Bicentennial Reflections for 2012

This Bicentennial year of celebration can be a time of renewal for us and can provide us with an opportunity to share the “fifth Gospel” of our lives with each other. We invite you to share a personal story/thought/reflection/poem/drawing/other that speaks to you of the meaning of our Bicentennial theme, “Celebrating our Journey of Faith.” These will be published in a Bicentennial Newsline as we receive them. Please send your personal story/thought/ reflection/poem/drawing/other to Jackie Smith at

This week’s Bicentennial Reflection comes from Carlette Gentle, SCN:

200 Years of US

200 years of SCNs. Can I comprehend so many years of our community alone?

No. I have only lived 31 of those years since birth and 16 of those years knowing the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

200 years of SCN’s is a lot to grapple alone. But that’s it!!! I am thinking I have to comprehend these 200 years ALONE.

In the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Alone is not a word used often.

The community was started first of all with 2 sisters Teresa Carrico and Elizabeth Wells.

Together sisters were sent on missions 2 by 2.

Together we struggled with the moving from St. Thomas to Nazareth.

Together we formed many ministries in many places.

Together we joined with the Vincentian Family.

Together past History and present we make up these 200 years.

And now together, only together, can we celebrate these 200 years of US,

200 years of growth, struggles, happiness, discernment and community.

Carlette Gentle, SCN

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