2017 Diamond Jubilarians
S. Nancy Hoffman
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Nancy Hoffman (formerly Sister Thomas Marie) was very young when she felt a draw to religious life. “Even as a young child, I had a sense of an ‘inner call’ from God, so it was only natural to enter the Community in order to fill that call,” she says as she prepares to celebrate 60 years with Sisters of Charity.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sister Nancy was taught by the Sisters of Charity at Holy Family grade school and Seton High School. She entered the Community in 1956 and went to the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) to receive a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and later to the University of Detroit (Michigan) to receive a master’s degree in religious studies.
Sister Nancy has served in several different types of ministries, the first being education, which took her to several schools in Ohio, Michigan, and Colorado for 13 years. These schools included St. Michael grade school in Findlay, Michigan, from 1963 to 1966 and St. Louis High School and Parish in Mount Clemens, Michigan, as math teacher from 1966 to 1970 and religious educator from 1970 to 1973.
Her ministry took a different route in 1973 as she spent three years as a chapter coordinator of the Sisters of Charity Congregational Office in Cincinnati, then changed again in 1976 as she spent three years as provincial superior of the Cincinnati Province. Following her service there in 1979, Sister Nancy became process consultant, then director of Active Spirituality, a renewal program of women religious based at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She stayed with Active Spirituality from 1979 to 1988 before going to Denver, Colorado, where she has remained in various ministries since.
In Denver, Sister Nancy served as chaplain at Presbyterian/St. Luke Hospital (1989-1990), chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital (1992-1995), and director of customer support services at St. Anthony Hospital (1995-1996), then began an 11-year ministry at Centura Health as the first executive vice president of mission and ministry (1996-2007). Her years as senior vice president brought Sister recognition as she was awarded the International Spirit at Work award in 2004 for her efforts in making the workplace safe for employees to ponder their spirituality, having discussions with employees at the company about what gave them meaning in life and encouraging them to embrace that passion not only at home, but at the workplace.Sister Nancy left Centura Health and served in a retreat ministry from 2008 to 2015 before retiring from full-time ministry and serving part-time as a spiritual counselor in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. She serves on the EarthLink advisory board and board development committee, and strives simply to be a loving