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with good in whatever
degree I can attain it.”

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Community members came together on Thursday, Sept. 12 to say thank you to S. Donna Steffen (Novice director) and Sisters Nancy Bramlage, Maureen Heverin, Carol Leveque and Terry Thorman (Bayley House) for their time in walking with the Community’s Novices over the past eight years.

Rooted in Charity

Rooted in Charity

S. Mary Marcel DeJonckheere was the guest speaker at DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s Friday Morning Chapel on Sept. 6. The theme of the weekly all-school gathering was “Rooted in Charity,” reflecting on where the DPCR community (a sponsored ministry of the SCs) came from. After S. Marcel spoke, four students shared brief reflections on the SC values of humility, simplicity, charity and God’s ever presence.

Celebrating Summer’s End

Celebrating Summer’s End

Sisters of Charity and Bayley employees celebrated the Labor Day weekend with the annual employee family picnic on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Stricker’s Grove. Employees and their guests had the opportunity to enjoy games, rides and summer treats as a last celebration of summer.

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Whitney Schieltz Professes First Vows

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Whitney Schieltz Professes First Vows

S. Whitney Schieltz pronounced First Vows during a ceremony Aug. 24, 2019, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. During the liturgy Whitney committed herself for three years to the service of God, God’s people, and all of Creation as a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. She promised “to live in community and vow to God poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.”

Ohio Nuns on the Bus Gather for Retreat

Ohio Nuns on the Bus Gather for Retreat

The Ohio Nuns on the Bus from the Toledo, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas assembled at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse over the weekend for a three-day retreat with direction from S. Marcelline Koch, OP. S. Marcelline led the group into a deep look at racism and how it affects many of our unconscious actions and decisions. She helped participants see that all people are racially prejudiced (regardless of racial/ethnic identity), and racism is racial prejudice with the misuse of power systems and institutions.

Taking Action

Taking Action

Sisters and Associates in the Greater Cincinnati area wrote letters to members of Congress this week urging them to make changes to our broken immigration system. The letter writing campaign is at the request of Archbishop Schnurr and coordinated at the Motherhouse by the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation.

Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

Nearly 700 leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) gathered Aug. 13-16 in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2019 assembly, Imagining Leadership in a Global Community. Keynote speaker, S. Pat Murray, IBVM, helped participants explore important movements occurring within religious life globally and locally through the lens of leadership. In addition, members voted unanimously Aug. 16 to commit the organization, their congregations and themselves to fight racism, welcome immigrants and help stop climate change for the next three years.

Arts in Medicine

Arts in Medicine

Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall welcomed Kunle Adewale, a trailblazing young African leader and pioneer in the arts in healing/arts in medicine field, to the Mount last week. Adewale gave an artist talk to the Sisters, entitled “Arts in Medicine: Changing the Narratives in Africa’s Health Space.”

Celebrating Summer

Celebrating Summer

Cincinnati Associates hosted their annual summer picnic on Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Cedars Auditorium. Sisters and Associates had the opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite summer foods while meeting the newest SC Associates in Mission.

Celebrating Our Associates

Celebrating Our Associates

August has been a month of celebration and welcome for SC Associates. Congratulations to Veronica Buchanan, Cheryl Dagy, Linda Jung, Dee Mansi, David Scharfenberger and Patsy Schwaiger, who made their commitments as Associates in Mission with the Sisters of Charity on Aug. 11 in the Motherhouse chapel. The previous week Bonnie Elder and Lisa McDowell made their initial commitments as Associates in Mission at The National Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska. In addition, the Community had the privilege of celebrating the Silver Jubilees (25 years) of Associates Betty Rensing and Sandra Schafer.

SC Heritage Program Offers Tours

SC Heritage Program Offers Tours

On Tuesday, July 30, the SC Heritage Program offered SC employees and Sponsored Ministry board and committee members an opportunity to learn more about the heritage and mission of the Congregation. Sister Judith Metz, community historian, provided the presentation on the history of the Sisters of Charity; a tour and lunch were also included.

Community Celebrates Jubilees

Community Celebrates Jubilees

The Sisters of Charity Community came together on Saturday, July 27 to honor the anniversaries of Sisters celebrating 60, 65, 70, 75 and 85 years of service in 2019. A total of 32 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are celebrating special anniversaries with the Community this year. The women represent 2,105 total years of service in the Cincinnati Archdiocese, in dioceses throughout the United States and beyond.

Giving Voice Hosts National Gathering

Giving Voice Hosts National Gathering

Catholic Sisters under age 50 gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, June 27-30, 2019, to attend the Giving Voice National Gathering. Every two years Giving Voice hosts the bridge-building gathering in hopes of deepening relationships and fostering growth, leadership skills and a vision for the future of religious life. During the four-day gathering participants focused conversations and workshops around the theme: “Boldness and Beauty of Communion: Living Religious Life Now!”

Celebrating Our Independence

Celebrating Our Independence

Sisters living in the Motherhouse and Cincinnati area enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday with a celebration on the newly renovated front porch on Thursday, July 4. The gathering of more than 40 Sisters included appetizers, sparklers and the singing of many patriotic tunes.

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Welcome New Leadership Team

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Welcome New Leadership Team

Leadership Council members hosted an ice cream social on Tuesday, June 18 to thank Sisters and employees for their support and efforts the past four years. In return, Sisters and employees surprised council members with a thank you of their own, showering Sisters Joan Elizabeth Cook, Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos, Louise Lears, and Mary Caroline Marchal with a blessing, flowers and cards of thanks. The current Leadership Council term will end on June 30, 2019.

Mission Walk a Success

Mission Walk a Success

Leadership Council members hosted an ice cream social on Tuesday, June 18 to thank Sisters and employees for their support and efforts the past four years. In return, Sisters and employees surprised council members with a thank you of their own, showering Sisters Joan Elizabeth Cook, Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos, Louise Lears, and Mary Caroline Marchal with a blessing, flowers and cards of thanks. The current Leadership Council term will end on June 30, 2019.

Variety Show: Sisters of Charity Unwind and Show Their Talents

Variety Show: Sisters of Charity Unwind and Show Their Talents

Leadership Council members hosted an ice cream social on Tuesday, June 18 to thank Sisters and employees for their support and efforts the past four years. In return, Sisters and employees surprised council members with a thank you of their own, showering Sisters Joan Elizabeth Cook, Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos, Louise Lears, and Mary Caroline Marchal with a blessing, flowers and cards of thanks. The current Leadership Council term will end on June 30, 2019.

Blessings of Gratitude

Blessings of Gratitude

Leadership Council members hosted an ice cream social on Tuesday, June 18 to thank Sisters and employees for their support and efforts the past four years. In return, Sisters and employees surprised council members with a thank you of their own, showering Sisters Joan Elizabeth Cook, Mary Bookser, Marge Kloos, Louise Lears, and Mary Caroline Marchal with a blessing, flowers and cards of thanks. The current Leadership Council term will end on June 30, 2019.

Federation Members Gather for Assembly of the Whole

Federation Members Gather for Assembly of the Whole

Sisters of Charity Federation members, Associates, staff and guests representing 14 congregations gathered in Chicago, Ill., June 13-16 for the first-ever Assembly of the Whole. The assembly was a moving and thought-provoking time to consider what congregations have accomplished over the years, and how to move forward together, weaving unstoppable charity. To learn more, visit https://sistersofcharityfederation.org/assembly-of-the-whole/

Community Celebrates Employees

Community Celebrates Employees

The Sisters of Charity Community came together on Thursday, June 6 to recognize employees celebrating special anniversaries with the Community. Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall employees celebrating five to 30 years of service were honored as well as those individuals retiring within the past year.

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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.