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Feature Articles

Sharing Hope
By Megan Moore, Communications student intern


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.

You never know just how big of an impact that a few kind words can make; that was the focus of for those who volunteered to make cards for victims of human trafficking and the women and children being held in detention centers during the Sisters of Charity Days of Mission and Service in June. The cards, which were all decorated by hand and included a caring message inside, would be distributed as a message to the women and children that there is hope and that they are not alone.

Kathy Kelly and her daughter Maggie Kelly took part in the card making on June 20, which was one of the many service opportunities offered by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati as a part of the Year of Consecrated Life or YCL. The Days of Mission and Service offered an opportunity for laypeople to serve with Sisters and Associates, learning not only about the cause for which they were serving but also about the charism of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. 

“I attended a Sister of Charity grade school – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton/St. Andrew School in Milford, Ohio. Our school was Blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton back then,” explained Kathy, though her ties with the Sisters of Charity didn’t stop there. Kathy has worked for Mount St. Joseph University for 29 years in the Financial Aid Office. “I’ve especially enjoyed working with S. Martha Ann Conley and her sister, S. Regina, who joined us during her summer breaks from Seton High School.”

It was through the Mount that she came to learn of the YCL Days of Service. “S. Nancy Bramlage, our director of mission and ministry at the University, sent an email inviting participation by the campus community,” said Kathy.

“Going in, I was aware of the women being trafficked and the women and children held in detention centers, but until the service day, I hadn’t spent much time thinking about them. Seeing how women religious were able to find such a compassionate way to offer support was inspiring.”

Among a colorful array of paper, pencils, stamps and ink in Regina Hall, on the grounds of the Cincinnati Motherhouse, thirteen people, a mixture of Sisters, Associates, and laypeople, worked hard to make heartfelt cards for those women and children who may need the message of hope.

Kathy was surprised by how easy it was to make a difference by spending just a few hours making cards. “Everyone was so supportive of each other’s efforts. The Sisters couldn’t have been more accepting and welcoming,” she said.

She would absolutely take part in another service day. “It was wonderful getting an opportunity to work with these women and to hear their dedication as they described the projects. And the lunch that was offered after the service opportunity was a great way to prolong the conversation.”