“You must realize that
authority is not to be
wielded absolutely,
but charitably.”

St. Louise de Marillac

 

Who We Are

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is an apostolic Catholic community of women religious that exists to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and prayer in the world.

History

  • 1809 – The Sisters of Charity were founded by St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton in Emmitsburg, Md.
  • 1829 – Four Sisters of Charity first came to Cincinnati.
  • 1852 – Mother Margaret Farrell George founded the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, a separate community from the Sisters in Emmitsburg.
  • 1975 – Elizabeth Ann Seton canonized a saint.

Leadership

2019 Leadership Team

The elected Leadership Council of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati includes (front row, from left) Sister Marge Kloos, SC, councilor; Sister Teresa Dutcher, SC, councilor; Sister Patricia Hayden, SC, president; (back row, from left) Sister Joanne Burrows, SC, councilor; and Sister Monica Gundler, SC, councilor. The four-year term of the elected governing body runs through June 30, 2023.

Membership Statistics

Currently, 206 members of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati serve in 17 U.S. dioceses (10 states) and one foreign country. A total of 184 Sisters serve in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Ministries include education, health care, retreat work, parish, social work, ministry of prayer and congregational service. More specifically, Sisters minister in elementary, high school and university education, chaplaincy, justice education and advocacy, health care, retreat work, prison and jail ministry, parish and pastoral ministry, social services, counseling, earth and sustainability ministry, spiritual direction, formation ministry, congregational services and the ministry of prayer.

Dioceses
Brownsville
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Denver
Detroit
El Paso
Helena
Lansing
Las Cruces
New Orleans
New York
Pueblo
Saginaw
Santa Fe
Venice
Washington, D.C.

Association

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined by 204 Associates, lay women and men, who reside throughout the United States. The Sister/Associate relationship was established in 1973 so that individuals could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton.

Nonprofit Ministries

Since the Community was founded, the Sisters of Charity have sponsored numerous schools, hospitals, orphanages and social service agencies. They continue to sponsor the following ministries, which are all in Cincinnati.

Bayley (1990) is a continuing care retirement community that offers a full spectrum of lifestyle options that promote engagement, wellness and vitality. Bayley offers progressive services for adults through two service lines: Bayley Access, a collection of programs enabling older adults still living at home to enjoy community and fellowship, and Bayley Living, which provides varied residential options for mature adults of all faiths.

DePaul Cristo Rey High School (2009) provides an opportunity for young women and men with economic need to obtain a Catholic, college preparatory education made affordable through an innovative corporate work study program.

Mount St. Joseph University (1920) is a coeducational, Catholic liberal arts university serving 2,300 students.

Seton High School (1854) is a comprehensive, Catholic high school for girls. Originally founded as Mount St. Vincent Academy, it was renamed Seton High School in 1927.

St. Joseph Home (1873) is a residential care facility for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities who have complex support needs and have mobility challenges. Areas of service also include: a residential program that serves the social, medical, educational and spiritual needs of residents; a respite center for short-term care; two adult day programs; and a community home.

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Sharing Our Love of the Earth

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform invites us to become a community of participatory action and advocacy, for the Earth and the poor. Did you know that the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have 14 people from other countries working at Mother Margaret Hall? In order to learn more about them, the countries they come from and how climate change is affecting their home countries, Sisters Jean Miller and Mary Ann Humbert are interviewing them. In this video we hear from Felicia, originally from Nigeria.