Year of Consecrated Life
November 30, 2014 - Feb. 2, 2016
Jan. 31, 2016: Archbishop Schnurr will preside at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati closing Mass at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.
Feb. 2, 2016: Closing Mass with Pope Francis on World Day of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has declared Nov. 30, 2014, through Feb. 2, 2016, the Year of Consecrated Life. The purpose of the yearlong celebration, according to a Vatican statement, is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”
Pope Francis has asked the Church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to “wake up the world” with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope. We, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, with the Archdiocese and Church plan to devote this year to the renewal of religious life, the celebration of the witness of members of religious orders and to inviting young people to consider a religious vocation. And, we ask others to join us as we Wake Up The World!
Plans throughout the year will include “Days with Religious,” a series of initiatives and resources to help people learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service, and community life with those living a consecrated life.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious:
National Catholic Sisters Week:
National Religious Vocations Conference:
SC Federation Future of Charity Blog
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
VISION Vocation Network
Sisters of Charity
Host Day of Prayer
Friends of the Community joined Sisters on Sunday, Sept. 13 for a Day of Prayer. The prayer day began with a celebratory Mass at 9:30 a.m.; afternoon experiences began at 1 p.m. and included a dramatic presentation of Elizabeth Seton by Susan Haumesser, the Rosary, prayerful song, the music of the harp, Taize Prayer, and Lectio Divina. In additional a display celebrating Sisters of Charity founder Elizabeth Seton (on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of her canonization) was exhibited. The Prayer Day was part of a year-long celebration for the “Year of Consecrated Life,” as declared by Pope Francis.
Embracing the Spirit
Elizabeth Riedel (front row, left) was one of the volunteers at
Community Matters during the SC-sponsored Day of Mission and Service on June 13.
McAuley High School sophomore Elizabeth Riedel had the opportunity to volunteer at Community Matters in Lower Price Hill (Cincinnati) during the Sisters of Charity Day of Mission and Service on June 13. To read more about the experience …
‘Waking Up the World’
Sisters Winnie Brubach and Caroljean Willie discuss the Days of Mission and Service held at EarthConnection in June. To read more …
Kathy Kelly and her daughter Maggie volunteered during one of the Sisters of Charity Days of Mission and Service in June. Kathy and Maggie helped make cards for trafficking victims and women and children in detention centers.
Kathy Kelly and her daughter Maggie took part in one of the many service opportunities available during the SC Community’s Days of Mission and Service in June. To read more …
Days of Mission and Service Conclude
Our Days of Mission and Service for the Year of Consecrated Life concluded on Friday, June 19. Close to 50 volunteers joined the Sisters and offered their time and talents to projects at the following locations: St. William School, EarthConnection, Resurrection School, Working In Neighborhoods and the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. The service days were part of a year-long celebration for the “Year of Consecrated Life,” as declared by Pope Francis. They offered families and adults the opportunity to learn more about religious life today and develop new and lasting relationships.
Day of Mission and Service
The first Day of Mission and Service with the Sisters of Charity took place on Saturday, June 13. Volunteers worked alongside our Sisters at the following locations: EarthConnection, Community Matters/Education Matters, the Price Hill Pacer and the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. It was an opportunity for friendship and to come together in common service!
USCCB Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life
O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Who are the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati?
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, an apostolic Catholic community of women religious, exist to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through prayer and service in the world.
Our Mission Statement:
Urged by the love of Christ,
and in the spirit of our founder,
Elizabeth Ann Seton,
we Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
strive to live Gospel values.
We choose to act justly, to build loving relationships,
to share our resources with those in need,
and to care for all creation.
Our past – furthering the legacy of Saint Elizabeth Seton
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati originated in Emmitsburg, Md., where Elizabeth Seton founded the first community of women religious native to the United States in July 1809. These women devoted themselves to the education of children, care of orphans, the poor and the sick.
Shortly after its foundation the community began receiving requests from bishops around the country for Sisters to serve in their dioceses. Such a request resulted in four Sisters of Charity arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, in October 1829 to open St. Peter’s school and orphanage for girls. This foundation was the first permanent establishment of a women’s religious community in the Diocese of Cincinnati.
Eventually the Sisters in Cincinnati learned that their superiors in Emmitsburg had arranged to affiliate their community with the French Daughters of Charity. Seven Sisters, under the leadership of the local superior, S. Margaret George, refused to participate in this change since they felt that it violated Elizabeth Seton’s vision for the community. With the encouragement and assistance of Archbishop John Purcell, they formed the diocesan community of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on March 25, 1852.
Since, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have played a significant role in our country’s history, and throughout the world. We served as Civil War nurses, started hospitals and schools and served as their administrators and presidents; we were brilliant business women, deans of colleges, artists, innovators and pioneers. The list goes on and on.
Read more about our SC women in history:
Sisters of Charity Today
In Elizabeth’s spirit, the Sisters of Charity serve in 29 US dioceses (15 states) and three foreign countries. Ministries include education, health care, retreat work, parish, social work, ministry of prayer and congregational service.
As the first woman director of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, Ohio, S. Mary Ann Flannery (right) offers retreats and personal spiritual direction.
Sisters Attend Opening Mass
A group of Sisters of Charity attended the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life on Sunday, Nov. 30. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer presided over the Mass at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. SCs attending were (from left) S. Rose Martin Morand, Cory Canon, SC-Seton Hill, Tery Dery, Frances Maureen Trampiets, Louise Zaplitny, Mary Alice Stein and Lois Jean Goettke.