“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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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.

Oktoberfest Fun

Oktoberfest Fun

Sisters and employees celebrated their own Oktoberfest on Thursday, Sept. 21 in Mother Margaret Hall. In addition to pretzels and root beer floats, S. Monica Gundler and the Employee Activity Committee led participants in the chicken dance.

Prayer Service for International Day of Peace

Prayer Service for International Day of Peace

The Peace and Nonviolence Justice Circle organized a prayer service for Sisters and Associates on Thursday, Sept. 21 in honor of International Day of Peace. Following a drum chant, members of the committee led participants through the service in prayer and song. Handmade origami doves were placed on a peace tree and guests were asked to write an intention for peace or a peace-related quote or word that is meaningful to them. The tree is currently placed outside of the Motherhouse chapel for intentions to be added until Oct. 2, the International Day of Nonviolence.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Sisters of Charity were honored to participate in the ribbon cutting for the Warsaw Avenue Creative Campus (WACC) opening on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Associates Celebrate 50 Years

Associates Celebrate 50 Years

On Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, the Sisters of Charity Community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Associate program. It was in 1973 that Community members looked at possible envisioning of new ways to embody the SC mission and spirit. Lay women and men were seeking a deepened spiritual life and a desire to join the Community in mission and ministry. The life of St. Elizabeth Seton attracted and informed these seekers and the Sisters of Charity are grateful for all those who responded to the call then and since. The weekend liturgy in the Motherhouse chapel, welcoming three new Associates in Mission and a shared meal were all a most fitting way to celebrate 50 years of being “Called by Spirit, United by Love.”

Welcome, New Associates

Welcome, New Associates

On Saturday, Sept. 2, the Sisters of Charity Community celebrated the commitment of three new Associates in Mission and honored two Associates celebrating their 25th anniversary with the Community. A warm welcome to Peggy Kleiner, Denise Morris, and Felicia Bola Olakanmi for making their commitments as Associates in Mission. Congratulations to Cheryl Roy and Mary Lou Straw upon the celebration of their silver anniversaries with the Community.

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

It was a joyous weekend at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse as the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati honored those Sisters celebrating significant anniversaries as women religious. On Aug. 27, 2023, a total of six Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati were celebrated for special anniversaries with the Community. Congratulations to Silver Jubilarian, S. Sandy Howe; Golden Jubilarians Sisters Judith Ansberry, Margaret Eileen Golden and Patricia Saul; and Diamond Jubilarians Sisters Kathleen Daly and Annette Muckerheide on their lives of service and love. Sisters celebrating additional anniversaries (30, 35, 45, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80 years) were also recognized during the weekend and early this week in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility.

Sisters of Charity Participate in Festival of Faiths

Sisters of Charity Participate in Festival of Faiths

On Sunday, Aug. 27, the Sisters of Charity took part in the kick-off event for the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths, a five-day event developed to showcase our community’s rich religious diversity. The SC booth was one of many exhibitors from many faith-based organizations of differing religious traditions around Cincinnati. Sunday’s activities included an interfaith prayer service, and a variety of speakers and musicians through the afternoon in the exhibition hall. This year’s theme is Compassion Through Action: Dwelling Together in Peace and Justice.

Summer Eats

Summer Eats

Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility enjoyed an afternoon of shucking sweet corn for the grill. Memories of past summers and the smells and tastes of the season brought smiles to their faces.

Dancing Queens

Dancing Queens

The Sassy Senior Showdancers, a dance group at the Delhi Senior Center, performed for Sisters and Mother Margaret Hall staff on Thursday, July 27, 2023 in the MMH Community Room. The dancers range in age from their 60s to their 90s. The group danced for more than 45 minutes. A good time was had by all!

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