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“The finest workers in stone are

Not copper or steel tools, but the

Gentle touches of air and

Water working at their leisure

With a liberal allowance of time.”   

Henry David Thoreau


Thoreau’s words about the “gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure” conjure very different images than what we have seen “air and water” wreak this year.  While we have mostly escaped the wrath of violent storms in our area, many others across the country have not been as fortunate.  When tragedies strike and touch the lives of so many, we often find ourselves wishing that we could help in some way.   We are proud and grateful that members of our SCN Family, led by Sister Luke Boiarski, have reached out to those in Joplin, Missouri who continue to struggle to rebuild lives that have been torn apart by “air and water.”   Even though many of us may not be able to offer assistance to others directly, we are blessed to work with an organization that continues to find ways to reach out to others in time of need.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can assist the people of Joplin or others whose needs are great, please contact Sister Luke or the Office of Congregational Advancement.

Director’s Thoughts

Who Reads This Stuff Anyway?

You may have heard that an organization is a sum of its parts.  A study of recent natural disasters has made it clear that it is the sum of the relationships of an organization or community that determines the quality of outcome in an organization.  Of course, this isn’t really news to those who study such matters.  But, the real question may be, who reads this stuff anyway?  And, who thinks it applies to them?  I know, if it doesn’t apply to me, nothing will ever change in my world.  

Campus Committees

Social Committee meets Wednesday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m., in the O’Connell Hall Meeting Room.   The committee will be making final plans for the Annual Nazareth Ice Cream Social, which will be Wednesday, July 27 at 1:30 in the Motherhouse Dining Room.  In addition to ice cream, there will be fun and games.  Be certain to mark your calendars!

Wellness Committee will announce the winner of the Smoothie Contest at the Ice Cream Social.  A special prize will be awarded to the winning smoothie entry and samples will be available along with copies of recipes. 

Bio-Metric Testing for Nazareth employees and their spouses will be conducted Wednesday morning, July 13.  The testing is provided at no cost as part of Catholic Health Initiatives continuing commitment to employee wellness.  The screening will help identify areas of medical concerns that need to be addressed for continuing a healthy lifestyle.  Remember, if you have signed up to participate, do not eat prior to the screening.  Only water is allowed!

Grounds Committee will meet on Thursday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m.  Items for the agenda may be submitted to Tom Robertson.

Person-Centered Care Committee has reconvened to discuss the ongoing needs of the Sisters and the role NCS staff plays to insure the highest quality of service and care possible.  Members of the committee include the Motherhouse Coordinators, Sisters Therese Arru, Louise Smith and Earline Hobbs; Health Office Nurse Managers Pat Hicks and Sandy Haynes; S. Sarah Ferriell, Tom Robertson, Richard Sweazy, Lorraine Ralston and Pam Clark.  The next meeting is scheduled for July 26 at 8 a.m. in the O’Connell Hall Meeting Room.

Upcoming Events

July 12, 2011 is the 170th anniversary of Bishop David’s death.  To honor Bishop David’s role in the SCN history, a special liturgy will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent Church that will include the unveiling of the new picture of Bishop David. 

The Yard and Bake Sale has been scheduled for Friday, September 9, in the Crimmins Banner Room.  Please bring donations for the yard sale to the Housekeeping Department or to the old Laundry so that prices can be marked ahead of time.  Instructions about donations of baked items will be provided later.  Proceeds from the Yard and Bake Sale are used for the Employee Mission Fund, which assists employees and others with emergency needs throughout the year.  

The Laundry Sale has been scheduled for September 14 for employees and September 16 for the public.  The purpose of this sale is to dispose of unused and unneeded furniture and equipment that collects at Nazareth throughout the year. 

Nazareth Picnic, Saturday, August 27, is rapidly approaching.  Booth chairs are now signing up volunteers.  Sign-up sheets for parking will be distributed to employees next week.  Please consider volunteering at least an hour or two for this very important event.  Your assistance is much needed and greatly appreciated!


We are happy to welcome two new employees to the Nazareth family.

Samantha Koch (pronounced “Cook”) joined the Food Service Department in May.  Samantha was born and raised in New Haven and lives at home with her mom and dad.  She has an older brother and a younger brother.   Her “baby” is her Maltese named Grace.  Samantha says she has always enjoyed cooking and baking and this is what led her to obtain a degree in Baking and Pastry Art from Sullivan University.  When she is not cooking, Samantha enjoys being outdoors.

Lisa Chesser recently joined the Food Service Department as a temporary employee to help out while other employees were on medical leave.  Lisa has lived in Bloomfield for the last 25 years.  She is married, has three grown daughters and six grandsons.  Lisa also has two Shih Tzu’s, Tango and Rudy, that she enjoys taking care of.  Lisa has been in the Food Service business for twenty-five years, and she feels blessed to be here.  You’ll be able to recognize her by the beaming smile she wears as she bustles between the kitchen and Carrico Dining Hall.  When Lisa is not at work, she enjoys boating and socializing. 

Please join us in welcoming Samantha and Lisa to Nazareth.

Employee Birthdays Employee Anniversaries  
Amy Boss 7/01 Agnes Hagan 7/1/96
Tammy Mattingly 07/03 Marilyn Milburn 7/1/02
Vanessa O’Bryan 07/05 Pam Clark 7/6/92
Marie Underwood 07/08 Sandy Haynes 7/8/02
Marilyn Milburn 07/12 Wilma Clark 7/12/05
Abonesh Tadesse 07/12 Patty Gilbert 7/17/01
Richard Sweazy 07/18 Kathy Hertel 7/20/09
Rosanne Dillon 07/21 Linda Spalding 7/21/75
Jackie Smith 07/22 Mary Alice Forsee 7/22/91
Ray Ralston 07/23 Paul Underwood 7/23/90
Charlotte Gill 07/25 Abonesh Tadesse 7/28/08
    Grace Rogers 7/28/93
    Pat Hicks 7/31/00



If we paused during the various 4th of July fireworks displays that take place in our country each year and really considered the reasons we celebrate Independence Day so proudly, we might have a tendency to believe that the freedoms on which America was established – and which we may take for granted today – have always been part of American life.  However, when the first SCNs took their vows and for many years during the early life of the congregation, those who practiced the Catholic faith in the new United States of America often had to fight for the freedom to worship that was promised to them by the U.S. Constitution.  Colonial Maryland was actually established on the specific premise of “religious freedom for all”; however, changes in government leadership during the 1600’s and 1700’s gradually eroded those freedoms for Catholics and the great exodus of Catholics from Maryland to Kentucky soon began.  .

What did all of this mean for the early SCNs?   Mother Catherine Spalding, the first superior of the congregation, was born in Maryland and came to Kentucky during the same time period of the Maryland migration.  Not only did she and other members of the congregation have to survive the harsh lifestyle and economic hardships of the time, but also would have dealt with religious intolerance that reared its head throughout the early history.  One of the most infamous examples of religious intolerance in Kentucky occurred in Louisville on August 5, 1855 on Election Day and is known as “Bloody Monday.”  On this date, anti-Catholic members of the “Know Nothing Party”- whose main purpose was to keep Catholics from obtaining political office – killed 22 German and Irish Catholic immigrants in Louisville.  According to historical accounts, some of the worst violence took place in the same neighborhood where the first SCN orphan asylum, St. Vincent’s, was located and where members of the congregation would have been caring for children who lived there.  Historical accounts of the riots state:

 “…The smoldering embers of hate and prejudice soon caught fire over several incidents leading up to August 6, 1855.  On July 8, 1855, a large mob gathered around the Catholic Church on Fifth Street.  A rumor circulated that the Irish stored arms in the church and prepared to use them in the upcoming state elections.  The mob found out that the church did not contain any arms.  A few days later, the Louisville Public School Board fired all the Catholic teachers except for one…. Just before the election, the Know-Nothings held a 1,500 man torchlight procession through the streets of Louisville, hoping to intimidate the foreigners.  At midnight the Know Nothings took control of the polls and the city’s police officers backed them up… On August 6, 1855, the polls opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m.  Most of the polling stations had thugs at the doors, asking for a yellow ticket, which was a sign for the Know-Nothing party and asked foreigners if they had their naturalization papers.  The first person to lose his life during the riots was George Berg, who was beaten to death on the street by a group of angry Irishmen.  During the course of the day, two large riots erupted in the city.  The first riot took place in the German district at 4 p.m., which was located in the First Ward on the east end of Louisville.  The second riot occurred from 6 p.m. until midnight in the Irish district, in the Eight Ward in the western section of town.

“On the corner of Shelby and Green Streets, a German fired at a passing carriage.  Another man was shot riding in his buggy.  Once the gunshots were fired, the mobs of Know-Nothings became uncontrollable.  Luckily, Bishop Martin Spalding gave the keys of the Cathedral of the Assumption to Mayor Barbee.  When the mob arrived at the Cathedral, Mayor Barbee searched the premises and told the crowd that there were no arms inside the church.  The mob moved onto St. Martin’s Church on Shelby Street, believing the Catholics had arms stored in the church.  Again Mayor Barbee assured the crowd there were no arms.  The mob joined about another fifty men, carrying muskets, bayonets, and pulling a cannon.  At 3 p.m. the mob assembled around Armbruster’s brewery. 

“In the Irish Ward, the fighting broke out between Know-Nothings and Irishmen after the killing of Theodore Rhodes, when he and two other men, were beaten by two Irishmen while walking through the district.  Large mobs entered the Irish Ward and the residents fired on the mob from houses located along Quinn’s Row.  Patrick Quinn owned a series of houses located along Main Street, located between Eleventh and Twelfth Streets.  The Know Nothings burned the whole row of houses, destroying twelve houses and burned several people to death.  The mob killed Quinn, an Irishman, and threw his body onto the flames.  Two men were hanged from their banisters of their own homes and also consumed to the flames.

“The last victim of the riots occurred when an old German was pulled from his bed and shot to death.  Another German was beaten and then thrown down his stairway, until he died.  Reverend Karl Boeswald, of the Church of Immaculate Conception, at Eighth and Cedar, rushed to the bedside of the dying parishioner, but fell fatally wounded by a hail of stones…”  (“Bloody Monday Riots: August 6, 1855”, Bush, 2007)

When the elections of 1856 came around a year later, the riots of the previous year were on Mother Catharine’s mind as she wrote a letter from the orphanage to Sister Cleophas on September 22, 1856:

“…Give my best love to Sister Gabriella and to all the Sisters & ask them to commence the Littany of the Immaculate Conception & say it daily in common till November, to obtain a just and peaceable election.  Tell Sister Gabriella to be sure to do it, – & we poor orphans will join….”        (Letters of Mother Catherine Spalding)

In spite of the religious turmoil and other hardships of the early days, in Catharine Spalding’s lifetime the pioneer SCNs managed to establish or expand 21 schools, 2 hospitals, 2 orphanages, and also to complete multiple building projects on the Nazareth Campus.   The care and compassion shown to people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and even religious beliefs by the early SCNs surely helped to dispel generations of myths and fears that surrounded the Catholic faith.  Similarly, the Catholic families that migrated from Maryland to Kentucky in the 1700’s are many of the same family names that we are familiar with today:  Hayden, Cissell, Clark, Hagan, Dant, Miles, Mattingly, Greenwell, Elder, Spalding, Green, Bowling, Mudd, Nally, and many others.  These families prospered in their new home and, along with the early SCNs and other groups of women religious, helped the central Kentucky area to become known as “the holy land of Kentucky.”

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