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

St. Louise de Marillac

 

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Feeling Inspired

Feeling Inspired

The Earth Justice Circle visited the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday, June 7 for a Sustainability Tour. The Cincinnati Zoo, ranked as the ‘greenest zoo in the United States,’ has determined three areas where it can have the most impact: renewable energy, water reclamation, and waste reduction. Following the visit the group was inspired by the zoo’s determination, perseverance and leadership in implementing multi-faceted, innovative and groundbreaking solutions to reducing our environmental footprint.

Joseph House Dedicates New Treatment Facility

Joseph House Dedicates New Treatment Facility

On Friday, June 7, SC Community members gathered to celebrate the dedication of Joseph House’s new three-story facility for women and men veterans on Colerain Avenue in Cincinnati. Joseph House, co-founded by the late Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Kateri Maureen Koverman, is the region’s only exclusive treatment and recovery service for veterans. The new facility is specially designed to offer military veterans residential and outpatient services. The facility also honors S. Kateri; her picture and a tribute are hanging in the board room.

S. Andrea Koverman, S. Kateri’s cousin, was a guest speaker at the dedication and spoke on the late Sister of Charity’s personal connection to veterans, especially those struggling with addictions and debilitating trauma. She commented, “Kateri would be over-the-top excited about today, not because her contributions and legacy are being recognized, but because of the investment this community is making for its veterans and knowing that they will receive the counseling, education and support that they need to recover and sustain the healthy lives they deserve.”

Sisters of Charity Welcome Novice Karina Montes-Ayala

Sisters of Charity Welcome Novice Karina Montes-Ayala

Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Karina Montes-Ayala into the Canonical Novitiate during a vespers service Sunday, June 9, 2024, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The purpose of the one-year Canonical Novitiate is to enable Karina to learn more about religious life, and to deepen her connection to the congregation’s roots and history. Karina has been accepted into the Inter-Congregational Collaborative Novitiate in Chicago, Illinois, starting in August.

Wear Orange Weekend

Wear Orange Weekend

Throughout the weekend Sisters and Associates united with others across the country to wear orange and raise awareness of the national gun violence crisis. While the weekend initiative has ended, we will continue to bring attention to this important issue. Join us virtually or in person for a prayer service on Thursday, June 20 to call for an end to gun violence. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Changing Lives

Changing Lives

On Monday, June 3, the Sisters of Charity hosted Ginny Wiltse and Brother Edwin Joseph from Caring Response Madagascar Foundation (CRMF) for a celebration of gratitude. Following Mass in the Motherhouse chapel, Sisters gathered in the Cedars Auditorium for a reception and to hear Ginny and Brother Edwin speak about how the SC Community’s involvement has empowered lives and created healthier communities in Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest and least developed nations. Throughout the years the Sisters of Charity have been strong supporters of the organization whose programs support education and literacy, sanitation and hygiene, health care, and economic self-development.

SCs Celebrate World Environment Day

SCs Celebrate World Environment Day

EarthConnection in collaboration with the Earth Justice Circle hosted a day of events for World Environment Day on June 5. The day’s theme focused on plastics and opened with prayer followed by a viewing of the movie “We’re All Plastic People Now,” and presentation by Sisters Joanne Burrows and Jean Miller on plastic pollution. Other activities included Eco-Art, Eco-Bingo, and letter writing. The day closed with a prayer service in the Rose Room which included a photo meditation and live harp music provided by Associate Nancy Bick Clark. The activities offered Community members and friends another opportunity to deepen our commitment to care for all creation.

Lake Life

Lake Life

Last week’s weather was perfect for a trip to Lake Lorelei. Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall had the opportunity to visit the lakeside property and enjoy a beautiful day, delicious grill out and each other’s company.

Sisters of Charity Hosts Employee Recognition

Sisters of Charity Hosts Employee Recognition

The Sisters of Charity hosted its annual Employee Recognition celebration on Thursday, May 30. Employees celebrating five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service were recognized. We thank each of them for their hard work and dedication to the Sisters of Charity mission and congratulate them on their special milestones.

Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day Celebrations

Community members in the Cincinnati area celebrated the Memorial Day holiday last week at the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall. On Thursday, May 23, Sisters in MMH gathered for a prayer service in the Community Room, and on Friday, May 24, Sisters and Associates were treated to a traditional Memorial Day cookout in the Motherhouse Dining Room.

SJH Presents Commemorative Vase to Community

SJH Presents Commemorative Vase to Community

On Thursday, May 23, St. Joseph Home presented the Sisters of Charity with a commemorative vase in honor of the organization’s 150th anniversary. The vase was created in March during St. Joseph Home’s anniversary celebration at TQL stadium. Guests of the event were able to etch their name, a greeting or artwork into the clay vase prior to being fired. The vase was presented to the Community as a remembrance of the Sisters’ sponsorship and ministry at SJH – a legacy that continues today. St. Joseph Home also has a commemorative vase displayed in the lobby of its main entrance in Sharonville.

A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

On Sunday, May 19, Federation Sisters, Associates and friends gathered for a grand finale celebration to the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana. Guests gathered throughout the weekend to remember, celebrate and bid a fond farewell. We offer our prayers of thanksgiving for the gift this Federation endeavor has been for so many to gather in prayer and community, service and sisterhood. We particularly offer our gratitude to S. Monica Gundler for her faithful and loving ministry to the people of New Orleans and the many guests, volunteers and partners in mission who have gathered there over her 13 years of service.

Sisters, Staff Showcase Their Talents

Sisters, Staff Showcase Their Talents

Back by popular demand, the Sisters of Charity Talent Show – featuring Sisters and staff – returned on Thursday, May 16. Acts were welcome to collaborate in groups or shine solo. Talents included singing, dancing, instrumental music and more! The afternoon was filled with smiles and laughter as everyone gathered to celebrate and cheer on these talented individuals and colleagues.

Sisters, Employees Celebrating NNHW

Sisters, Employees Celebrating NNHW

National Nursing Home Week (May 12-18) is in full swing as Sisters and staff have enjoyed numerous activities together thus far. On Monday, May 13, all were invited to participate in Maggie’s Pub trivia. Tiki Tuesday included wearing their favorite tropical-themed clothing and gathering in the MMH Community Room for frozen tropical drinks, and on Wednesday, staff and Sisters played Bingo in the Motherhouse Dining Room. In addition, staff were gifted T-shirts with Elizabeth Seton’s quote, “God has given us hearts to love each other,” displayed on the back of the shirts.

Continuing to Inspire

Continuing to Inspire

On Friday, May 10, S. Kathryn Ann Connelly visited the third graders at St. Jude in Bridgetown (Cincinnati) to learn about Servant of God Sister of Charity Blandina Segale and becoming a saint. The students were taken with the future saint and excited to hear more about her cause for canonization.

Using SoulCollage® to Relax, Recharge and Renew Your Life

Using SoulCollage® to Relax, Recharge and Renew Your Life

Mooydeen Frees facilitated Using SoulCollage® to Relax, Recharge and Renew Your Life on Saturday, May 11 at the Motherhouse. The Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center hosted the program, which helped participants learn to make SoulCollage® cards and use them as a guide to discover their own wisdom and to make room for growth and transformation.

Living the Mission

Living the Mission

Florida Associates have been busy this spring. Associates in the Spring Hill, Florida, area recently cooked and served food as well as collected items to assist the homeless in the county. In addition the Associates sponsored and hosted a pizza party for the last day of class for the children of Faith Formation and the volunteers of their parish.

Run for the Roses

Run for the Roses

Community members gathered on Saturday, May 4 to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. Those attending enjoyed viewing the 150th running of the Derby while donning their most stylish and creative Derby hats and tasting Derby-themed menu items.

Team Ignite Peace Flies to Success

Team Ignite Peace Flies to Success

Congratulations to Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon participants – Sisters Sally Duffy, Annie Klapheke, Joyce Richter, Associate Karen Martin and Justice Promoter Mackenzie Doyle. All five runners/walkers joined efforts to raise funds for Ignite Peace, an organization in Cincinnati that educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. In total, the team raised nearly $15,000 for the organization and its programs. Way to go Team Ignite Peace!

World Labyrinth Day

World Labyrinth Day

Despite the rain (and puddles), participants gathered on World Labyrinth Day, Saturday, May 4, at the Sisters of Charity labyrinth to pray for peace. S. Donna Steffen and Associate Moe Nieman led the group as they joined with others throughout the world to walk, pray and reflect.

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

The Sisters of Charity were special guests of TriHealth on Friday, May 3 for the Reds vs. Orioles game at Great American Ball Park. The group enjoyed TriHealth’s warm hospitality while cheering the hometown team on throughout the extended evening and rain delay. The Sisters of Charity have a long history with the organization. In 1852, Joseph Butler, a prominent banker, and his friend gave the Sisters a 95-bed hospital to continue their work. The benefactors requested that the hospital’s name be changed to The Hospital of the Good Samaritan (in honor of the Sisters’ kindness) and, most importantly, that no one be excluded because of race, color or creed. This legacy of care for the community continues today.

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On Sacred Ground

Sisters of Charity as well as employees of the SCs and MSJU traveled to Emmitsburg, Maryland, last week for a pilgrimage retreat to immerse themselves in the spiritual serenity and history of the area. Read More. Read More.