She is happy that her relationship has since evolved to her role as an Associate. “I love each and every one of the Sisters and am inspired by the friendships they have invited me to join,” Cheryl says.