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March 12, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016
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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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.


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.

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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

December 25, 2016

Transformation Tuesday

The Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The breathtaking chapel of the Sisters of Charity has seen a few changes since its original dedication in 1901. READ MORE

God’s Best Gift

Every December brings a journey through time. There is the journey of mind and heart back to other Christmases, to loved faces and places, to shimmering trees and candlelight, to stockings hung and carols sung, to a family gathered around a holiday table. And there is the journey of the spirit back to Bethlehem to behold once more the miracle of God’s best Gift lying in a manger, a Gift still available, still important, to each of us today. Above the rush and bustle of our hectic activity His Star still shines. Take time to follow it. - Esther York Burkholder

Santo Niño Celebrates Las Posadas

Sisters of Charity at the U.S./Mexico border celebrated Las Posadas this past weekend with families at the Santo Niño Project in Anapra, Mexico. The tradition of Las Posadas was brought to Mexico in the 1500s by Catholic Missionaries, and commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a place for Jesus to be born. This Advent celebration – revolving around the concept of hospitality – occurs the nine days before Christmas.

Winter’s Beauty

The days of light shorten. The temperature grows colder. On this shortest day of the year we celebrate the gift of light. We express our gratitude for the sun and moon, light and darkness, stars and fire. We honor God’s faithfulness in spite of the darkness of our world.  We trust the dawn will come.

Christmas Blessing

Artwork by S. Augusta Zimmer, SC

With Christmas we celebrate the Life that is Light. May the Joy of this season live in us; so much so that we claim the unwanted, love the neediest and dare to hope in Emmanuel, ‘God with us’. God is in our midst, beside us and among us. God IS with us. We pray: Gracious God, we rejoice in your gift. As struggling believers, we give energy to the glad song of the angels. May the presence of Jesus in our lives offer us continued Joy and generosity. Amen.

December 18, 2016

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati
Annie Klapheke Professes First Vows

Annie Klapheke pronounced first vows during a ceremony December 10, 2016, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. READ MORE

Laughing All the Way…

Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall have been enjoying the songs of the season this past week. Musical accompaniment added joy to the occasion.

Celebrating the Season

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Sisters and employees gathered on Dec. 15 for the annual Christmas sing-a-long, coordinated by S. Cookie Crowley. The event is a time for the Motherhouse Sisters to thank the employees for the services they provide throughout the year.

A Joyful Delivery

Members of the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team visited sponsored ministry St. Joseph Home on December 7 to personally deliver their 2017 Christmas card to one special SJH resident. Tommy created the cover artwork for the card with the help of Anora Snyder. St. Joseph Home creates a home for non-ambulatory children and adults who have severe/profound developmental disabilities. Click here to view the artwork.

Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week Four

Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.

Ministry Monday

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

December 11, 2016

Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week Three

Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.

Intercommunity Novitiate Closes

Novices from five area religious congregations have completed their first semester of joint classes, held weekly at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity. Novices from the Congregation of Divine Providence, Marianists, Notre Dames, Sisters of Charity and Sisters of the Precious Blood participated.

December 4, 2016

Feast of the
Immaculate Conception

Hail Mary, full of Grace … For the December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception we celebrate the fact that Mary was equipped by God to oppose evil and to choose good. Like Mary we are to incarnate the love of God; we too are called to be holy, to do good and to celebrate the story of redemption. Mary accepted God’s ‘interruption’ in her life. Like Mary may we accept with gratitude and joy God’s invitation to bring his beloved Son into our Bethlehems and Nazareths.

We pray: Creating God, fill us with every grace and blessing. We rejoice in you, naming Mary as  ‘blessed among women.’ May we possess the faith and trust of your daughter Mary to say yes to your ‘interruptions’ in our lives, when you call us to make your presence real in our own time and place. May your will be done in us. Amen.

Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week Two

Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.

Cello Performers
Bring Holiday Cheer to Zoo

The Mount St. Joseph Talent Education Cello Choir – led by Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Alice Ann O’Neill – performed at the Cincinnati Zoo on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, during Mount St. Joseph University Alumni Night.

Holiday Hospitality

Sisters of Charity living at Mother Margaret Hall, the Motherhouse and in the city of Cincinnati were invited for gatherings in the home of Dr. H. James and Mrs. Carol Williams last week. Dr. Williams is the president of Mount St. Joseph University.

Girl Scouts Carol at Motherhouse

The third grade Brownie Troop at nearby St. Antoninus School visited the Sisters in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Dec. 2 to offer Christmas greetings and cheer.

MSJU Baseball Team
Decks the Halls

Members of Mount St. Joseph University’s baseball team joined the Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Friday, Dec. 2 to decorate the area for Christmas.

November 27, 2016

Looking Toward the Future with Cuba

S. Donna Steffen (right) with Fidel Castro at a State Banquet given in honor of the NGO conference in 1984. Sisters Donna and Louise Akers were present along with over 300 Central American and Caribbean women and 17 others from the U.S.

Upon the death of Fidel Castro this week at age 90 we are reminded of a feature article in the spring issue of Intercom 2015. It was then that President Barack Obama began opening relations with Cuba. To read excerpts from the Intercom feature, click here.

Throwback Thursday

A throwback to 1984 as Sisters (from left) Agnes Zita Wewe, Jerome Heiselmann and Jane Vogt prepare for the Mother Margaret Hall Christmas boutique. The annual event, sponsored by Mother Margaret Hall, was open to those living and working at the Motherhouse and to friends and family of the Sisters.

Exploring the
Environment Through Art

EarthConnection – a ministry of the Sisters of Charity devoted to learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth - recently offered “Eco-Art for Adults”. The program centered around artwork created by those concerned with the state of our environment. Eco-Art is designed to re-envision our relationship with nature and creatively proposes new ways for sustainability, healing and coexistence.

The Heartbeat of the SC Motherhouse:
The Drum Circle

Once a month, under the direction of S. Shirley Le Blanc, Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community gather together for companionship and community. For more than one year the Sisters of Charity Drum Circle has been making music using a variety of drum and percussion instruments. READ MORE

Comfort and Challenge:
Praying Advent Week One

Throughout the season of Advent, the Sisters of Charity invite you to join us as we offer video reflections, in the midst of your busy day, asking God’s comfort and challenge.

Mission Monday

S. Mary Barbara Philippart reflects on her many years of ministry in Peru, and the projects she initiated that still exist today. READ MORE

November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Why live our lives in Gratitude? Gratitude provides both energy and spaciousness in our lives. We can sense it welling up within us and feel the wonder of its flow. Gratitude creates inner spaciousness that encourages us to rest in the order of life – as it is. With Gratitude we attune to our own rhythm, helping us to find our place in relationships and in the situations of our lives. It is in the generosity of our experience that we, in turn, are supported to be generous, serving as co-creators with all of life.

Sisters of Charity to Install
Solar Panels on Property

This fall the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team announced steps taken toward solar energy on the Mount St. Joseph compound. The intent is to have 10 interfacing solar panels provide all the electricity needed for the six Sisters of Charity residences located on the corner of Bender Road and Delhi Pike. READ MORE

MSJU Presents
Elizabeth Seton Medal

Sung-Hae Kim, SC-Seton Hill, received the 21st annual St. Elizabeth Seton Medal from Mount St. Joseph University on Monday, Nov. 14. The honor is presented to an individual for their contributions to an area of theology.  Dr. Kim presented her lecture “Elizabeth Seton’s Ecological Spirituality and Her Vision of Ecological Community” at the ceremony; she serves as the general superior of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and a professor emerita at Sogang University.   

A Bond Between All

"Being at the Motherhouse seemed to be a coming home ..." Carol Dreyer Yeazell (pictured, left) is one of the more than 20 women who met as postulants 50 years ago and reunited in August 2016 for the golden jubilee celebration of Sisters Barbara Hagedorn (pictured, right), Mary Alice Haithcoat, Georgia Kitt and Patricia Wittberg. CLICK HERE

Moving On

Sisters Barb Davis (left) and Karen Elliott, Associate, reflect on their recent move from their friends and co-ministers in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, to their new home in Xenia. READ MORE 

November 13, 2016

Nuns Build 2016:
Women Religious Making a Difference!

Sisters from across the country, along with friends and family, are gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana, this week for the 11th annual Nuns Build. Sisters and Associates part of the SC Federation are staying at the House of Charity and taking part in the effort to rebuild homes for families still struggling 11 years after Hurricane Katrina. Among the volunteers is Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Pat Wittberg.

USCCB Approve
Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted unanimously to support the advancing of the cause of beatification and canonization of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Blandina Segale! Episcopal consultation is a step in the Catholic Church’s process toward declaring one a saint. To view the press release from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe CLICK HERE

Fall Luncheon a Success

Sisters, Associates and candidates joined together on Sunday, Nov. 13 for a fall soup luncheon. The annual event is hosted by the Cincinnati Associates and offers time for shared conversation and fellowship.

November 6, 2016

National Vocation Awareness Week

November 6-12 was National Vocation Awareness Week – an annual weeklong celebration to promote vocations to religious life and to offer prayers and support for those considering a religious vocation. All this week the Sisters of Charity have been posting videos from our newest members. Here’s S. Andrea Koverman expressing what she loves about religious life and what she would like people to know about religious life today. VIEW MORE

Veterans Day – November 11

Across our globe we, as Americans, have long stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity and it has often been our veterans who embody that spirit. Veterans and their families have proudly served and carried our legacy forward. May we, in turn, support and respect them for their service, expressing our gratitude in words and actions. May we give our energies to build a future that is less violent, stronger, safer and freer.

Veterans of our wars, and other lesser conflicts, have encountered violence in their service. We pray that they receive needed health and supportive services to lead a fulfilling life. May they know courage, respect and gratitude for their generous gift of service. We ask that God will protect all military men and women who are currently serving our country in conflicts throughout the world. May God’s gift of peace become a prevalent reality. Amen

November 1, 2016

Artistic Expressions:
S. Mary Frances Boyle (1934-)

In her retirement Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Mary Frances Boyle [lives] in the presence of God and express[es] through poetry and music the beauty and gratefulness she experiences. READ MORE

A Chapter Closes

On Thursday, Nov. 3, SC president, S. Joan Elizabeth Cook, assisted with the official steam shut-off of the pipes between Mount St. Joseph and Bayley, an SC sponsored ministry. For the last 26  years Bayley – following a planned timeline – has gradually assumed self-reliance from the Sisters of Charity. This decentralization of HVAC helps Bayley save money by using new energy-efficient HVAC equipment, and eliminating  the steam pipe loss that occurred by piping steam under Bender Road.  On the Motherhouse side, the Sisters of Charity are now able to lower steam pressure and operate only two boilers, also saving money.

Collaborating for the Future

Representatives from Sisters of Charity congregations and from their sponsored colleges and universities met Oct. 27-30 at the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (Kansas) motherhouse to plan a joint Charity Formation Program for faculty and staffs. Those in attendance included Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth/University of St. Mary, Sisters of Charity of New York/Mount St. Vincent College, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill/Seton Hill University, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth/Spalding University, St. Elizabeth College (New Jersey), S. Judith Metz from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, John Trokan, chair of Religious Studies from Mount St. Joseph University, Rob Judge from the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Scott Kelly from DePaul University. After sharing what each institution was currently doing, the group developed a preliminary outline for a four-session program to which representatives of each college/university will be invited. It is the hope that this will become an ongoing experience that can be offered as a way to continue the mission and charism of charity as these schools move into the future with fewer Sisters of Charity present on their campuses.  

All Souls Day–November 2

Generous God, our birth is the fruit of your love; our redemption, the fruit of your mercy. May we remember your goodness as we cherish the lifetime you have given us. Let us make each moment a preparation for our last. Amen.

All Saints Day–November 1

Artwork by Bro. Mickey O'Neill McGrath, OSFS

Faithful God, the saints heard your creative voice in the depths of their hearts. May we learn to silence the distractions in our lives and complete the work that you have begun in us. We count on your grace to embrace our call with generosity and perseverance. Let the hope that your saints give us nourish our longing to love and serve you more.

Halloween Carnival
at Mother Margaret Hall

On Saturday, Oct. 29 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati employees were invited to bring their little ghosts, goblins and fairies to Mother Margaret Hall for a Halloween carnival. Games, crafts and refreshments were included in this afternoon of fun for both Sisters, employees and their families.

Mercy Monday

Through her years of service in education, and now in her volunteer ministry to the elderly parishioners at St. Martha as well as local nursing facilities in Okemos, Michigan, S. Pat Newhouse is a shining example of God’s merciful love.

October 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday

In the fall of 1973 Blasa Rivera, Jean Rancoilta and Flo Carris made their commitments in Colorado as the first Auxiliary members of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Now known as Associates, the Sister/Associate relationship was established so that lay individuals could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Sisters of Charity
Host All Boards Retreat

More than 100 members of the boards of Sisters of Charity sponsored ministries and the SC Ministry Foundation gathered at the Motherhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 26, along with SC leadership and sponsored ministry CEOs and presidents, for the biannual dinner and retreat. This year’s theme was “Carrying Forward the Mission: Co-Creators of a New World Order.” The guest speaker was Allen Sanchez, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and petitioner of the cause of sainthood for S. Blandina Segale. He spoke about Mission, the values for Mission, and how all Sponsored Ministry Mission Statements need to include and embody the SC Mission. 

Region 6 Meets at Motherhouse

Members of LCWR’s Region 6 gathered Oct. 23-24 at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse for their fall meeting. S. Sharon Euart, RSM, presented during the gathering on “Ministerial Public Juridic Person: What is it? What are its implications?”

United Nations Day

Oct. 24, is celebrated as United Nations Day, a day devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. This year's UN Day is being used to highlight concrete actions people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. More information can be found at www.un.org/en/events/unday/posters.shtml

Mother Margaret Hall
Art Show on Display

The fifth annual Mother Margaret Hall Art Show, sharing the work of both Sisters and employees, was exhibited on Wednesday, Oct. 19  in the Mother Margaret Hall Community Room. Artwork included water color, photography, oil paintings and various other mediums. 

October 16, 2016

SCMF Presents Year in Review

Sisters gathered in the Cedars Auditorium on Oct. 18 to hear a review of SC Ministry Foundation’s activities over the past year. S. Sally Duffy, and staff members used a Powerpoint to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and the highlights of the Foundation’s grant-making, capacity building and collaborative initiatives.

Archdiocese Celebrates Jubilarians

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recognized sisters, brothers and priests who celebrated jubilees in 2016 with a Mass on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Mount Notre Dame. A number of Sisters of Charity were in attendance for the celebration, including readers Sisters Barbara Hagedorn (50 years) and Esther Marie Humbert (60 years).

Michigan Small Group Gathers

The Michigan small group of Sisters Mary Glockner, Maureen Donovan, Karen Hawver, Marie Pauline Skalski, Patricia Wlock, Noreen Ellison, Julie Gatza, Anita Parks, Pat Newhouse and Associate Jamie Kelly gathered for discussion on “In Service of Life” last weekend in Bay City. The sharing is a follow-up to the SC Chapter Directions.

Supporting Others

S. Sarah Mulligan and the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, are helping the Oblate Sisters of the Holy Redeemer as they minister to women as prostitutes in Guatemala’s red-light district. READ MORE

October 9, 2016

S. Mary Alice Haithcoat honored

St. Mary’s Church in Piqua, Ohio, celebrated the golden jubilee of S. Mary Alice Haithcoat (front row, center) on Sunday, Oct. 9 with Mass and a dinner and reception. S. Mary Alice has served at Piqua Catholic School for 23 years as both a teacher and principal; the school is sponsored by both Piqua parishes: St. Mary and St. Boniface. To learn more about S. Mary Alice’s 50 years as a Sister of Charity CLICK HERE.

Convergence at the Border

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati joined others this weekend for the Convergence at the Border with Giving Voice. One of the evenings was spent outside of Eloy Detention Center in Arizona where 1,800 immigrants are currently held. They sang, chanted and prayed for justice, ending the evening saying with one voice: "You are not alone! We love you!" In Nogales, Mexico, the group went to a rally at the border, and held an afternoon “Encuentro de Hermanas” where they gathered in a soup kitchen for migrants and shared and discerned how as women religious they can continue to help in the struggle for comprehensive immigration reform. It was a beautiful weekend spent standing in solidarity, community and prayer for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.

Sisters Call for Prayer and Fasting

Join us the second Tuesday of each month in prayer/fasting for our country in preparation for the coming presidential election. READ MORE

Mercy Monday

S. Dorothy William Englert volunteers at Corryville Catholic Elementary School and Holy Family Catholic School, both in Cincinnati, tutoring students who come from inner-city, often low-income backgrounds, many of them second generational immigrants.

October 2, 2016

Standing in Solidarity

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati support the U.S./Mexico Border Convergence witness occurring Oct. 7-10 in Arizona and Mexico encouraging compassionate national conversations and effective political action on the topic of immigration and much needed reform that protects human dignity and family unification.

Someone Beautiful for God

S. Ramona Chisholm with the framed letter
she received from Mother Teresa in 1991.

The excitement of Mother Teresa’s canonization on Sept. 4 prompted a few Sisters of Charity to take a look back at their experiences with the Church’s newest saint. READ MORE

Seton Hill SCs Visit Motherhouse

The Final Vow Sisters of the Korean Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill made their annual visit to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse this week. The Seton Hill Sisters were formed from the Cincinnati Congregation in 1870 at the request of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, to serve his diocese. The Sisters enjoyed learning more about the SC Community and history on Thursday, Sept. 28 with S. Judith Metz. With the visit past friendships were renewed and new ones made.

Welcome Fall

Photo by S. Jeannette Cochran, SC

Dance with delight, O flame of autumn fire,
As the earth, spinning and leaning away from the sun,
Begins to cool from the summer heat,...
And speak to me of the promise
Hidden in this season of autumn.
For spring is seeded in this season of completion,
Just as the giant oak exists within the acorn.

Autumn fire, orange and yellow sacrament of the sun,
Light up the darkness with your danc ing.
Great is God, whose heart is the shrine,
Greater still is your unceasing love for me.
May my love enflame my every work of thanksgiving
To reflect the golden beauty of autumn.

- Autumn Equinox Fire Prayer, Edward Hayes


September 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday

In September 1969 S. Ruth Jonas arrived in Upper Volta (formerly French West Africa) to begin a two-year study of the Mosi people. Her project, backed by the U.S. Office of Education, was referred to as “the twinned classroom approach.” In the ensuing 15 years, eight more Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati would do missionary work in one or more African countries.

DPCR Celebrates Founders Day

Board members and invited guests celebrated Founders Day with students, faculty and staff at DePaul Cristo Rey High School on Friday, Sept. 23. The school – the newest sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity – is named after St. Vincent de Paul whose Feast Day was Sept. 27.

New Dining Room Named, Dedicated

The Sisters of Charity dedicated the new, small dining room in the Motherhouse with a lunch honoring the former Vincentian Sisters of Charity on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The dining room is furnished with pieces from Villa San Bernardo, the former home of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity in Bedford, Ohio, who merged with the Sisters of Charity in 2004. The room has been named the Bedford Room, and will serve as a loving remembrance of a piece of the former VSCs’ lives.

Feast of St. Vincent DePaul
Sept. 27, 2016

Artwork by Bro. Mickey O'Neill McGrath, OSFS

“Called to bear the love of God … this divine fire … everywhere.”
We need, more than ever, the living example of St. Vincent de Paul who responded with compassion to the hungry and homeless, neglected children, elderly women and men, sick person without health care, refugees from warfare, those without hope. In these persons, Vincent saw individuals loved by God, created in God’s image and worthy of dignity and value. Vincent turned his frustration into a faith-filled desire to improve their lives.

We pray: Creating God, give us the same courage and strength to change violence into love. Grant us a tender heart filled with compassion for the distress and suffering of others, especially the most vulnerable in our world. Be with us in our service so that we become impassioned by God’s Gospel of love and mercy. Amen. Adapted from a prayer of the Sisters of Charity, St. John New Brunswick, Canada

Open House a Success

More than 200 guests visited the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Sunday, Sept. 25 as part of Delhi Pike’s Peek Open House. Guided tours and engaging conversations resulted during the three-hour event to celebrate the history and the milestones that make Delhi unique.

Fall Congregational Days Conclude

Fall Congregational meetings concluded on Sept. 24 with an interactive exchange between Sisters and Associates in Cincinnati, Gainesville, Florida, and Pueblo, Colorado. The meetings – which were held throughout the month - allow Sisters and Associates to come together to share and listen as reports and updates are offered by Leadership and membership.

September 18, 2016

Chillin’ and Grillin’

Student leaders from Mount St. Joseph University joined Sisters for a picnic and conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Regina Hall. The annual Chillin’ and Grillin’ event is an opportunity for MSJU students and campus ministry to meet and learn more about the Sisters of Charity and their ministries.

Justice for Immigrants

Sisters of Charity joined together with people of faith, community members, friends and neighbors to call for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform on Sept. 18. S. Juana Mendez had a prominent role in the Journeying Together Immigration Rally /Juntos Caminando Marcha in Newport, Kentucky.

September 11, 2016

Celebrating Elizabeth Seton

The Sisters of Charity joined Seton High School faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton. Seton High School is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity. 

Nuns on the Bus Cincinnati Gathers

A number of Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates gathered at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Sept. 13 to witness to the importance of protecting the right to vote. In response to a call from Nuns on the Bus Cincinnati the group gathered to ask the Board to suspend the purge of voter registration rolls in Ohio. The state is eliminating Ohioans who haven't voted in six years.

Fall Congregational Days Continue

Fall Congregational meetings continue to take place throughout the month of September. New this year is an interactive exchange across geographic locations. While being physically present in one of five locations (Bay City, Michigan, Bedford, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Pueblo, Colorado, and Gainesville, Florida) Sisters and Associates will be “virtually” present to those attending at the other sites scheduled for that day. The new technological opportunity is meant to help nurture relationships, facilitate conversation across geographic regions and deepen commitment to the Chapter direction. Congregational Days allow Sisters and Associates to come together to share and listen as reports and updates are offered by Leadership and membership.

Intercommunity Novitiate Opens

The Intercommunity Novitiate Program began gathering at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Monday, Sept. 12. This year religious congregations participating in the program are: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati; Sisters of Notre Dame of Covington, Kentucky; Sisters of the Precious Blood, Dayton, Ohio; the Society of Mary (Marianists), Dayton, Ohio; and the Congregation of Divine Providence, Covington, Kentucky (not pictured). The weekly meetings will take place at the Motherhouse through December.

Remembering September 11

This Sunday, ‘Nine – Eleven’, we remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. After 15 years we can still recall the shock and grief we felt, the bravery of the emergency services personnel who risked their own lives, the helplessness of those 2,977 victims, and the amazing, supportive international response. On this Sunday, Sept. 11, we join our fellow Americans in marking a ‘Moment of Silence’ in remembrance at 8:46 a.m. We pray: Creating God, help us to learn that evil does not triumph when such atrocities occur, when persons rights are violated, and when hate is given power. Instill in each of us a circle of compassion and we will find peace. Amen.

September 4, 2016

House of Charity Hosts
Come and Serve Weekend

Sisters from the SC Federation hosted volunteers Sept. 2-5 at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a Come and Serve weekend. Participants had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Sisters to help those in Baton Rouge following the devastating floods. They also found time for prayer, reflection and fellowship.

Celebrating Mary’s Birth -
September 8

Artwork by Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Mary has numerous feast days in September. Today, Sept. 8, is especially meaningful to many Sisters of Charity since they entered the Community on this date. Happy Anniversary, Sisters! Happy Birthday, Mary! Found only in apocryphal text, Mary’s birthday is recorded as ‘the miraculous matrix from which Salvation flows – ever old, ever new … each year.’ We pray: Blessed are you, holy Mary, deserving of all praise; from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God. We celebrate you with gratitude. Amen. Adapted from work of Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Community Celebrates
Diamond Jubilarians

Congratulations to Sisters Jeannette Cochran, Barbara Counts, Dorothy William Englert, Rita Hawk, Patricia Hill, Nancy Hoffman, Esther Marie Humbert, Margaret Mach, Patricia McQuinn, Patrick O’Connor, Sarah Mulligan and Mary Dolores Schneider on the occasion of their Diamond Jubilee. The Sisters of Charity community, friends and family joined together to Sunday, Sept. 4 to celebrate the women and their commitment to the SC Community 60 years ago.

Celebrating the
Canonization of Mother Teresa

On Sept. 4, 2016, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa as a saint of the Catholic Church. She is most remembered for her selfless charity, ministering amongst the poorest of the poor, and inspiring kindness and compassion. In this Year of Mercy, we remember Mother Teresa as an example of God’s mercy in today’s world.

9 Treasures of the McCann Room

Used today as a permanent display room for the Sisters of Charity Archives department, the Motherhouse’s McCann Room has become a place to exhibit some of the wonderful treasures former archivist S. Mary Agnes McCann had worked to save over the years. READ MORE

August 25, 2016

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Congratulations to Sisters Barbara Hagedorn, Mary Alice Haithcoat, Georgia Kitt and Patricia Wittberg on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee. The Sisters of Charity community, friends and family joined together to Sunday, Aug. 28 to celebrate the four women and their commitment to the SC Community 50 years ago.

S. Kathryn Ann Connelly Honored

Congratulations to Sister of Charity Kathryn Ann Connelly (left), who was one of four individuals honored as a Pro Seniors’ “Senior Who Rocks”.  Honorees are named for their continued active and vibrant additions to the community. S. Kathryn Ann was the first female superintendent of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; today she is actively involved in Education Matters and Community Matters in Lower Price Hill.

We Wish You a Happy Birthday

Aug. 28 was Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday; she was born in 1774 in New York, New York. In those pioneer days of the Church in America she felt the early stirrings of its promise and believed it had a future. Elizabeth, woman of Faith, aid us in these times of uncertainty. Elizabeth, woman of Love, remove from us any division or indifference. Elizabeth, woman of Hope, share with us your unconquerable optimism in the work we are called to do. May your life speak to us of the courage needed for the days ahead. Amen.

August 21, 2016

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Welcome Novice Romina Sapinoso

Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Romina Sapinoso into the Canonical Novitiate during a ceremony Aug. 20 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The purpose of the one-year Canonical Novitiate is to enable Romina to learn more about religious life, to deepen her connection to the Congregation’s roots and history, and to develop an integrated apostolic spirituality. READ MORE

Celebrating Our Jubilarians

Meet S. Rita Hawk. S. Rita is one of 12 Sisters of Charity celebrating their Diamond Jubilee with the SC Community on Sunday, Sept. 4. To read more about Sister’s 60 years in religious life CLICK HERE

Summer Beauty Abounds

Wendell Barry cautions us : “Summer ends, and it is time to face another way.” Before this happens enjoy some of the beauty that summer provides around the Motherhouse campus.

Learning, Connecting Continues

DePaul Cristo Rey High School Seton High School

It is that time of year when we have memories of returning, reconnecting and remembering. It’s the back to school ‘daze.’ Getting back in the routine we soon find the ‘daze’ will connect us with the real joy of learning. We wish students, teachers, parents and staff a very happy new school year!

Production Crew Visits Motherhouse

The Sisters of Charity welcomed Tomas Sanchez and crew to the Motherhouse on Monday, Aug. 22. Mr. Sanchez is director and co-producer of the television series “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” to be based on S. Blandina Segale’s life. The group is at the Motherhouse this week to learn more about the life of S. Blandina. Principal filming is set to begin in October in New Mexico.

August 14, 2016

Cincinnati Nun's
Struggle for Sainthood

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently featured S. Blandina Segale, her cause for sainthood and the production of a television series based on Sister’s life. READ IT HERE

Mother Margaret Hall
Celebrates Life Commitments

On Monday, Aug. 15 Mother Margaret Hall celebrated the Sisters’ vow day and their life commitments with a Jubilee Luncheon. In past years, most Sisters of Charity made their vows on Aug. 15 each  year. The special date is now commemorated with Mass and a meal for all.

Cincinnati Associates Host Picnic

Cincinnati Associates and candidates hosted the annual summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 14 in Regina Hall. The gathering began with prayer followed by lunch and fellowship.

SCs Attend LCWR Assembly 2016

Sisters of Charity Marge Kloos, Louise Lears, Joan Cook, Mary Bookser and Mary Caroline Marchal were among the 800 persons gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 9-16 for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious annual assembly. This year’s theme was Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation. “Designed to help members view the changes occurring in religious life – with all of their pain and challenge – as significant opportunities for growth, the assembly offered ideas and insights on how to embrace the invitation to transformation.”

Needs Are Great

We ask your special prayers for those in Louisiana victimized by the deadly, historic flooding in the Baton Rouge area - and the rains continue! Persons living in the neighborhood of the SC Federation's House of Charity in New Orleans filled a truck with supplies over the weekend to assist those misplaced from the flood waters. Currently the Coast Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities are on the scene. FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO DONATE

Mary’s Victory, Our Victory

"Queen of Heaven, Mother of Earth"
by Brother Mickey McGrath

Monday, Aug. 14 we celebrated the Feast of Mary’s Assumption. It is about her victory, a victory she shares with us. Let us go to her!  She can assist us in situations where we may have become estranged or separated; this could be by misunderstanding, our own indifference or even neglect. As we understand the meaning of this feast Mary can save us from separation and alienation; she can give us the confidence we need to reach out.

Mary, we celebrate you. Deepen in us the awareness that nothing can come between us and God – not distance, not alienation, not death. We share in your victory. We live into your promise and possibility, leaving indifference behind.  Increase our confidence. Journey with us. Amen.

August 7, 2016

1966 Lehman Catholic Grad
and Sister of Charity Honored

Mirsberger family members and Sister of Charity friends as well as friends of Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney, Ohio, came together on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, to honor the 2016 inductees to the Sidney Lehman Alumni Hall of Fame. The ceremony honored five individuals, including Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Patricia ‘Trish’ Mirsberger, who was a 1966 graduate of Holy Angels (now Lehman Catholic High); Sister Trish died in 2007. This year marks Sister Trish’s 50th anniversary of high school graduation and 50 years since entering the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Sister Trish was nominated for the Hall of Fame by her sister, Ginny Mertz, and her high school classmates Elizabeth Kohlhorst Edwards and Jeanne Gaier Schlagetter.  The Hall of Fame Committee has sought to honor not only alumni but outstanding faculty and supporters of Lehman Catholic; the evening began with Mass in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel on campus. Sister Trish served as Congregational Secretary for the Sisters of Charity in addition to ministering at Marian High School, Cincinnati, and serving as executive secretary to the vice president/treasurer of Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. She was serving on the Board of Limited Jurisdiction for Lehman Catholic High School at the time of her death.

Summer Writing Opportunity

The 11th Annual Summer Employment Program Celebration Luncheon was held Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the Fifth Third Dining Hall, Mount St. Joseph University. Of the 78 students who worked in 33 nonprofit agencies and organizations, Junior Carolyn Kesterman was employed in the Sister of Charity Communication Office on the Motherhouse Campus. Carolyn is pictured above with Sister Georgia Kitt, director and Michelle Bley, graphic designer. This program is made possible through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation.

Sisters’ Service
Honored and Remembered

Sister of Charity community historian Sister Judith Metz and Sister Victoria Marie Forde attended the dedication ceremony, unveiling the New Madison Female Institute interpretive marker in Madison County, Kentucky on Sunday, Aug. 7. The marker was placed at the site of where the original Madison Female Institute building stood. The is the place where our Sister of Charity Civil War nurses treated the injured soldiers, during an 8 month period, prior to forming an ambulance train to transport the wounded to Cincinnati for further treatment. The ceremony was coordinated by Phillip Seyfrit, Mason County historical properties director.

Mercy Monday

Twenty-seven years ago, S. Carol Ann Brockmeyer started Vine Street Neighborhood Service Center, a center devoted to bettering the quality of life for area residents by assisting them in meeting the basic needs of daily living. Today, S. Carol Ann continues that compassion and generous spirit; daily she picks up donations at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse and from various organizations and individuals and delivers them to the center where they are given away to the poor.

August 1, 2016

Pray for the
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, has been chosen by the Sisters of Charity as a day of prayer for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Let us ask St. Augustine, a bishop of North Africa, to give peace to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”

In September 2010, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates committed themselves to be informed about the human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, calling on the government to do everything in its power to end the violent conflicts there. LEARN MORE

National Coloring Book Day

August 2 is National Coloring Book Day, a day to celebrate the relaxing and creative pastime of coloring that has grown in popularity with adults over the past few years. Get out your crayons, markers, and colored pencils, because no one is too old to celebrate! In honor of the day, enjoy a coloring page of the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse or chapel from us!

July 24, 2016

Sharing the Freshness of the Earth

On a recent visit to the EarthConnection Garden, we were able to capture volunteers harvesting a variety of vegetables to share with the visitors to the Good Samaritan Free Health Center in Price Hill. The vegetables harvested include squash, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, and green beans, all of which have appropriate recipes provided by the Center’s nutritionist, S. Annie Klapheke. Every week, head gardener S. Winnie Brubach and her volunteers prepare baskets of harvested produce to deliver to the Center, which welcomes all donations with open arms.

Sisters Enjoy Mexican Fiesta

Friday night fun in Mother Margaret Hall! Sisters enjoy a Mexican fiesta and dinner Friday, July 22 on the second floor of MMH.

July 17, 2016

Reunion Weekend
for Babylift Adoptees

A small group of adoptees of the Vietnam Operation Babylift gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in July. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Kateri Maureen Koverman brought the group together; Sister coordinated the evacuation of the Vietnamese children through Catholic Relief Services in 1975.

Cleveland Comes Together
in Love and Peace

Sisters Margaret Mach, Mary Ann Flannery, Louise Lears, Andrea Koverman and Annie Klapheke joined hands with more than 2,000 others during Cleveland’s Circle the City with Love event on Sunday, July 17. Shoulder-to-shoulder, hand-in-hand, participants lined both sides of the Hope Memorial Bridge in silent reflection rooted in love. That evening, Sisters Anita Maroun and Mary Ann Flannery attended the Nuns on the Bus political caucus. They joined in discussion on topics such as Tax Justice, Living Wages, Family-Friendly Workplaces, Access to Democracy, Access to Healthcare, Access to Citizenship, and Access to Housing. Each group submitted their most salient points on the subject and S. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and leader of Nuns on the Bus, recorded each point submitted and lobbied for to the Republican legislators at the Republication National Convention on Monday. 

On Saturday, July 9 more than 1,000 people marched through downtown Cleveland calling for immigration reform in the Walk for Justice. The walk was sponsored by faith groups, ecumenical and Catholic parishes as well as religious congregations of Greater Cleveland including our own SC Congregation and SC Ministry Foundation. Participants marched, sang, carried banners and offered specific prayers at each of the five stops. These included prayers for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform, family reunification, justice in the workplace, civil discourse and due process with a path to citizenship. S. Margaret Mach and many other women religious participated, seeing in this action a fitting expression of deep respect for every human person; especially true in light of all that has transpired in our country in the past weeks.

Governor Kasich Signs Bills
at St. Joseph Home

On July 14, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed two bills at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville to strengthen Ohio's developmental disabilities system. Media, residents of St. Joseph Home and guests watched as Gov. Kasich signed House Bill 483, which is aimed to allow more direct nursing from health care staff among other provisions, and House Bill 158, which replaces all phrasing of “mental retardation” in the Ohio Revised Code with “intellectual disability.” St. Joseph Home is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

S. Blandina’s Life
to Inspire Television Series

Exciting news regarding Servant of God S. Blandina Segale. The life of the Sister of Charity of Cincinnati will soon be the basis for a television series. To be called “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail”, the series will be a fictional account based on S. Blandina’s life and will largely rely on material from her 1932 book of the same name.

Called By Name

St. Mary Magdalene At The Tomb artwork
by Br Mickey McGrath, OSFS

On July 22 we honor the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. We too have been called by name, in the deepest places of our hearts. To St. Mary Magdalene it was given to see Jesus newly alive in the garden where he had been buried, alive in a way she could not recognize until he called her by name. We too await Jesus to come – as healer, friend, companion, God with us. May we recognize him when he comes. Risen One, continue to call us by name; fill us with the knowledge of your love. May we proclaim you in word and deed, bringing forgiveness and harmony where there is injury, division and disunity. Amen.

July 10, 2016

Thank You, S. Judith Metz

Members and friends of the Sisters of Charity Community came together on June 30 to say thank you to S. Judith Metz. S. Judy retired in June after 40 years of service in the SC Archives. She will continue as the Community historian, giving her more time for research and writing. Thank you, S. Judy, we are blessed with your service.

Remembering St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Photo by Dieterkaupp, statue of Keteri Tekakwitha,
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM

July 14 is the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. A convert to Catholicism, the Mohawk-Algonquin saint was instructed in the faith by Jesuit missionaries. Being inflicted with near blindness, we might turn to her to see where the Holy Spirit is desiring to lead us as individuals and as a nation in these days of extreme unrest. In company with St. Kateri we ask: Draw us closer to you, O God, creator of every nation, tribe and tongue. We trust in you. Amen.

SCs Celebrate S. Marie Flowers Final Vows

(From left) S. Tracy Kemme, S. Andrea Koverman, S. Annie Klapheke, Whitney Schieltz, Affiliate, and S. Alice Ann O'Neill attended the final vows ceremony of S. Marie Flowers, Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, on June 11. Sisters of both congregations are members of the SC Federation. Congratulations, S. Marie!

Mercy Monday

S. Ginny Scherer is a teacher, chair of the science department and senior class advisor
at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio.

"God fills us with his mercies which are new every morning."
- St. Elizabeth Seton

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Celebrate Three Centenarians 


For the first time in the Community’s 164-year history the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are celebrating the lives of three centenarians: Sisters Miriam Thomas Busch, Annina Morgan and Eileen Therese Breslin. LEARN MORE

July 3, 2016

Mercy Monday

Beloved by the Mount St. Joseph University community, S. Maria Corona Molloy was the school’s first official president. Sister’s sense of charity and mercy extended well beyond her students to those outside the college. READ MORE

June 26, 2016

Mission Walk a Success

Friends of the Community came together on Saturday, June 18 to support S. Sarah Mulligan and the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic. The annual Mission Walk at Winton Woods Park supports the health and education programs provided by the clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, where S. Sarah lives and ministers.

Seton Heritage Ministries
Gifts Federation Leaders

Seton Heritage Ministries gifted each of the congregations of the Sisters of Charity Federation with a replica of the key presented by President Barack Obama to Pope Francis during the pope’s visit to the White House on Sept. 23, 2015. The original key is from Mother Seton’s home in Emmitsburg, Maryland; the gift celebrated Elizabeth Seton’s - and the pope’s - dedication to opening doors for those who are poor, sick and underserved.

National Shrine Opens New Exhibit

The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Emmitsburg, Maryland) opened a new exhibit in June. “Sisters Today – A World of Difference” showcases the work that Sisters are doing today across the country and the world. Included in the exhibit is a display of hats that represents the various roles Sisters take on. S. Pat Newhouse’s “Cat in the Hat” hat is featured through her ministry at schools and hospitals in towns around her Michigan home. LEARN MORE

Mayor Proclaims
SC Ministry Foundation Day

The Sisters of Charity celebrated the 20th anniversary of SC Ministry Foundation – the public grant-making organization promoting the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati - on June 23 with a special visit from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. The mayor presented a proclamation to the SCs calling June 23, 2016 SC Ministry Foundation Day. For two decades SC Ministry Foundation has supported nearly 1,000 nonprofits locally, nationally and internationally. More than $158 million in grants for nonprofits has supported services that promote social justice, address the root causes of poverty, and advocate for better lives for all people through improvements in education, income, and health, while minimizing inequity and racism.

Mount St. Joseph University
Displays Heritage Wall

Sisters of Charity were invited to Mount St. Joseph University last week to view a new display next to Mater Dei Chapel. The Heritage Wall honors the history of St. Elizabeth Seton, the Sisters of Charity and the history of the "College of Mount St. Joseph" to where it is today as a university. The Heritage Wall was a project that S. Nancy Bramlage secured funding to create with the help of many people including graphic designer Tricia Johnson.

Unlocking the Secrets of Regina Hall

Regina Hall is the oldest building on the Mount St. Joseph property, built in the 1880s.

Located on the Motherhouse property stands a gray limestone building with a cottage-like design. Known as Regina Hall, the building has a history as eclectic and intriguing as the people who have spent time there. READ MORE

In the News
March16, 2017

The Feb. 25-March 10 issue of The Denver Catholic featured an article on the retirement of S. Jackie Leech; S. Jackie was the chaplain at The Gardens of St. Elizabeth in Denver, Colorado, for 21 years.


To S. Sally Duffy who was recognized on Thursday, Feb. 2 during the Bishop Watterson High School (Columbus, Ohio) girls basketball game. 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 is now on display in the school’s trophy case.