"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac


Sister of Charity Sandy Howe Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Growing up in Kettering, Ohio, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Sandra (Sandy) Howe met the Sisters of Charity as a student at both St. Albert the Great and Alter High School. She recalls, “I wanted to be like Sister Mary Jo Gasdorf, who taught me eighth grade religion at St. Albert.” 

Years later, while working in a medical office and active in her St. Albert the Great parish, Sister Sandy realized something was missing. The thought of religious life kept tugging at her heart and head. Eventually, she decided to enter the Sisters of Charity; this year Sister Sandy celebrates 25 years with the Community.

After entering the Community in 1998, Sister Sandy continued her work in the medical office until she started Novitiate. Afterwards she began her ministry as a seventh and eighth grade religion teacher at St. Albert the Great School, her alma mater. She then moved to Cincinnati to live in community with Sisters and joined the staff at Seton High School where she worked in campus ministry and was the community service coordinator (2005-2017).

During her time at Seton, Sister Sandy was involved with faith formation, retreat work, community service projects and mission trips (local and abroad). She was particularly impressed with the students’ compassion and willingness to be service-oriented. “The students truly put their love into action through the mission trips,” she reflected.

Currently Sister Sandy is the coordinator of the Sisters of Charity Newcomers Transition Program. In this role she helps families seeking asylum to develop a resettlement plan which includes finding affordable housing, enrolling in appropriate educational programs, retaining legal and health care services, and seeking employment. Sister connects the families to Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio. “This new ministry has brought me more joy, delight and laughter than I ever anticipated,” she says. “I am so very grateful.” In addition to this role, Sister Sandy also works part-time at Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio in the Refugee Resettlement program as a case aide. The two families who are currently part of the Newcomers Transition Program are refugee families.

Sister Sandy has enjoyed all her ministries, and in spite of the challenges in each of them, she has found them all to be life-giving work. She adds. “I’ve truly found my niche in my current ministry.”

In her free time Sister Sandy enjoys time with family and friends and cheering on her favorite Cincinnati sports teams.

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