“Let us abandon ourselves
to the Providence of God
and be on our guard
against anticipating it.”

St. Elizabeth Seton

Feature Stories

Nuns Build 2019

Nuns Build 2019

Celebrating another successful Nuns Build in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sisters of Charity Federation congregations participating in this year’s Nuns Build included the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati; Sisters of Charity of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas.

S. Dorothy Stang Award Winner Carol Herbert

S. Dorothy Stang Award Winner Carol Herbert

Recently honored with the S. Dorothy Stang Award, Associate Carol Herbert demonstrates a tradition of service that the Sisters of Charity represent while also honoring the name of the martyr. …

Memory Monday – St. Lucia

Memory Monday – St. Lucia

Sisters of Charity are called to go where the need is presented. This commitment has led many to new countries and cultures to help the most vulnerable. The second video in our Memory Monday series features Sisters Carol Brenner and Mary Gallagher as they reflect on their time in St. Lucia.

National Vocation Awareness Week – November 3-9

National Vocation Awareness Week – November 3-9

In celebration of National Vocation Awareness Week, a week dedicated to promote vocations through prayer and education, the Sisters of Charity asked a few of our wisdom-figure Sisters to reflect on what they have treasured most about religious life.

Memory Monday – Africa

Memory Monday – Africa

Sisters of Charity are called to go where the need is presented. This commitment has led many to new countries and cultures to help the most vulnerable. Our new video series, Memory Monday, will feature a few of those SCs and how they have dared to risk a caring response. In this video Sisters Mary Ellen Murphy and Martha Walsh reflect on their time in Africa.

Report From the Border

Report From the Border

Sisters Andrea Koverman and Paula Rose Jauernig, SCL, united at the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth’s Motherhouse on Oct. 21 to share their experiences working with migrants at the U.S./Mexico border. …

Alive with the Spirit of God

Alive with the Spirit of God

Mother Margaret Hall Spiritual Life Department staff members Sisters Carol Leveque, Elaine Merkel, OSF, and Mary Gallagher are alive with the Spirit of God, a Spirit that brings joy and life to the Sisters in MMH. …

Mother Margaret Hall Art Show on Display

Mother Margaret Hall Art Show on Display

The annual Mother Margaret Hall Art Show, sharing the work of both Sisters and employees, was exhibited on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Mother Margaret Hall Community Room. Artwork included watercolor, photography, oil paintings and various other mediums.

Art Academy Anniversary Intersects Sisters of Charity History

Art Academy Anniversary Intersects Sisters of Charity History

Did you know that the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have connections to the Art Academy of Cincinnati? During this year of celebration of the academy’s 150th anniversary, S. Judith Metz takes a look at four SCs who attended classes there …

Ripples: Kathy Ciarla

Ripples: Kathy Ciarla

Kathy Ciarla, the president of Cincinnati’s Seton High School, is more than just a natural leader and prayerful Catholic; she’s more than just a graduate of Seton High School that has returned to make her alma mater proud; she is a shining example of how the Sisters of Charity are changing lives through the lives that they’ve touched …

Tierra Madre: Opportunity in an Arid Area

Tierra Madre: Opportunity in an Arid Area

S. Jean Miller looks back at her role as one of three women religious who founded a unique housing project in Sunland Park, New Mexico, serving low-income families …

Seton Enablement Fund Celebrates 40 Years

Seton Enablement Fund Celebrates 40 Years

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Seton Enablement Fund during the Congregation’s Fall Congregational Days in September …

Birding: The Life Birds of Friendship

Birding: The Life Birds of Friendship

The 50-year friendship of S. Marty Dermody (left) and Associate Rita Wesseling continues to grow through their mutual love for travel and birding …

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Welcome New Leadership Team

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Welcome New Leadership Team

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati celebrated the installation of their newly elected Leadership Team during liturgy Saturday, June 29, 2019, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The team was elected during the 2019 Sisters of Charity Chapter, held March 31–April 5, 2019, at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in Delhi Township (Cincinnati) …

Music From the Heart

Music From the Heart

S. Karen Hawver shares her love and passion for music with those around her …

Giving Soul to Soul Food

Giving Soul to Soul Food

With her sweet spirit and cheerful constitution, Associate Charlotte McKinney invests herself in her community to combat domestic hunger …

Drum Circle

Drum Circle

Did you know the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have a Drum Circle? Learn more from its facilitator S. Shirley Le Blanc! And stay tuned – an article on the SC Drum Circle will be included in Volume II of Intercom magazine this summer …

In the Spirit of Charity

In the Spirit of Charity

Father Dennis Dettenwanger is a familiar face around the Motherhouse campus, one that brings a smile upon every Sister of Charity’s face who sees him …

Daniel Comboni Community Clinic Celebrates 25 Years

Daniel Comboni Community Clinic Celebrates 25 Years

The community of Mixco, Guatemala, came together in May to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic, opened in 1995 with the help of Comboni Priest, the late Father Bill Jansen, and Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Sarah Mulligan…

S. Patricia Hayden Honored

S. Patricia Hayden Honored

Last week Centura Health and St. Anthony North Health Campus (Westminster, Colorado) came together for a farewell celebration in honor of S. Patricia Hayden …

Flying to the Finish Line

Flying to the Finish Line

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon celebrated its 21st anniversary this week, and Sisters of Charity Joyce Richter and Sally Duffy were there to participate in the events.

Connecting to the UN

Connecting to the UN

S. Romina Sapinoso recently spent two months as an intern with the SC Federation United Nations NGO S. Teresa Kotturan, SCN.

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Bestow Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Bestow Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

The Sisters of Charity Community came together on Saturday, April 27 to honor the recipients of this year’s Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards. Congratulations to Colleen McSwiggin, Dr. Marie Pashi and Dr. Claver Pashi and Rick Theders for the ways in which they further the SC mission to act justly, build loving relationships, share resources, and care for creation.

Ripples: DePaul Cristo Rey High School

Ripples: DePaul Cristo Rey High School

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati’s vision of DePaul Cristo Rey High School will come full circle this year as members of its first graduating class complete college.

12 Treasures of the Art Room

12 Treasures of the Art Room

The Motherhouse Art Room is one of the best places to view the many works of art completed and collected by the Sisters of Charity Community over the years. Constructed between 1892 and 1895, this room has an ornate woodwork balcony surrounding its perimeter, making it one of the more unique and beautiful rooms in the building. It was designed to be an art gallery for the Sisters and their students, and although the room was occasionally given other uses during its time with the college, it eventually returned to its original purpose, giving the Sisters and visitors a place to study some of the works of art that have come into the Community.

9 Places to Visit on the Motherhouse Grounds

9 Places to Visit on the Motherhouse Grounds

The Motherhouse grounds are rich in beauty and history, the campus’ 75 acres providing ample spots for contemplation and intrigue. Come join us on a virtual tour as we explore nine such places and learn their stories.

Motherhouse and Chapel

Motherhouse and Chapel

The Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse is a magnificent place of worship. For those who have visited the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse and had the opportunity to take a peek through the chapel doors or sit in its pews, the awe-inspiring view and its rich history bring about the most peaceful of feelings. Here are the seven exquisite features you don’t want to miss when visiting the Motherhouse chapel.

9 Treasures of the McCann Room

9 Treasures of the McCann Room

Used today as a permanent display room for the Archives department, the McCann Room in the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse was first built as the infirmary for the Community and then became a classroom after the opening of the academy and College of Mount St. Joseph. After the college moved across the road to its present location, the room was named after S. Mary Agnes McCann (1851-1931), one of the Community’s many dedicated historians and archivists, and became a place to exhibit some of the wonderful treasures that she had worked to save over the years.

9 More Statues on the Motherhouse Grounds

9 More Statues on the Motherhouse Grounds

Earlier this summer, we looked at nine places to visit on the SC Motherhouse grounds, among them several statues. Because there is a great number of other fascinating statues around the campus’ peaceful 75 acres, here are nine more statues of note on the Motherhouse grounds.

Inspiring Youth: A Legacy of Humor and Service

Inspiring Youth: A Legacy of Humor and Service

S. Cookie Crowley, the self-proclaimed Dean of Discipline, is highly regarded for her razor-sharp wit on the campus of the Sisters of Charity, a wit that only a family member could match. Her great-nephew Noah proves that not only is her legacy of humor intact, but the legacy of the Sisters of Charity’s mission is in good hands for future generations.

Standing for Justice

Standing for Justice

“Advocacy” is the word that best describes the ministries of Ohio Nuns on the Bus, but it is also a word that is almost always accompanied by the word “action,” just as Sequoia Powers-Griffin has accompanied the Nuns on the Bus mission for years.

Standing With Immigrants

Standing With Immigrants

“I didn’t cross the border; the border crossed me.” This is a phrase that Anne Stattelman has heard many times through her years as a concerned citizen that is actively combating the issue of immigration.

Standing for the Common Good

Standing for the Common Good

While the Sisters of Charity are known more for their legacy in education and health care, they have always responded to the issues of their times.

The Sisters of Charity in the Civil War

The Sisters of Charity in the Civil War

Eight Sisters arrived in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1862 to care for the soldiers in the military hospitals. S. Agnes Phillips describes the conditions the Sisters met in the following letter.

Ripples – Sisters of Charity Sponsored Ministry Bayley

Ripples – Sisters of Charity Sponsored Ministry Bayley

Many of us think of retirement villages/assisted living/nursing homes as the last chapter in our lives, but for my parents it was a place to call home, where the cares of owning a house faded away and caring became a focus on the individual life. We could not be more blessed to have Bayley as a part of our lives.

The Prayer House: Faithful, Therapeutic and Consolidating

The Prayer House: Faithful, Therapeutic and Consolidating

Against the backdrop of the Visitation House in West Price Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) stands a modest sign that indicates a place in the community where people can unite for the same purpose: to deliver their prayer requests. This place of communal prayer allows the Sisters of Charity, who created the prayer house for their community, to empathize with their neighbors and the issues that they face.

Justice In Action

Justice In Action

The opportunity for DePaul Cristo Rey High School (DPCR) students, inmate Tyra Patterson, Sister of Charity Ruth Kuhn and the Cincinnati Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) to interact this fall may have included some divine intervention. You be the judge.

9 Windows in Mother Margaret Hall Chapel

9 Windows in Mother Margaret Hall Chapel

The Holy Spirit Chapel in Mother Margaret Hall features a collection of beautiful stained glass windows designed and executed by Emil Frei. Each window—formed from “antique glass,” a blown glass with varying textures and tones—features three medallions stacked atop each other and adorned with holy symbols.

9 Items from the S. Blandina Segale Parlor

9 Items from the S. Blandina Segale Parlor

On the second floor of the Motherhouse, next to the chapel, resides a small parlor dedicated to Servant of God S. Blandina Segale whose cause for canonization was opened by the Vatican in 2014. S. Blandina joined the Sisters of Charity when she was only 16, and during her next 75 years as a Sister, she journeyed out West where she established a school and hospital, and upon returning to Cincinnati, she worked closely with Italian immigrants, of which she herself was one. These 9 items chronicle her legacy

Standing Against Oppression

Standing Against Oppression

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, is a country that few know about and even fewer have visited; in fact, most of the travel websites of the country urge you to reconsider going there because the country has become a focal point of some of the most heinous crimes against humanity.

Risking A Caring Response

Risking A Caring Response

Sisters Peggy Deneweth, Janet Gildea and Carol Wirtz have been ministering at the U.S./Mexico border for more than 25 years. In fact, as the three explain it, what brought them to Anthony, New Mexico, was unknown, but they knew the Spirit would guide them …

Memories from Pymatuning

Memories from Pymatuning

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Memories from Pymatuning By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern In 1974, the...

Bidding Farewell to Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital

Bidding Farewell to Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital

The Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, has been a long-standing place of service to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati since its beginning in 1932. The hospital has been a staple of integrity, love, and quality care because the mission and values of the Sisters have always been at its heart.

Memories from the Cascade Cabins

Memories from the Cascade Cabins

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Memories from the Cascade Cabins By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern Summer is the...

The Bruin Movement Project

The Bruin Movement Project

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton The Bruin Movement Project DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s semester-long project challenges...

A Curbside Caper

A Curbside Caper

In April 2018, the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Office for Consecrated Life received a unique call from the Clermont County Sherriff’s Department. A grave marker for a S. Mary Oswald O’Connell appeared on the side of Clermont County Road and was rescued by the department in the hopes of returning it to its proper community and resting place.

An Unexpected Ministry

An Unexpected Ministry

From hives to honey production, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Helen Therese Scasny found an unlikely ministry in beekeeping five years ago, and says she continues to learn from these “guardians of the environment” every day.

Timeless Treasures: the Scrapbooks of Mother Margaret George

Timeless Treasures: the Scrapbooks of Mother Margaret George

Mother Margaret George, the founding mother of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, placed great value on preserving history. She kept chronicles and journals, such as her Diary of St. Joseph’s and Treasurer’s Book, that are priceless records documenting the early history of the Sisters of Charity.

Ripples – St. Joseph Home

Ripples – St. Joseph Home

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Ripples – St. Joseph Home By Carrie Shoemaker, St. Joseph Home communications and grant...

Let There Be Light: The Move to Cleaner Energy

Let There Be Light: The Move to Cleaner Energy

Reducing the carbon footprint of any institution as vast as the Motherhouse campus is no small task, but Senior Director of Plant Operations Jim Franz and his staff are willing to accomplish any feat for the sake of the environment. Encouraged by the Sisters of Charity and motivated by their mission, Franz and his staff have engaged in a great undertaking…

Memories from Fairfield Glade

Memories from Fairfield Glade

Settled in the lush green city of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, was a townhouse owned by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. It was a gift from a friend of Good Samaritan Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Memories from Lake Lorelei

Memories from Lake Lorelei

Summertime conjures up memories of spending your days in the hot sun by the water. Taking short trips away from the business of life has always been a staple of the season. For many Sisters of Charity, summer brings to mind time spent on Lake Lorelei, where many have taken trips since the 1980s when the Congregation purchased two homes for their use.

Uncovering History in the Archives

Uncovering History in the Archives

For more than 200 years, the Sisters of Charity have played a large role in shaping communities and pioneering careers. Naturally, their history is immense. Every day, something new is donated to the Archives at the Motherhouse to be preserved.

Vocation in Avocation

Vocation in Avocation: Swimming

Vocation in Avocation: Swimming

Summer has come and gone and many are regretfully packing their swimsuits away for the season. For many of the Sisters of Charity, swimming has become a healthy form of exercise and a fun way to relive memories of leisure from their days as children. …

Vocation in Avocation: Piano and Organ

Vocation in Avocation: Piano and Organ

Sisters of Charity Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos and Joan Wessendarp, all musicians and music enthusiasts, have played the piano and organ not just as a way to create beautiful music, but for the fulfillment of their souls. …

Vocation in Avocation: Zentangle

Vocation in Avocation: Zentangle

Inner peace has long been something for which people strive, but for a few Sisters of Charity a practice called zentangle demonstrates that it is a state of mind to be nurtured rather than attained …

Vocation in Avocation: Pottery

Vocation in Avocation: Pottery

S. Jackie Kowalski uses pottery to connect with others for the sake of mental health and to instill in them an appreciation for all of creation …

Vocation in Avocation: Photography

Vocation in Avocation: Photography

Sisters of Charity Marty Dermody and Jeannette Cochran have taken up photography as a pastime that captures life’s tender moments and beautiful occasions …

Vocation in Avocation: Reading

Vocation in Avocation: Reading

When it comes to keeping her mind sharp and traveling around the world, the best place for S. Mary Fran Boyle is in her recliner with a book or magazine in hand …

Vocation in Avocation: Gardening

Vocation in Avocation: Gardening

Sisters Dorothy William Englert and Maureen Heverin are just a few of the Sisters of Charity that garden in order to relax their minds and answer their call to stewardship of creation …

Vocation in Avocation: Book Club

Vocation in Avocation: Book Club

Created to ponder theology and gender-based issues, this Sisters of Charity book club proves to strengthen the members’ faith, their acceptance of differing ideas and their sense of community …

Vocation in Avocation: Woodwork

Vocation in Avocation: Woodwork

The craft of woodworking has been around since the beginning of time, but for Sister of Charity Diana Bode, the hobby has only just recently enlightened her life …

Vocation in Avocation: Poetry

Vocation in Avocation: Poetry

Sisters Regina Kusnir and Ann Hunt are a few of the Congregation’s poets who enjoy the hobby for its ability to sharpen the mind, its artistic value and its innate spiritualism …

Vocation in Avocation: Sewing

Vocation in Avocation: Sewing

For Sister of Charity Christine Rody sewing acts as a way to exercise the virtue of patience and the talent of creativity …

Vocation in Avocation: Stained-Glass Art

Vocation in Avocation: Stained-Glass Art

S. Mary Beth Orr has created a sense of community and balance through the weekly stained-glass art class that she offers at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse…

Daring to Risk a Caring Response

Share the Journey

A Culture of Encounter

A Culture of Encounter

Encounter. What can be learned from an opportunity to listen to a person’s struggles, or drive to leave their loved ones behind to seek a better life elsewhere? What can be learned from building relationships beyond your circle, or meeting the most poor and vulnerable?

Sharing the Journey at Proyecto Santo Niño

Sharing the Journey at Proyecto Santo Niño

Every child to enter the care of the Sisters of Charity at the Santo Niño Project has left their own special imprint on the clinic and touched the lives of those they encountered. One special child, Juan Diego, and his mother, Gloria Lozano, will forever remain in the hearts of the three Sisters of Charity who began the clinic many years ago …

Loving Our Neighbors

Loving Our Neighbors

This year we embrace the call of Pope Francis to Share the Journey with our neighbors. In sharing their journey we bring communities together and strengthen bonds. Sharing resources and empowering communities undoubtedly strengthens bonds, and that is the impetus behind Working in Neighborhoods (WIN)…

Share the Journey

Share the Journey

Donated food and personal care supplies during the Sisters of Charity Lenten Collection for our Migrant Neighbors were delivered to Catholic Charities this week! The SC Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation partnered with Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio to provide food assistance to fit our migrant neighbors dietary needs.

Celebrating Our 2019 Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Maureen Heverin. S. Maureen was honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Mary Alice Stein. S. Mary Alice was honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Martha Jean Gallagher. S. Marty was honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Jo Ann Martini. S. Jo Ann was honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Carol Leveque. S. Carol was honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Mary Gallagher. S. Mary was honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Clarann Weinert. S. Clarann will be honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Joan Wessendarp. S. Joan will be honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Juanita Marie Gonzales. S. Juanita will be honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet Diamond Jubilarian S. Suzanne Donovan. S. Suzanne will be honored for 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a celebration on July 27 at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse …

Continuing to Serve

Many Sisters of Charity after reaching retirement age either continue their full-time ministry, or they immerse themselves in multiple volunteer ministries. This series highlights a few of the many Sisters of Charity continuing to serve.

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Jo Gasdorf

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Jo Gasdorf

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Jo Gasdorf By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “I...

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Fran Boyle

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Fran Boyle

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Fran Boyle By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “I see...

Continuing to Serve: S. Helen Berson

Continuing to Serve: S. Helen Berson

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Helen Berson By Megan Simmermeyer, Communications co-op Sister of...

Continuing to Serve: S. Christine Rody

Continuing to Serve: S. Christine Rody

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.”St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Christine Rody By Megan Simmermeyer, Communications co-op Once her term...

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Barbara Philippart

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Barbara Philippart

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Barbara Philippart By Megan Simmermeyer, Communications co-op “I...

Continuing to Serve: S. Rosemarie Gerrety

Continuing to Serve: S. Rosemarie Gerrety

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Rosemarie Gerrety By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “I...

Continuing to Serve: S. Carol Leveque

Continuing to Serve: S. Carol Leveque

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Carol Leveque By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “Our...

Continuing to Serve: S. Jo Ann Martini

Continuing to Serve: S. Jo Ann Martini

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Jo Ann Martini By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “I’ve...

Continuing to Serve: S. Rita Hawk

Continuing to Serve: S. Rita Hawk

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Rita Hawk By Megan Simmermeyer, Communications co-op In July 2008,...

Continuing to Serve: S. Marie Irene Schneider

Continuing to Serve: S. Marie Irene Schneider

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Marie Irene Schneider By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern...

Continuing to Serve: S. Patrice Vales

Continuing to Serve: S. Patrice Vales

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Patrice Vales By AJ Keith, Communications Fall Intern Living in the...

Continuing to Serve: S. Jean Miller

Continuing to Serve: S. Jean Miller

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Jean Miller By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “I am so...

Continuing to Serve: S. Dorothy William Englert

Continuing to Serve: S. Dorothy William Englert

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Dorothy William Englert By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer...

Continuing to Serve: S. Diana Durling

Continuing to Serve: S. Diana Durling

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Diana Durling By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern “Speak...

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Alicia Bomya

Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Alicia Bomya

“Faith lifts the staggering soul uponone side, Hope supports it on theother. Experience says it must be,and Love says – let it be.”St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuing to Serve: S. Mary Alicia Bomya By Katie Drinkuth, Communications summer intern Six...

SC Women in History

S. Anne Hermine Gerver

S. Anne Hermine Gerver

Long before many Sisters began to receive spiritual direction on a regular basis in the post-Vatican II church, S. Anne Hermine Gerver counseled many who sought her out. In her positions as teacher, administrator and major superior, many Sisters knew and loved her. Perhaps what so many found attractive about her was not only her kindness, but also that she was down-to-earth. Understanding human nature and its foibles, Sister was able to accept herself and others. When they needed a willing listener who could point them in the right direction and help them navigate a difficult situation, she was one many chose.

S. Mary De Sales Leheney

S. Mary De Sales Leheney

On Feb. 21, 1901 New Mexico’s Territorial Board of Health issued a license for the practice of medicine to a S. Mary De Sales Leheney in Santa Fe, N.M. Today that would scarcely be a newsworthy item, but in 1901, in the Territory, no other woman had yet been licensed, and even in the United States there were few women doctors.

S. Mary Agnes McCann

S. Mary Agnes McCann

Mary McCann was one of the star pupils who attended Mount St. Vincent, Cedar Grove, in its earliest days. From this vantage point she watched the history of the Community in the making and had personal encounters with Mother Margaret George and other founding members.

S. Marie Agnese Bonanno

S. Marie Agnese Bonanno

“We visited every home in the Holy Name [Cleveland, Ohio] parish boundaries regardless of religious affiliation,” S. Marie Agnese recalled of her initiation into social work in 1933. Ten years later she was one of the pioneers in the Cincinnati Catholic Charities’ School Social Service Program, followed by terms of service at Santa Maria Institute and St. Joseph Infant Home. She came by her efforts in social work naturally. As a youngster she and her siblings often visited the elderly in their Lima, Ohio, neighborhood, bringing them fruit from her father’s store.

S. Mary Agnes Saffer

S. Mary Agnes Saffer

Music was always an important part of S. Mary Agnes Saffer’s life. Both her parents were professional musicians and many of her relatives were also. Everyone played or sang something. As early as the second grade Sister went to the Cincinnati Symphony concerts at Music Hall with her mother. “I remember sitting in the side gallery of that packed hall – watching, listening,” she once said. “I was one excited kid!”

S. Vincent O’Keefe

S. Vincent O’Keefe

S. Vincent O’Keefe was a familiar and welcoming face who “was a friend of every doctor and patient in the institution” for nearly the first 50 years of Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital’s existence. Among the five pioneer Sisters of Charity who opened St. John’s (Good Samaritan) Hospital, this small, gentle and courageous pioneer was a pharmacist who learned her trade under the supervision of an esteemed corps of doctors.

S. Eugene Marie Carpe

S. Eugene Marie Carpe

Born to Jewish parents in Jackson, Mich., in 1906, S. Eugene Marie Carpe (formerly Marcella Carpe) was attracted to Catholicism at a young age. Growing up, she and her childhood friend, Alice Warner, would visit St. Mary’s Church in Jackson to call on the Sisters. They would ask S. Margaret Agnes if they could walk her home every evening.  

S. Bernard Louise Carroll

S. Bernard Louise Carroll

S. Bernard Louise’s first mission in 1916 was to St. Mary, Jackson, Mich. She was still there during the depression years, and thus became intimately involved with the problems of the poor. With the blessing of the pastor and her superior, Sister set up a distribution center. Every day after school, and all day Saturday, she was there to supply bedding, clothes and food to the long line of needy, or she was out soliciting from generous friends, wholesale dealers, Church societies, and the Sisters’ own kitchen. The cooperative convent cook, Fanny, had to keep a watchful eye on choice morsels “so that S. Bernard wouldn’t carry everything off to her poor children.”

S. Mary Janet Miller

S. Mary Janet Miller

When S. Mary Janet was appointed principal of Cathedral High School in Denver, Colo., in 1939, she had already established a reputation for being a “good school woman.” It was here that she had the opportunity to implement some of her innovative ideas on education. In addition, she established warm relationships with the students as she encouraged them to mature into educated Christian adults. One student recalled her as exuding “wisdom and tolerance and good will shining out of her mind through her twinkling eyes.”

S. Maurice Clet Ling

S. Maurice Clet Ling

When Mary Ling entered the Sisters of Charity in Wuchang, China, in 1933, she didn’t know what type of work she would do. Sister was assigned to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wuchang. “They needed me in the hospital because so much business needed to be done in Chinese and I was bilingual,” she recalled.

S. Cyril Mahrt

S. Cyril Mahrt

“Sister of Charity Embodied Order’s Name.” This headline celebrates the life of a woman known for her unselfish dedication, generous service, and courageous leadership. S. Cyril Mahrt displayed her progressive sprit and open mind in her roles as a nurse, nurse educator, and hospital administrator.

S. Marie Concetta Papania

S. Marie Concetta Papania

For 55 years, from 1931 to 1986, S. Marie Concetta Papania devoted her life to music. Teaching others to appreciate music was a part of the fiber of her being. In addition she directed choirs of novices and postulants, served as diocesan music supervisor, and composed. Besides sacred music she published “Sing, Dance and Play” a collection of songs for primary grades with accompanying teachers’ editions and study guides.

S. Ernestine Foskey

S. Ernestine Foskey

“It was in Albuquerque, N.M., that I began to develop my talent as an artist,” S. Ernestine Foskey relates in her memoirs. After serving on several other missions, this young Sister was sent to St. Vincent Academy from 1888 to 1896 where, besides having her own classroom, she taught art for two hours each afternoon. “I had no formal lessons,” she recalled, “but all I did was accomplished by reading and experimenting.”

S. Augusta Zimmer

S. Augusta Zimmer

During S. Augusta Zimmer’s early years as classroom teacher in Chicago, Ill., she shared her gift of drawing by helping her co-workers with their classroom boards. As a result she was told to attend summer class until, in 1928, she got word that she was to be missioned to the College of Mount St. Joseph to teach art. Horrified at this prospect, Sister wrote to Mother Irenaea Fahey who was a musician, telling her, “If you had been allowed to play piano for a couple of hours on Saturday or for three or four weeks in the summer time, would you feel equal to teach college music students?”

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