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Bibi is proud to have given an interview on BBC Radio about the positive changes for Muslim women in her village in Surkhet, Nepal, after joining the Sisters’ self-help group for women in 2008. “If this help had come to me earlier, what would I have become now?”
It is truly a time of changes – a time of giving and a time of receiving. So often I think of the hymn: “Take, Lord, receive all I have and all I am.”
Judy Raley, SCN, participated in the blessing and dedication of CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia on Feb. 6. This event marked the extension of the mission of CHI Memorial to a hospital, surgery and cancer center in North Georgia.
On Feb. 13, as part of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky’s, Catholics at the Capitol, Joetta Venneman visited Senator Jimmy Higdon and Representative Chad McCoy on issues related to the death penalty, the educational scholarship fund, and providing appropriate accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace.
The children anchored the program confidently. They took a pledge to abide by the values they have been taught in the school. They promised to be good citizens that all will be proud of.
The Inter Province PLT and Board meetings were held from Feb. 9, 2018, to Feb. 11, 2018, at Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, Bangalore. The two and half day meeting had Sisters Susan Gatz, the president, and Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, vice president as facilitators. The sessions focused on our commitment to be ‘United as SCNs in Mission’. The community of leaders discussed various relevant and crucial matters that concern life and mission of SCNs in India.
As we enter this holy season of Lent, we are called to reflect on the mysteries of life – the journey from life to death and back to life. May this time be grace-filled for you and may you experience a deepening of your faith. How is God revealed to you each day?
Sister Jacqueline Aceto (right) was part of the induction ceremony today into the honor society for Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Delta Theta Chapter at Jefferson Community and Technical College.
A class IV school dropout, Sabitri Dhakal produces three thousand kilograms of mushrooms and earns a substantial earning from the sale of honey. Coming in contact with the Navjyoti Sisters in Surkhet and joining one of its farming cooperatives, Sabitri was able to transform her family’s savings within a short span of time with hard work and determination.
Students of class IX along with their teachers organized a memorable farewell day for the outgoing batch of students on February 3, 2018. The 26 students (with an equal number of boys and girls) were escorted by the school band along with the Chief Guest, Principal, Vice-Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff.
I love being in the quiet atmosphere of Mokama campus, enjoying God’s beautiful nature around. I enjoy meeting the Sisters, visitors and the workers. I look forward to a life of serenity and peace and waiting for the eternal peace with the Lord of my life.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth present this very special collection of songs from Sister Pat Haley. Sister Pat has selected nine gospel and spirituals to sing on this album recorded in Nazareth, Kentucky, at St. Vincent de Paul Church.
Sisters and the animators of Navjyoti gave the people the initial help to register the cooperative and training for keeping the books of accounts, reports and carrying out the audits. Navjyoti continues to support the group with training, periodic loans or any other assistance they require. The cooperative is fully owned and managed by the shareholders.
The new Motherhouse Coordinators Team was blessed during Mass today at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, KY. Jenny Hicks joins Janice Downs, SCN and Kelly O’Mahony on the team, replacing Ann Margaret Boone, SCN.
Laurine Dichtel, SCN, 91, was born in Memphis, TN. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Monday, February 5, 2018. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 64 years. After making First Vows, Sister Laurine served in educational ministries....
On the annual feast of ‘Our Lady of Divine Grace’ Mokama, thousands of people from all walks of life and religious affiliation thronged to the Shrine on Feb. 4, 2018. From 6 am to 4 pm four Masses were offered for people to participate.
Like so many others who grow up in the poverty of a developing country, Nohemi yearned for a better life and was willing to work very hard to achieve it. After making the difficult trip to the United States, she immediately began working two jobs as she and her husband raised three children.
Students of St. Michaels’s School, Sale, arrived early to see to the final preparation for the much-awaited sports day which was to begin at 11.00 am. Neatly dressed in their washed clean uniforms, physical training tracksuits and barefoot, close to 1,400 students participated in the sports parade with the accompaniment of the school band.
Volunteers from Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio, were commissioned at Saturday’s liturgy at St. Vincent’s Church, followed by a day of orientation before they began their travels to Belize. On Sunday, Feb. 4, the group left for Belize to work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries to build a house for a family in great need. They will return to Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 11. Please pray for their safety in travels and on the job site. Angela Wallace, Nazareth employee – health office, the recipient of this year’s employee immersion scholarship, will also be on this trip.
Provincial House and Arunodaya Sisters along with Jane Karakunnel, SCN celebrated the golden jubilee of Susan Gatz, SCN, president, in Patna on Feb. 2, 2018, with an evening Mass, a short program and supper.
Nazareth Health Center, the hostellers, and the SCN Sisters use clean energy in Kutuderi, a remote village in Latehar district of Jharkhand. They have a four kV (Kilovolt) solar power for pumping the water, refrigeration, and lighting for twenty-four hours a day. The health center has a 1000 liter hot water system which remains hot throughout the day and night for the patients and for other use.
“Today was the first day of no rain! We visited the Hand In Hand site. Karen and her daughter, Sarah, to spend the morning there and Abel to bring them to work site to see the walls go up. Sunshine at the site for a very short time. Lots of volunteers. Amazing results!”
The purpose of the adolescent intervention is to make the young girls good future leaders with sound knowledge, lasting values, and ultimately good mothers. They intend to help the adolescents to make proper decisions to better their lives from an early age.
The Navjyoti School primary section won the NPABSAN championship trophy, medals, and certificates in football. Secondary school girls of Navjyoti came third and won a trophy, medals, and certificates as well. Congratulations to Navjyoti School!
Here are some pictures that were taken at a Jubilee celebration in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Several Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were celebrating. Archbishop Kurtz had the Mass followed by a reception.
Seven SCN Lay Mission Volunteers along with Sister Sarah Geier were commissioned at the Saturday morning Liturgy in St. Vincent’s Chapel. They traveled to Belize on Sunday, Jan. 28 to work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministry in building a house for a family in great need. This is the second house of five to be built in the next few months. Please keep them in prayer as they travel to and from Belize and for safety on the work site.
Anne Hagedorn, SCN, 91, was born in Covington, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 64 years. After making first vows, Sister Anne served in education...
Founded in 1877, Saint Joseph Hospital, a former SCN ministry, celebrated 140 years in the Lexington, Kentucky community recently. A number of SCNs attended and participated in the celebratory Mass last week.
Throughout our interview, Sister Antoinette often raised her eyes to heaven and spoke to God, offering thanks for one thing or another that had come up in conversation. Far from being in any way disruptive, these prayers were a beautiful addition. It was as though God had joined us to listen to Sister Antoinette gratefully recount the many blessings in her life.
Children from the age of 8 to 12 years were taken in from the streets of Surkhet by government agencies. They were accommodated in Bhairav Youth Empowerment Center temporarily. It is a center where young drug addicts are being reformed.
You are invited to Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, New Jersey, in April 2018! The Grassroots Planning Committee, representing ten Federation congregations, is preparing a retreat for April 8-13 titled: Charity Friendship: Deepening Our Relationships through Contemplative Conversations.
Twenty-eight students and two faculty members from Lieven’s High school from in Belgium had a half-day interaction with the 45 Premashray children on Jan. 5, 2018. These students were on a learning exposure program in Jharkhand.
A hundred and seventy-five blankets were distributed to cycle rickshaw pullers and rag picking children by Leena Padam, SCN, and the outreach program staff of Community Health Centre (CHC) in Bakhtiarpur from Jan. 11 to 13, 2018.
“Among my greatest blessings are the friends I have made, and all my ministries which I have liked. I have never been unhappy in religious life.”
Sister Maria Assumpta Adams, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was called to her heavenly home on January 12, 2018, at the age of 80 and in the 64th year of her religious life. Sister entered the congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Matthias...
Twelve SCNs gathered at the Socio-Religious Center (SRC), Malaparamba, Calicut for the Annual Socio-Pastoral ministry meeting which was held from 11 to 13 January 2018. Inaugurating the meeting, Sister Amrita Manjaly, provincial of Bangalore Province, shared her reflections on our call to be relevant religious who make a difference through our ministries in the present scenario.
Over 60 young athletes from the five schools of Bangalore Province gathered in St. Vincent Matriculation School, Trichy, on Jan. 13 for a day-long inter-school sports meet. Gathering for competitions has been an annual feature of SCN schools in Bangalore Province.
A large number of young Musahar children are growing up without any schooling in Haripur. The passionate cry of Sister Marina is that if the present generation is not educated the next generation will never be able to claim their place in society.
We began a Satyagraha (insistence on truth) and an indefinite fast to draw the attention of the officials toward the river that has been under attack by sand mining illegal businesses.
Preranalaya Social Development Centre (PSDC) organized an awareness program on the evils of child marriage at a residential school in Chinthalavalli, Musunuru, on Jan. 5, 2018.
Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Sept. 27, 2017 – Jan. 11, 2018.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as together we strongly denounce the decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans.
Over the last few days, SCN Volunteers in Belize worked building a house for a single mother and her two children. They laid the foundation, erected the walls, and put on the roof and shutters. Today was the house blessing.
Reflecting on her years in ministry Sister Mary Juliana states, “I hope to see our existing missions strengthened with the needed personnel and self-support. We need to learn from the wisdom and charism of Mother Catherine and our pioneering Sisters.”
Nine SCN Volunteers from Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky were commissioned at a Liturgy at St. Vincent Church. They will travel to Belize along with Sister Luke and work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministry from Jan. 8-15.
As a religious how one can go out of the framework and can make a difference and preach the good news through the special services and commitment were highlighted. Her services were also considered as a model for many religious people to replicate.
There are numerous rivers caressing the State we call Jharkhand. Many of these rivers have succumbed to the modern development process leaving these rivers into dumping grounds.
Navjyoti Center Surkhet organized a beautiful function on the occasion of certificate distribution for the skill trainees. Chabilal Sigdel Co-ordinator of the elected District Co-ordination Committee was the chief guest. About 100 people including representatives of different NGO groups, ex-trainees, guardians, child club members, youth club members, health volunteers and women group members were present.
“I have loved all of my missions but I think the highlight was the two years that I lived at Vincent Hut while working at SCN Center. The peace, tranquility, and beauty of the surroundings will always be remembered.”
Decked with balloons and other natural decorations, Mokama Nazareth Academy compound looked festive on its first Annual Sports Day on Dec. 22, 2017. Shama Perveen, the Muslim girl from Dariyarpur, Mokama who won the Kabadi championship at the 2017 Asian Games in Iran was the chief guest. She passionately spoke to the students to pursue their dreams and requested the parents to encourage the children to develop their God -given talents and not to limit them only to book knowledge.
Margaret Hohman, SCN, 95, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 70 years. Sister Margaret attended Presentation Academy high school in Louisville...
The new headstone is now set in the Nazareth cemetery at Mother Catherine’s grave. The inscription on the new piece reads, “This stone, erected December 23, 2017, anniversary of Mother Catherine’s birth, in 1793, is a copy of the original marble stone, which age and weather made illegible.” Video of the installation inside.
We hope that everyone has had the opportunity to read and enjoy at least one interview completed by the Marie Menard Committee since they were first published in January of 2016. This week we would like to share something a bit different: a biography of the committee’s namesake, Sister Marie Menard. This biography was written after Sister Marie’s death in 1914 and has been left in its original form. It can be found in a binder of several dozen brief SCN biographies in the Archival Center. Enjoy!
The faith group of SCNs and Associates of Metsimotlhabe reached out to the less privileged families in their community giving them the joy of celebrating Christmas. They gifted food hampers to four poor families.
Dorothy Wilson, SCN, joined the faculty, staff, and students of St. Joseph School, Bardstown, Kentucky, as they celebrated being recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence recently.
Like any normal day, Nov. 11 morning dawned. Stella Mary, SCN, and I were excited to be on our way to promote vocations in Palakkad as per our plan. Well, God had obvious plans for me, as a rabid dog ran towards me and bit me so badly that it left five wounds, two of which were very deep.
On Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, LIFE held its third annual seniors Christmas party. This year 85 seniors were catered for. The day was filled with dancing, singing, traditional Belizean Christmas meal of rice and beans, stuffing, potato salad, chicken, ham, cranberry sauce, and black and white cakes for dessert, prizes, and overall interaction with seniors, staff, community health workers, and volunteers.
Continuing the call of the Province Assembly to enhance community living, 35 sisters gathered in Nazareth Convent, Chandapura on Dec. 9-10 to participate in a workshop by Fr. Joe Mathias SJ. The two-day workshop titled ‘Fraternal life in the community to promote holiness and wholeness’ focused on the challenges and opportunities for religious in India today.
The Belize City SCNAs along with Sister Beverly Hoffman came together recently to package small gift bags of basic toiletries and fresh fruit to give to senior residents of Sr. Cecilia Home. The group went and sang Christmas Carols and interacted with the Seniors as part of their Christmas service project. It was a festive time and lots of old time Belizean Christmas songs were sung, and the residents danced and SCNAs danced too!
After the first year of service of the Room in the Inn program in Nelson County, Kentucky, a winter shelter for homeless men, women, and families, the need arose for supplies to participants who transitioned to permanent residences. Sister Janet Ballard came up with the idea for gathering these needed items as gifts at Christmas time at Nazareth.
In Metsimotlhabe, a village north of the capital of Gaborone, Botswana, Sisters Sunila Erumangalathu and Vinaya Chalil administer a one-of-kind hospice for the sick called Pabalelong. It means a place of love and care.
POFA sponsored their third Christmas gathering for the Sisters in the Columba Room in the Motherhouse at Nazareth on Monday, Dec. 11. The Sisters enjoyed homemade treats from staff and Christmas bingo with prizes to the winners.
A three-day collaborative workshop was conducted on wholesome family living by Joani Tuti and Joel Urumpil, SCN, at Chetanalaya, Rajgir on Dec 1-3, 2017. The participants, 25 youth and women leaders of Chetna Bharti, Chatra, and fifteen women from Chetanalaya belonged to the Musahar/Bhuia communities.
On the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12 a harp ensemble played Christmas music for the Sisters and Associates at Nazareth. The group was led by Lorinda Jones.
Her wish is “to be ready for another adventure and look to doing God’s will in whatever capacity I’m called upon, all for the sake of the mission and the charity charism.”
Our Faith group that meets at Nazareth on the third Sunday of each month in the meeting room behind the front desk in O’Connell Hall had dinner at Old Talbott Tavern after Mass December 10. We rejoiced that we had time together before Christmas. At the dinner we named our group “Followers of Catherine ”.
The SCN House of Hospitality in Louisville recently hosted a Christmas decorating party. Charity Alive members and other friends joined the Sisters for a meal, and Christmas fun.
Associates and Sisters attended the three year recommitment of Brad Hilgert and Andy Meyer at Nazareth Home in Louisville on the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception. It was wonderful to celebrate this service with the Sisters and residents there.
The most motivating factor that kept me going as a young Sister was my faithfulness and commitment to God who called me to take up Jesus’ healing ministry as my profession. My best contribution to the community was my life itself. I feel that I have been a role model to the young members of the community. I have generously shared my skills, gifts and blessings with all. My only hope and dream for the province is that many more young women may volunteer to commit their life to God in serving the people, especially the poor and the marginalized.
TaNaá and Andreiona are members of Charity Alive, a program for young adults designed to build and maintain relationships with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The four components of this program are service, spirituality, support, and finding direction in life.
Massachusetts SCNs & SCNAs gathered to celebrate Foundation Day on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Catherine Spalding House in Brockton. Mary Elizabeth Miller joined them and gave a wonderful update on SCN news & spent time informally sharing.
See some of the creations from the most recent activity for the Sisters at Nazareth. Some made the snowmen and allowed them to be sold in the mini-shop. They were a big hit and didn’t last long. Watch the video inside the link.
Several members of Charity Alive spent the weekend at Nazareth for their biannual meeting. They enjoyed their accommodations in the Volunteer House where they gathered for prayer, planning, and support. Their service project of choice was decorating several Christmas trees in Carrico Hall and preparing the courtyard for outside decorations.
The Annual Sports function of Nazareth Vidya Niketan Chatra was held on Nov. 28, 2017, for the students, parents, and teachers. The students were prompt in showcasing the items such as 100 and 800-meter race, hurdle race, flag race, bamboo race, biscuit race, ring race, etc.
Nursing leaders from Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, and Saint Joseph Jessamine enjoyed a day of learning and mission focus at Lexington Art’s Place on Nov. 10. The theme for the day was, “Bringing hope, healing, and wellness to You.”
“I was the youngest of six; My siblings were two brothers- Ed and Steve, and three sisters-Mary, now deceased, Anne, a Sister of Good Shepherd, and Dorothy. Ours was a close, loving and very faith-filled home. The family attended Mass, CCD classes. Wednesday services in October, Vespers on Sunday afternoon, Stations of the Cross during Lent. We never questioned going to these regular Church devotions.”
Woven through their lives are relationships with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. That’s why they decided to ask guests attending a party for their 50th wedding anniversary to make a donation to the SCNs in lieu of personal gifts.
A group of Associates and SCNA candidates gathered at St. Thomas in Kentucky for an afternoon with Mother Catherine. They took a tour of the log house, the church, and hiked to the springhouse. Sister Maria Vincent Brocato portrayed Mother Catherine and talked about the early community and history of the Congregation at St. Thomas.
As Christmas approaches, honor a loved one with a gift to help the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth meet their ministry needs. We thank you for the many ways you have blessed the Congregation over the years. Please know that together we are working to spread Christ’s love.
Director of the SCN Associate Program Jo Ann Paulin, traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee this week to hold a Commitment Renewal Ceremony for Associates in the area.
Loretta and her twin brother Norbert, Jr. “Bud”, were born in 1923 to Norbert and Marcella North Weller. Besides the twins there were three other children – Mary Clara, Margaret Alice and Robert Joseph. All the children were born in the small Weller home in Newport, Kentucky.
Sisters Anne Magruder, Angela Hicks, Molly Thompson, Luke Boiarski, Marie Becker and SCNA candidate, Elaine Bellflowers, traveled to Kentucky Cornerstone in Beattyville, Kentucky, to assist Dora Ross for her annual Christmas event to be held on Dec. 9. For two days, they wrapped presents for children, adorned the tree with colorful ornaments, and decorated the outside of the house. All this, in preparation for this special gathering for the needy in the Appalachian area.
Sisters in Botswana gathered in Metsimotlhabe on Saturday, Nov. 18, to bless Sister Vinaya as she is ready to take off for Kenya Exploration. The community presented her with a Kenyan flag and wished her with the words of Martin Luther King Junior, “Take the first step in faith. We don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step in faith.” Also inside, a message from the Sisters upon their arrival.
Religious congregations from all over the world gathered in Chicago to explore how to overcome unconscious biases permeating their orders, during a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life. Speakers cautioned that interculturality, how those from different cultures relate to one another, may be an existential matter for religious life.
Vincentian Academy celebrated its 85th Anniversary this week with an Anniversary Gala held at the Le Mont Restaurant in Pittsburgh. Many SCNs attended the event. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth received the Women of Courage Award. Sister Mary Elizabeth Miller accepted the award.
Overwhelmed with joy and surprise, Luke Boiarski, SCN, received a box as a gift this week from Alive in You – Catholic Conference and Service Camp. The box contained a donation and many letters from a group of young people who attended their summer camp. The letters were thanking SCNs for their lives dedicated to God and to ministry.
Forty-five Sisters including ten novices, three Medical Mission Sisters from Patna and Mandar, Jharkhand attended a seminar on the “changing socio-economic and political scenario and its impacts on our lives today” by Rev. George Monnipally on Nov. 11-12, 2017 in Mokama. Father George is a social activist from Daltonganj diocese.
Filled with love and enthusiasm, volunteers (Erin Kelly, Karen Ladowski, LeAnne Moore, Kristy Reynolds) from Kansas, Minnesota, and New Hampshire accompanied Sarah Geier, SCN, to travel to India and serve at Asha Kiran from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2, 2017.
I want to dedicate the evening of my life to praise and thank my faithful God for the love and care that I continuously receive. Daily I pray for each and every Sister, members of SCN family, co-workers, benefactors and their families. Every fiber of my being and every activity of my life resound with praise for my God!
On a beautiful afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, friend of the Congregation, Jean West welcomed 400 attendees to Join the Journey, a luncheon for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. It was an opportunity to praise and thank those supporters who have blessed the SCN Congregation over the past 205 years. A day to fill all hearts with the desire to make a difference in the lives of family members, the community, the country and to the many cultures and peoples throughout the world.
Lucia Thuluvanickel, SCN, (75) was born at Kaiyur parish of Palai diocese, Kottayam district in Kerala. She passed away at 2.40 am on Nov. 10, 2017, at Nazareth Hospital in Mokama, Bihar. Sister Lucia has been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth since 1968.
Three Korean Sisters, Ran Young Kim, Yun Jong Jang and In Young Oh of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, were welcomed to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Provincial House in Patna, India, on Nov. 3, 2017. They spent time with the Sisters learning about Indian culture and SCN ministries in India, like the children’s center in Rajgir.
Bishop David Zubik today joined with elected officials, community leaders and representatives of Vincentian Collaborative System for a ceremonial groundbreaking for TERRACE PLACE AT VINCENTIAN, an active senior living community located along Babcock Boulevard in McCandless on the former site of Vincentian Regency.
What a diverse history of generous service to God’s people Sister Madonna can claim! She looks back now and shares, “I pray for each Sister I have known and lived with, each person with whom I have been in ministry, all whom I have served. I believe firmly that God leads each of us. The more we trust that guidance the more blessed we are. Heaven will be a glorious celebration of all God has promised and all we desire.”
Sister Luke and Sister Susan speak on a local television news channel about the recent Houston disaster relief trip.
Friends and family gathered with Helen Blodgett, SCN, in Philadelphia to celebrate her Renewal of Vows on her 40th anniversary. Congratulations Sister Helen!
Mary Burns, SCN, 88, was born in Louisville, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Monday, October 30, 2017. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Mary enjoyed learning. As a child she dreamed of becoming a teacher,...
We prayed with parishioners in gratitude for the Sisters’ lives and deaths. These women are our ancestors, our mothers in ministry. May we carry on their Spirit, their love for the people, their willingness to do whatever the moment asks, and to give all.
Congratulations to 2017 Memphis Catholic Hall of Fame inductee Laurine Dichtel, SCN!
Volunteers arrived safely home this week after assisting in Houston, Texas, for several days. They spent their time filling food containers for families in need as well as removing wallboard in homes so rebuilding can begin soon.