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June 18, 2017

Vincentian Family Gathers in San Antonio

Ten Sisters of Charity and a few young adult friends participated in the North American Vincentian Family Gathering in San Antonio, Texas, this past weekend. More than 200 members of the Vincentian Family gathered to hear Yessenia Vasquez (Guatemala) and Yohannes Bahta (Eritrea) share their experiences as immigrant and refugee; probe the complexities of the current immigration system; reflect on migration from a faith perspective; and discern how we are called to advocacy and solidarity. Sisters Caroljean Willie and Tracy Kemme co-facilitated and S. Terry Thorman provided the music for prayers. Over the two and one-half days, they guided the group through the pastoral circle: experience, analysis, reflection and action.

Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Congratulations to the Sisters of Charity employees celebrating 5, 10 ,15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. The 33 employees and recent retirees were recognized for their hard work, dedication and passion at a reception on Tuesday, June 13.

SCs Join Other Women Religious
for Leadership Collaborative Gathering

Sisters Victoria Anyanwu, Patricia Dittmeier and Montiel Rosenthal joined more than 100 women religious for a leadership collaborative gathering this past May. READ MORE

Alaska Associate
Makes Lifetime Commitment

Congratulations to Alaska Associate Eileen Casey who made her Associate lifetime commitment to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Sunday, June 11. Eileen became an Associate in Mission in January 2005.


June 4, 2017

SC Federation Leaders Meet in New York

Sixty-nine leaders of the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America gathered June 1-5, 2017 in Tarrytown, New York, for their annual meeting. They represent two provinces of the Daughters of Charity and 11 congregations of Sisters of Charity in the United States and Canada. This year’s theme was “Hazard Yet Forward: Futuring Charity Together,” and was an invitation to “cross over the bridge to the future we are creating together.” Discussions throughout the five days focused on three intentions: to identify and honor the diversity among the Federation, to recognize its current realities, and to articulate the implications as members live into a shared future.

Celebrating High School Graduates

Congratulations to the graduating classes of DePaul Cristo Rey High School and Seton High School this past May.  The Sisters of Charity celebrate the hard work and dedication of students, parents, school staff and faculty at these two SC sponsored ministries.

Employees/Staff of Sponsored Ministries
Visit Motherhouse

New employees and staff of the four Cincinnati SC sponsored ministries enjoyed a tour of the Motherhouse of Thursday, June 1. S. Judith Metz, historian, led the tour and offered insight into the Sisters of Charity charism and history.

SCs Show Support for Price Hill

Sisters of Charity joined together to show support for the Price Hill community on Saturday, June 3 by taking part in the Price Hill Pacer 5k/10k. The event benefits Santa Maria Community Services and Price Hill Will; both organizations work collaboratively to make Price Hill a stronger community.

Pentecost Sunday – June 4

Because of Pentecost we are a Spirit-filled people! We now have a New Covenant proclaiming what God has done in Christ, and we are equipped with a passion for sharing this Good News with the world.


May 29, 2017

MSJU Staff/Faculty Visit House of Charity

Staff and faculty members of SC sponsored ministry Mount St Joseph University – including S. Nancy Bramlage – participated in a service trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, in May. The group spent their time working with the nonprofit organization Hotel Hope; evenings were filled with reflection and fellowship at the Federation’s House of Charity in New Orleans.

Mine Eyes Have Seen…


In honor of Memorial Day, Sisters and friends enjoyed two showings of the DVD “Mine Eyes Have Seen,” a 32-minute film documenting the service of Sisters of Charity during the U.S. Civil War. The viewing was accompanied by prayer, reflection and refreshments.

Sisters, Associates and Employees
Say Thank You

Sisters, Associates and employees came together on Tuesday, May 30 to say thank you and to celebrate Associate Director Mary Jo Mersmann’s 15 years of service. Mary Jo will be retiring on May 31. Throughout her 15 years as Director of Associates, Mary Jo has offered her gifts in helping to deepen and broaden the Sister-Associate relationship.

Feast of the Visitation of the
Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31


Artwork by Bro. Mickey O'Neill McGrath, OSFS

“Mary’s faith was in things not seen. Her faith came to her from outside herself and that is why we call her blessed.”  - Barbara Brown Taylor
God of today, help us to believe, like Mary, that your promises will be fulfilled in us. Strengthen our faith, teach us to make good use of our days, in love and generous service. Amen.

Memorial Day – May 29

Ready to Serve

On Memorial Day, the memories of those who died serving our country are recalled by all in the Sisters of Charity Community, but especially by those who served beside them. One such Sister is S. Francis Clare Pavioni, who served with the WAVES in World War II. READ MORE


May 21, 2017

Way of Elizabeth Pilgrimage Concludes

Sisters of Charity Federation novices and candidates concluded their "Way of Elizabeth pilgrimage" this week.  Women in formation with SC Federation congregations undertake this journey to enter deeper into the life of our founder, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and to connect to the roots of the Federation.  The pilgrimage began with a stop in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to visit the Sisters of Seton Hill’s motherhouse and Archives. They spent time in Emmitsburg and Baltimore, Maryland, visiting The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and other sites related to the Sisters of Charity founding. The pilgrimage concluded in New York and New Jersey following visits to the places important to Elizabeth's early life.

Archives Says Thank You to Students

The Sisters of Charity Archives said goodbye this week to DePaul Cristo Rey High School students Bre’Ale and Jordi. The students have spent the school year working in the Archives through the school’s Corporate Work Study Program. Both students have grown tremendously through the past year – professionally and personally.

Cincinnati Associates
Host Annual Ice Cream Social

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... ice cream socials! Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall and Cincinnati Associates gathered for their annual ice cream social on May 21 in the MMH Community Room. The Ice Cream Social provides a chance for the Sisters and Associates to enjoy time together over a bowl of ice cream.

Singing Circle Enjoys Spring Weather

The Mother Margaret Hall singing circle soaked in the beauty of the season on Friday, May 19 as they practiced together on the MMH patio.

Feast of the Ascension – May 25

The Ascension is an essential part of the Paschal Mystery. In ascending to the ‘right hand’ of God, Jesus took his full humanity – all he lived, experienced and loved here on earth – into the fullness of the divine reality. Our human hopes and fears, that which delights us and what terrifies us, is now forever embraced and transformed into the divine life of God through Jesus. Today we are now able to encounter Jesus through the sacraments, the preaching of the Word, the work of justice. We encounter him through “the eyes of our hearts.” I will be with you always.  Adapted from the work of Richard Gaillardetz


May 14, 2017

Throwback Thursday

With graduation season upon us, we take a look back to 1905 and graduation at Cedar Grove Chapel. The current site of Seton High School, Cedar Grove (also known as Mount St. Vincent) was once a boarding school for girls with the first superiors and principals being Mothers General of the SC Community. READ MORE

Way of Elizabeth Pilgrimage Begins

Federation novices and candidates began their Way of Elizabeth pilgrimage on Wednesday, May 17 with a stop in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to visit the Sisters of Seton Hill’s motherhouse and Archives. On May 18 they will travel to Emmitsburg, Maryland, spending the next few days visiting the Shrine of Elizabeth Seton and other sites related to the Sisters of Charity founder.

Community Welcomes Chanin Wilson

This week the Sisters of Charity, Associates and SC employees welcomed the visit of Associate Chanin Wilson (right) to the Motherhouse. Chanin will be taking over the position of Director of Associates after the retirement of Mary Jo Mersmann (left). She will continue to live in Westminster, Colorado, and make regular trips to the Motherhouse and various regions of the country where Associates live and minister.

MMH Volunteers Recognized

Mother Margaret Hall volunteers enjoyed lunch on Monday, May 15 in honor of National Nursing Home Week. Staff members of MMH served the volunteers; guests were entertained by the Sisters’ chime choir.

S. Sally Duffy –
A YWCA Career Woman of Achievement

Few people know that S. Sally began her career as an Olympic-caliber basketball player and women’s coach at the University of Notre Dame. Keeping her eye on the ball enabled her to be laser-focused on every future endeavor. Hear more about the Sister of Charity who has dedicated her years of ministry to serving Cincinnati’s most vulnerable, marginalized and needy through the SC Ministry Foundation.


May 7, 2017

Mother’s Day – May 14

Creating God, bless all mothers. Each speaks gently, primarily in quiet, ever nurturing and sustaining her children with love. Give each patience in abundance. Let joy and gratitude be her gifts.

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima – May 13

This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. This reminds us of the central Gospel message, calling us to conversion and bringing us closer to Christ. Mary’s appearance to the children called our attention to the dire need for conversion of sinners throughout the world. 

Feast of St. Louise De Marillac – May 9

In the face of so many of our sisters and brothers seeking freedom from war, poverty, slavery and violence, we are called to live the charism of charity more openly and urgently than ever. We remember the refugees in Syria and those starving to death in Yemen; St. Louise lived through similar circumstances in her day and the Charity of Christ impelled her to action she never could have imagined. May she speak to us in our world now and help us to respond effectively.

Derby Days

Sisters living at the Motherhouse and in Mother Margaret Hall got into the racing spirit last week as they celebrated the running of the annual Kentucky Derby.

Intercommunity Novitiate Concludes

On Monday, May 8, novices of the Intercommunity Novitiate celebrated their last class together hiking at Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Participating in the program were women and men from the Sisters of Charity, Precious Blood Sisters and Marianists.

Sisters Tour Mount Adams

On Thursday, May 4 a group of Sisters of Charity visited some of the historic sites of Cincinnati’s Mount Adams. The Sisters were given tours of the church formerly known as Holy Cross Church (now the Monastery Event Center) as well as Immaculata Church – both where Sisters of Charity ministered from 1877-1976

Running With a Purpose

Sisters of Charity joined with other religious this past weekend to participate in the annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Sisters Sally Duffy, Annie Klapheke, Andrea Koverman, Louise Lears, Joyce Richter and Novice Romina Sapinoso partnered with friends of other religious communities to form “Religious on the Run for Peace and Justice.” The team participated in the weekend activities to raise awareness of religious vocations as well as funds for IJPC, founded by and continuing the missions of the women religious congregations of the SCs, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Religious on the Run participation is sponsored by a grant of the SC Ministry Foundation.

Mother Margaret George Statue
Returns to Motherhouse Grounds

It’s been more than a year since Sisters, Associates and visitors to the SC Motherhouse have been greeted along the front avenue by the life-size statue of Mother Margaret George, founder of the Cincinnati Community. On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Margaret returned to her prominent spot, piquing interest in the statue itself and the significance of its creation. READ MORE

SEF Celebrates S. Martha

Seton Enablement Fund Committee members celebrated S. Martha Walsh’s retirement with a lunch on April 22 at the Motherhouse. S. Martha has served as the administrative director of the SEF for the past 12 years, and will retire on May 31.


May 1, 2017

National Day of Prayer – May 4

MSJU Celebrates Inauguration

The Mount St. Joseph University community was busy this past weekend celebrating the inauguration of H. James Williams, Ph.D. as the university’s president. The inauguration ceremony took place on April 28 with a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests, faculty, staff, and students, including many Sisters of Charity. Additional events surrounding President Williams’ inauguration included the Alumni Symposium, Springfest, Mount Jubilee and a community service day.

R U Called? A Success

Sisters of Charity participated in the archdiocesan vocation discernment event “R U Called?” on April 26. Approximately 15 women discerning the consecrated life attended the gathering at St. Francis de Sales in Lebanon.

The Sound of Music

The Motherhouse chapel was filled with the beautiful sounds of cello music on Saturday, April 29. The musicians - ranging in age from 3-17 years old – are students of S. Alice Ann O’Neill and Kaylie Eriksen, a cello teacher from Mariemont.

S. Regina Kusnir Honored


Betty Hickle (left), executive director of Light of Hearts
Villa, with S. Regina Kusnir

Congratulations to S. Regina Kusnir who was one of six recipients of awards from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging at its Annual Luncheon and Conference Day, April 20 at the Holiday Inn in Independence, Ohio. Sister had been nominated for the award in Excellence in Service Provision recognizing her work in the creation of the Seton Safety Net, a program which serves seniors in need providing non-perishable food, gift cards and assistance with paying bills and house payments. She also provides weekly Bible study, and pastoral care.

For Mount’s Director of Mission and Ministry,
It’s Time to Move On


Faculty and staff of Mount St. Joseph University traveled to Emmitsburg, Maryland,
with S. Nancy Bramlage (second row, third from left) in June 2014 to learn more
about the heritage and spirituality of the Sisters of Charity.

At the end of June, S. Nancy Bramlage will retire as director of Mission and Ministry at Mount St. Joseph University. Elizabeth Bookser Barkley celebrates S. Nancy’s years of commitment in the following article. READ MORE

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker – May 1

Incline to the Finish Line a Success

St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity, celebrated 20 years of the Incline to the Finish Line 5K. Numerous Sisters of Charity participated and supported the run/walk’s success.


April 23, 2017

LCWR Region VI Meets at Motherhouse

More than 60 members of the leadership councils of LCWR Region VI met at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Sunday, April 23 and Monday, April 24. Region VI includes women’s religious congregations from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Among other activities, the women shared prayer and exchanged ideas, heard a presentation on racial justice by Xavier University Professor Chris Parmuk, and discussed a video by LCWR’s president and president-elect on the new governance model.

Removing Barriers

Associate Mary Ellen Williams is one of a handful of Charity Family volunteers giving their time to the mission of Education Matters. READ MORE

Led by the Spirit

Essential to the congenial and prosperous operation of an academic institution is intense devotion and personal connection on the part of its leader. As Mount St. Joseph University, a SC sponsored ministry, prepares for the inauguration of its president, H. James Williams, the Sisters of Charity remember the university’s past SC presidents. Click on a name below to learn more about the Sister.

Future of Charity Gathers in NOLA

This past weekend the Sisters of Charity Federation Future of Charity group gathered at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, for prayer, reflection, sharing and fellowship. The group of recently vowed members and women in formation was formed to build relationships among younger, newer members of the 12 unique Federation congregations.

Associates Celebrate Spring

SC Associates hosted the annual Spring Fling on Sunday, April 23. The gathering – which included lunch, fellowship and prayer – also celebrated the dedicated years of service of Director of Associates Mary Jo Mersmann. Mary Jo will be retiring at the end of May after 15 years in the position.

Earth Day – April 22

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, let us remember our Earth, its beauty, and pray for all to understand and act in defense of environmental protection.


April 16, 2017

Beauty All Around

During this month of awareness for our Earth, a number of Sisters of Charity decided to take the time to enjoy its beauty with an Easter Monday hike at Clifton Gorge on April 17.

Who Shall Find a Valiant Woman?

S. Loretto Burke is the Community’s only living orchestral composer. READ MORE about S. Loretto’s life, ministry and passions in the following article from the Sisters of Charity’s Intercom magazine.

The Gifts of the Season

Spring is in full bloom at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. Sisters, Associates and guests are greeted by its beauty when visiting the Mount St. Joseph grounds.

Bringing Joy

Dr. Claver Pashi teaches at the National Pedagogy University in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to train future DRC leaders to be good stewards of the people when they are in a position of authority. The SCs have sponsored Dr. Pashi’s efforts in the DRC for several years. READ MORE


April 9, 2017

Easter Celebrations at the Motherhouse

Sisters living in the Motherhouse embraced the Easter spirit on Holy Thursday; they spent the morning together dying Easter eggs and enjoying each other’s company.

Prayers Needed

Join us in continuing to pray for Maribel Trujillo-Diaz and her family. On April 11 the Sixth Circuit Court denied the stay of removal for Maribel with the argument that it lacks jurisdiction on the matter. Her case now hinges on mercy from the administration, with the possibility of Maribel being deported at any moment. As Governor John Kasich said, “We have enough broken families in the country …” Please pray and continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that would put an end to senseless deportation like this.

Easter Sunday – April 16

Easter begins in the dark. Always. Mary Magdala comes to the tomb while it is still dark; she must feel it – a void of hopelessness, a sense of loss, and grief beyond words. If you have sat at the bedside of a dying friend, Easter has dawned in your life as with Mary Magdala. God has been with you through the long hours and has come in the morning. Easter is the eternal morning; Easter is the risen Christ in our midst. The dark night has ended forever. We embrace the unearned gift of Jesus’ resurrection. In the coming week we might reflect - in what darkness does Easter begin for me this year? What hope or change illuminates that darkness?

Good Friday – April 14

Today we are invited to embrace the cross – to live it; to shoulder it; to allow this weight to penetrate our being. We are called to bear the sinfulness of greed, consumerism, racism and isolationism. We are called to bear the sinfulness of all in our culture who depart from Gospel values. When we look into Jesus’ eyes, the eyes of our dying God become human. Our Jesus was faithful enough to die for us on a cross.

Holy Thursday – April 13

Today we begin the Triduum, where, for the next three days, we watch, we wait, we pray in earnest. Today we are called to a meal, the Last Supper of Jesus. We are called to be ready, to watch, for this is the final day of Jesus’ life. He will teach us much. We listen to the words, “This is my body, which is for you. Whenever you eat it, remember me. This is the cup of the New Covenant, poured out in my name. Whenever you drink it, remember me.”

DPCR Students Enjoy
Game Night at Motherhouse

Members of the DePaul Cristo Rey High School National Honor Society hosted game night for the Sisters at the SC Motherhouse on Wednesday, April 5. Sisters and students enjoyed friendly competition and conversations throughout the evening.

SCs Host Seton Hill Sisters

The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill sponsored a bus trip to visit the SC Motherhouse this week. While here they are touring the Motherhouse, taking a bus tour of Cincinnati, and visiting Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility. The Seton Hill Sisters were formed from the Cincinnati Congregation in 1870 at the request of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, to serve his diocese.

CCFP Personnel Meet in Leavenworth

Directors of Vocations, Initial Formation and Associates from Sisters of Charity Federation congregations met last week at the retreat center of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in Kansas.

Palm Sunday – April 9

As we commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem may we be transported spiritually to the holy sites during this week. May God’s Spirit influence our words and deeds to proclaim Jesus is Lord.


April 2, 2016

YWCA Names S. Sally Duffy
One of Cincinnati’s Top Career Women

Congratulations to Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Sally Duffy, who will be honored by the YWCA as one of Cincinnati’s top career women. S. Sally will be honored on May 10 along with seven other executives, entrepreneurs and educators who have reached the highest pinnacles of their profession. She is currently the president and executive director of SC Ministry Foundation.

Good Samaritan Hospital and TriHealth
Honor S. Myra James Bradley

On March 21, Good Samaritan Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, and TriHealth welcomed the leadership of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati to bless and dedicate the stained glass memorial honoring the late S. Myra James Bradley. The memorial, funded by Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, serves as an enduring reminder of S. Myra’s impact on Good Samaritan, TriHealth, and the Greater Cincinnati community. The inscription next to the instillation reads:

In honor of Sister Myra James Bradley, SC and her inspirational leadership and guidance while Chief Executive Officer of Good Samaritan Hospital from 1991-1998. She was a woman of God, a Sister of Charity, a trusted mentor, adoring daughter, attentive sister, beloved aunt and a compassionate friend to all. The lessons she taught us are treasured.


March 26, 2017

Cristo Rey Network Members
Meet in Detroit

DePaul Cristo Rey High School leaders and their Sister of Charity sponsors are in Detroit, Michigan, this week for the Cristo Rey Network annual meeting. Every year Cristo Rey colleagues come together to share best practices and challenges.

Them Bones Legacy Continues

The Advisory Board of Them Bones Veteran Community (founded by the late S. Kateri Maureen Koverman) recently donated its remaining funds to Athena’s Sisters, a sisterhood organization in Louisville, Kentucky, run by and for military women to provide healing resources. S. Kateri had tried to form a women’s veteran group in Cincinnati but was unable to get it started. Following her death, and the closing of Them Bones, the board felt it fitting to offer the donation to this organization serving the needs of women veterans as they return to family life after war.

Associate Advisory Committee Meets

Members of the SC Associate Advisory Committee met on Saturday, March 25 to discuss future planning related to the new regional representatives, the upcoming Emmitsburg pilgrimage and the Sister/Associate bond. Committee members are: (back row, from left) S. Andrea Koverman, Associate Sue DiTullio, Associate Nicki Veldhaus, Associate Peggy Brockman, S. Louise Lears, S. Christine Rody, (front row, from left) S. Carol Wirtz, Associate Chanin Wilson, Associate Director Mary Jo Mersmann, and S. Sheila Gallagher.

Sisters, Employees Enjoy Lunch

Sisters and employees participating in the Sister guessing game circulating during National Catholic Sisters Week enjoyed lunch together on Wednesday, March 22. The lunch was a wonderful opportunity for both to learn more about each other’s lives and ministries.

Feast of the Annunciation
March 25, 2017

As we commemorate this Feast of the Annunciation, Mary’s yes, we realize that God was at the mercy of human freedom, asking Mary to carry God’s son. She responded for all of us, “Here I am, your servant. May your kingdom come through me.” Mary learned that being Godlike called for nothing more than allowing love to flow through her.
               
We pray: Faithful God, we pray to join Mary in hearing your invitation, offering ourselves, and learning to recognize the promise fulfilled. Blessed Mary, God’s Mother, pray for us that we may follow your example. Amen. Adapted from Will You? By Mary McGlone, CSJ


March 19, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed the festivities surrounding the Feast Day of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Filming Continues on
Blandina Television Series

Filming on the television series “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” – based on the life of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Blandina Segale - continues in Colorado. S. Carol Marie Power had the opportunity to visit the set this past weekend and meet with cast members and crew.

Novitiate Happenings

Following their Thursday morning history session with S. Judith Metz, Novice Romina Sapinoso and Novice Director S. Donna Steffen - accompanied by Sisters Judy, Janice Ernst and Mary Barbara Philippart - ended the lesson with lunch at Arnold's Bar and Grill, built in the 1830s. Located just blocks from the former site of Good Samaritan Hospital at 6th and Lock streets, there are stories that S. Anthony O'Connell spent time in and around Arnold's in hopes of receiving liquor to use for hospital patients.

Feast of St. Joseph – March 19

Joseph had God’s son in his care which suggests that he too would look after his Church. Joseph’s feast should challenge us to make our prayer share in the vison of Christ, a bond of love strengthened by faith. May St. Joseph know what is most needed for our Church today, be it:

Gratitude for the four years of Pope Francis’ leadership;
The need for compassion for those most misunderstood;
An attitude of openness to truth among the clergy and faithful;
An appreciation of the Holy Spirit’s role in our day-to-day lives;
Growth in our identity and mission as Christ’s disciples;
A universal call to mutuality and service;
A desire to engage with the world to save the Earth.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, here’s a throwback to March 3, 1988. WKRC’s Dan Hurley interviewed S. Judith Metz about the Congregation’s many women who assumed nontraditional roles prior to World War II.

Spring Has Arrived!


Daylight has stepped out of darkness
Barren branches hold green and new buds
We recognize warming temperatures
Creatures are singing their songs
Spring has come.
What is God’s message to us?
Be sensitive to the rhythms of the seasons
Count on My grace
You are connected to all the goodness that exists.


March 12, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17


Artwork by Bro. Mickey O’Neill McGrath, OSFS

The following is known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate, a Christian hymn whose original Old Irish lyrics were attributed to St. Patrick as he was preparing for battle:

“I bind myself today the power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His ear to harken to my need.”
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

National Catholic Sisters Week Ends with Celebration

SC employees celebrated the Sisters on the final day of National Catholic Sisters Week on Tuesday, March 14. Human Resources provided root beer floats during the social hour, and the results of the Sister guessing game circulating throughout the campus the week prior were revealed. Employees answering correctly are invited to join the participating Sisters for lunch next week.

Kindness: Get in the Habit

It’s National Catholic Sisters Week - an annual celebration created to honor women religious! This year’s theme is Kindness: Get in the Habit and was created to focus on kindness at work, home and throughout the country. During the week the Sisters of Charity will be celebrating our Sisters with articles calling attention to what we should be doing for each other – feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, practicing compassion. LEARN MORE

Filming Begins on Television Series

Allan Sanchez, petitioner of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Blandina Segale’s cause for canonization, visited the set of “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” this past weekend. Cast and crew are currently filming S. Blandina on a moving 1872 train. After nine days of filming and a few weeks of editing, Episode 1 of the television series will be finished. According to Sanchez, “These people have really made Blandina part of their life.  I am amazed to see her story come alive in front of my eyes; they are capturing her spirit on film. I have heard so many crew members tell me they are praying to Blandina, it is moving.”


March 5, 2017

Happy 101st Birthday, S. Annina!

The Sisters of Charity celebrated the 101st birthday of S. Annina Morgan on Thursday, March 9. Born on March 9, 1916, S. Annina entered the Sisters of Charity in 1933. She ministered in education for 33 years – as teacher and principal – and is well loved and treasured by many of her former students, as well as her SC Community.

MMH Sisters Enjoy Outing

Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed the early spring weather on Wednesday, March 8 with an outing to Krohn Conservatory and lunch.

Kindness: Get in the Habit

It’s National Catholic Sisters Week - an annual celebration created to honor women religious! This year’s theme is Kindness: Get in the Habit and was created to focus on kindness at work, home and throughout the country. During the week the Sisters of Charity will be celebrating our Sisters with articles calling attention to what we should be doing for each other – feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, practicing compassion. LEARN MORE 

“For I was hungry and you gave
me something to eat …”

S. Winnie Brubach is the facilities coordinator at EarthConnection, a multi-faceted entity in Delhi Township, Ohio, built to address the adverse ecological effects of our consumer society.

“I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink.”

Water with Blessings brings clean, safe water to families around the world. READ MORE

“I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Sisters of Charity were present for the October 2016 Convergence at the Border organized to draw attention to the causes of migration and the abuse of human rights that has accompanied increased militarization of our southern border. READ MORE

“Whoever welcomes this little child
in my name welcomes me.”

For the past five years S. Peggy Rein has been ministering at Holy Family School in Price Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) through a grant from SC Ministry Foundation. READ MORE

“I was sick and you looked after me.”

A shining example of God’s merciful love, S. Pat Newhouse volunteers to the elderly parishioners at St. Martha in Okemos, Michigan, as well as local nursing facilities. READ MORE

Intercommunity Novitiate
Meets in Dayton

The Intercommunity Novitiate gathered at the Marianist Novitiate House in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday, March 6 for their fourth session on the Gospels and the documents of Vatican II. Participating in the program on Saturday were women and men from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Precious Blood Sisters and Marianists.


February 26, 2017
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday gives us a chance to focus our faith lives, deepen our prayer, and provides an opportunity to stop and choose a way. As we accept ashes on our foreheads today we are making an act of faith, telling the world we believe in the message and path of Jesus. We are saying that our faith gives meaning and a moral and ethical framework to our lives.
           
Creating God, we start again, at the beginning of these 40 days, to turn our hearts to your Word and ask your help in responding with the love of Christ. Let our fasting be rooted in justice and love for the poor. May we increase our generosity to those in need. Grace us with true repentance, forgiveness and love. Walk with us. Amen.

Mother Margaret Hall
Celebrates Mardi Gras

Sisters of Charity living in Mother Margaret Hall celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans style. In addition to decorative masks and king cake, the Sisters were treated to the music of Sally and Joe Lukasik.

“We are all children of God”

S. Nancy Crafton shares the reality of the migrant workers she strives to support in the following Pueblo Chieftain article: http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/farmers-in-pueblo-county-want-trump-to-give-them-a/article_6d8bf5b9-4e7d-53ea-915f-fd4ed59d10e3.html

Sisters of Charity Honored

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati received the 2017 Make A Difference Award during the English Language Learning Foundation's ninth annual recognition breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 23. S. Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC president, received the honor on the Community's behalf. The breakfast invites donors, students, educators, and friends from the community to gather for a meal to celebrate the accomplishments of bright ELL students battling adversities, caring and dedicated educators, and organizations that have made a significant difference in the community.

Film Crew Visiting SC Motherhouse

This week, the Sisters of Charity have hosted the production team working on the creation of a television series based on Servant of God S. Blandina Segale’s life. Among those at the Motherhouse are Tomas Sanchez, director and producer of the project, Mark Stenig, executive producer, and Alma Sisneros, the actress who will be playing S. Blandina. Ms. Sisneros had the opportunity to visit with Sisters Annina Morgan and Loretto Burke to research her character; both Sisters had the privilege of meeting S. Blandina in her later years. Crew members spent time in the Sisters of Charity Archives learning more about S. Blandina’s life and legacy.

S. Blandina Segale
(Jan. 23, 1850-Feb. 23, 1941)

On Feb. 23, 1941, S. Blandina Segale gained her eternal reward. This week the Sisters of Charity are celebrating S. Blandina while enjoying a visit from members of the production team working hard on the television series based on S. Blandina’s life. S. Victoria Marie Forde has been coordinating new items to show the group from the Blandina collection. This picture of S. Blandina with Cecil B. DeMille and other women religious in front of his studio was taken in the late 1920s during a Conference in California.


February 19, 2017

S. Sally Duffy Honored

S. Sally Duffy was recognized on Thursday, Feb. 2 honored at the girls' basketball game on Feb. 2 by Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio. A donation was made to Bishop Watterson in her name by some of her former basketball players who were impacted by her contribution to women's sports at BWHS and a permanent plaque recognizing her efforts to establish girls' sports will be on display in our trophy case. Sister gave an inspiring talk to the team and visited the locker room to congratulate them on their victory.

Valentine’s Luncheon Held in MMH

The Sisters of Charity Leadership Team hosted a Valentine’s Day-themed luncheon for Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The lunch hour was spent enjoying a meal, dessert and fellowship.

Celebrating Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is a time of remembrance and staging of celebrations and reenactments, a time of being grateful for the opportunity to elect our leadership. For this occasion we pray: Creating God, We ask that you bless our president and all elected leaders. Enlighten each of us as citizens to promote human dignity and be about the common good. May we overthrow greed and bring about the love of justice and charity toward all our neighbors. Grant to our president and all leaders a deep desire to guarantee and defend the great life of freedom. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


February 12, 2017

Remembering the Fire of 1937


Exterior of the boiler room after the fire.

It was 80 years ago this week that a fire was discovered in the engine room of the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. The story of the fire’s discovery, the evacuation, its control, and the aftermath are well-known around the Community. READ MORE

Welcome the Stranger


The Sisters of Charity Federation released the following statement regarding the Executive Orders of President Trump on immigrants and refugees. READ MORE

Intercommunity Novitiate
Meets in St. Louis


S. Donna Steffen (left) and Novice Romina Sapinoso (right) participated in the St. Louis Intercommunity Novitiate Feb. 6-10, 2017, with the topic: Being Sexual and Celibate: A Psycho-Spiritual Perspective, presented by Lynn Levo, CSJ. Twenty novices, male and female, and approximately 15 Novice directors attended. The SC Federation was represented with two seminarians and their seminary director (pictured) along with Romina and S. Donna.

St. Valentine’s Day


Photo by S. Marty Dermody, SC

As we take time to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day today, February 14, may we not take people and circumstances in our lives for granted. This seems like a fitting day to pause and thank people for their presence in our lives – friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, caretakers – to express our gratitude and view them as a blessing. This is true for our God as well. Let us acknowledge God’s continued love and presence often. That presence is the heart of living well in the life and world we have. Loving God, may our hearts never care too little. Amen.


February 5, 2017

S. Montiel Named
One of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors

Congratulations to S. Montiel Rosenthal who was named one of Cincy Magazine’s “Best Doctors” in family medicine in the Tristate. According to the magazine, “To make this list, current Best Doctors are asked to nominate physicians they would personally refer a loved one to for care.” To read more about S. Montiel, click here.

February 11 – World Day of the Sick


Stained-glass image taken in the Immaculate
Conception Chapel, Sisters of Charity Motherhouse.

On this Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we pray for the needs of the sick and all those who suffer – the poor, the infirm, the outcast, the marginalized. May they be recognized, no matter how frail, for their dignity and mission in life. Like Bernadette of Soubirous, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared many times, may we support those who appear fragile; let us bring out in others the compassion and love that are part of every created human heart.

We pray for those who provide care and assist the sick – family members, health care workers and volunteers – that they may accompany the infirm and show them the love of God that is found in human spirits and hearts. We pray for those in different roles of service and in health care institutions throughout our world, that they will be strengthened in their dedication to the sick and suffering. May they serve to be models of surrender to God’s will, answering with a loving response.
           
Sustain the trusting expectations of our spirits and guide us to accomplish great things through our dependence on the Holy Spirit. May our mutual respect of each person bring fuller harmony and a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit.

Amen.

Journeying Together

A Journey Together gathering was held at the Motherhouse on Sunday, Feb. 5. Sisters of Charity participants took the day to share about “what we most care about at this time in our lives,” ministry as mission, and community life as it is emerging for us today.

LCWR Expresses
Deep Concern about Executive Orders

We are pleased to share that Mayor John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati, this week declared Cincinnati a sanctuary city. We will welcome the immigrants and refugees who are seeking shelter and opportunities for their families. To read a statement from LCWR of which the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are active members CLICK HERE.


January 29, 2017

Catholic Schools:
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

It’s Catholic Schools Week! This week we are giving shout outs to our Sisters in SC sponsored ministries.

S. Terry Dutcher has ministered at Seton High School in Cincinnati since 1985. Currently she serves as a religion teacher at the school.

S. Sandy Howe (left) is the community service coordinator at Seton High School in Cincinnati.

 

S. Marcel DeJonckheere ministers in the Admissions Office at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

S. Nancy Bramlage (left) is keeping Mount St. Joseph University's mission alive and ever present as the director of the university’s Office of Mission and Ministry

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Throughout the week the Sisters of Charity are featuring educational institutions where SCs have served and met a variety of needs, over a long period of time. Many Sisters of Charity have contributed to the Mission and its success; in collaboration with the parish and parents they helped to educate the youth in their care to live Gospel values. 

We celebrate St. William in Cincinnati. READ MORE

We celebrate institutions in Trinidad, Colorado, where Servant of God S. Blandina Segale ministered. READ MORE

 

We celebrate celebrate St. James School (currently known as All Saints) in Bay City, Michigan. READ MORE

 

Community Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Sisters and employees celebrated Catholic Schools Week on Tuesday, Jan. 31  in the Motherhouse Dining Room. School songs and fond memories were shared at lunch … a few even remembered the answers to S. Cookie’s catechism questions.

March for Life Celebrates Life

Sisters of Charity participated in the March for Life in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 29. They joined more than 1,000 others for the annual event to celebrate life and stand up for the marginalized.

Seton High School
Participates in March for Life

Seton High School students participated in the 44th annual March for Life on Fri., Jan. 27, in Washington D.C. The theme for this year's March is - "The Power of One."


January 22, 2017

Sister Spotlight

Meet S. Virginia Bohnert. S. Ginny has companioned women and children at The Gathering Place in Denver, Colorado, since 2010. The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or  homelessness.

Celebrating the
Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Artwork by Bro. Mickey O’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S

“Stay close to God. The gentleness of His shadow
is more healthy than the brightness of the sun.”

- St. Francis de Sales

Standing Up for
Human Dignity, Common Good

Sisters of Charity participated in marches and rallies across the United States on Saturday, Jan. 21 to show their support for women’s rights, and expressing concern about policy changes in immigration, health care and education.

Prayer for Our Nation

God, giver of life and love, we entrust our nation to your care as we witness the transition of government occurring in these coming days. You are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Make us aware of our role in helping this continue. Send your Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of our new leaders - president, vice president, House and Senate members and potential cabinet appointees. Open our minds to the responsibilities we and they have that accompany our human freedom. Continue to bless us as a nation and as a people. Amen.


January 15, 2017

Conference Explores ‘Healing Divisions’

More than 20 young Catholic Sisters and women in formation gathered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Phoenix, Arizona, January 13-15 for individual and communal prayer, shared reflection and conversation. The Giving Voice conference gave the women the opportunity to gather together to explore ways to heal divisions in our Church, country and world.

DPCR Celebrates
100 Percent College Acceptance

For the third year in a row DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s senior class has achieved 100 percent college acceptance. Every member of the Class of 2017 has been accepted to at least one college, most have been accepted to multiple schools, and these seniors have already earned $3.8 million in merit-based academic scholarships. The school is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Celebrationg Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


January 8, 2017

SCs Honor Two
with Elizabeth Seton Award

The Sisters of Charity Community came together Jan. 8, 2017, to celebrate two very special people – John DiCola and Janet Schelb. The two were honored with the Elizabeth Seton Award for their compelling urge to further the Community’s mission to act justly, build loving relationships, share resources with those in need, and care for creation. READ MORE

Seton High School Celebrates Founder

The Sisters of Charity were honored to be special guests for the celebratory Mass of the Feast Day of Elizabeth Ann Seton at Seton High School on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Seton High School was founded by the Sisters of Charity and continues to be a SC sponsored ministry.


January 1, 2017

Seton Writings Project Helps
to Spread Elizabeth Seton’s Legacy

Six Sisters of the SC Federation – including Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Judith Metz - have dedicated years of work to document the story and legacy of Elizabeth Seton. READ MORE

January 4 –
Feast Day of Elizabeth Ann Seton


Statue created by Bro. Joe Aspell

As we begin this new year of 2017 we experience a world similar to that Elizabeth knew 200 years ago including violence, war, uncertainty and general turmoil. Elizabeth’s approach was to help her young community ‘hazard yet forward’ with untiring confidence in God. Some of her words may assist us as community and as individuals as we honor her feast on Jan. 4. Choose any one that may be helpful for reflection:

God smiles at the anxious, calculating heart and makes everything easy to the simple and confiding.
All nature speaks to us of heaven – the delight of the morning.
Look up and be thankful for the good that yet remains.
Every good work we do is a grain of seed for eternal life.
God gives us every grace … this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.

Like Elizabeth, may we meet our grace in the midst of life, ever conscious of God’s presence. Happy Feast!

Now the Work of Christmas Begins

January 1, the Solemnity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God


Artwork by John Nartker

Yes, this feast and the New Year do go together well. In the liturgy for Jan. 1 we hear: The Lord bless and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!

This blessing is a perfect way to begin the New Year. Mary herself would probably have heard this pronounced over her and her people. Did she understand her blessedness? What about ‘peace’? In Hebrew, peace means peace, justice and integrity in relationships; it implies safety and growth in wholeness as well. As the ‘Mother of God’ Mary must have learned to remain open to God’s peace, to allow her faith to exceed her uncertainty and her hope to give her resolve beyond her power to imagine. We ask Mary to teach us how to live simply as contemplatives in action. Adapted from Mary M. McGlone, NCR, Dec. 16-29, 2016


In the News
June 22, 2017

Associate Patrice Harty was featured in the Journal-News following her retirement from Bishop Fenwick High School after 46 years. Read the article at http://www.journal-news.com/news/local/mccrabb-fenwick-losing-part-its-family-after-years/rdXHpHOzyOaWWcjgsRc7IP/