"Encourage one
another, and may
your mutual good
example speak
louder than any
words.”

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

The elected Leadership Council of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati includes (from left) Sister Lois Jean Goettke, SC, councilor; Sister Montiel Rosenthal, SC, councilor; Sister Monica Gundler, SC, president; Sister Teresa Marie Laengle, SC, councilor; and Sister Barbara Hagedorn, SC, councilor. The four-year term of the elected governing body runs through June 30, 2027.

Membership Statistics

Currently, 191 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati serve in 14 U.S. dioceses (nine states). A total of 163 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, justice education and advocacy, health care, retreat work, 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
Lansing
Las Cruces
New York
Pueblo
Saginaw
Santa Fe
Venice
Washington, D.C.

Association

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined by 209 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. To learn more about the Associate program, contact Director of Associates Chanin Wilson at Chanin.Wilson@srcharitycinti.org.

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.

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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.