All recent posts from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

EQUAL Act

EQUAL Act

On May 12, Mary Danhauer and Joetta Venneman were joined by Jarret Smith of NETWORK to talk with Elaina Murphy from Congressman Brett Guthrie’s office on the EQUAL Act.

Sisters help their garden grow

Sisters help their garden grow

Three long-time friends, Sister Mary Reisz, Sister Dorothy Wilson, and Sister Dolores Greenwell, recently planted vegetables and flowers in the raised garden outside the church at the Nazareth Motherhouse. As they helped beautify the grounds they had fun playing in the dirt.

Happy International Nurses Day

Happy International Nurses Day

Happy International Nurses Day! On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society and especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Attending to critical COVID patients

Attending to critical COVID patients

“I was put in a ward with 16 critical patients, two of whom died today. … Please do pray for the patients … I truly consider this opportunity to serve as a blessing.”

Feast Day celebration

Feast Day celebration

The Sisters at Caritas and Associates gathered on Sunday, May 9th to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Louise de Marillac with a special Mass in her honor.

Mother’s Day at LIFE

Mother’s Day at LIFE

LIFE’s seniors receive sweet treats! “To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world!”

Sisters to make perpetual vows

Sisters to make perpetual vows

Please keep Sister Hema Santhosa and Sister Prasanthi Mandapatti in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare to make perpetual vows later this week. They also recently gave a presentation entitled “Conversion in a Community of Mission”.

Amid India’s crisis, Sisters respond

Amid India’s crisis, Sisters respond

India and Nepal are hurting right now. Reports directly from our Sisters and the daily news reports describe how the second surge of COVID-19 is devastating lives and overwhelming systems. The statistics of lives lost and those impacted are staggering. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering. Our unity across the globe is felt keenly and we are impelled to respond. The severity of this crisis is felt in every facet of life and especially in our health ministries.

Adoration for the sick and the suffering

Adoration for the sick and the suffering

The 10th day of Adoration for healing of the sick and the suffering in the Archdiocese of Patna was conducted by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Patna Provincial House community. You may watch the recorded video inside.

Welcome Robin!

Welcome Robin!

The Western Province Leadership Team and members welcomed Robin Leake today as the new pastoral administrator for St. Vincent Church. Prayers were offered during the missioning ceremony held for Robin as she begins her new ministry this week. 

Sister Jackie receives two awards

Sister Jackie receives two awards

Sister Jacqueline Aceto recently received two awards. The Beth K. Fields Award for continually going above and beyond the call of duty in both profession and CASE-Kentucky. The other award is the Dean Citation award for outstanding academic excellence.

National Farm Worker Ministry turns 50

National Farm Worker Ministry turns 50

National Farm Worker Ministry is celebrating 50 years! 

National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) is a faith-based organization which supports farm workers as they organize for justice and empowerment. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) support NFWM as a Member Organization. Felix Garza, SCNA, serves as the SCN representative.  

Sisters begin novena for India

Sisters begin novena for India

In solidarity with all Sisters and people across India, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have begun praying a novena for India. United at Nazareth and across the Congregation this nine-day devotional prayer reminds Sisters they are one and together lifts up their hearts to God during this difficult time.

International Workers’ Day

International Workers’ Day

Acknowledging the contributions of laborers across the globe, the Sisters at Nazareth Convent, Vasai, celebrated International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2021, with the workers laboring in Nazareth Primary School building by praying with them seeking God’s blessings on them and their family members. The Sisters also shared light meals with them. 

Sister Jessie and her team respond to COVID crisis

Sister Jessie and her team respond to COVID crisis

Sister Jessie Saldanha puts on multiple hats as the crisis caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in panic and grief. Recognizing that more hands were needed to assist the patients getting admitted to the hospital, she gave a training session to her team of pharmacists on “Caring for COVID-19 patients”.

Nazareth in Spring

Nazareth in Spring

See the splendor of this Holy place amongst a campus in bloom, come virtually right now with this video to Nazareth in Spring. 🌸

Prayers for India

Prayers for India

Please pray for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth serving in India, the nation as a whole, and all the people of India as they deal with the strain of the second wave of the world’s worst coronavirus crisis. At a time when people are in fear of living amid a disease spreading at a rapid speed, we pray for God’s great mercy and compassion on all who are suffering and that the hearts of everyone will be strengthened as we deal with this pandemic.

Sisters visit St. Mary’s Ryken

Sisters visit St. Mary’s Ryken

Betsy Haley from St. Mary’s Ryken in Leonardtown, Maryland, shared the following about a recent visit from Sisters.

Enter the SCN Super Raffle

Enter the SCN Super Raffle

Win $20,000! Only 3,000 Tickets will be sold at $25 each. The live drawing will be held, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in Nazareth, Kentucky, and online via live webcast. Get your ticket now!

Serving at the Border: One Year Later

Serving at the Border: One Year Later

Sister Brenda Gonzales and Sister Rosemarie Kirwan recently shared experiences from their 2020 trip to the US/Mexico border.

Happy reunion

Happy reunion

On April 20 two SCNs, Anne Kull and Charlene Reebel, visited the Pittsburgh SCN’s in Carrico Hall for the first time since St. Louise Convent closed and 10 Sisters transitioned to Nazareth Motherhouse.

Theresa Cash, SCN

Theresa Cash, SCN, formerly Sister Elizabeth Theresa, 96, a native of Fancy Farm, Kentucky, died April 25, 2021, at the Motherhouse, Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 74 years.

‘Chosen’ Sister Florina’s new video channel

‘Chosen’ Sister Florina’s new video channel

Sister Florina has created a new YouTube channel that she has called “Chosen”. The weekly video series is designed to share her experiences as a Sister with others. Take a look and support the channel by subscribing.

Earth Day presentations

Earth Day presentations

Carolyn Cromer and Julia Gerwe offer a report from the Office of Ecological Sustainability on how SCNs have cared for Earth over the last year and what has been happening across the congregation towards sustainability. Please join them in watching this short video. Plus watch the prayer service held at Nazareth today.

Charity Alive dedicate trees to Nazareth

Charity Alive dedicate trees to Nazareth

The trees are dedicated in honor of Charity Alive for Earth and Arbor Day in the hope they will endure for generations as a testament to the group’s love for Nazareth!

Strong storm damages roof

Strong storm damages roof

Recently, heavy rain and winds met Nazareth Convent in Meghalaya and created damage to the roof of the high school.

Thanks for the memories!

Thanks for the memories!

A final newsletter from Doors to Hope. “We will always be grateful for their selfless dedication and support for our Latino family in all aspects!”

Final graduation

Final graduation

Nine women recently graduated from the final Computer Literacy Program at Doors to Hope. Seven of the nine students attended their graduation Tuesday night in the parking lot of Doors to Hope with their families.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Jan. 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021.

Sister Paris joins Sister Visitor

Sister Paris joins Sister Visitor

Sister Paris will lead as director in June at Sister Visitor Center in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve families with emergency assistance programs that provide the most basic of human needs such as food and financial assistance.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

The Kentucky Public Service Commission held a public hearing today on the Louisville Gas & Electric case that seeks to raise rates on electricity and gas in addition to smart meter technology and de-incentivize solar energy.

Dedicated to God and compassionate care

Dedicated to God and compassionate care

Recently, Mary Susann Gobber, SCN, celebrated 60 years as a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, with most of those years in health care ministries. She was also recognized for decades of dedicated care to patients in hospital and geriatric care facilities, as a nominee for one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s 25th Annual Governor’s Service Awards.

Marigolds sprouting

Marigolds sprouting

Sister Mary Middendorf planted marigolds and nurtured them until they sprouted recently. Sisters on each floor of Carrico have planted seeds that will eventually be transplanted to a place on Nazareth grounds for all to see.

Join us for the Nazareth 5K

Join us for the Nazareth 5K

Run and walk at Nazareth or in the location of your choosing as you join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for the 2021 virtual 5K. Registrants will receive the official Nazareth 5K shirt plus a special gift from the Sisters. June 5-13, 2021.

Now What?

Now What?

Ellen Sprigg shares her reflection after serving with Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas (March 20-April 3).

Sisters visit outstations in Kenya

Sisters visit outstations in Kenya

Sisters in Kenya share about the journey to the remote locations of their ministry to visit Catholic families and the trials of traveling there.

‘Patricia Connontail’ visits Nazareth

‘Patricia Connontail’ visits Nazareth

Sister Valerie Miller added to the fun when she dressed as “Patricia Connontail” (not Peter) to distribute treats to the Sisters. The treat bags were made by Bee Hall, Sister of Rose Riley, SCN.

LIFE serves seniors in Belize

LIFE serves seniors in Belize

Due to COVID restrictions, Sister Carlette led an initiative to take the annual Easter party to the seniors that LIFE serves.

Easter gift in Belize

Easter gift in Belize

In Belize City, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, along with Miriam Juarez, prepared baskets for less fortunate children who may have gone without an Easter gift this year. Together, baskets were packed with candy, jelly beans, cookies, chips, and toys.

The Sustainable Scoop

The Sustainable Scoop

Did you know? It’s a girl!

The world’s rarest turtle species, Swinhoe’s softshell turtle, may live on since conservationists confirmed a turtle found in Vietnam is female.

Alleluia! Christ has risen.

Alleluia! Christ has risen.

May the dogwood’s special beauty,
as it enframes our church,
Fill your soul with wonder,
as for God, you search.

Just as earth in springtime,
is renewed before our eyes,
So, may your spirit be renewed,
to proclaim Christ with your life.

(Click to see a video reflection.)

Love Multiplied 

Love Multiplied 

Julia’s Journal – What a treat for me, to have the luxury of time and mental space for back-to-back reflections! This is a bit of a shorter one; just some thoughts wrapping up my work of the day and some of my grounding time after. I’m excited to be wrapped into some planning of Holy Week activities for this week — there’s a hint about this reflection. I hope it prompts some reflection in you, too!

Sharing from Sisters in Kenya

Sharing from Sisters in Kenya

Sister Vinaya and Sister Philo share the following update with all about their current experiences as they settle into their new ministry in Malindi, Kenya.

Something Beautiful, Something Broken

Something Beautiful, Something Broken

Julia’s Journal – Day Seven: “Juarez was so close that I could read the street art and road signs. I couldn’t imagine waiting for years alongside a border so close. What really separates us? I’d say it’s up to you and I to decide.”

When Girls Rise, We All Rise

When Girls Rise, We All Rise

At a residential home and school in India, girls are rising under the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s guidance. This is one example of Sisters empowering girls to create lasting change in the world.

Burial of Sister Miriam Elizabeth

Burial of Sister Miriam Elizabeth

The following is a video of the burial service held for Sister Miriam Elizabeth Brown today at the Motherhouse for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Nazareth, Kentucky.