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Feature Articles

Continuing to Serve – S. Nancy Bramlage
By AJ Keith, Communications intern

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In retirement, S. Nancy Bramlage (left) has participated in the Nuns on the Bus effort to address social justice issues in America.

The mission of the Sisters of Charity surpasses the barriers of language to provide a better world in the love and care of God. One of the Sisters who realizes this vision is S. Nancy Bramlage, who has spent her retirement ministering in the realm of social justice. Since 2015, Sister has involved herself in giving a voice to those who are voiceless and seeks to find a society that speaks the universal language of peace.

Prior to her retirement, Sister served many active years as the campus minister and director of the Center for Social Concern at the University of Dayton and as director of mission and ministry of Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. During this time, she instilled in young persons a desire to seek justice in their communities. S. Nancy now continues in this spirit in her retirement with Nuns on the Bus. This effort serves to prophetically speak for justice and advocate for federal policies. They have most recently addressed the 2017 Tax Reform Bill that was established and only exacerbates the wealth gap in the United States. “Every place we visited, we talked with people in Congress and people who are lobbying,” she explains, “we would give them more information to use in writing to Congress.” While this is a nationwide endeavor, Sister participates in a localized chapter of Nuns on the Bus; this year the Ohio Nuns on the Bus focused on addressing issues of immigration in Ohio, which involved traveling to college campuses to raise awareness of immigration detention centers.

Though this mission takes a considerable amount of time, S. Nancy also takes time to connect with her Sisters and is there for them whenever they need her, as she is on-call to accompany Sisters to the emergency room. In addition, she also volunteers at the Motherhouse Post Office, the Front Desk and is a member of the Board for Mount St. Joseph University.

Sister has started taking boxing classes to hone her balance and focus in retirement, but she says, “I like meeting others. I miss it from my old ministries.” Despite feeling this way, Sister acknowledges that her time with Nuns on the Bus keeps her up-to-date on social issues in the U.S. and keeps her involved with trying to make changes in the government. Sister sees no separation between her ministries as a Sister of Charity and the rest of her life. “They all just seem connected to me,” she says.

Not only does she notice this connection, but she revels in the connections that she has made with others through her involvement combatting social justice issues. By overcoming the obstacles that separate people, either through distance or language, S. Nancy demonstrates that all can take part in the mission of the Sisters of Charity through making your voices known and connecting with your neighbor.