January 17, 2019
Jan. 4, 2019
Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Jan. 6, 2019
Elizabeth Seton Mass, 2 p.m., Motherhouse chapel
Jan. 8-12, 2019
Company of Charity Young Adult Trip, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jan. 18-20, 2019
Giving Voice 20s & 30s Retreat, Phoenix, Arizona
March 7-10, 2019
Deep Encounter Retreat,
San Antonio, Texas
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati welcomed two new Florida Associates on Jan. 6, 2019. Here is a small part of each of their discernment statements. Have you invited anyone to become an Associate lately?
“Few people come into our lives and leave indelible footprints that when followed lead us to grow in spirituality, peace, wisdom, and joy. Eighteen years ago, S. Mary Loyola Mathia was put into my life by the Holy Spirit to charter such a path for me.
“When Sister and I had the opportunity to serve in ministries at St. Frances Cabrini, we always shared small parts of our day. Often Sister would remind me to ‘let go and let God,’ or turn a challenge or problem I had over to one of the saints. Slowly but surely, my daily habits changed. I began starting my day with Gospel readings and contemplation, even getting up a bit earlier to do so.
“I’ve loved every minute of getting to know St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Vincent de Paul, Margaret George, and Louise de Marillac; but, I believe my favorite is S. Blandina Segale. In S. Blandina I see many of the wonderful and refreshing characteristics, gifts, and talents I have loved in my friend, S. Loyola: fortitude, persistence, joy, great intellect, and a heart brimming over with generosity. These spiritual role models have planted the seeds to help me see more clearly how I can better strive to make each day more of a reflection of God’s gifts, in my own life and the lives of others.”
“The founding mothers were holy women of faith who had perseverance for our Lord and fearlessness through their hardships as well as trials of life. This is something we all have in our daily lives and I see this parallel now in our present times. The spirit of the Associates of the Sisters of Charity today are still selfless, warm, loving, caring, and giving women. In our vision statement, there is a sentence that moves me: “to participate in this Mission through our individual life situations.” I have found my passion and ministry to serve the Lord through being a lay chaplain at the hospital as well as Eucharistic Minister at the hospital and in homes. I strive to remind others that they always can have a personal relationship with our Lord, no matter what time of their life they are at as well as individual situation and history.”
Chanin Wilson, director of Associates
Debunking Religious Life Myths
It’s National Vocation Awareness Week! Throughout the week the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will be refuting myths about vocations to religious life.
Myth 1: No one is entering religious orders.