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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
April 27, 2017

The April 13 issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer featured an article on the filming of the pilot for the television series “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail,” based on the life of S. Blandina Segale.