Memorial Liturgy: August 25 is the first anniversary of the deaths of Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held. The 10:30 a.m. liturgy at St. Vincent Church will be a memorial liturgy. Sister Paula’s sister, Rosemarie; brother, John, and nephew, David, will be attending. Please join us for this celebration of their lives. If you plan to stay for lunch, please contact

General Assembly Preparation: In early July, the GA Steering Committee sent a reflection paper to assist us in preparing for the General Assembly. We hope you have been able to take time personally as communities/faith groups to reflect on the materials. Have you had a chance to reflect on this part below? Have you written/called/talked to anyone?


 GA 2013 Directive: “Create vibrant community life and deepen relationships to further the mission.”

  • Reflection Questions: How have relationships deepened for you since GA 2013? Who has especially touched your heart? In what ways have they helped you to further commit to mission?
  • Action: During this year of preparation for the General Assembly, we invite you to write, email or talk with those who have touched your life over these past five years, let them know and thank them.

Save the Date: The release of SCN Paschal Maria Fernicola’s Belize book will be Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Columba Room at Nazareth. If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Brenda Gonzales, SCN, at or call (502) 348-1561. If you would like Sister Paschal to sign a copy, please let Sister Brenda know that as well. There is no charge to SCNs. Extra copies for SCNs and copies for SCNAs are $20.00. The book will be available at the SCNA September weekend.

SCNA 22nd Annual Retreat: Associates and SCNs are looking forward to having as the guest speaker, Jeanne Connolly, Ed.D., at the annual SCNA retreat scheduled for September 22-24, 2017. Jeanne will be speaking on “Open to God’s Action as we Journey Toward the Future.” This weekend will begin on Friday, September 22 with supper in the Motherhouse Dining Room. The DEADLINE for registration is September 8, 2017. Click here to access the registration form. Click here for the continuing education form.

Nazareth Super Raffle: We are about three weeks away from the Nazareth Super Raffle which will take place on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 1 p.m. Ticket sales are going well and we have about 500 tickets left. We have sold out of tickets the past four years; help us spread the word and encourage people to purchase their tickets soon. Special thanks to our top sellers so far – SCNs Jeanine Jaster, who has sold 312 tickets; Lorraine M. Ferlin, who has sold 169 tickets; and Rochelle Marie Ernst who has sold 125 tickets! For more information on how to purchase your tickets, please call (502) 348-1586 or for your convenience, you may visit the SCN website at to download the Super Raffle Ticket Order form. Charitable Gaming License #ORG0001740.

An Invitation from the Archival Center: The SCN Archival Center invites all Sisters, SCNAs, and staff to an Open House on Wednesday, August 9, from 2-4 p.m., in the Columba Room. We will be featuring our missions in Maryland. Come and see our collections and photographs, share your stories, and reminisce about your time serving in our Maryland missions. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this afternoon of fellowship and memories.

SCN Ministry Fund: The SCN Ministry Fund applications, including instructions, for the 2018-2019 cycle are available. Anyone interested in applying for a grant, please contact the SCN Ministry Fund Office at or call (502) 331-4056 for an application. Deadline for submission of a completed application is October 1, 2017.

Clip-ets from SCN Ministry Fund Grantees: We received the following report from Julia Leist, Development Director of Legal Aid Society, in Louisville, Kentucky: “Our Fresh Start Program [addressing expungement, drivers’ licenses suspensions and other barriers to employment] shares this client’s story: Ms. P came to Legal Aid seeking assistance in expungement of several dismissed charges from her criminal record. She suffered a psychological break several years following a violent rape, and these charges arose during that period of time before she sought treatment for the trauma. Even though the charges were dismissed, they still showed up on a criminal background check performed by prospective employers and stood as a barrier to her gainful employment. Legal Aid filed motions for expungement and the charges were dismissed. The client was ecstatic about the prospect of obtaining employment and she told her attorney that Legal Aid has ‘changed her life’ for the better.”

 Corporate Voice: U.S. citizens are invited to contact their federal legislators at (202) 224-3121 (charges apply) urging them to oppose the RAISE Act that would cut legal immigration in half. Click here for more information.

 Stop Trafficking Newsletter: The August issue of Stop Trafficking newsletter co-sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth is available at The issue highlights the trafficking of homeless youth.

 Web Updates:

 Please pray for the following SCN/As who will be giving Mission Appeals this weekend:

  • Rita Gesue, SCN, Our Lady of Peace/St. Adalbert, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Marian Stenken, SCN, St. Ladislas Church, Westlake, Ohio
  • Margaret Rodericks, SCN, St. James Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Charlotte Hazas, SCN Associate, St. Gabriel Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Luke Boiarski, SCN, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fredonia, New York

 The following ask for our prayers:

  • Catherine (Jackie) Lee, SCN
  • Patricia Ramsey, sister of Mary Anne Burkardt, SCN
  • Kathleen Doyle Mundle, niece of Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN
  • Mr. Vijay Kumar, brother-in-law of Nirmala Mulackal, SCN
  • Ann-Marie Houghton, SCNA
  • Flo Hobbs, SCNA
  • Bryant Frank, son of Karen Frank, SCNA
  • Abraham Panthiruvelil, brother-in-law of Bridget Kappalumakal, SCN

 We extend sympathy and prayers to the families of the following deceased:

  • Valinda Greenwell Pettit, sister of Dolores Greenwell, SCN
  • Harold Coakley, uncle of Eugenie Coakley, SCNA
  • Bill Collins, brother-in-law of Dorothy Wilson, SCN
  • Mariamma Mathew Muthukattil, aunt of SCNs Ann Muthukattil, and Vinaya and Vijaya Chalil
  • Infant granddaughter of Donna Schmidt, SCNA, and Nazareth Home employee
  • Mrs. Elsy, sister-in-law of Lucy Puthukkatt, SCN

The following express gratitude:

  • Carolyn Wilson, SCN, to all who participated in the Golden Jubilee celebration with her and the other jubilarians last month. Sister Carolyn writes, “It was truly a grand celebration of our religious commitment. Thanks to all who gave me gifts, cards and donations to OMA.”
  • Jyothsna George, SCN, writes, “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to each of you Sisters for holding me in your prayers especially during my studies, exam, and all these past months of trying for admission for medical. I experienced God’s companionship during these days and experiences through your prayerful support. I also thank you all for your appreciation and blessings I received. Very special thanks to all the Sisters who helped me in various ways in filling applications, in getting information and different certificates made, payments, arranging travels, accompanying me during verification of documents and during admission. I am very especially grateful to Sisters of Ranchi, Provincial House and Madiwala Communities for all the love, support, help and hospitality during my stay. As I begin my MBBS studies in St. Johns on August 16, I request you to continue to hold me in your prayers. I pray ‘May God bless us all and work through us.’ Once again, thank you.”

If you have any items that you would like to include in the next issue of the SCN Newsline, please email them to by 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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