“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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Christmas Tea Returns to the Mount

Christmas Tea Returns to the Mount

Sisters, volunteers, SC employees and Cura staff members were treated to a Christmas tea on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Appetizers, desserts and drinks were provided to all able to attend the festive event – a favorite tradition among many at the Mount.

Advent Prayer and Yoga

Advent Prayer and Yoga

It was a beautiful evening of prayer on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the Motherhouse chapel. The Cincinnati Vocations Team hosted more than 30 young adults for Advent Ignatian yoga and Taize prayer followed by time for reflection and fellowship.

Sharing in the Joy of the Season

Sharing in the Joy of the Season

On Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, Sisters and Associates had the opportunity to embrace the joy and beauty of the season. The afternoon began with Christmas caroling in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility and ended with a Community Christmas celebration, hosted by the SC Leadership Council.

Royal Drummers of Burundi Visit Motherhouse

Royal Drummers of Burundi Visit Motherhouse

On Sunday, Nov. 26, the Royal Drummers of Burundi, an internationally known percussionist ensemble based in Dayton, Ohio, performed for Sisters and Associates at the Motherhouse. The ensemble uses drums made from hollowed tree trunks covered with animal skins. The performance of the Royal Drummers has been the same for centuries, and their techniques and traditions are passed down from father to son. Members of the ensemble take turns playing the Inkiranya (the central drum), dancing, resting and playing the other drums, rotating throughout the show. The group is internationally known and has collaborated with a number of top-name artists. Sunday’s performance at the Motherhouse was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all in attendance.

Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings

Sisters and their family members gathered in the Motherhouse dining rooms following the Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday, Nov. 23 to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, glazed salmon and many delicious trimmings. Food, friendship and gratitude were much in evidence among those gathered.

Friendsgiving at Mount St. Joseph

Friendsgiving at Mount St. Joseph

Sisters of Charity were invited to be the guests of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Executive Team on Thursday, Nov. 16. GSH team members and employees brought all the trimmings to accompany the Thanksgiving feast of turkey and ham. Good Samaritan Hospital is currently celebrating its 171st year of being founded by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. It remains the oldest and largest private teaching and health care facility in the area. The afternoon was a most appropriate celebration in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Season of Giving

Season of Giving

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the Sisters of Charity hosted its annual Adopt-A-Family event on Thursday, Nov. 16. The day was filled with the giving spirit as employees were invited to purchase raffle tickets and spilt-the-pot tickets with all proceeds going toward the Community’s Adopt-A-Family program, which helps those in need during the holiday season. Employees were also encouraged to donate canned food items for Community Matters food pantry as well as gently used or new coats, hats and gloves to Our Daily Bread. Free food and a community bake sale were also part of the festivities.

Sisters Partner with GSH for Service Project

Sisters Partner with GSH for Service Project

Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital executive team members on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, for a service project. The group came together at Mount St. Joseph to make 200 sandwiches for the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in Covington. GSH team members were volunteering as part of the hospital’s annual Serve Day.

Halloween Spook-Tacular

Halloween Spook-Tacular

The Motherhouse campus embraced the Halloween spirit on Tuesday, Oct. 31 with a number of activities planned for Sisters, Associates and employees throughout the day. All were encouraged to dress in costume and take part in trick-or-treating on campus. Office areas were decorated for the occasion and passed out treats to those passing by their candy locations. In the evening Sisters and Associates enjoyed a Halloween party in the Cedars Auditorium. Costumes, games and treats were part of the festivities.

SCs Attend Vincentian Family Gathering

SCs Attend Vincentian Family Gathering

Sisters and friends of the SC Community attended the Vincentian Family Gathering in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 26-29. The congregation had the highest number of attendants for the community-based, intergenerational experience. Throughout the gathering participants explored how creativity and the arts can help us work for social justice and build a culture of encounter which embraces diversity in harmony. International performing arts group Gen Verde was a highlight of the program.

Cincinnati Welcomes Seton Hill Sisters of Charity

Cincinnati Welcomes Seton Hill Sisters of Charity

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati welcomed a group of Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill (Greensburg, Pennsylvania) of the Korean Province to Mount St. Joseph last week. While visiting the group received a tour of the Motherhouse, given by S. Judith Metz, and learned more about their own community’s history. The Seton Hill Sisters were formed from the Cincinnati congregation in 1870 at the request of the Bishop of Pittsburgh to serve his diocese.

Service in Action

Service in Action

The Mother Margaret Hall Community Action Committee is at work once again. This month Sisters collected winter items (scarves, gloves, hats) as well as toiletries and diapers for two families in the SC Newcomers Transition Program. After gathering and wrapping, a few of the Sisters had the opportunity to personally deliver the gifts to the families.

S. Sally Duffy Honored

S. Sally Duffy Honored

Congratulations to Sister of Charity Sally Duffy who was honored with the Su Casa Mother Cabrini Award on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 at the Su Casa Hispanic Center’s 26th anniversary awards dinner and silent auction. S. Sally was recognized for her tireless advocacy for justice to immigrants and promotion of human dignity for vulnerable populations everywhere.

Charisms: Living Streams of the Spirit

Charisms: Living Streams of the Spirit

Dr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, presented the workshop “Charisms: Living Streams of the Spirit” on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. Sponsored by the Inter-Congregational Spirituality Committee, the workshop was for women religious of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington and explored the place of individual congregational charisms within the emerging awareness of the charism of religious life.

Jam Session

Jam Session

Sisters and employees enjoyed the opportunity to participate in S. Shirley Le Blanc’s Drum Circle last week. The Drum Circle is an opportunity for companionship and community as everyone comes together and has their own role to play in this spontaneous creation of music.

Walking for a Cause

Walking for a Cause

Sisters, Associates and employees came together on Saturday, Oct. 7 for the 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event took place at Sawyer Point and calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Almost $2,500 was raised for the Sisters of Charity Mother Margaret Hall team, surpassing its goal!

Associates Host Visioning Celebration

Associates Host Visioning Celebration

On Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, SC Associates hosted an all-day visioning celebration to remember our past, envision our future, and honor our ties. The gathering of Sisters and Associates, which took place one month after the Associates 50th anniversary celebration, was facilitated by Vie Thorgren (an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and Nazareth). Associates from England to Alaska and everywhere in between joined the celebration which included presentations, small group reflection and sharing as well as prayer and time to socialize.

Fall Congregational Days Bring Together Community

Fall Congregational Days Bring Together Community

Sisters and Associates gathered over the weekend (Sept. 27-29, 2023) for a fall congregational gathering, the first under the direction of the new Leadership Team. This year’s theme, “In Service of the Mission,” grounded the weekend and incorporated the 2023 Chapter prayer and directional statements as a guide. Information shared, updates given and input sought related to newer members, sponsorship and various projects in process. Time was also given for Sisters and Associates to relax and socialize together.

Painting on the Patio

Painting on the Patio

Local artist John Metz returned to Mother Margaret Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a demonstration on the MMH patio. Metz uses a torch on his paintings to create his unique artwork, and worked with a few Sisters to create their own pieces of art.

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Living Lent

How do you live Lent wholeheartedly? On Ash Wednesday we heard Joel 2:12, “Even now, return to me with your whole heart.” Throughout each week of Lent, a Sister of Charity will share how she hopes to live Lent wholeheartedly. We hope her words will touch your heart. View here.