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

St. Louise de Marillac


Historic Firsts

1809 – St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton founded the American Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Md.
1829 – Four Sisters arrive from Emmitsburg to open St. Peter’s Girl’s Orphan Asylum and School – first religious congregation to become established in Cincinnati and in Ohio
1842 – Sisters assume charge of St. Aloyius Boy’s Orphan Asylum; withdrew 1846
1852 – Seven Sisters made the decision to establish the independent congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati under Mother Margaret George.
1852 – Founded St. John’s, later Good Samaritan, Hospital, the first Catholic Hospital in Cincinnati
1854 – Established Mount St. Vincent Motherhouse and Academy
1857 – Founded St. Mary’s Academy in Dayton, Ohio – first mission outside Cincinnati
1858-59 – Trained novices in preparation for beginning of Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth in Newark, New Jersey
1861-65 – Sisters served as Civil War nurses.
1865 – Founded St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory – first hospital in New Mexico Territory
1870 – Founded St. Joseph Academy in Trinidad, Colorado
1870 – Assisted in the establishment of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
1873 – Founded St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home in Cincinnati
1873 – Founded first Catholic co-educational high school at St. James in Bay City, Michigan
1884 – Mount St. Joseph established as Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
1897 – Founded Santa Maria Italian Educational and Institutional Home for immigrants, the first Catholic settlement house, under the direction of Sisters Blandina and Justina Segale.
1915 – Began staffing the residential St. Rita School for the Deaf
1920 – Founded College of Mount St. Joseph on-the-Ohio
1926 – Became a Congregation of Pontifical Rite
1928 – Sisters opened first foreign mission in Wuchang, China, where they remained until Communist takeover in 1948.
1930 – Welcomed members of the Pious Union of Our Lady of Good Counsel, a religious society for deaf and hard-of-hearing women, when it was forced to dissolve.
1940s-50s – Post World War II baby and building boom led to new parish schools, hospitals and a move into retreat and day care programs.
1941 – Sister Eugene Marie Carpe worked with doctors in doing the first exchange transfusion in a “blue baby” in Cincinnati
1945 – Opened El Pomar Retreat House in Colorado Springs, the first Catholic retreat house west of the Mississippi
1951 – Sisters sent to staff Villa Nazareth Orphanage in Rome, a home for gifted poor Italian boys
1960s – Second Vatican Council caused period of renewal – changes in ministries, names, clothing, lifestyles.
1961 – Sent Sisters to open missions in Huancane and Lima, Peru
1961 – Sisters today work in education, health care, pastoral and social services in 23 U.S. states and in Guatemala.
1975 – Started Associates in Mission program
1979- Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems (SCHCS) established under the leadership of Sister Grace Marie Hiltz
1985 – Founded Eldermount adult day program, one of the first in Ohio
1996 – SCHCS was a founding member of Cathilic Health Initiatives (CHI)
2004 – Members of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity joined with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati to become one congregation

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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.