The Sister/Associate relationship was established in 1972 so that individuals – lay women and men – could partner with the Sisters in responding to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Close to 200 Associates reside throughout the US; in 2014 we will take the opportunity to get to know a few of them.
Associate Spotlight – Sue Miele
By Megan Moore, Communications intern
Though Associate Sue Miele was educated by the Sisters of Charity from first through 12th grades, and admired them at a young age, it was later that she first heard about the Associates in Mission relationship through her good friends, Associates April Vale and Anne Shaffer.
“I requested the application [to become an Associate] but it sat in my drawer for several years. I’m not sure why or what I was waiting for,” she said. “Our family then joined St. Monica-St. George parish [in Cincinnati]. It was there I was re-introduced to Sisters Ann Hunt and Martha Walsh. It was coming to know them that kindled the desire to become associated with the Sisters of Charity in 2012. It has been such a great blessing.”
Though she would like to say that she is retired from teaching, Sue claims, “a mom/grandma never really retires.” Currently living in “good old Price Hill” at the same address she has lived at since 1977, Sue spends her time gardening, reading and volunteering at Shriners Hospital. She is also involved with women’s ministry at St. Monica-St. George parish.
When Sue asked her 12-year-old daughter, Joy, “What else do I do?” Joy replied, “You pray and you hope and you love the Reds.” According to Sue, it’s all true.
As an Associate, Sue has come to know Elizabeth Seton as “a real flesh and blood woman, not a paper doll saint.”
She said, “I take to heart her spirit that keeps the focus on God’s grace when life is bleak and finds joy in the midst of it. It is her love and care for children that touches me the most. That is where my heart is, too.”