The Kentucky Standard Editorial Board

Recently, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth marked National Catholic Sisters Week by offering tours of Nazareth and sharing their stories. Not only did they talk about the origins of the organization, they shared their personal stories, telling of their own accomplishments and events that have shaped their lives.

While it’s easy to assume they’ve always been women who calmly clip stamps and collect money for those in need, these women have lived full, eventful, action-packed lives. Their stories are fascinating.

It was pointed out on a recent tour that sisters often focus their work outside the convent. And from listening to just some of the stories these women have to tell, they certainly have focused a lot outside of those walls.

Their dedication to Christ and love of others can be seen and felt around the world in schools, hospitals and generally underserved parts of the globe.

Currently, the group is seeking volunteers to assist on mission trips to locations as close as Appalachia and as far away as Botswana.

There’s also a trip planned to India. There’s still an SCN hospital there that serves locals, and Indian women are still joining the community in large numbers.

There are still women dedicating their lives to the ministry here, too, even though the rates have dropped over time.

You don’t have to become a sister, however, to learn about all they do and have done.

If you’ve never been to the Nazareth campus, the buildings are open to the public throughout the week. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours can also be arranged for the campus museum and the Archival Center is open to visitors and researchers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

We’re blessed to have these women in our midst. They’ve made countless contributions to history, and they’re working to improve lives in the present and enrich the future. Let them inspire you.