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.
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.
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.
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.