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

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.


  • 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.


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, 188 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati serve in 14 U.S. dioceses. A total of 159 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.

Brownsville, Texas
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Denver, Colorado
Detroit, Michigan
El Paso, Texas
Lansing, Michigan
Las Cruces, New Mexico
New York, New York
Pueblo, Colorado
Saginaw, Michigan
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Venice, Florida
Washington, D.C.


The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined by 197 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.

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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