Nuns Build a Success
Nuns Build 2017 offered Cincinnati SCs an opportunity to join with the St. Bernard Project’s efforts to make a difference for residents in East New Orleans who suffered extreme home damage from the February tornado. The senior citizen whose home they worked in, along with AmeriCorps volunteers and other SC Federation Sisters, also lost his home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Federation group joined with more than 45 other women religious for the 10th annual Nuns Build. The accompanying video shares various aspects of the experience. May the smiles on the faces serve as a witness to the joy present among all. A more detailed article will follow next week.
Fall Luncheon a Success
Sisters, Associates and candidates joined together in Regina Hall on Sunday, Nov. 19 for a fall soup luncheon. The annual event is hosted by the Cincinnati Associates and offers time for shared conversation and fellowship.
Leadership Council Honors Jubilarians
The Sisters of Charity Leadership Council joined Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility for a special liturgy on Aug. 28, the birthday of Sisters of Charity founder Elizabeth Seton. Wearing floral corsages those jubilarians celebrating significant vowed commitments of 65, 70, 75 and 80 years gathered for Mass in the MMH chapel followed by a special luncheon at noon provided by the MMH staff.
The Sisters of Charity Community came together on Sunday, Aug. 27 to honor the Sisters celebrating 25 and 50 years with the Community this year. Congratulations to Sisters Terry Thorman, Mary Fran Davisson, Katharine Pinto, Lois Jean Goettke, Anita Parks, Donna Steffen (golden jubilarians) and Patricia Dittmeier (silver jubilarian).Thank you for daring to risk a caring response to the needs of our times throughout the years and into the future.
It was a celebratory day at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The SC Community, Associates, friends and family came together to honor Sisters celebrating 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80 years of membership with the Community. Congratulations and thank you to the Diamond Jubilarians and to all Sisters celebrating their many years of service to God’s people.
The annual Mother Margaret Hall Benefactor's Luncheon was held on Tuesday, July 25. It offers the Sister residents an opportunity to enjoy a special sit-down, served dinner; this year's choices were salmon or steak, complete with all the trimmings.
Deeper into Divine Mystery
Relationships with the Divine within ourselves, relationships with the Divine in our world, and relationships with the Divine embodied in others – that was the theme of the SC Congregational Retreat held June 22-26, 2017 and presented by S. Janet Mock, CSJ. Sisters and Associates entered into Mystery through poetry, prose, storytelling and use of a children’s book with space for quiet, contemplative dialogue and optional time for afternoon listening sessions. Retreatants visited poverty of spirit affirming, “I am nothing without God”; used Mary’s Annunciation as an example of how God waits for us.; and considered courage needed for today as we find ourselves ‘standing in the gap’ and the importance of relationships, both new and old, to ‘be that difference’ in the world. Participative liturgies each day brought the theme into greater focus.
Sisters living at the Motherhouse and in Mother Margaret Hall got into the racing spirit last week as they celebrated the running of the annual Kentucky Derby. (May 7, 2017)
Sisters living in Mother Margaret Hall enjoyed a Saturday afternoon of creating on May 6, 2017. Activity coordinator Bill Owen led the group in painting their own canvas.
On Thursday, May 4 a group of Sisters of Charity visited some of the historic sites of Cincinnati’s Mount Adams. The Sisters were given tours of the church formerly known as Holy Cross Church (now the Monastery Event Center) as well as Immaculata Church – both where Sisters of Charity ministered from 1877-1976
Sisters of Charity joined with other religious this past weekend to participate in the annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Sisters Sally Duffy, Annie Klapheke, Andrea Koverman, Louise Lears, Joyce Richter and Novice Romina Sapinoso partnered with friends of other religious communities to form “Religious on the Run for Peace and Justice.” The team participated in the weekend activities to raise awareness of religious vocations as well as funds for IJPC, founded by and continuing the missions of the women religious congregations of the SCs, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Religious on the Run participation is sponsored by a grant of the SC Ministry Foundation.
It’s been more than a year since Sisters, Associates and visitors to the SC Motherhouse have been greeted along the front avenue by the life-size statue of Mother Margaret George, founder of the Cincinnati Community. On Wednesday, May 3, Margaret returned to her prominent spot, piquing interest in the statue itself and the significance of its creation. READ MORE
Associates Celebrate Spring
SC Associates hosted the annual Spring Fling on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The gathering – which included lunch, fellowship and prayer – also celebrated the dedicated years of service of Director of Associates Mary Jo Mersmann. Mary Jo will be retiring at the end of May after 15 years in the position.
Sisters living in the Motherhouse embraced the Easter spirit on Holy Thursday; they spent the morning together dying Easter eggs and enjoying each other’s company. (April 9, 2017)
Filming Begins on Television Series
March 10, 2017
Allan Sanchez, petitioner of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Blandina Segale’s cause for canonization, visited the set of “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” this past weekend. Cast and crew are currently filming S. Blandina on a moving 1872 train. After nine days of filming and a few weeks of editing, Episode 1 of the television series will be finished. According to Sanchez, “These people have really made Blandina part of their life. I am amazed to see her story come alive in front of my eyes; they are capturing her spirit on film. I have heard so many crew members tell me they are praying to Blandina, it is moving.” To see more photos...
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Filming on the television series “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” – based on the life of Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Blandina Segale - continues in Colorado. S. Carol Marie Power had the opportunity to visit the set this past weekend and meet with cast members and crew.
National Catholic Sisters Week
Ends with Celebration
SC employees celebrated the Sisters on the final day of National Catholic Sisters Week on Tuesday, March 14, 2107. Human Resources provided root beer floats during the social hour, and the results of the Sister guessing game circulating throughout the campus the week prior were revealed. Employees answering correctly are invited to join the participating Sisters for lunch next week.
MMH Celebrates Mardi Gras
March 7, 2017
Sisters of Charity living in Mother Margaret Hall celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans style. In addition to decorative masks and king cake, the Sisters were treated to the music of Sally and Joe Lukasik.
Film Crew Visits SC Motherhouse
February 26, 2017
This week, the Sisters of Charity have hosted the production team working on the creation of a television series based on Servant of God S. Blandina Segale’s life. Among those at the Motherhouse are Tomas Sanchez, director and producer of the project, Mark Stenig, executive producer, and Alma Sisneros, the actress who will be playing S. Blandina. Ms. Sisneros had the opportunity to visit with Sisters Annina Morgan and Loretto Burke to research her character; both Sisters had the privilege of meeting S. Blandina in her later years. Crew members spent time in the Sisters of Charity Archives learning more about S. Blandina’s life and legacy.
The Sisters of Charity Leadership Team hosted a Valentine’s Day-themed luncheon for Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The lunch hour was spent enjoying a meal, dessert and fellowship.
Sisters and employees celebrated Catholic Schools Week on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in the Motherhouse Dining Room. School songs and fond memories were shared at lunch … a few even remembered the answers to S. Cookie’s catechism questions.