Where Are Our Sisters Today?
Sisters of Charity today continue to deepen our engagement with persons who are living on the margins of society. Congregation members are active and engaged in programs and initiatives to support their basic, critical needs both locally and throughout the country.
Master Gardener S. Winnie Brubach (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the facilities coordinator at EarthConnection, a multi-faceted entity in Delhi Township, Ohio, built to address the adverse ecological effects of our consumer society.
As president and CEO of Healthy Moms & Babes (Cincinnati, Ohio), S. Tricia Cruise supports her staff in helping the community’s most vulnerable women to achieve successful pregnancies, enhance parenting skills, expand understanding of personal health and progress toward self-sufficiency.
As co-chair of the Cincinnati Child Poverty Collaborative, S. Sally Duffy (Cincinnati, Ohio) has spent countless hours using her influence to end poverty in local communities. S. Sally serves on numerous boards and committees, including TriHealth, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, Ohio Justice and Policy Center and Price Hill Will.
S. Noreen Ellison (Royal Oak, Michigan) serves as the spiritual advisor for two St. Vincent de Paul conferences, one for the Shrine of the Little Flower (Royal Oak parish) and the other for three inner-city Detroit parishes, referred to as the Blessed Rosalie Rondu Conference. Meetings include Scripture, reflection, faith sharing, opportunities to grow in friendship with one another and serving the needs of the poor through home visits.
S. Juanita Marie Gonzales (Santa Fe, New Mexico) is the director of the Faith Formation Program in the parish of San Isidro and the mission of San Jose. The program is not just for the preparation for sacraments, but a program of faith formation that covers the 10 years from first grade to age 16.
S. Maureen Heverin (Cincinnati, Ohio) offers spiritual direction (individual and group), directs retreats and facilitates various spiritual programs through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center.
S. Tracy Kemme (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the Vocation Coordinator for her congregation and a member of the Sisters of Charity Federation collaborative Vocation Core Team. She has a great love for sharing the beauty of religious life and accompanying young adult women as they seek God’s call.
An employee of Light of Hearts Villa for the last 16 years, S. Regina Kusnir (Bedford, Ohio) is the director of pastoral and special ministries. In this role S. Regina works one-on-one with residents, plans the Villa’s formal liturgical celebrations and prayer services, and leads Bible study.
S. Judith Metz (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the Community’s historian. In this role she serves on the Saint Elizabeth Seton National Shrine Heritage Committee, and is a consultant to present and former ministries of the SCs especially as they celebrate historical landmarks or events associated with Elizabeth Seton. She continues to work with the Seton Writings Committee; to prepare presentations on various aspects of Sisters of Charity history as requested; and has served as an advisor in the cause of canonization for Sister Blandina Segale.
A member of the Western Wildlife Corridor’s Board of Trustees, S. Joyce Richter (Cincinnati, Ohio) is responsible for the organization’s electronic mailings, leading hikes, and educating others about the areas as well as the importance in removing invasive species. S. Joyce is an Ohio-certified volunteer naturalist and is passionate about educating others on the importance of recycling and care of the Earth.
S. Romina Sapinoso currently lives and ministers on the U.S./Mexico border as an educator on both sides of the border. She is currently setting up the Montessori pre-school at Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico. She also volunteers at Annunciation House shelters in El Paso, Texas, welcoming and assisting immigrants passing through and helping facilitate retreats for different church groups.
Author, writer, consultant and sociologist, S. Patricia Wittberg has conducted research on the Catholic Church and religious communities for the last 25 years. As an advocate for the poor and marginalized, S. Pat has found herself active in housing and redistricting efforts in Cincinnati and the State of Ohio. She currently serves as the director of the Seton Enablement Fund, a low-interest revolving loan fund established by the Sisters of Charity to enable the economically disadvantaged to develop themselves and their communities.
S. Barbara Busch (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the executive director of Working In Neighborhoods, an organization that provides financial education and homeownership opportunities to low and moderate income residents throughout Greater Cincinnati. Most recently she has been appointed to serve on PNC Bank’s national Community Advisory Council to provide guidance for its community lending, investment and service efforts supporting its $88 billion Community Benefits Plan.
S. Mary Marcel DeJonckheere (Cincinnati, Ohio) volunteers in the admissions office at DePaul Cristo Rey High School. She serves as a welcome SC presence among the staff and students.
S. Mary Dugan (Cincinnati, Ohio) teaches her Sisters hearing aid maintenance and care, offering them connections to services and devices as well. New discoveries in technology paired with S. Mary’s knowledge is an invaluable resource to her Sisters living on the Motherhouse campus.
S. Mary Ann Flannery (Bedford, Ohio) is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator and writer. She also is the author of a weekly blog, “In all things charity,” where she provides reflections, thoughts and guidance on how to be persons of principle and love.
S. Monica Gundler (New Orleans, Louisiana) is one of three SC Federation members living at the House of Charity in New Orleans, a collaborative ministry of the Federation, and ministering to the people there. In addition to serving the Archdiocese of New Orleans and its people, S. Monica serves on the Leadership Team for the SC Community.
S. Sandy Howe (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the coordinator of the Newcomers Transitions Program, where she companions families seeking asylum, providing them with support and connections to adjust and live successfully in the U.S. S. Sandy has been responsible for arranging the medical, spiritual, social, legal and basic needs of families.
S. Annie Klapheke (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the registered dietitian at the Good Samaritan Free Health Center, an outpatient office for adults (18 and older) who have no health insurance; all services offered are free. She provides one-on-one nutrition counseling for patients with any diet-related diseases.
S. Teresa Marie Laengle (Dayton, Ohio) is the Dayton coordinator of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which involves providing weekend retreats and days of reflection for those who are homeless and in recovery from addiction.
S. Juana Mendez (Cleveland, Ohio) serves as pastoral associate at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, which includes teaching RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children). She is a lector, spiritual director, works with Eucharistic Ministers, the Legion of Mary, and the Social Justice committee. With a passion for immigration work, she finds herself helping parishioners from Latin and Central America complete filling out papers for Naturalization and attending the interviews as the interpreter.
A canonical consultant, S. Christine Rody (Cincinnati, Ohio) also serves as a defender of the bond for the Diocese of Toledo Tribunal and as an in-take person at the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in downtown Cincinnati.
S. Whitney Schieltz serves as the Housing and Volunteer Coordinator at Working in Neighborhoods, an organization that provides financial education and homeownership opportunities to low and moderate income residents throughout Greater Cincinnati. S. Whitney coordinates the affordable housing development projects and serves as the main point of contact for groups and individuals looking to volunteer with WIN. She is a member of Bellarmine Chapel on Xavier University’s campus, participating in the liturgies and social mission work of the parish.
S. Caroljean Willie (Cincinnati, Ohio) has extensive experience working with multiple cultures internationally as a teacher trainer, cultural diversity consultant and retreat director. She is a frequent speaker at local, regional, national and international conferences. She served two terms of office as the NGO representative at the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation and continues to work with microfinancing projects in Africa. She currently serves as the program director for EarthConnection, an environmental center in Cincinnati.
S. Nancy Crafton (Avondale, Colorado) ministers to the immigrant farm worker population at Los Pobres, a center that serves 900 families and provides services to help with education, immigration and legal issues as well as non-perishable food, clothing and household supplies.
S. Peggy Deneweth (Anthony, New Mexico) ministers at Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico, a ministry for poor children with special needs and their families. S. Peggy offers a loving presence at the clinic as she helps the children with exercises and therapy while teaching their parents how to do the treatments at home.
S. Pat Dittmeier (Cincinnati, Ohio) has provided deep listening, encouragement, guidance and support to students and clients throughout her 30 years as a Sister of Charity. In her current role at IKRON, S. Pat is a clinical supervisor as well as has her own individual counseling list of clients and is also responsible for IKRON’s Getting Out of Depression group.
S. Mary Alice Haithcoat (Piqua, Ohio) teaches second graders at Piqua Catholic School. For nearly three decades, S. Mary Alice has ministered at the school in various roles. Currently she says it is a gift to teach the sacraments and watch the children receive their First Communion.
S. Mary Ann Humbert (Cincinnati, Ohio) maintains a spiritual direction ministry through the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center. In addition, she is a member of a parish St. Vincent de Paul conference assisting underserved families and volunteers at Community Matters in its choice pantry.
S. Andrea Koverman (Anapra, Mexico) is the curriculum coordinator/educator for Proyecto Santo Niño, the clinic was established in 2003 by the Sisters of Charity to serve children with special needs and their families. S. Andrea 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.
S. Louise Lears (Washington, D.C.) is a staff member for the Franciscan Action Network’s DC office. FAN is recognized for its advocacy efforts within core issues related to peace making, care for creation, poverty and human rights. In her volunteer role as director of creation care advocacy, S. Louise keeps herself updated on the many facets of care for creation, the relevant issues and how we can act.
Committed to all God’s creation, S. Mary Beth Orr (Cincinnati, Ohio) started Grooming Love, a dog grooming business for those on a limited budget. She also offers stained-glass classes.
S. Montiel Rosenthal, MD, (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a member of the core residency faculty for The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency program. As clinical professor, she helps teach and train the next generation of Family Medicine physicians. S. Montiel’s particular area of interest is helping improve the mental and physical health of expectant mothers and their babies, especially the most socially and economically vulnerable ones.
S. Carol Wirtz (Anapra, Mexico) has been ministering at the U.S./Mexico Border for almost 30 years. She provides physical therapy to poor families with special needs children, those often underserved by Mexican health services. One of the most important components is teaching the parents, mostly mothers, to perform the therapies on their own.
Along with offering music therapy to her Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility, S. Terry Thorman (Cincinnati, Ohio) provides liturgical music at the Motherhouse and piano classes for children in the community.