Everywhere we looked and listened before, during, and after the closing of the Nazareth Picnic we encountered God’s presence in the extraordinary enthusiasm of a vast group of volunteers outside, inside, and all around. Their kindness, goodness, hospitality, joy, and gratitude were spread over the campus to all who attended the picnic. The success is attributed to each volunteer who worked and contributed to this annual event which assists the SCN ministries in Belize, Botswana, India, Nepal, and the United States. Many employees of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are among the volunteers. Their commitment to the SCN Mission is expressed daily in the variety of ways they serve all of us on the campus, guests, and one another. Yes, God’s presence is felt by many who live, work, and visit on this holy ground of Nazareth.
We were privileged to have Caroljean Willie, sc, the UN-NGO representative for the Charity Federation, at Nazareth for a presentation on the work of the United Nations and the NGO’s role and responsibilities. It was humbling to realize that each of us is connected to an organization that “shapes Global Policy” (UN), and a religious group that “works for the people” (NGO). The presentation was so comprehensive that it will take several viewings to begin to absorb the vastness on the issues and concerns addressed by the members of the UN and the NGOs. We know that the Charity Federation concentrates on: Poverty, Trafficking, Water, and immigration. Other concerns include: transforming unjust social structures, holding countries accountable for their part in achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, assisting developing countries with processes and systems they can use to help themselves, and much, much more. One way we at Nazareth respond to issues is by writing letters which S. Caroljean said, “One person writing is equal to 100 persons.” This is one way we work for justice and express our concern for oppressed people and those living in poverty.
Once again Carol Perry, su presented an inspiring, deeply spiritual, greatly appreciated retreat/workshop. “The Gospel of Mark” was the theme of this presentation, S. Carol’s seventh at Nazareth and the largest with 68 participants. Before S. Carol left, a signup sheet indicated that many will return for the August 15-20, 2010 retreat/workshop, “Our God of the Journey from the Wilderness to the Mountain.” Nazareth is blessed to have S. Carol Perry each year to offer reflections on the New Testament Scriptures. S. Carol lives in New York and has a very active ministry with working people.
SCNs Nancy Gerth, Luke Boiarski, and four Charity Federation Vocation Directors, after a Commissioning at Nazareth, led a group of women and men to Appalachia. They would work with Hand to Hand Ministries and assist with projects serving people who live in extreme poverty. The experience touches minds and hearts and leaves each one knowing that life and living are changed forever. The lay people in the group begin to understand poverty as they observe and help persons whose basic needs have never been met. The religious women in the group have vows of poverty and realize that there is a dimension to poverty that may not be part of their experience. We receive wisdom from people living in poverty and from the life of Jesus.
Nazareth’s fifth annual Picnic was an exciting and grand success. Of course, it was blessed with a perfect picnic day – temperatures in the 70s, overcast skies, every booth, item and volunteer in place, cakes, candy, stuffed animals, fruit, UK/UL prizes, country store, Nazareth crafts, games, face-painting, ice cream, cotton candy, plants, purses, pull tabs, basketballs and crazy hats, ping pong and corn hole. Imagine all that and more on the O’Connell Hall parking lot. Nazareth’s Mission and Ministry booth had a fine display of large, colorful pictures and information about ministries around the world. About 1,450 dinners were served in the Motherhouse Dining Room and many passed the word that the meal was absolutely delicious, prepared well, and served graciously by a host of volunteers who kept the dining room clean and welcoming. Some people moved outside under the tent with their dinner to enjoy the cool comfort of the day. On stage under a tent were several individuals and groups performing throughout the picnic. If you spent all your money winning or trying to win prizes you could move over to the entertainment tent and enjoy a variety of skilled performers. Vital to the success of the picnic is the initial getting to it. The smooth parking arrangements were organized by skilled employees. Picnic organizers, volunteers, and guests all agreed that Nazareth’s fifth annual picnic was a splendid event.
September 10 Bethlehem High School Freshman Retreat held in the Crimmins Hall Banner Room from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
September 14 Kentuckiana Vocation Directors from OH, IN, New Orleans, and KY will gather at Nazareth and have dinner in the Drawing Room at 5:00 p.m.
September 16-17 Students from Presentation Academy will be in the Columba Room for retreat each day from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
September 18 The annual Yard and Bake Sale to support the Nazareth Campus Mission Fund will be held in the Crimmins Hall Banner Room from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Donations of baked goods and sale items are welcome.
September 21 International Day of Peace Prayer Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. in St. Vincent Church and at the Peace Pole.
September 25-27 The SCN Associates retreat will be held in Crimmins Hall. Brenda Gonzales, scn will speak on the topic, “Rooted in God.”
October 2-3 Montessori Consignment Sale will be held in the Banner Room on Friday from 8:00-12:00 noon and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Employee Birthdays and Anniversaries
Dana Hinton 09/03 Betty Cecil 09/12/88
Susan Stumph 09/06 Emily Cottner 09/09/03
Kathy Cecil 09/07 Vivian Diehl 09/24/01
Roy Hardin 09/09 Debbie Martin 09/11/95
Gayle Case 09/14 Jackie Mattingly 09/25/75
Paul Underwood 09/16 John Nalley 09/15/75
Paula Harbin 09/21 Lorraine Ralston 09/13/78
Pam Clark 09/23 Bonnie Royalty 09/18/06
Leigh Anne Wimsett 09/27 Dianne Smith 09/09/97
Linda Greenwell 09/28 Tammy Thomas 09/25/00
Mattie Underwood 09/20/66