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Begins Canonical Novitiate
Congratulations to Whitney Schieltz who began her canonical novitiate with an evening vespers service on Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Motherhouse Chapel. Whitney began Affiliation with the Community in September 2015 and has lived with the SCs at Casa Caridad since October 2015, volunteering at the Santo Nino Project in Mexico and Villa Maria Home for Women in El Paso, Texas. She recently moved to Mount St. Joseph, and will become a part of the novitiate community at Bayley House.
Charity Moving Forward
Sisters of Charity participated in the Charity Moving Forward gathering July 13-16, 2017 on the motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill (Greensburg, Pennsylvania). This special gathering, which happens every two or three years, is for Sisters in the Charity Federation who entered from 1970 to present day and for those who are currently in serious discernment. The gathering was a wonderful opportunity to meet each other, to reflect on a meaningful theme together, and to network and enjoy one another’s company.
Vincentian Family Gathers in San Antonio
Ten Sisters of Charity and a few young adult friends participated in the North American Vincentian Family Gathering in San Antonio, Texas, in June. More than 200 members of the Vincentian Family gathered to hear Yessenia Vasquez (Guatemala) and Yohannes Bahta (Eritrea) share their experiences as immigrant and refugee; probe the complexities of the current immigration system; reflect on migration from a faith perspective; and discern how we are called to advocacy and solidarity. Sisters Caroljean Willie and Tracy Kemme co-facilitated and S. Terry Thorman provided the music for prayers. Over the two and one-half days, they guided the group through the pastoral circle: experience, analysis, reflection and action.
Way of Elizabeth Pilgrimage Concludes
Sisters of Charity Federation novices and candidates concluded their "Way of Elizabeth pilgrimage" this week. Women in formation with SC Federation congregations undertake this journey to enter deeper into the life of our founder, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and to connect to the roots of the Federation. The pilgrimage began with a stop in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to visit the Sisters of Seton Hill’s motherhouse and Archives. They spent time in Emmitsburg and Baltimore, Maryland, visiting The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and other sites related to the Sisters of Charity founding. The pilgrimage concluded in New York and New Jersey following visits to the places important to Elizabeth's early life.
Intercommunity Novitiate Concludes
On Monday, May 8, novices of the Intercommunity Novitiate celebrated their last class together hiking at Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Participating in the program were women and men from the Sisters of Charity, Precious Blood Sisters and Marianists.
Future of Charity Gathers in NOLA
In April the Sisters of Charity Federation Future of Charity group gathered at the House of Charity in
New Orleans, Louisiana, for prayer, reflection, sharing and fellowship. The group of recently vowed members and women in formation was formed to build relationships among younger, newer members of the 12 unique Federation congregations.