Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Andrea Koverman to Profess Final Vows
Due to the current precautions, only Sisters, Associates and a small group of family members were present with Sister Andrea in the chapel for the ceremony. In their presence she vowed to “joyfully commit myself for life to the service of God, God’s people, and all of Creation, as a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Grateful for God’s call and ever-abiding love, I respond with my whole heart.”
She continued, “I devote myself to embodying God’s compassion and concern for all, especially for those most in need, and to continuing the transformative mission of Jesus to bring about God’s Kingdom of inclusive love. I freely promise to practice community, animated by Christ’s love and life.”
Sister Andrea grew up in Bellbrook, Ohio. Her childhood parish is St. Francis of Assisi in Centerville, Ohio. She graduated from Archbishop Alter High School (Kettering, Ohio), and majored in special education through Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Following graduation she moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, to begin 20-plus years teaching in the coastal island communities. She holds two master’s degrees, one in curriculum and another in administration.
Sister Andrea entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 2012 and made first vows in 2015. She comes from a long line of Sisters of Charity: great-aunts Mary Walburga and Mary Naomi; aunt Mary Joseph; and cousin Kateri Maureen – all Kovermans. With Sister Andrea’s entrance, a member of the Koverman family has been in the Sisters of Charity Community for more than 100 years.
Following first vows she ministered at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center in Cincinnati, organizing, educating and advocating for systemic change. Sister Andrea moved to Anthony, New Mexico, in 2019 and has been serving the women and children at Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico, as curriculum coordinator/educator. She is currently working on building partnerships in Juarez, Mexico and the U.S. to broaden the clinic’s services to include an accredited school program that is inclusive of but not limited to children with special needs. She and Sister of Charity Romina Sapinoso plan to receive Montessori certification to facilitate the transition when the time arrives. Sister Andrea teaches the children with special needs during the week and has been asked to teach English to elementary students at an existing Catholic Montessori school in Juarez.
In addition, Sister Andrea coordinates the Sisters of Charity AVE (After Volunteer Experience) program, which provides hospitality and support to young women who have done a year or two of volunteer service and are discerning their next steps. She volunteers at Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, connecting migrants who have been released into the U.S. with their families as well as serves on the Boards of numerous organizations including the Intercongregational Collaborative Novitiate; St. Joseph’s Children in Albuquerque, New Mexico; FutureChurch; and Pace e Bene.
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