"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

 

November 6, 2023

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Whitney Schieltz Professes Perpetual Vows

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Whitney Schieltz professed perpetual vows during a Mass on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Whitney Schieltz professed perpetual vows during a Mass on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse (Delhi Township).

Sisters, Associates and invited guests were present with Sister Whitney in the chapel for the ceremony. In their presence she vowed to “freely and wholeheartedly 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. … I ask for the continuing grace of God and support of my Sisters, Associates, family and friends so that I may keep faith with the commitment I joyfully make today.”   

Following her acceptance of vows, Sisters, Associates, family and friends joined in response, saying, “We thank you for your faithfulness to God’s call, for carrying forward Elizabeth Seton’s mission of service to all people, and for living your vows as a Sister of Charity with joy and humility. We pray that you will be a strong, courageous servant leader and a sign of hope and peace in our world. Today and throughout your life, may the Spirit inspire you, may Christ’s love impel you, and may God surround you with enduring care.”

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Sister Whitney is the younger of two children to Beverly and Richard Schieltz. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a degree in architecture, and continued her studies at the University of Kentucky (Lexington) in the area of historic preservation attaining her master’s degree in 2012. Sister Whitney returned to Dayton and completed her sacraments of initiation with Confirmation on Aug. 24, 2014, at St. Luke parish in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Sister Whitney began Affiliation with the Community in September 2015, spending two years in El Paso, Texas, ministering on both sides of the border. During her Novitiate, she became a respected asset to the staff of Working In Neighborhoods. Her volunteer ministry eventually led to a full-time position that has allowed her to use her architectural skills to work alongside Sister Barbara Busch, SC, and staff to help build sustainable communities. She currently serves as the organization’s housing development coordinator and volunteer coordinator.

In addition, Sister Whitney has lent her expertise and knowledge in historic preservation and architecture to numerous congregational committees including the Motherhouse Property Planning Committee and Salvage Committee. She was instrumental in the construction and design of La Casa del Sol Ministry Center on Bender Road. She is also an active parishioner at Bellarmine Chapel located on the Xavier University campus.

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