Sr. Nancy Gerth (Vocation Director), Melissa Fisackerly, Sr. Betty Blandford (Candidate Director), Sr. Adeline Fehribach (Provincial)

By Melissa Fisackerly | Future of Charity

Mother Catherine Spalding was the first leader and superior of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Spalding also founded a few educational intuitions, first private hospital in Louisville, and social services for children. Mother Catherine is a model for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to imitate in daily living.

On September 19th, I was accepted into the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth candidate program. During the ceremony, I had scenes from Mother Catherine’s book, “A Pioneer Spirit” running through my mind. I was thinking about how she made her first commitment along with other like-minded young women. I have such great comfort knowing that Mother Catherine doubted and feared, and also had such great faith and joy for her community and the future of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Sisters Melissa Fisackerly, Eva Kowalski, Nancy Gerth, Isa Garcia, and Paris Slapikas

Sisters Melissa Fisackerly, Eva Kowalski, Nancy Gerth, Isa Garcia, and Paris Slapikas

I was somewhat nervous until the provincial placed upon me a Mother Catherine necklace. Once I was wearing Catherine’s necklace, I felt my fears trickle away. For me, wearing this necklace is a true testament to Mother Catherine’s life history, dedication to prayer, her perseverance, and her steadfastness. I hope to carry out her legacy in my everyday life!

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