Sister of Charity Brenda Busch Celebrates Diamond Jubilee
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Brenda Busch is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended Our Lady of Grace grade school in Price Hill (Cincinnati) and later graduated from Seton High School in 1961. Sister Brenda celebrates 60 years with the Sisters of Charity Community this year.
Sister Brenda reflects, “I felt God’s call, and after graduating from Seton High School, I took a big step and entered the Sisters of Charity. Throughout my life, I have never regretted making that choice.”
In 1969, Sister Brenda received her bachelor’s degree in education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her master’s degree in education from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1974.
Sister Brenda began her education ministry teaching at St. Raphael, Springfield, Ohio (1965-’68); St. John the Baptist, Chillum, Maryland (1968-’70, 1971-’75); and St. Brigid, Xenia, Ohio (1970-’71). In 1975, Sister transitioned to administration and became the elementary school principal at St. Albert in Kettering, Ohio, until 1982. She returned to Cincinnati and her alma mater, Seton High School, that year to minister as the school’s assistant principal. One year later, in 1983, she was promoted to Seton’s principal, remaining in the position until 1997.
Following her time at Seton High School, Sister spent four months at St. Stephen Priory in Dover, Massachusetts. “It was a time of spiritual retooling and learning how to be present to and with my God in new and meaningful ways,” Sister Brenda said of her greatest satisfaction.
In 1998, she accepted the position of principal at Holy Family School in Price Hill (Cincinnati) where she served until 2010.
After 44 years in education, Sister Brenda decided it was time to serve God in a new way. She is currently the intake coordinator for housing counseling/foreclosure prevention programs as part of Working in Neighborhood’s Home Preservation Department. WIN, an organization that empowers individuals to make informed decisions for themselves and their neighborhoods through the building of community, home ownership and economic learning, was cofounded by Sister Barbara Busch, who happens to be her sister.
Sister Brenda says she most enjoys helping others, and being part of WIN’s friendly, competent and compassionate staff. In her leisure time Sister enjoys camping and kayaking. “I have always enjoyed being with my God in nature” Sister Brenda said.