“I am satisfied
to sow in tears
if I may reap
in joy.”

St. Elizabeth Seton

 

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House of Charity Hosts Newman Singers

House of Charity Hosts Newman Singers

The House of Charity, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Federation in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted the Newman Singers from Iowa in July. The group was in town for the National Pastoral Musicians Conference. During their stay the group was kind enough to perform a concert at the HOC the night before they left.

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Sisters of Charity living in Mother Margaret Hall celebrated the month of July with multiple seasonal activities. Sisters shucked corn to make homemade salsa; residents and employees were able to enjoy the salsa while viewing the dedication of the Sister Blandina Gardens in Trinidad, Colorado. In honor of the 2020 Olympics, Mother Margaret Hall hosted its own MMH Olympic Games, which included activities for everyone and medals.

Spirituality Center Welcomes Sisters for July Retreat

Spirituality Center Welcomes Sisters for July Retreat

The Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center welcomed Sisters for a July Retreat with Jan Novotka and Marie Larkin on July 18-24. While the new space is not completely finished, it is slowly beginning to re-open for Sisters and vaccinated individuals with spiritual direction and Centering Prayer returning this month.

Sister Blandina Gardens Dedicated in Trinidad

Sister Blandina Gardens Dedicated in Trinidad

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, the people of Trinidad, Colorado celebrated the dedication of the Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, a community wellness park in tribute to S. Blandina Segale. Created by Pueblo-born sculptor Fred Darpino, a 5-foot, 4-inch life-size statue of S. Blandina is the garden’s focal point. Sisters and Associates were in attendance for the celebration in downtown Trinidad which included Mass, live musical and theatrical performances, trolley tours of Trinidad.

Harvest Season

Harvest Season

The EarthConnection garden is flourishing! Nearly 78 pounds of produce has been harvested so far this year, including lettuce, squashes, cabbage and garlic. S. Winnie Brubach and her team of garden ladies are looking forward to more as the season continues.

Recognizing Our Employees

Recognizing Our Employees

Each year the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati honor employees celebrating special milestone service anniversaries. This week Human Resources hosted three events to celebrate the honorees. All honored employees were invited to a luncheon program where there were individually recognized. Congratulations to those employees and a heartfelt thank you for your dedication and service to the Sisters of Charity!

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Over the weekend Sisters of Charity gathered together as a whole for the first time since before the pandemic began more than a year ago. Those living away from the Motherhouse campus or out of state had the opportunity to visit Mount St. Joseph and take part in a number of activities throughout the weekend. Included in the weekend agenda were a Memorial Mass remembering the lives of the Sisters lost since April 2020, a picnic dinner in the Motherhouse dining room, drum circle led by S. Shirley Le Blanc, special Mass to honor the 2020 Jubilarians and an evening of karaoke. A highlight for all was the opportunity to tour the newly renovated spaces in the Motherhouse and Marian Hall where the Congregational offices were relocated following the demolition of Seton Hall.

EarthConnection Hosts Cincinnati Vincentian Volunteers

EarthConnection Hosts Cincinnati Vincentian Volunteers

As ministries gradually begin to hold in-person events, SC EarthConnection recently hosted the Cincinnati Vincentian Volunteers for a morning. The group learned about environmental sustainability and helped in the EC garden with its more than 20 raised beds.

Friendly Competition

Friendly Competition

Did you know one of the most popular activities scheduled in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility is Wii Bowling? A weekly activity for the Sisters, the virtual bowling game has been a hit, enabling residents the opportunity to socialize and have fun together – all in the competitive spirit.

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

Throughout National Nursing Home Week, Sisters of Charity employees were celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the SC mission and Sisters of Charity. Activities were planned throughout the week, including a blessing of hands, patio grill-out and Bingo.

Celebrating Our Heroes

Celebrating Our Heroes

Throughout National Nursing Home Week, Sisters of Charity employees were celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the SC mission and Sisters of Charity. Activities were planned throughout the week, including a blessing of hands, patio grill-out and Bingo.

April Snow

April Snow

An unusual April snow shower blankets the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. Photos Courtesy S. Marty Dermody, SC.

Caring for Creation

Caring for Creation

Sisters Pat Wittberg and Joyce Richter visited the Old Growth Forest on the Motherhouse property on Tuesday, April 20 to pull garlic mustard. The two removed the invasive species that crowds and kills off flowers from the area and then enjoyed the beautiful spring weather with a hike to view the wildflowers.

Florida Associates Gather

Florida Associates Gather

Associates in the Spring Hill, Florida, area gathered in person on April 10 for fellowship, a meal and prayer. During the gathering they also celebrated the lives of the 20 Sisters and Associates lost in 2020.

Meeting Our Grace: Right Here, Right Now

Meeting Our Grace: Right Here, Right Now

The SC Community gathered on Saturday, April 10 via Zoom (in person and through closed-circuit television) for the Spring Forum. The day’s theme was Meeting Our Grace: Right Here, Right Now. In the morning session, S. Janet Mock, CSJ, was the guide for considering the emerging future, following the Fall Congregational conversations. The Leadership Team led the afternoon presentation and conversation regarding sponsorship. The day concluded with a special prayer service to present S. Janet Mock with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.

Dreaming Big

Dreaming Big

On March 9, Sisters of Charity Peggy Deneweth, Andrea Koverman, Romina Sapinoso and Carol Wirtz hosted special visitors to Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico. Steve Fox became a friend and supporter of the Sisters and their work across the border more than 15 years ago. He and the late S. Janet Gildea had a special connection in part because of their shared experience with cancer. After she passed, Steve contacted the Sisters and said he wanted to do something special to honor S. Janet’s memory. Education has been presenting itself as a critical need for the community in Anapra, especially for the children with special needs. It was determined they would reconfigure the existing space to create two designated learning areas (classrooms) and a community room/kitchen that is hoped to serve as a learning hub in the future.

A Whole New View

A Whole New View

It has been five weeks since the ceremonial first swing was taken to begin the demolition process of Seton Hall. The building has been completely razed and debris and rubble has mostly been removed. Workers continue to level the area with fill dirt and prepare it for future use.

From Bottle Caps to Benches

From Bottle Caps to Benches

EarthConnection now has two lovely benches made of recycled plastic caps and lids at the building’s front entrance as well as a large picnic table. Caps continue to arrive daily from across the country. S. Winnie Brubach and service learning students from Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU) sorted, cleaned, weighed and prepared the caps for transport. S. Winnie and Administrative Assistant Sue DiTullio drove to Evansville, Indiana to pick up the new bench (185 pounds) and table (550 pounds).

In the Spirit of Service

In the Spirit of Service

Sisters of Charity employees collected more than 725 nonperishable and personal hygiene items for Community Matters Food Pantry last week. The collection was initiated in celebration of Catholic Sisters Week as a way to honor the Sisters long-standing service to the poor and hungry. The donations were delivered on Thursday, March 18 to a grateful staff at Community Matters. A heartfelt thank you to the Sisters of Charity employees for their donations; your kindness and generosity is a testament to your commitment to the mission and spirit of the Community.

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Memorial Service for S. Mary Frances Boyle
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

You will be able to view the mass at 10:00 a.m. by CLICKING HERE or watch the archived mass on the Sisters password-protected section of the website.

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S. Mary Frances Boyle

Sister Mary Frances Boyle died Nov. 5, 2021, at the age of 87 in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio. Sister Mary Frances was born on March 14, 1934 to John and Adwilda (Hebert) in Denver, Colorado. She was a Sister of Charity for 70 years.