VSC Missions in Alabama

VSC Missions in Alabama

SCN Archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on VSC missions in Alabama: The Vincentian Sisters of Charity began their missions in the South in 1940, when they responded to a call from Father Harold Purcell. Father Purcell was a priest and missionary who had...
Sisters and the Civil Rights Movement

Sisters and the Civil Rights Movement

SCN archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on Sisters and the Civil Rights Movement: The City of St. Jude played an important role in the 1965 Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other March organizers,...
Our First African American Members

Our First African American Members

SCN Archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on the first African American SCN and VSC: Sister Julian Griffin, VSC  Sister Julian Griffin, VSC, was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, in a strong Baptist family. She was taught by the Vincentian Sisters of...
SCNs During the American Civil War

SCNs During the American Civil War

SCN archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth during the American Civil War: By the time the American Civil War erupted in 1861, the SCNs already had a decades-long reputation of helping those in need in times of crisis....
SCNs During the Great Flood of 1937

SCNs During the Great Flood of 1937

SCN archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on SCN response to the Great Flood of 1937… The Great Flood of January 1937 was the most severe flood in the lower Ohio Valley in 175 years of recorded history. Seventy percent of Louisville was submerged,...
Serving the Sick

Serving the Sick

SCN archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on the history of SCN and VSC service to African Americans through healthcare: Healing the Sick Well before the establishment of any official healthcare missions the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were committed to...
SCNs During World War I and the Influenza of 1918

SCNs During World War I and the Influenza of 1918

SCN archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on World War I and the Influenza of 1918: During the fall of 1918 as Europe was engulfed in the first World War, the so-called Spanish Flu reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The Sisters of Charity...
The History of the Nazareth Water Supply

The History of the Nazareth Water Supply

The history of Nazareth’s water supply is rich with nearly two hundred years of detail. Regular requests are received by the Archival Center, from Sisters, employees, and visitors, regarding various aspects of this history. Several sources tell part of the story but...
SCNs During the Smallpox and Cholera Epidemics

SCNs During the Smallpox and Cholera Epidemics

SCN archivist Kathy Hertel-Baker shares the following on the Smallpox and Cholera Epidemics: Responding to the need for Catholic education in Louisville, the Sisters opened Presentation Academy in 1831. Shortly after the school was established, an epidemic of Cholera...
Sister Philomina Bading: A Profile

Sister Philomina Bading: A Profile

Coming from a humble family in a remote village, Karanj Toli, my father, Elizar Bading had two children from his first marriage. After his first wife and a daughter died, he married my mother, Magdalene Hobo. From that marriage, we were two, my brother and I. My own...
Sister Cornelia Ekka: A Profile

Sister Cornelia Ekka: A Profile

Family I, Cornelia Ekka, was born on September 16, 1949, to Francis Ekka and Cecilia Tirkey in Lodhma village, Ghianabahar parish, Kunkuri, Jaspur district in Chhattisgarh. We five children in the order of birth are Magdali, Jacob, Cornelia, Rumula and Linus. My...
Sister Maggie Cooper: A Profile

Sister Maggie Cooper: A Profile

As I tell my story, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the presence of God working through my whole life, leading and blessing me through the experience of family, SCN Community and wonderful mission experiences! It is like a beautiful tapestry. I was born in Owensboro,...
Sister Ann George Mukalel: A Profile

Sister Ann George Mukalel: A Profile

…He (God) Comes, Comes, Ever Comes Have you not heard His (God’s) silent steps? He (God) comes, comes, ever comes. Every moment and every age, every day and every night he comes, comes, ever comes. Many a song have I sung in many a mood of mind, but all their notes...
Sister Janice Rathappillil: A Profile

Sister Janice Rathappillil: A Profile

My name is Brigit Scaria Rathappillil, and I am the fourth child in my family. I was born on May 26, 1949, in a traditional Catholic family in Kalloorkad village and parish of Kothamangalam Diocese, Ernakulam district in Kerala. My father, Scaria Rathappillil and...
Sister Vandana Velleringatt: A Profile

Sister Vandana Velleringatt: A Profile

I was born, on the 30th of March 1946, to the late Mr. Mathew Velleringatt and Mrs. Aleykutty Elavumkal. My father married twice, and in his first marriage he had three children. They were, in order,: Devasia, Michael, Mariakutty, (Sister Gemma, Our Lady of Fatima) In...
Sister Teresa Madassery: A Profile

Sister Teresa Madassery: A Profile

Born on March 19, 1949, I, Kutty (Teresa Madassery) am the eldest daughter of Ouseph (Pappu) and Annamma Madassery. We belong to St. Mary’s parish in Mookkannoor, Ernakulam district in Kerala. My father was the eldest of seven children, five sisters and a brother. We...
Remembering Sister Rose Eleanor Perry

Remembering Sister Rose Eleanor Perry

Sister Rose Eleanor Perry, SCN, Reflects on Her Life Sister Rose Eleanor wrote the following in response to questions on application forms for Clinical-pastoral Education and Chaplaincy, in 1977 and 1987. She gave me these papers a few days before she died. I have...
Sister Saleth Mary Arockiam: A Profile

Sister Saleth Mary Arockiam: A Profile

I am the first child of Mr. Arockiam and Mrs. Nazareth Mary. I was born on the 7th of April 1962 at Michael Palaam , Nilakkottai Taluk, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. My father was a farmer, and mother a housewife. My father studied up to 3rd standard and Mother never...
Sister Marianne Puthoor: A Profile

Sister Marianne Puthoor: A Profile

God’s Special Gift – Sister Marianne Puthoor, SCN Glimpses of My Journey of Life The Akattayil family had four brothers, one of whom was my grandfather who bought a house in Puthoor and so we came to be known as Puthoor family. My parents, Chacko Mathew and...
Sister Mary Ann Genovich: A Profile

Sister Mary Ann Genovich: A Profile

Sister Mary Ann Genovich was born November 13, 1945, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Catherine (Malaspina) and Stephen Genovich. She lived in New Boro near Fairbanks, and began her education at St. Procopius School in New Salem. She was taught in first...

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