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Thank you for making Join the Journey a success!

Thank you for making Join the Journey a success!

Thank you to all who attended the virtual Join the Journey program, in support of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Though we weren’t able to gather in-person, the feeling of support across our world was palpable as people joined from across the U.S., India, Nepal, Belize, and Botswana – a true experience of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth family!

Ecological Sustainability meeting

Ecological Sustainability meeting

The Ecological Sustainability Committee met on Oct. 16. Among other topics, they discussed environmental racism. Included is the reflection they used at the beginning of the meeting.

Safe travels to you Sister Sushma

Safe travels to you Sister Sushma

Several Sisters were at the airport early in the morning to wish Sister Sushma Bodra well as she left for India.

Sister Sarah Ferriell: A Profile

Sister Sarah Ferriell: A Profile

Walking into the church at Nazareth for the first time gave me a powerful sense of walking into a deeper part of myself that could not be captured in words except to say “deep peace.”

Join us!

Join us!

Everyone is invited to join us for our online program: Join the Journey on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. This has traditionally been an in-person event in Louisville, Kentucky, but this year, we are happy to announce that it will be held online, so you can join from wherever you are.

Standing for the voice of the voiceless

Standing for the voice of the voiceless

“Stand with Fr. Stan” and “United with Stan, United we Stand” the shouts of these slogans echoed Chandapura campus on the National day of Solidarity, Oct. 12, 2020, for the quick release of Father Stan Swamy, SJ.

Pumpkin crafting at Nazareth

Pumpkin crafting at Nazareth

🎃 Sisters Mary Reisz, Evelyn Fugazzi, Virginia Blair, Dorothy Wilson, Paschal Fernicola and Teresa Margaret Bransky made pumpkin crafts using a roll of toilet paper wrapped in fabric. Each Sister selected her fabric and decorations for the pumpkin.

Update from LIFE

Update from LIFE

Sister Carlette Gentle is back in Belize and at home after quarantine. She returned to working at LIFE with seniors of Belize City. “Now more than ever we are trying hard to assist the seniors on Southside during this time of the pandemic.”

A family reunion on social media 

A family reunion on social media 

On mental awareness day, Sister Roselyn Karakattu would like to be out in the street distributing mental health pamphlets and presenting street plays to build awareness of mental health as she used to do while working with those with mental illness in Kathmandu, Nepal. But she could not during this pandemic. Instead, she got creative.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of July 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2020.

Sister Florina’s vocation video

Sister Florina’s vocation video

“I am so thankful to each of you who has been part of my life’s journey. Your prayers are my support system and your blessings, my stronghold. The joy of belonging to God and spending a life surrendered to do His will is worth a thousand elsewhere. I hope you may feel God’s presence in your life as you watch it.”

Happy birthday Sister Carol

Happy birthday Sister Carol

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Louisville, Kentucky, held a celebration for Sister Carol Rueff’s 80th birthday in the hospitality room of their local community.

Rainbow over St. Vincent

Rainbow over St. Vincent

A beautiful rainbow appeared over the twin spires of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Nazareth, Kentucky.

Speaking out for all

Speaking out for all

Impelled by the love of Christ, Sister Julie Driscoll is a pioneer, willing to take risks and reach out often when others do not. Her passion for helping those most in need is well known in Kentucky and beyond.

Taking advantage of good weather

Taking advantage of good weather

On Sunday, Sept. 9, all who were able came outside to enjoy each other’s company as well as the sweet treat of ice cream bars.

Elaine McCarron, SCN

Elaine McCarron, SCN, 88, (formerly Sister Michael Maria) was born in Washington, D.C. She died on September 21, 2020, in Louisville, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Elaine served in educational ministries, teaching primary...

Happy Independence Day to Belize

Happy Independence Day to Belize

On Monday, Sept. 21, Belize celebrates the 39th anniversary of Independence. St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize City celebrated this occasion with an intercultural liturgy today. You can view the video of the liturgy inside this post.

Remembering Sister Sunanda Urumpil

Remembering Sister Sunanda Urumpil

As a novice her reply to the question how she saw her ministry best fulfilling her vocation: ‘I want to work with the poor.  I want to be poor with the poor people…  

Children’s Day celebrated in Surkhet

Children’s Day celebrated in Surkhet

Navjyoti Center celebrated National Children’s day on Sept. 14, 2020. Due to the pandemic, no formal celebrations were organized in Surkhet. Navjyoti Child Club network committee decided to celebrate the day with limited activities with the permission of District Administration and Birendranagr Municipality.

Sisters’ preschools resume in Botswana

Sisters’ preschools resume in Botswana

St. Mary’s Preschool in Lobatse and St. Bakita Preschool in Kanye resumed educating on Sept. 1 after the completion of the requirement of the Department of Health Service and Ministry of Basic Education procedures in Botswana.

Help the Sisters Empower and Educate

Help the Sisters Empower and Educate

We invite you to be the hands and feet of Christ to others, even from afar. Join us in offering financial support so these deserving women can continue their education.

Blessings to those at St. Louise

Blessings to those at St. Louise

Sisters at St. Louise Convent in Pittsburgh had a dinner for the Sisters and employees in honor of them before they started leaving. At the end of the dinner, Sister Corrine Giel said a blessing prayer, and the Sisters then sang a blessing song.

Teachers’ Day celebration

Teachers’ Day celebration

Sisters in the Provincial House, Patna, had a unique Teachers’ Day celebration on Sept. 5, 2020. The young sisters of the provincial house honored the senior Sisters for teaching them many values for life through their exemplary lives.

Botswana Foundation Day – 20 Years

Botswana Foundation Day – 20 Years

Happy Foundation Day to Botswana! We celebrate 20 years of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s compassionate presence to the people of Botswana in the continent of Africa.

45 years in Belize

45 years in Belize

Belize Foundation Day: We are happy to celebrate this milestone of 45 years with the people of Belize! We thank God for this day!

Thank you to the staff of Nazareth Home

Thank you to the staff of Nazareth Home

Since March, Sisters have not been able to go into Nazareth Home and this will continue into the unknown future. This video was a way to express their gratitude, prayers, and offer encouragement to the Nazareth Home staff during this time of pandemic.

Sister Julie featured on CNN

Sister Julie featured on CNN

From left, Dotti Lockhart, Julie Driscoll and Bob Lockhart sit on the lawn of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron during a silent protest on Thursday, August 20. They joined several others who were demanding that Cameron complete his investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Food drive for pantry

Food drive for pantry

Sisters in Louisville, Kentucky, collected food items and monetary donations for St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Above is a photo of a few of the Sisters involved with the food collection.

Botswana tribute to Tootsie

Botswana tribute to Tootsie

After hearing her departure from this world, SCNs and Associates in Botswana gathered in small groups in their geographical locations, to comply with the COVID-19 regulations, for memorial services and thanksgiving Eucharists. In their small groups, all SCNs and Associates recalled their fond memories of Tootsie’s life.

Sister Jackie receives diploma

Sister Jackie receives diploma

In May Sister Jacqueline Aceto graduated from the University of Louisville School of Social Work. Sister Jackie graduated with the highest distinction, summa cum laude. Recently she received her diploma pictured here.

Walk for racial justice

Walk for racial justice

Sister Kitty joined other Catholics gathered at the Cathedral of the Assumption in prayer prior to a walk for racial justice organized by Black Catholics for Justice, a group of young Catholics from local parishes.

Associate members gather in Mokama

Associate members gather in Mokama

On 23rd Aug. the seven SCNAs of Mokama came together at Bethel, along with Sisters Sujita Kullu, Swarupa Rani, and Jane Karakunnel. After a short reflection on the day’s gospel, they shared how they have been inspired by the life and ministry of Sister Olive Pinto in Mokama Parish.

Welcome Julia to Nazareth

Welcome Julia to Nazareth

Julia Gerwe will be moving to Nazareth on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Her love of God continues to guide her

Her love of God continues to guide her

Sister Sushma Bodra is featured in the CHI Memorial newsletter. She was in the Resident CPE Program as a volunteer. “I am learning so much. I had never worked in a hospital before, and I have met many wonderful people.”

Associate member Tootsie Gish laid to rest at Nazareth

Associate member Tootsie Gish laid to rest at Nazareth

Surrounded by friends, Sisters, Associates, and family, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, the ashes of Associate member to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Mary Virginia “Tootsie” Gish, SCNA, were buried in the Nazareth, Kentucky, cemetery.

Sister Julie joins senior sit-in for justice

Sister Julie joins senior sit-in for justice

Seven senior citizens held a Thursday morning sit-in on the front lawn of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Louisville home. The seniors were hosting the sit-in to demand justice for Breonna Taylor when a number of police officers responded to the scene.

Volunteers assist at men’s shelter

Volunteers assist at men’s shelter

“What a blessing it has been for our Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteers to have been a part of the Bethany Haven Renovation Project for a new men’s shelter in the Bardstown, Kentucky, community.”

Humanitarian workers strive to meet pandemic’s mounting challenges

Humanitarian workers strive to meet pandemic’s mounting challenges

The global health pandemic has slowed or even halted many things in the world. But the work of humanitarians, those who, “provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.” That includes Catholic Sisters who continue to reach out to the most vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19.

Charlotte Gambol, SCN

Charlotte Gambol, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the age of 90 and in the 73rd year of her religious life.

Called to be a prophet today

Called to be a prophet today

The Bethel novitiate shares the joy of learning about the major and minor prophets in the Old Testament from Sister Jane Karakunnel, SCN.

Pastoral support in southern Belize

Pastoral support in southern Belize

Sister Higinia provides pastoral support to rural Belize communities, where even during a pandemic the people’s source of inspiration and life is a deep faith and trust in God’s unconditional love.

Innovative Celebrations

Innovative Celebrations

Freedom in the mind, faith in the Words, Pride in our Souls, let’s salute the nation on this India Independence Day.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous communities already face a host of challenges, and the unfortunate present reality is that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are worsening these challenges further still. Sisters in Chaibasa conducted an awareness program about the challenges and difficulties faced by indigenous people.