Become an Associate
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined by Associates who are lay women and men and reside throughout the United States. The Sister/Associate relationship was established in 1973 so that individuals could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton.
Three opportunities are available to those who feel called to become formally associated with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati:
Where We Are
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined by 196 Associates, lay women and men, who reside throughout the United States. The Sister/Associate relationship was established in 1973 so that individuals could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton. Click on the icons below to read more about our Associates. Use your mouse to move the map to different locations.
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Director of Associates
Associate Regional Representatives
In 2010, Mary Hirsch made her commitment as an Associate in Mission of the Sisters of Charity with the encouragement of Sisters Joyce Brehm and Margaret Marie Anthony.
Carmen Ferguson is one of three Tri-State Associate Regional Representatives living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Carmen first became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity in the fall of 2006 when she was hired as a fitness specialist at the Fitness Club at Bayley, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
Presently residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pat Grubelnik is the Southwest Regional Representative for the Sisters of Charity Associates in Mission.
“Life is short and sometimes hard; wherever we can sow love and service and do it with a cheerful heart is a great thing,” says Destiny Sargeant, the Pacific Northwest Associate Regional Representative for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
Carla Rush is the Northeast Associate Regional Representative for the Sisters of Charity Associates in Mission.
“This feels like a blessed time of life to walk an intentionally deeper spiritual path,” says Regional Associate Representative, Pam Korte.
Debbie Garland is the Southeast Regional Associate Representative for the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
If you are interested in becoming an Assoicate with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and would like more information, contact Chanin Wilson, Director of Associates, 513-347-5473 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sisters of Charity have planted the seeds of their mission among youth throughout their 150 years of ministry. Therese Frye is one of the people who has been touched by the ministries of the Sisters of Charity, which has resulted in her commitment to becoming an Associate. Because of her rewarding and fulfilling friends and mentors who exist in the Sisters of Charity, Therese understood her calling to becoming an Associate and made the commitment without a hint of hesitation.
For new Associate in Mission, Columban Father Bill Morton, serving God is synonymous to serving those in need and Fr. Bill sees that realized on a daily basis through the generosity of the Sisters of Charity. Fr. Bill’s service on the U.S./Mexico border and help with the Santo Niño Project demonstrate how religious and lay people alike can remain active in ministry despite their many other daily responsibilities.
In June 2018, Nellie Derrenkamp decided to devote herself to the spirit of the Sisters of Charity Community by becoming an Associate in Mission. Her natural selfless demeanor answers many of the key pieces of the Sisters of Charity mission, and despite an inundated schedule of work and family, Nellie felt compelled to make her commitment as an Associate this past year.
Patricia Plogmann is one of the most recent women to make the commitment to become an Associate in Mission of the Sisters of Charity. She identifies herself as both a feminist and civil rights activist. As an Associate, Patricia offers her skills as a spiritual director to live the Gospel values and build loving relationships with those she has the pleasure of serving.
I live in Price Hill, in Cincinnati. I’m from St. William parish; we live in the same home that I grew up in since I turned 9 years old. It’s my mom’s home, and we take care of her; she’s 94.
I love to read, meet my friends at the pool for our senior gatherings and just enjoy the wonderful weather. I am also very interested in genealogy. I have become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and enjoy attending their functions. I am currently volunteering for the AARP Tax Aide, Jan. through April 15. I didn’t realize there is such a need for helping people to get through the filing of income taxes. They are so appreciative; I feel grateful to be able to help them. I am planning to work with the DAR, helping people working toward earning their GED.
Though she must deal with Alaskan winters living in Juneau, a city in Alaska’s panhandle, new Associate Destiny Sargeant loves living in what she calls “God’s country.” After earning her degree in psychology in California, she felt that she wanted to escape the bustle and smog. “I wanted to be able to breathe the air,” Destiny remembers.
“Believe in God, and all things are possible,” says Susan Keister, one of several new Associates to have recently made their commitment in 2015.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Visual Arts and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. I taught theology at Archbishop Alter High School [Kettering, Ohio] and then worked in parish ministry. After much prayer and thoughtful consideration, I resigned from my position in parish ministry after getting married in 2013 to discern where God is calling me to serve next. During this time I have been substitute teaching at local Catholic and public schools and teaching art, most recently at the Dayton Art Institute.
In January 2008, Judy Sauerbrey attended a retreat in the Cedars Auditorium located in the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. It was during the retreat that Judy had the realization that she would love to belong to a group of faith-filled women. “It hit me,” she recalled, “that I was in the midst of just that!”
“I felt a calling to the vision of the Sisters. I was attracted to the passion they put into their ministry,” says Carla Rush about her decision to become an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 2004. “I went to the University of Dayton and when it came time to graduate, I started to look at working in the nonprofit world, and looking into a year of service after graduation. That’s how I first became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity. I took a position at The Women’s Connection in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I worked directly with Sisters.”
Virginia Cochran did not learn about the Associate program until later in her life, but when she did, it prompted a renewed curiosity in her. She read the Life of Elizabeth Ann Seton once more, and began learning more about the Sisters of the Community that Elizabeth had founded. After about a six month process, she decided to take her commitment as an Associate of the Community in 2004.
Vicki Welsh has been an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for more than 10 years, making her commitment in 2003. After all this time, the moment the idea of becoming an Associate entered her mind is still fresh in her memory.
When Carol Llewellyn was approached by S. Emily Anne Phelan about becoming an Associate, though she was ecstatic and eager to begin the discernment process, she couldn’t help but wonder, “What had Sister, a deeply religious and intelligent woman, seen in me that compelled her to ask me to become an Associate?”
I’m sitting in the dining room of the Samuel W. Bell Home, having a luncheon date with Barb Raymond. It’s a lovely facility nestled into a suburban neighborhood on Muddy Creek Road, on Cincinnati’s west side.
Associate Peggy Brockman made her commitment as an Associate in Mission in 2011. A divorced-widow, she has two children and four step-children. Peggy lives in Spring Hill, Florida, and her many hobbies and passions include being a private pilot, oil painting and gardening.
Associate Connie Godfrey became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity through S. Laetitia Slusser as they co-facilitated a lengthy JustFaith course.
Though Associate Sue Miele was educated by the Sisters of Charity from first through 12th grades, and admired them at a young age, it was later that she first heard about the Associates in Mission relationship through her good friends, Associates April Vale and Anne Shaffer.
It was Associate Anne Shaffer’s daughter April who suggested that they become SC Associates in Mission together. According to Anne, making her commitment to the Sisters of the Charity of Cincinnati on June 5, 2005, was “the best thing I ever did.”
As an Associate with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, it’s been my privilege to journey with the Sisters and rely on their prayer and love, as I serve the Church.
God’s grace is like a gentle stream that trickles through the experiences of our lives, then bubbles up and overflows its banks. The journey that led Alice Graham to become an Associate on June 18, 2005, is a reflection on that gentle stream.
Few of us know Brother Gary Sawyer, Associate, without a camera in his hand! You have to look quickly because Gary moves swiftly throughout a room to capture those special moments that give life to an event long after it is passed. Gary was given five quotes by renowned photographers and asked to reflect on the loves and lessons he has gleaned from this hobby of his.
Associate Geri Anderson lives in Spring Hill, Fla., with her husband of 49 years, Bob. A member of the Associates in Mission Advisory Commission, Geri made her commitment as an Associate on May 8, 2009.
James Weber made his commitment as an Associate in Mission on Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Motherhouse chapel. During the ceremony, Jim, alongside his companion, S. Janet Gildea, was called forward to read his personal statement and make his formal request to the Community. Learn more about one of our newest Associates in the following question and answer.
Carmen Ferguson made her commitment as an Associate in Mission in June 2008. She and her husband, Tony, live in Delhi Township (Cincinnati, Ohio) with their two daughters Dasha and Lena. Carmen has been a fitness specialist at Bayley Fitness Club since 2006, which is where her relationship with the SC Community began.