Meet Our New Associate: Faith Kemper
By Associate Vicki Welsh
There are many stories about how our Associates have first come to know the Sisters of Charity. I dare say that Faith Kemper has a very unique story! Back in the 1980s, Faith belonged to a Clogging Group. For the uninitiated, that’s a group of dancers not plumbers! This particular December her group of cloggers was taking part in the Delhi Christmas Parade. The parade unit immediately in front of the dancers was a unit of Sisters of Charity carrying a banner that read ‘NO JUSTICE NO PEACE’. She was struck by the meaning of those words in a profound way.
Some years later, Faith enrolled at Thomas Moore College. She did not find Thomas Moore a good fit and a friend suggested the College of Mount St. Joseph. Her first class at MSJ was a ministry class taught by S. Marge Kloos. She dearly loved the experience and subsequently signed up for every class taught by S. Marge and began a friendship.
While working on her degree Faith was employed with the Covington Diocesan Office and attended her Northern Kentucky parish for worship. That’s how she came to know long-time Associate Mary McHale! As the Iran/Afghanistan conflict began increasing in intensity, Faith began to feel out of step with the only church home she had known for 22 years. She began looking for another parish where she felt more comfortable.
Her search for a new parish led her to St. Monica/St. George. There she was exposed to Father Al, and a social justice stance from the pulpit with which she could relate. She met more Sisters of Charity and Associates. During her time at St. Monica/St. George, she finished her bachelor’s degree and started her master’s, served as DRE, continued assisting in the annual Mary Magdalene services, became a Healing Touch practitioner, and generally came to love all things Father Al and Sisters of Charity related.
So what was the final push to become an Associate, now, after all these years? The isolation of the pandemic, the loss of the Eucharist, the retirement of Father Al, and the charism of social justice she witnessed in the lives of the Sisters of Charity and their Associates, all played a part. On Sunday, Feb. 9, 2022, Faith made her commitment as an Associate in Mission via a Zoom commitment ceremony. More than 30 Sisters and Associates gathered together virtually for the celebration.