Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Celebrate Three Centenarians
(From left) Sisters Annina Morgan, Miriam Thomas Busch and Eileen Therese Breslin
For the first time in the 187-year history of the Sisters of Charity’s arrival in Cincinnati, the Community is celebrating the lives of three centenarians. Sisters Miriam Thomas Busch, Annina Morgan and Eileen Therese Breslin gathered together in June for a small celebration and to offer their thoughts on the secret to living a long life.
Sister Miriam Thomas Busch turned 101 years old in 2016. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13, 1915, Sister Miriam Thomas had long felt a calling to religious life. In 1933, she entered the Sisters of Charity Community. Sister received a bachelor’s degree in education from the Athenaeum of Ohio and taught for 41 years in Ohio and Michigan. Schools that she taught at in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati include St. Martin de Porres (1945-1952) and St. William (1953-1956). In 1979, she served six years as secretary for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. After her time there, she retired and began volunteering at Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital in the public relations department, serving there from 1986 to 1991. Her service was thanked in 1989 with the Sister Grace Marie Hiltz Distinguished Volunteer Award, given by the hospital annually to the volunteer who best displays qualities of caring, giving of self, altruism, love of mankind, and dedicated service to the hospital. Sister Miriam Thomas retired in 1991.
Born in Alpena, Michigan, on March 9, 1916, Sister Annina Morgan entered the Community in 1933, and for 33 years ministered in education – teaching grades five through college – in Michigan, Ohio and Colorado. She was principal at many of those schools. In 1968, Sister Annina left formal education to serve as campus minister at Michigan State University in East Lansing and later at St. Mary University in Mount Pleasant, both in Michigan. She returned to Cincinnati and Mount St. Joseph in 1974 to minister as personnel director for the Sisters of Charity Congregation, as director of the Women’s Center at the College of Mount St. Joseph and as retreat director for the Community – each for five-year terms. Blessings abound when you have lived religious life for more than 80 years. Sister Annina, who retired from active ministry in 1992, holds close to her heart the friendships she has developed throughout the years, and the feeling is multiplied tenfold.
Sister Eileen Therese Breslin turned 100 years old in June. She was born June 4, 1916, and grew up in Maysville, Kentucky, in a house near the Ohio River. Early in her life, the canonization of St. Therese of Lisieux and the decision of three local girls to enter religious life triggered an interest in her for becoming a Sister, an interest that would become a goal encouraged by her family, especially her father when he sent her to a school he had discovered just up the river, Mount St. Joseph Academy. After entering the SC Community, Sister studied English at the College of Mount St. Joseph and education at the University of Dayton (Ohio). Her ministry of education took her to schools all over Ohio as well as Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois. Schools that she taught at in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati include Resurrection (1937-1939), Holy Family (1941-1943) and St. Joseph, Dayton, Ohio (1943-1946). Sister retired from active ministry in 1983. One of her more unique accomplishments is her title as a “Kentucky Colonel.” The title and accompanying medal were bestowed upon her on her 90th birthday.
Sisters Miriam Thomas Busch, Annina Morgan and Eileen Therese Breslin currently reside in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility at Mount St. Joseph. Each serves in the Ministry of Prayer and continues to be a contributing and valued member of wisdom to the Sisters of Charity Community.