Ageism

Ageism

“I condemn ageism in all its forms and call for measures to address this violation of human rights as we strive to improve societies for people of all ages. This demands changing the way older people are portrayed and perceived, from being seen as a burden to...
Meeting Our Basic Needs

Meeting Our Basic Needs

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the...
Colorism

Colorism

“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.” (Laudato Si, #52) Colorism, discussed briefly in Sr. Carlette’s story, is a trend similar to racism in that the color of one’s skin defines their lived experience. However, colorism usually...
Economic Inequality

Economic Inequality

“Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” (Laudato Si, #93) Intergenerational poverty is driven by societal systems that perpetuate inequalities between those with...
Colonization

Colonization

“The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice.” (Psalm 72:3) The glimpse that Sister Carlette provides into the colonization of Belize opens our eyes and minds to the lasting impacts of colonization everywhere. Countries that have taken...
Environmental justice in Belize from Sister Carlette Gentle

Environmental justice in Belize from Sister Carlette Gentle

Having grown up in the Southside of Belize City, a constituency of largely lower- to middle-income Creole and Hispanic residents, Sr. Carlette lived through systemic colorism. It is a reality here – as in many cities – that your neighborhood determines your life...
A very special 40th birthday present

A very special 40th birthday present

On Jan. 15, Sister Carlette Gentle celebrated her 40th birthday but not with the usual cake and celebration. The constant rains in Belize had washed away the paint and made the house look worn and covered with mildew. The SCN Center in Belize City needed a...
Taking Christmas to seniors

Taking Christmas to seniors

In Belize Living Independently in Full Existence (LIFE) aims to improve the quality of life of seniors living in the Southside of Belize City. On this day, LIFE would have had its annual Christmas party, but because of COVID-19, they could not gather. Instead, Sister...
Update from LIFE

Update from LIFE

Sister Carlette Gentle is now back in Belize and at home after quarantine. She returned to working at LIFE with seniors of Belize City. “Now more than ever we are trying hard to assist the seniors on Southside during this time of the pandemic,” she says....
Happy Independence Day to Belize

Happy Independence Day to Belize

On Monday, Sept. 21, Belize celebrates the 39th anniversary of Independence. St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize City celebrated this occasion with an intercultural liturgy today. You can view the video of the liturgy here, or below. —
45 years in Belize

45 years in Belize

Today is Sept. 1. For the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, this is a big day-Belize Foundation Day! When Mike Oliver, SJ, realized he needed the help of more sisters, Jim Short, SJ contacted the SCN Superior General, Barbara Thomas. As a result, 45 years ago, in 1975,...
Pastoral support in southern Belize

Pastoral support in southern Belize

Sister Higinia Bol’s ministry collaborates with St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize. The Toledo District is the southern-most district of Belize, bordering Guatemala. Her ministry with the parish involves pastoral presence, including...
Read the latest issue of The Journey

Read the latest issue of The Journey

In this issue of The Journey, you can read more on our Kenya initiative, as well as other stories that flow from our engagement in other parts of the world. The inspiring stories of Sisters Margaret Lillian Davenport, Blanche Correia, and Rose Plathottathil, will give...
A Day of World-Wide Solidarity and Prayer

A Day of World-Wide Solidarity and Prayer

Prayer for Laetara Sunday March 22 The UISG (International Union of Superiors General) has designated Sunday, March 22 as a Day of Worldwide Solidarity and Prayer for those impacted by the pandemic. We are invited to join in this plea for an end to suffering and death...
Seton Hill University volunteers

Seton Hill University volunteers

It was a historic partnership for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Sister Luke Boiarski and Sister Chris Kunze facilitated an orientation in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, for students and teachers of Seton Hill University. They...
Sister Carlette in Global Sisters Report

Sister Carlette in Global Sisters Report

Q & A with Sr. Carlette Gentle, improving life for the elderly in Belize From the Global Sisters Report by Soli Salgado Though she is pursuing a master’s degree in the United States, Sr. Carlette Gentle, left, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, has...
Couple simplifies to build homes for the poor

Couple simplifies to build homes for the poor

Cindy and Mark Rhonemus have been working with Sister Luke Boiarski and the volunteer program of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for many years. They have been on seven volunteer trips and to Belize for four home builds over those years. Good Life Magazine in...
Sister Higinia leads catechists in Toledo District

Sister Higinia leads catechists in Toledo District

St. Peter Claver Parish, Punta Gorda, Belize commissioned 13 catechists. After nine months of intensive training these men and women received their certificates to work in their respective village churches. These catechists came from 12 villages in the Toledo...
A home for the Ortiz family

A home for the Ortiz family

Volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth returned to Nazareth, Kentucky last week. The group was rewarded a well-earned respite after three consecutive home builds completed in Belize with varying volunteers giving of their time and talents. The last home...