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Betty Fracchia, SCN

Betty Fracchia, SCN, 78, (formerly Sister Joseph Paul) was born in Memphis, TN. She died Nov. 17, 2019, in Memphis. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 57 years. Sister Betty’s first ministries were in elementary education. She taught at St. Anne...

Warming hearts

Warming hearts

On Friday, November 15, 2019, Sisters Pascal Maria Fernicola, Barbara Joseph Lammers, Rosemarie Kirwan and Brenda Gonzales displayed some of their handmade scarfs, hats, sweaters, bags, quilts and afghans that they are sending to the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX.

Naveen’s Story

Naveen’s Story

Facing hardships, misfortune, and grief, a young boy grows up under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to realize his true potential as an educator who is now giving back.

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

To celebrate World Kindness Day students at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Marian English Medium School donated an ambulance to their community of Aanakkampoyil.

Students volunteer in Appalachia

Students volunteer in Appalachia

Presentation Academy students joined the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in the Appalachian region of Kentucky to make preparations for assisting 700 families in need during Christmas.

Sister Jacky visits Nepal missions

Sister Jacky visits Nepal missions

It was an enriching time for Sister Jacky to be present in person among Sisters of Nepal and to share life, mission, and personal stories.

Janice Campbell, SCN

Janice Campbell, SCN, 84, (formerly Sister Timothy Joseph) was born in Roanoke, VA. She died November 13, 2019 at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 60 years. Sister Janice’s first ministries were in education. She...

Workshop for teachers

Workshop for teachers

Marian English Medium School in Anakkampoil hosted a workshop entitled, “Pro-Active Teacher”. The seminar was held in collaboration with two other schools. The activity-based workshop helped the teachers to be more efficient in their approach to the students.

Join the Journey

Join the Journey

Watch to the seventh annual Join the Journey luncheon, in support of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. You will be inspired as you hear stories of ways the Sisters transform lives through their ministry as they serve those most in need.

Associates reach out to youth

Associates reach out to youth

Earlier in the year, Belize City Associates wanted to do an outreach program for a community with challenges. In particular to reach out to young people challenged by social ills, crime and violence, who for the most part, are under the impression that they are forgotten.

Volunteers in New Orleans

Volunteers in New Orleans

Sister Luke Boiarski shares some photos of a wonderful group of SCN volunteers working in collaboration with St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. “We have experienced beautiful weather, wonderful hospitality with the Sisters at the House of Charity, and awesome young adults from AmeriCorp working on Opportunity Houses for those who need affordable housing,” says Sister Luke

Thanksgiving for our vocation

Thanksgiving for our vocation

In this video for National Vocation Awareness Week, Sisters talk about what religious life is like for them.

Sharing about community

Sharing about community

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week. In this video Sisters share about community life.

Prayer Service at Our Lady of Peace

Prayer Service at Our Lady of Peace

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were invited to a prayer service at Our Lady of Peace recently. As ownership of the hospital is being transferred to the University of Louisville, so too are Catholic artifacts at Our Lady of Peace and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Missioning Service for Will Rosenbaum

Missioning Service for Will Rosenbaum

The Missioning Service for Will Rosenbaum was held today in St. Vincent’s Church, Nazareth, KY. Will has been named the Director of Nazareth Campus Service.

National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 3-9; established by the USCCB to foster a culture of vocations for religious life, priesthood, and the deaconate and to offer prayers and support for those considering these vocations.

Volunteers to New Orleans

Volunteers to New Orleans

During liturgy at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, Kentucky, five of six present volunteers were commissioned to travel and volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Sister Luke Boiarski.

Sister Act

Sister Act

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and everyone in attendance enjoyed the lively and professional production when they attended Presentation Academy’s musical production of “Sister Act”.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Sister Brenda Gonzales joined Sister Theresa Knabel, Sister Susan Gatz, and Associate Trudi Maish, at Noche Mexican Restaurant to celebrate all those who have gone before us. Sister Brenda brought photos of her father, mother, and sister to place on the ofrenda (alter).

Sister Mary Ann Genovich: A Profile

Sister Mary Ann Genovich: A Profile

At all the crossroads of my life, I have placed myself in the hands of God and his Son, Jesus.  When I look back on those crossroads, I have seen the hand of God in all that had taken place.

Federation board meets in Los Altos

Federation board meets in Los Altos

The Sisters of Charity Federation board of directors met last week at the Daughters of Charity, Province of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Los Altos Hills, California.

Jean Vessels, SCN

Jean Vessels, SCN, 94, (formerly Sister Jane Louise) was born in Louisville, KY. She died on October 31, 2019, at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 74 years. Sister Jean served in educational ministries, teaching in...

Beatrice Ann Keller, SCN

Beatrice (Bea) Ann Keller, SCN, 79, was born in Detroit, MI. She died October 31, 2019 at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 25 years. Years before entering the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, she married her high...

Transforming lives

Transforming lives

It is hard to believe 72 years have passed since the first six Sisters, impelled by the love of Christ, traveled in 1947 from Kentucky to Mokama, India. The Sisters quickly established Nazareth Hospital, the first mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in India. Could they have imagined that seven decades later the same campus would be teeming with ministry in so many and varied forms?

Rose Eleanor Perry, SCN

Rose Eleanor Perry, SCN, 86, (formerly Rosalie Perry) was born in Frankfort, Kentucky. She died Oct. 27, 2019, at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years. Sister Rose Eleanor served as a teacher beginning in...

Associate Carol Newton honored with Woman of Distinction

Associate Carol Newton honored with Woman of Distinction

This highly acclaimed honor is given to women who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life of others, establish standards that inspire and encourage other women to achieve their full potential, provide leadership, and influence decisions that shape and define their community.

Religious Formation Conference

Religious Formation Conference

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth attended the Congress 2019 banquet for the Religious Formation Conference. Lorena Miller and Sister Michelle Grgurich were present to receive the Mass collection representing Doors to Hope, the designated charity recipient this year.

Jubilee celebrations in Mokama

Jubilee celebrations in Mokama

Patna province celebrated the diamond jubilee of Sister Anne Elizabeth Elampalathottiyil, Sister Bridget Kappalumakal, Sister Elizabeth Emmanuel Vattakunnel and Sister Teresa Velloothara, the golden jubilee of Sister Bridget Vadakeattam and Sister Sunita Vayalipara, and the silver jubilee of Sister Josephine Kisku, Sister Prisca Bilung and Sister Salomi Linda on Oct. 27, 2019 in Mokama.

New Vincentian branding

New Vincentian branding

A ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Vincentian, founded by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity and formerly named VCS, is officially launching its new brand and logo. All of their digital assets will be updated and they have “launch parties” planned for each of their long-term communities.

Candy for Caring at RFC

Candy for Caring at RFC

Sister David Clare and Sister Betty sell Candy for Caring at the Religious Formation Conference. They continue to volunteer making candy every Tuesday and sell the delectables to promote the ministry whenever they have the chance. In raising money for local charities they continue the legacy of Sister Margaret Regina Murphy.

Foliage on display

Foliage on display

Sister Mary Reisz has collected leaves from the Nazareth campus as and has them displayed in Carrico Hall for the Sisters residing there. It is just another small way to brighten up community life in the Motherhouse.

Fruits Day

Fruits Day

The students of  Marian Preschool celebrated Fruits Day on October 21, 2019.  The Preschool children brought various types of fruits and distributed them to the staff and students in the school.

Nazareth Retreatant writes of her experience

Nazareth Retreatant writes of her experience

“It may prove difficult for you to keep silence on retreat at Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, for there are simply far too many kind and interesting people living and working and going on retreat here who may want to share a meal or a conversation with you while you are here.”

Lessons in sharing and food security

Lessons in sharing and food security

St. Vincent Matriculation Higher Secondary School observed World Food Day. Over 1,000 students and their teachers brought “extra” food to share with their “neighbors” – classmates, friends and everyone around.

Sister Janet Ballard: A Profile

Sister Janet Ballard: A Profile

When I came into this world at St. Mary and Elizabeth hospital, one of the first faces I would have seen, I am sure, was that of an SCN.  When I leave this world, I am sure, one of the last faces I will see is that of an SCN.  And when I reach the other side, I am sure, I will see the faces of many SCNs.

Maurice Wayda, SCN

Maurice Wayda, SCN, died peacefully at the Vincentian Home on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the age of 94.

The narrative finds you

The narrative finds you

Reporter’s notebook on the sisters of Holmes County, Mississippi

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of July 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2019.

Volunteers help Holly Springs residents

Volunteers help Holly Springs residents

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are thankful for this mission team that said yes to the call to serve. Volunteers traveled to Holly Springs to spend the week working there. Their hearts were overflowing with love that was received from every person they met along the way.

Associates in Botswana gather

Associates in Botswana gather

Associates and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth gathered at Metsimotlhabe on Saturday for their formation day combined with the celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. The theme of the day was “Baptize and Send” the theme of the Extraordinary Mission Month declared by Pope Francis.

Retreat in Mokama

Retreat in Mokama

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth of the Patna Province made their annual retreat at Nazareth Convent, Mokama from the evening of Oct. 1 to Oct. 9, 2019 under the guidance of Father Clifford D’Souza, OCD, from Bangalore.

The Sisters of Holmes County, Mississippi, integral to the community

The Sisters of Holmes County, Mississippi, integral to the community

Three Sisters are continuing the ministries of Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held. They were murdered Aug. 25, 2016, after working in the area for six years and ministering to those kept poor for some 30 years, mostly in Mississippi.

Sister Barbara celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Sister Barbara celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Associates joined Barbara Gilmetti, SCN, in Milton, Massachusetts, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee at a Mass of thanksgiving celebrating the jubilees of the Sisters of the Archdiocese of Boston. Cardinal Sean O’Malley was the presider.

Mary Stephen Breznay, SCN

Mary Stephen Breznay, SCN, 87, died on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Vincentian Home, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was in her 70th year of religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from Saint Michael Parish in Munhall,...

Emily Nabholz, SCN

Emily Nabholz, SCN, 91, (formerly Sister Bernard Maria) a native of Conway, Arkansas, died on Oct. 8, 2019, at Flaget Hospital, Bardstown, Kentucky. She was a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 69 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Nazareth...

Dharan youth convention

Dharan youth convention

Five hundred vibrant and energetic Nepal Catholic youth from far and wide attended the October 5 – 9 convention held at Navjyoti School, Dharan.

Ten years in Musunuru

Ten years in Musunuru

Sisters in Musunuru joyfully celebrated 10 years of SCN presence on the occasion of the feast of St.Vincent DePaul.

Solar tour coming to Nazareth

Solar tour coming to Nazareth

The tour begins at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. As part of the KY Home Solar Tour on Oct. 5, four Bardstown, Kentucky, homes and the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth will be open for anyone interested in solar energy.

Navjyoti cooperative

Navjyoti cooperative

As a whole, there was an atmosphere of achievement in every face as they recalled the past when they struggled to save Rs. 10 a month. Now they are able to save Rs. 500 to 1,000 a month from their own earnings. For them, Navjyoti has been a real light in the darkness as they groped from deprivation to economic prosperity and as empowered citizens.

Boipuso!

Boipuso!

Happy Independence Day of Botswana to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth there and every one of Botswana!

Sister Wilma Ross: A Profile

Sister Wilma Ross: A Profile

A simple question from that little child started the wheels of motion towards my eventual entrance into the Sisters of Charity at the age of twenty-four. 

New Associates in Chandapura

New Associates in Chandapura

Five Associates made their first commitment on the occasion of the feast of St. Vincent De Paul.

It’s all-electric for Sisters at Nazareth

It’s all-electric for Sisters at Nazareth

Sister Molly Thompson is still getting used to the features of her electric Chevy Bolt. As she rolls up to a stop sign on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth campus here, the regenerative braking brings her up short.

Heritage Day at St. Vincent

Heritage Day at St. Vincent

Sister Judy Raley helped CHI St. Vincent celebrated Heritage Day with awards given in the name of Sister Margaret Vincent Blandford for leadership and Sister Teresa Joseph Babcock for service excellence.

Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN

Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN, 87, (formerly Sister Mary Benedict) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She died on September 24, 2019, at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Mary Ellen served as a teacher for...

Associates ‘all one’ at North Shore

Associates ‘all one’ at North Shore

This past weekend, as SCNAs gathered in prayer in Nazareth, Kentucky, and SCNs Ann Whittaker and Anne Marie O’ Shea were present to Associates in North Shore, Massachusettes.

Awards for sustainability

Awards for sustainability

Sister Mary Elizabeth Miller, Sister Theresa Knabel, Sister Susan Gatz and Sister Joetta Venneman attended the Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light annual awards dinner this September.

SCN Associate Weekend

SCN Associate Weekend

Sisters and Associates gathered at Nazareth for a weekend gathering entitled, “Put Out Into the Deep”. Judy Gomilla, MSC served as the main presenter.

Sisters join Global Climate Strike

Sisters join Global Climate Strike

Sister Ann Whittaker and Sister Anne Marie O’Shea joined Brockton, Massachusettes, youth in the Climate Crisis March at City Hall. “Our young people energize us and give us hope!” says Sister Anne.

Sisters join Global Climate Strike

Sisters join Global Climate Strike

A youth-led coalition of environmental groups declared a climate emergency on Friday as part of a worldwide movement to demand action on global warming. The coalition of students from across the state joined more than 150 countries as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Giving Voice gathering 2019

Giving Voice gathering 2019

This past summer, 80 younger Sisters from diverse communities gathered in St. Louis for a long weekend of prayer, reflection, laughter and community, celebrating the boldness, beauty and communion of living religious life.

Charity Alive serves cancer patients

Charity Alive serves cancer patients

Charity Alive loves to serve others. Members and candidates of the group worked together to cook for cancer patients or people who have lost loved ones to the disease, at Gilda’s Club.

Bethlehem bicentennial Mass

Bethlehem bicentennial Mass

Bethlehem High School was founded in 1819 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. They have been celebrating its bicentennial year. On Sunday, several Sisters joined the Bethlehem community for Mass at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral.

Volunteers return from Crow Reservation

Volunteers return from Crow Reservation

“Our SCN lay mission volunteers returned home last night from a week of service on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana. Our hearts are filled with many images ranging from the big blue sky surrounded by the Mountains to the beautiful faces of the Crow people.”

New mission in Punta Gorda

New mission in Punta Gorda

In Punta Gorda, Belize, Sister Higinia serves the indigenous Mayan people of that region through catechetical training, women’s groups, youth ministry and social work in a new mission.

College students present at Nazareth Academy

College students present at Nazareth Academy

Nazareth Academy Gaya welcomed a group of business administration students of St. Xaviers College to present a multimedia program on a relevant topic, “Stress Management”.

Poem: Helping Garbage Help Itself

Poem: Helping Garbage Help Itself

This is the rainy season in India. As we travel, we see unmanaged garbage along the road, we hold our breath and, look the other way to avoid the sight of garbage. We, citizens of our country, need to be awakened. I hope, for our future, this will bring some awareness.

Spiritual enrichment for employees

Spiritual enrichment for employees

Beginning on Monday, Sept. 9, a short spiritual reflection will be shared over the PA system at the Nazareth Motherhouse. This will take place at 9 a.m. each Monday morning.

Mission McNeill helps Sisters in Botswana

Mission McNeill helps Sisters in Botswana

Paul and Paula McNeill use their nonprofit to help improve the lives of the children. With the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth they identified nine new projects at Botswana ministries.

National Black Sisters Conference

National Black Sisters Conference

Sister Dorothy Jackson was elected to the board of the National Black Sisters Conference at their recent convening in Baltimore.

Sister Mary Chackalackal: A Profile

Sister Mary Chackalackal: A Profile

Living a religious life in community and mission has helped me to know and love God deeply.  As a religious I am called to radiate the Divine energy of God everywhere I am. We, the religious, are the living symbols of God’s compassion and love for our people. 

Discernment on realignment

Discernment on realignment

At Nazareth Convent, Ranchi (Patna Province) 35 Sisters met for a day of discernment on bifurcation/ realignment of Eastern provinces. Each one present felt energized by the time spent together in silence, prayer, sacred conversations and discernment.

Blessings and farewell

Blessings and farewell

In a blessing ceremony, Sister Barbara Flores thanked Lisa Downs for the many ways in which she has enhanced the prayer life and worship for the Sisters and all who have attended St. Vincent Church.

Add your name to the ambassador list

Add your name to the ambassador list

It is a day to give support from all over the world to Louisville, Kentucky, area nonprofits. The Sisters are eligible for $280,00 in prize money and every donation on this day helps them earn a better part of it. Donations will be used at Kentucky based SCN ministries Doors to Hope, Nazareth Villages, and Nazareth Retreat Center as well as global SCN missions.

Sister Jacky prepares for Kenya

Sister Jacky prepares for Kenya

On Sept. 5, Sister Jacky will leave for Kenya join the four other Sisters there, Sisters Basanti, Latika, Nalini, and Vinaya. They will together reflect their experiences in Kenya, discern and give recommendations to the executive committee.

Discernment in Bangalore

Discernment in Bangalore

Sisters of Bangalore province began the final phase of discernment for bifurcation through a workshop conducted by Mary Sujita, SND, on Aug. 31, 2019.

Sister Maria Cecilia Emanuelli

Maria Cecilia Emanuelli, SCN, 93, a native of Dyersville, Tennessee, died on August 29, 2019, at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 74 years. Her early ministries were in education. Sister Maria Cecilia taught in...

New Bishop of Gaborone

New Bishop of Gaborone

Holy Father Pope Francis appointed The Most Rev. Frank Nubuasah, SVD, the present administrator, as the Bishop of Gaborone. The installation of the new Bishop took place on Aug. 17, 2019.

Love is beyond shape and make

Love is beyond shape and make

Sister Sarita Manavalan shares another of her poems. She wrote this when she was in Kathmandu. It is about a little boy in “our special school.”

Bowling for Sister Marie

Bowling for Sister Marie

In honor of Sister Marie Flowers, Sisters gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, for bowling and to enjoy each other’s company. The gathering has become a tradition.

VCS pairs with college Students

VCS pairs with college Students

This school year Vincentian Collaborative System is offering free room and board to six students in a one-year intergenerational residency through LaRoche University, trading no-cost accommodations for their tech-savvy skills.

One year at new location

One year at new location

Doors to Hope celebrated one year of grace, joy, laughter, and creating a vibrant learning community in its new location. A prayer service was held thanking God of hope for all of the gifts of learning opportunities, community involvement and engaging in advocacy for immigrant women and families.

Patna Diocese centenary celebration

Patna Diocese centenary celebration

Aug. 24, 2019 was a memorable day for the CRI unit of Patna Archdiocese. More than  500 religious men and women of Patna Arch Diocese gathered together on this day at Navjyoti Niketan, Patna in the new auditorium for a special thanksgiving celebration organized by the diocese as a part of the centenary celebration of Patna Diocese.

Communicative English for pre-novices

Communicative English for pre-novices

Sister Marianne conducted a 10-day course on Communicative English for seven pre-novices in Chandapura, Bangalore during August.

Prayer service on slavery & racism

Prayer service on slavery & racism

On Aug. 25, a prayer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slave ship to America was held. Prayer was held at Nazareth Home chapel and at St. Vincent Church.

Super Raffle winners announced

Super Raffle winners announced

See the winners and watch the live drawing from the SCN Super Raffle to raise funds for global ministries.

Celebrating farming community

Celebrating farming community

On the occasion of Farmer’s Day, A “Little Farmer’s Contest” was held on Aug. 22, at Marian English Medium School in Anakkampoil. 

Clean energy discussion

Clean energy discussion

Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, Carolyn Cromer, and Sister Joetta Venneman met with Congressman Brett Guthrie and his field representatives Greg and Mark. The discussion focused on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019.

Sister Rajni Hemrom: A Profile

Sister Rajni Hemrom: A Profile

I have tried to be an instrument, open to God’s will in my life.  My religious life has taught me to trust in Providence at all times.

Scholarship fund update

Scholarship fund update

I am sending a small thank you note to the Sisters from one of the sponsees, Kenaope, who was helped by the scholarship fund for the education of young women. I am attaching her letter, photo and her certificate she received.

Dress competition

Dress competition

Students of Nazareth Preschool in Chatra held a fancy dress competition where they dressed as fruits and flowers.

Justice Coalition of Religious

Justice Coalition of Religious

Sisters Ann Moyolan, Beronika, Jessie and Amrita participated in the JCoR SDG capacity building workshop.

Mokama Sisters meet

Mokama Sisters meet

The first bifurcation/realignment area wise meeting held in Mokama was a day of silence, prayer, and discernment. It was facilitated by Sr. Sujita SND. The presence of Spirit was experienced powerfully.

GSR article on capital punishment

GSR article on capital punishment

“Opposition to the death penalty — even when the issue is personal — is nothing new for Catholic sisters. Sr. Paula Merrill, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, and her housemate, co-worker and friend, Sr. Margaret Held of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, were murdered in their home in Durant, Mississippi, but both sisters’ congregations and their families publicly opposed capital punishment for the perpetrator. The man later accepted a plea dealfor life in prison without the possibility of parole.”

Exploring Kenya

Exploring Kenya

The exploration team in Kenya is on the move. They are attended a wedding Mass at one of the outstations of St. Paul Parish this morning.

SCNA receives Catherine Spalding Award

SCNA receives Catherine Spalding Award

Karen Sloan, SCNA, was honored with the Catherine Spalding Award at the annual CHI Memorial, Chattanooga Service Awards Banquet on August 15.

Health and senior citizens

Health and senior citizens

The community of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kallanode, under the guidance of Sister Sheela Palamoottil, organized the monthly gathering of senior citizens of Kallanode Parish.

Statement to end divisive rhetoric

Statement to end divisive rhetoric

More than 660 Leadership Conference of Women Religious members call on the President to stop all divisive and polarizing rhetoric.

Botswana Sisters prepare for Kenya 🇰🇪

Botswana Sisters prepare for Kenya 🇰🇪

Sisters in Botswana gathered in Metsimotlhabe to commission Sisters Vinaya and Nalini as they travel to Kenya tomorrow for their live-in experience. We also remembered Sisters Basanti and Latika. May the spirit of God guide them in all their effort.

Nazareth Village celebrates

Nazareth Village celebrates

A special Mass was held today in honor of Nazareth Village I and Nazareth Village II. Both are celebrating significant anniversaries, Nazareth Village I celebrates 40 years and Nazareth Village II celebrates 30 years in ministry. Past and current staff members attended the Mass along with residents, board members, and friends. 

Kerala flooding

Kerala flooding

Sisters are mobilizing to visit with those affected by the Western India floods. Read some of their first accounts inside.

Pittsburgh area gathering

Pittsburgh area gathering

Sisters and Associates gathered at St. Louise Convent, in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Aug. 10 for contemplative engagement of the General Assembly Theme: Becoming a Transformative Presence and Witness across the Globe.

Sister and medical doctor dedicates life to helping others

Sister and medical doctor dedicates life to helping others

Her days are long as a doctor in Mokama, India, where the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth first began their ministries in that country with a clinic to care for those with leprosy. Dr. Ancilla Kozhipat, a Sister and a doctor, carries on the tradition of providing health care in one of the poorest states of India.

LCWR Assembly 2019

LCWR Assembly 2019

The 2019 LCWR assembly will be an important gathering as women religious leaders explore together the exciting movements occurring within contemporary religious life – globally and nationally.

Sisters leave for Kenya

Sisters leave for Kenya

Sisters Basanti Lakra and Latika Kottupallil were blessed and anointed during a special prayer service at the Patna Provincial House, as they are going for their special mission trip to Kenya.

Fur babies visit Sisters

Fur babies visit Sisters

Sister Grace Saia gives Lily a big hug while Sister Susan hangs out with Morgan. Associate Trudi Maish and Sister Susan brought their pets to visit with Sisters in Carrico Hall at Nazareth that has a special love for dogs.

Bring it to the floor

Bring it to the floor

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were chanting “Bring it to the floor!” the mantra used at the Louisville, Kentucky, rally against gun violence to demand action on comprehensive gun reform legislation.

Promote a culture of peace

Promote a culture of peace

The most recent gun violence reaffirms that America has a gun violence epidemic and gun violence is a complex issue with many areas of it needing to be addressed. We stand with many who grieve these deaths, pray with these families and work to support policies that reduce death and injury from gun violence.

Kerala monsoon

Kerala monsoon

Heavy rains have returned to Kerala. Sister Sincy shares that Marian English Medium School in Anakkampoil has been closed for two days. More downpours are expected and Sisters have been without electricity for the past 48 hours. Kindly keep SCN ministries and people of Kerala in your prayers.

Young Women’s Retreat

Young Women’s Retreat

Come to the beautiful grounds of Nazareth for a time of prayer, reflection, sharing with other women of faith, and exploring where God is leading you in life.

Nazareth Strong

Nazareth Strong

To honor the strength of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth alive in all of us, this group printed shirts representing that the Nazareth campus employees and Sisters are truly family and are “Nazareth Strong” for each other in times of need.

Caring Spirit

Caring Spirit

Sister Judy Raley and SCN Associate Jean Payne were recently honored with the Caring Spirit Awards at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Boston area meeting

Boston area meeting

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Associates in the Boston area gathered at the Catherine Spalding House in Brockton, Massachusettes, for contemplative engagement on the General Assembly theme, "Becoming a Transformative Presence and Witness across the Globe." There...

In gratitude and appreciation

In gratitude and appreciation

On July 27, friends and family of Carmelita Dunn, SCN, celebrated her 28+ years of ministry and service to the St. Frances of Rome Community in Louisville.

Thank you, Sisters!

Thank you, Sisters!

On Saturday, July 27, a group of SCNs took a vintage bus to the Gateway Clipper riverboat for a luncheon boat ride with the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh who treated the SCNs to this outing.

SCNs at young adult conference

SCNs at young adult conference

SCN’s Christine Kunze and Higinia Bol represented the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at a conference for young adults involved in campus or parish ministry.

Farewell to exchange Sisters

Farewell to exchange Sisters

Goodbye and safe travels to Sister Dolsie, Sister Rashmi, Sister Saroj, and Sister Mary Joesph. They left Nazareth, Kentucky, today to return to home.

Perpetual vows in Mokama

Perpetual vows in Mokama

Sister Angela Lepcha, Sister Emilia Tudu, Sister Sonali Sonamoti Soren and Sister Sushila Bahanda made their perpetual vows during the solemn liturgy presided over by Most Rev. William D’Souza, SJ, the archbishop of Patna along with 14 other priests on July 27, 2019, in Mokama.

Perpetual vows in Bangalore

Perpetual vows in Bangalore

Sister Celestine Reshma Pais, Sister Helen Sathiya, Sister Jetti Swarupa Rani and Sister Paska Mary professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in the presence of the Sisters, clergy, religious from the neighboring communities, family and friends.

How would you like to hear from us?

How would you like to hear from us?

With so much good news to share, it’s important for us to know how you’d like us to communicate with you. What interests you and how would like to hear from us?

Grandparents honored

Grandparents honored

Marian English Medium School, in Anakkampoil, celebrates Grandparents’ Day.

Mercy students vist Nazareth

Mercy students vist Nazareth

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Obstacles overcome, a dream come true

Obstacles overcome, a dream come true

Becoming a doctoral student in theology is a dream come true for Sister Rekha Kerketta. She says it is challenging to take it up again, 20 years after her master’s work, but she is excited that the topic of her dissertation is about the role of women in the Church.

Blessings in Beauregard

Blessings in Beauregard

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee

Sister Mary Wedding celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. The following is the reflection given by Sister Jackulin Jesu for the occasion.

Young Catherine

Young Catherine

At 19 years of age, she led the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth during its beginnings in 1812 at St. Thomas, Kentucky. Catch a glimpse of what she may have looked like then.

Jubilarians celebrate

Jubilarians celebrate

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrate 395 years of service from these dedicated and faithful Sisters.

Sister Sophia Kalapurackal: A Profile

Sister Sophia Kalapurackal: A Profile

I am grateful to God for my life, my family, formatters, friends, teachers, SCN family and all those who have inspired me and shared life with me and with whom I have shared my life.

Sister Kathleen named to Vatican leadership

Sister Kathleen named to Vatican leadership

Congratulations to Sister Kathleen Appler, DC, who is one of the seven women appointed by Pope Francis to the CICLSAL. The July 8 nominations, which include cardinals, bishops, and the superior generals of several male religious communities, breaks with past practice in including women.

Chatra Golden Jubilee

Chatra Golden Jubilee

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Nazareth Niketan, the fourth mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) in India celebrates its history of fifty golden years on July 13, 2019.  Their untiring dedication and commitment to the people of Chatra in Jharkhand has borne fruits in abundance.

Nazareth Area Meeting

Nazareth Area Meeting

Becoming a Transformative Presence 
and Witness Across the Globe

Sisters welcome “the stranger”

Sisters welcome “the stranger”

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth urge compassion in response to the threat to deport millions of immigrants.

Sister Jane Karakunnel: A Profile

Sister Jane Karakunnel: A Profile

My life as a religious has brought much joy and contentment.  I am happy to be a sign of God’s love, joy and hope for the world.

Shirley Nugent, SCN

Shirley Nugent, SCN, 87, (formerly Sister Daniel Maria) was born in Brighton, MA. She died on July 11, 2019 at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 66 years. Her first ministries were in education, as a grade-school...

Compassion on the border

Compassion on the border

When the influx of asylum seekers reaching the United States – Mexico border increased, Sister Susan was sent by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to offer assistance and “welcome the stranger.”

A ray of hope

A ray of hope

During the past 24 years, more than 300 students of varying intellectual challenges have been trained. John was among those children who had multiple intellectual and physical challenges. He slowly, but surely, mastered the activities of daily living, all the while exhibiting his own special qualities of perseverance and confidence.

Thank you for changing my life

Thank you for changing my life

“Working with young people like Shannon gives me great hope for the future. Joining hands and hearts with others is the way we move forward in making our world a better place and witness to God’s love.”

Sister Blanche Correia: A Profile

Sister Blanche Correia: A Profile

My life in this Congregation has been a long and rewarding experience and I thank God for the Spiritual Journey with my Sisters and all the people of God in my life.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of April 1, 2019-June 30, 2019.

Temporary professed, summer program

Temporary professed, summer program

Every year temporary professed Sisters look forward to the summer program for their refreshing enrichment. The first part of the program was a workshop on capacity building followed retreat and the renewal of vows in Ranchi.

Young Charity House resident baptized

Young Charity House resident baptized

On Sunday, at the 9 o’ clock Mass at the Divine Providence Motherhouse in Pittsburgh, Victor from the Charity House (Pittsburgh Campus) was baptized. The Godparents and parents are from Ghana and requested the baptism.

Jubilee bells ring in Dharan

Jubilee bells ring in Dharan

Give thanks to the Lord, for God’s love endures forever! The community in Dharan, Nepal, celebrate the golden and the silver jubilees of Sister Sunita Vayalipara and Sister Salomi Linda.

Celebrating 20 years of Jubilee Schools in Memphis

Celebrating 20 years of Jubilee Schools in Memphis

Sisters and Associates gathered in Memphis on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate twenty years of the Jubilee Schools.  Known as the “Miracle in Memphis”, the Jubilee Schools provided a quality education to those who otherwise would not have been able to afford to attend a Catholic school.

Nature Rambles in the Garden of Laukahi

Nature Rambles in the Garden of Laukahi

Traveling Sisters enjoyed a morning ramble in the spacious garden among the growing tree saplings of various jackfruit, naseberry, mango, guava and gooseberry trees.

Ensemble plays Nazareth

Ensemble plays Nazareth

Silver and Strings Ensemble have been playing fun and serious music in the Nazareth, Kentucky, area for 10 years. They have performed many times at Nazareth over the years. On this day they played some beautiful classical music.

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

Sister Rosemarie Kirwan, or Aunt Rosie as her nephew Jody Kirwan knows her, shared the following account of their plane-building exploits.

Honoring an enduring relationship

Honoring an enduring relationship

The SCN Legacy Society recognizes with gratitude those who have remembered the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in their estate plans.

Students make beautiful creations

Students make beautiful creations

Students at St. Vincent Matriculation Higher Secondary School are making beautiful carvings to display out of vegetables.

Candidates begin journey

Candidates begin journey

Candidates were invited to Bethel for a special prayer and meal. The prayer service was specifically prepared for them. Seven are ready to travel to Bangalore for the pre-novitiate accompanied by Sister Susheela, their director. May safety and blessings accompany them on their journey.

International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga

In Patna at the Bhagalpur Diocese, 521 students and staff participated in the International Day of Yoga. On this hot day, time was spent dedicated to the inner and outer well being of the human body.

Day of Eating Sustainably: Feedback

Day of Eating Sustainably: Feedback

Sisters, Associates, and employees challenged themselves to avoid or reduce meat, dairy, and egg consumption in acknowledgment that agriculture is the second leading cause of climate change, and 75% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions come from the production of animals and their byproducts.

Sister Shobita Panthaladickal: An Interview

Sister Shobita Panthaladickal: An Interview

Religious life is a challenge to reach out to the people at all times.  We need to have complete trust and faith in Divine Providence to persevere in our vocation for the sake of mission. 

Celebrate 10 years

Celebrate 10 years

Since 2009, Nazareth Retreat Center has provided a peaceful and prayerful place for thousands of people. Some seek to reconnect with God, others have come to find healing, and many have just needed time to reflect in a sacred, beautiful, and quiet location.

Sisters care for Mother Earth

Sisters care for Mother Earth

Sisters dug a pond to raise the area and have planted over 2000 various kinds of tree saplings in the nine-acre agricultural land.

Sisters educate disadvantaged children

Sisters educate disadvantaged children

A large number of Musahars in Bihar villages see education of their children as the only way out of the everyday oppression they face; however; the going is still tough.

Alice Teresa Wood, SCN

Alice Teresa Wood, SCN, 102, was born in Hollywood, MD. She died on June 14, 2019 at Nazareth, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 83 years. Early in her ministry, Sister Alice Teresa served as a teacher at St. Mary in Martins Ferry, Ohio and at...

Helping women in rural Nepal

Helping women in rural Nepal

The Sister’s Navjyoti Center is striving to give women a voice economically and socially with the management of seven women’s groups in villages around Loukhi.

Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola: A Profile

Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola: A Profile

 For it all – active ministry and retirement – I am most grateful – and am still highly challenged in new ways!  Life has been incredibly good and joyful, sharpened by its ups and downs!

Happy 197th anniversary

Happy 197th anniversary

On June 11, 1822, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth moved from St. Thomas farm to their current location.

Global Exchange tour Pittsburgh

Global Exchange tour Pittsburgh

The Global Exchange and Bangalore Province Sisters visited various Sisters of Charity of Nazareth sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Matters India: Sister receives honorary doctorate for her work with UN

Matters India: Sister receives honorary doctorate for her work with UN

She works closely with other NGO representatives and multiple committees to address political, economic, social, and humanitarian policies. Having lived and ministered in many areas of the global south, Sister Teresa brings a concrete understanding of the realities confronting those who live in poverty.

Prosper for us the work of our hands

Prosper for us the work of our hands

“Every time we receive pictures of the little ones who receive the items we make and donate, my heart is filled with joy for providing one small new and clean item for a boy or girl or mom who likely has never had anything new made especially for them.”

Sister Sudha Puthoor: A Profile

Sister Sudha Puthoor: A Profile

I am filled with gratitude to God for my call to religious life especially in the medical field.  It is a wonderful and challenging way of life with its own ups and downs, joys and sorrows.

Rita Spalding, SCN

Rita Spalding, SCN, 86 (formerly Sister Mary Aquin) was born in Lebanon, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on June 4, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 61 years. Sister Rita served in educational ministries, teaching grade school...

Nazareth 5K highlight video

Nazareth 5K highlight video

See video of the highlights of the Nazareth 5K, a wonderful event in which more than 300 hundred walkers and runners crossed the finish line at the Motherhouse.

Sister Teresa receives honorary doctorate

Sister Teresa receives honorary doctorate

Spalding University congratulated Sister Teresa Kotturan with an honorary doctorate for her work as NGO representative for the Sisters of Charity Federation at the United Nations.

Bringing back some shine

Bringing back some shine

Sister Janice Downs and Sister Rita Davis applied some elbow grease to the post caps of the Motherhouse railings last week.

Sister Pat celebrated

Sister Pat celebrated

After 46 years, the St. Joseph Montessori Children’s Center foundress, Sister Pat Hill, officially retired, concluding a more than a six-decade career in education. The center hosted a small retirement celebration for Sister Pat in Crimmins Hall.

Racers come to Nazareth

Racers come to Nazareth

On a beautiful June morning, over 300 hundred participants gathered at the Motherhouse in Nazareth, Kentucky, to “Run with a Mission” for the inaugural Nazareth 5K. After careful planning and coordination under the guidance of race directors, Sister Chirs Kunze and Sister Lisa Polega, the event was a great success in bringing new faces and old friends together.

Support SCN missions and win $20,000

Support SCN missions and win $20,000

The Super Raffle drawing will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Motherhouse Campus in Nazareth, Kentucky. The Super Raffle prizes are: 1st prize: $20,000, 2nd prize: $5,000, 3rd prize: $1,000. Chances are $25.

Climate message to Senator McConnell

Climate message to Senator McConnell

Sisters Sangeeta and Susan along with Carolyn and Joetta met on May 31, with Senator McConnell’s office in Louisville, Kentucky. The group brought the concerns around Care of Earth and the need to act with regard to the rising temperatures on Earth.

The secret history of Catholic caregivers and the AIDS epidemic

The secret history of Catholic caregivers and the AIDS epidemic

A mother of five needed help navigating multiple medical appointments, sorting her medications, arranging transportation and completing the many other day-to-day challenges that confronted people with H.I.V. and AIDS in the early years of the epidemic. Julie Driscoll, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, remembers this particular woman, because even in the face of the fear and uncertainty that accompanied a diagnosis then, she learned a lesson about gratitude.

Sister Pat retiring after 46 years

Sister Pat retiring after 46 years

As Friday afternoon approached, students of the St. Joseph Montessori Children’s Center were preparing for summer break, but the day marked more than the close of a school year. After 46 years, the center’s foundress, Sr. Pat Hill, officially retired, concluding a more than six-decade career in education.

Sister Pushpa Paruvananical: A Profile

Sister Pushpa Paruvananical: A Profile

I am called to be a woman of prayer, live a simple and free life, detached from the worldly comforts. It has been my joy to be a sign of hope for the hopeless and the outcasts.

Phyllis Hannon, SCN

Phyllis Hannon, SCN, 84, formerly Sister Bartholomew, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, died at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky on May 29, 2019. She was in her 66th year of religious life. Sister Phyllis served in educational ministries, teaching at many...

Over 55 retreat

Over 55 retreat

Sisters between 55 to 70, 32 in all spent quality time in contemplation and prayer from May 23 to 27 at Chandapura, Bangalore. It was a time of reassurance for the Sisters to feel affirmed that they have much to contribute to the community, society and the world wherever they are.

Last journey of Sister Seema

Last journey of Sister Seema

Seema Monippallikalayil, SCN, was given a befitting solemn farewell on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Mary Kenneth Hrbal, SCN

Mary Kenneth Hrbal, SCN, 89, was called to her heavenly home on Sunday, May 26, 2019, in the 72nd year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Johnston, Pennsylvania in 1947 and...

Seema Monippallikalayil, SCN

Seema Monippallikalayil, SCN (63), a native of Ayarkunnam, Kannur district, had been a professed Sister for 39 years. Sister Seema’s eighty-eight year old mother is living with her son and his family in Kerala.  Seema’s identical twin, Sister Anila, SCN is present...

Sister Luke Boiarski: An Interview

Sister Luke Boiarski: An Interview

In her senior year of high school, the class took a trip to Nazareth. All Sister Luke could say about this trip was that “Nazareth spoke to me”. She entered the SCN novitiate on September 8, 1966, having just turned eighteen three days before. Her Dad, Al, said, “Please stay at least two weeks to give it a try because it is too far to come back to Kentucky within a week.” 

Sign making for 5K

Sign making for 5K

Sisters at the Nazareth Motherhouse and recent graduates from Bethlehem High School spent time together making signs to be held by the Sisters during the race.

Summer program for Sisters

Summer program for Sisters

Nine junior Sisters in Bangalore Province gathered at the Socio-Religious Center of Jesuits in Christ Hall in Calicut, Kerala, for their summer program under the initiative of Sister Beena Chirackal.

An empty chair – Vocation Visioning

An empty chair – Vocation Visioning

Recently two focus groups gathered for a time of Vocation Visioning.  On May 12 a group gathered in Pittsburgh and on May 18 a group came together at Nazareth.

Dream catching & dream sharing

Dream catching & dream sharing

Chris Kunze, SCN visited St. John Central High School in Bellaire, Ohio where Pat Bartolo, SCN teaches religion.  Sister Chris presented to each class “Discovering God’s Dream for Your Life.”

Anna Marie Conklin, SCN

Anna Marie Conklin, SCN, 86 (formerly Sister Josepha) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on May 16, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 60 years. Sister Anna Marie served in educational...

Sister Emily Nabholz: A Profile

Sister Emily Nabholz: A Profile

Today I am opening wide into the life of the Trinity which invites me to surrender and join the DANCE. My mantra is: LIVE LIFE Now IN LOVE!

Gold Star for Camp Maria

Gold Star for Camp Maria

Camp Maria Retreat Center has received the St. Mary’s Co. (Maryland) Health Department’s Gold Star Food Service Award for the second year in a row. Congratulations to Chef Terri Williams and her wonderful staff!

Hats off to mom

Hats off to mom

On Saturday, May 11, Sister’s Place held its 12th Annual Mother’s Day luncheon to honor extraordinary women in the community.

SCN President meets Pope Francis

SCN President meets Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ audience with the UISG members was very warm and engaging. He walked into Paul VI Hall accompanied by Sister Carmen Sammut, President of UISG and Sister Pat Murray, UISG’s executive director, after inaugurating the 10th-anniversary Exhibition of Talita Kum, the anti-trafficking movement of UISG.

Car Committee celebrates

Car Committee celebrates

Members of the Western Province Car Committee held a regular meeting at the Nazareth Motherhouse. They used the occasion especially express their gratitude to Doris Schneider of the WP Office.

Sister Marcelline Indwar: A Profile

Sister Marcelline Indwar: A Profile

Joy and fun in community life has sustained me to give myself totally to the Divine who called me to serve the people of God with love and compassion.  Religious life has freed me to live life in fullness with my Sisters in community with gratitude.

Entrance to novitiate

Entrance to novitiate

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth officially invited pre-novices Dipti Rani Nayak, Kancharia Sujatha, Salomi Hembrom, Susmita Dundung, Vasimalla Swarnalatha and Velpula Sarala to join the canonical year of novitiate in Mokama on May 5, 2019.

Sisters make first vows

Sisters make first vows

Congratulations to Sister Filomina Bhengra, Sister Joy Baxla, Sister Jyoti Tudu, Sister Monica Hansdak, Sister Nicola Lepcha, Sister Priya Urau (Toppo), Sister Salima Ekka, Sister Salma Lepcha, Sister S. R. Jharna Rani and Sister Swastica Kiro who made their first vows in Mokama on May 4, 2019.

Hospice connects with former patients

Hospice connects with former patients

Sisters Sunila and Vinaya organized a gathering of former patients who have benefited from the respite care service of Pabalelong, a one-of-kind hospice for the sick offering counseling, respite, physical, spiritual and terminal care.

Brockton celebrations

Brockton celebrations

Sisters and Associates gathered at the Catherine Spalding House in Brockton, Massachusetts for a variety of celebrations.

Barbara MacDonald, SCN

Barbara MacDonald, SCN, 95, formerly Sister Anne Clement, was born in Hyde Park, MA. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on May 4, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 76 years. Sister Barbara served in educational ministries, teaching...

Embracing an unfolding future

Embracing an unfolding future

Christine Kunze, SCN, shares her story of becoming a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, what inspired her then and what continues to inspire her for the future.

St. Dominic Sports Day

St. Dominic Sports Day

St. Dominic School Sangsay celebrated their Annual Sports Meet for 2019 on April 30.

Connecting with nature

Connecting with nature

Twenty SCNs traveled from Nazareth to Bernheim Forest on a beautiful Monday afternoon to enjoy time with nature and God’s creatures.

Janice Richards, SCN

Janice Richards, SCN, 79, was born in Chicago, IL. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on April 28, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 30 years. Sister Janice studied at Spalding University where she received a degree in Social Work....

Students donate shoe box gifts

Students donate shoe box gifts

For children undergoing stress from natural disasters, students at Mother Catherine Academy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, donated shoe boxes filled with gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteer program.

Sister Patricia Huitt: A Profile

Sister Patricia Huitt: A Profile

All I can say about my life as a religious and an SCN is “Thank you, God, thank you a thousand times over”!  My heart is full of gratitude to God for all the ways God has blessed and helped me to live this wonderful religious life in the SCN Congregation.  Our God is magnificently kind and loving. Holy is God’s name.  Blessed be our God forever!

Bunny visits Nazareth

Bunny visits Nazareth

The Easter Bunny visited Sisters at Nazareth Motherhouse, lifting spirits and spreading the joy of the Easter season to all.

Supporting worker rights

Supporting worker rights

Tess Browne, SCN, was among the individuals who stood with employees of Stop & Shop Supermarkets. Employees had been on strike due to proposed cuts to health care, take-home pay and other benefits.

Tertian exposure program

Tertian exposure program

Thirteen tertians have reached READ Bettia (The Charitable Association for Rural Education and Development) for their exposure program.

Citizens Climate Lobby visits Nazareth

Citizens Climate Lobby visits Nazareth

On April 16, members from Citizen’s Climate Lobby shared details on a piece of federal legislation with the sisters at Nazareth.  The bill, The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) seeks to provide a revenue neutral, job creating, health enhancing solution to problems created by Climate Change.

Walk the Way of the Cross

Walk the Way of the Cross

Sisters Sangeeta Ayithamattam, Jacky Jesu, Teresa Kotturan and Susan Gatz participated in the Bardstown Ministerial Association’s annual Walk the Way of the Cross on Good Friday. Each took a turn to carry the cross through the downtown of Bardstown, Kentucky.

Sister Ann Scaria Menonparampil: A Profile

Sister Ann Scaria Menonparampil: A Profile

I believe that it is my positive attitude that makes all the difference in my life.  I am a unifying factor wherever I have been in community.  I do not have many accomplishments to boast about but my strength is in who I am.  

SCNAs help provide clothing for students

SCNAs help provide clothing for students

Seamstresses at St. Lawrence Church in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky have sewn T-shirt dresses to send to students at The Little Mountain School in Guatemala. Marcie Heil, SCNA, chairperson of the Peace and Justice ministry at St. Lawrence initiated the program.

VCS ministry news

VCS ministry news

Vincentian Collaborative System has shared the exciting news that it is acquiring Schenley Gardens, a Personal Care and Memory Care community located in Pittsburgh. The transition plans are being finalized, and Schenley Gardens is expected to become a part of the Vincentian family in mid-to-late May.

Camp Maria from above

Camp Maria from above

Catch a glimpse of Camp Maria Retreat Center like never before with these aerial views of the retreat center’s campus in Leonardtown, Maryland. An SCNA gathering was held there this past weekend during which this beautiful footage was captured.

102 years young

102 years young

Sister John Ann Kulina is now 102 years young! She celebrated with the Congregation and several members of her family who were at Nazareth for the weekend. She thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Associates connect across globe

Associates connect across globe

Men and women of all faiths and backgrounds who commit to living out the SCN mission in their own lives, to deepen their spirituality, to build community with other Associates and Sisters, and to reach out in compassionate service to others.

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth built a home in Belize City for Kendra and her family. The simple home was built in memory of Christin Gaston who taught at Father Andrew White School in Maryland.

Commissioning ceremony

Commissioning ceremony

See how CommonSpirit Health strives to carry out the health ministry that the religious women began so many years ago. They very much value the connection with the founding congregations and take inspiration from what they did over so many years as well as the courage it took to create something new and let go of the old ways.

Monastery owner takes in asylum seekers

Monastery owner takes in asylum seekers

The owner of Tucson’s iconic Benedictine Monastery has offered to let asylum seekers from Central America stay at the facility while their final destinations are arranged.

Meeting with Apostolic Nuncio

Meeting with Apostolic Nuncio

Sister Nirmala Mulackal and her governing body met with the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro.

Farewell in Dharuhera

Farewell in Dharuhera

After seven years in ministry with the girls of Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, Sister Lucy Puthukkatt said goodbye to the young women as she moves on in her ministry work to Bangalore.

Canines for Christ

Canines for Christ

This week therapy dogs came to visit the Sisters living in Carrico Hall of the Nazareth Motherhouse. It was a wonderful experience for the Sisters. Pat Hicks arranged the visit through an organization called Canines for Christ.

Sister Rose Sullivan: An Interview

Sister Rose Sullivan: An Interview

When asked whether it was education or healthcare ministry that was a favorite, Rose’s firm answer was, “Neither was a favorite nor do I have a favorite mission.All my missions taught me what life was about and how to accept self and handle life’s happenings.”

Mary Elaine Zehnder

Mary Elaine Zehnder, SCN, 87, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on April 10, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Mary Elaine served in educational ministry. She taught grade...

We Are Called

We Are Called

In a beautiful interactive service, Janelle Reilly solemnly committed herself to answer God’s call and serve as Chief Executive Officer of CHI Memorial. Five SCNs participated in the ceremony: Sister Judy Raley and Sister Betty Vannucci, who have served in leadership at CHI Memorial, Sister Dorothy Jackson, who is currently on the Board of Directors, and Sister Susan Kilb and Sister Clare Reasbeck, who came from Kentucky for this special occasion.

The artist in Kathmandu

The artist in Kathmandu

The happiness and well-being of every child of God is at the heart of the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. With each stroke of his pen or brush, this young man helps complete a picture where a future of dignity and equality is realized.

International volunteers go forth

International volunteers go forth

During the Liturgy held at St. Vincent de Paul church, nine lay mission volunteers were commissioned for their upcoming service trips both to Belize and Botswana.

Tertians awarded diploma in theology

Tertians awarded diploma in theology

Mater Dei is situated in the beautiful land of beaches, coconut and cashew nut trees surrounded by Mandovi River, hills, churches and the spirit of St. Francis Xavier. One would never know from outside what joy and treasure it possesses inside.

Constitutional rights and the POCSO Act

Constitutional rights and the POCSO Act

The sisters in education of the Bangalore Province came together on April 5, 2019, at Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, Bangalore for a three day long meeting on constitutional rights and the POCSO Act.

First class to examinations

First class to examinations

The ten students of St. Mary’s School, Sokho, who appeared for the class ten Bihar Board examination made the school proud with their excellent results

Stay updated with text messages

Stay updated with text messages

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Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Jan. 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019.

Margaret Willis, SCN

Margaret Willis, SCN (formerly Sister John Vincent), 77, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on April 1, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 51 years. Sister Margaret graduated from Boston State...

At the border, a reflection

At the border, a reflection

Sister Susan shares her experience on the US-Mexico border. She recently spent time there as a volunteer in service to migrants and refugees.

‘Glow in the Dark’ young adult retreat

‘Glow in the Dark’ young adult retreat

Nazareth Retreat Center hosted a retreat for a group called Young Adult Franciscan Ministry. Their retreat was titled Glow in the Dark and was attended by around 20 college students and young adults.

Learning mission, like Catherine

Learning mission, like Catherine

Pre-novices spent a week at Snehadaan (Gift of Love) an institution for the palliative care of the young and elderly men and women affected by HIV AIDS and Sneha Care Home, a center for the HIV affected children aged up to 16 years.

Farewell City of St. Jude

Farewell City of St. Jude

For almost 35 years Sister Barbara Ann Lengvarsky served the people of God at the City of St. Jude in Montgomery, Alabama. Now she says goodbye to the place where she gave of herself lovingly and wholeheartedly.

Sister Rita Puthenkalam: A Profile

Sister Rita Puthenkalam: A Profile

I love my Sisters deeply and I hope and pray that we grow deeper and deeper into being rooted in God, and be women who are deeply concerned about our less fortunate sisters and brothers.  My earnest desire is that we be women who can see with the heart and that we allow our spirituality to be shaped by those living on the margins.

Collaboration in Meghalaya

Collaboration in Meghalaya

Grace Binita Tuti, SCN, will engage in collaborative teaching ministry with the diocese of Nongstoin in Meghalaya in Nongdiwah Village.

Reflection from Alabama

Reflection from Alabama

A group recently returned with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief team from Lee County, Alabama, where the tornado outbreak of March 3 devastated rural communities like Beauregard.

Tuberculosis prevention

Tuberculosis prevention

Students from area schools gathered at the Nongstoin Social Service Society center to pledge their support to prevent tuberculosis in Nongstoin, Meghalaya.

Partners in service

Partners in service

Luke Boiarski, SCN, director of volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, visited St. Mary’s County, Maryland in March.

Rainbow Jubilee

Rainbow Jubilee

Celebrating a combined 925 years in service to the Church, 15 Sisters were recognized as rainbow jubilarians at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Nazareth, Kentucky.

Housing for those in need

Housing for those in need

In the northeastern hills of India, Sister Lilly loaded her jeep for the long trek to visit the site of a new home being built for a single mother and her three children.

Live and volunteer at Nazareth

Live and volunteer at Nazareth

Young adults ages 18-25 may qualify for a six-week volunteer experience with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth living and volunteering at the Motherhouse campus in Nazareth, Kentucky.

Sister Amala Valayathil: A Profile

Sister Amala Valayathil: A Profile

I am happy to have had the opportunity to serve the marginalised and the downtrodden of our society.  I thank my God, family, SCN Congregation and all the persons who have walked with me on the road of life.

5K races proliferate as popularity grows

5K races proliferate as popularity grows

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth will host a 5K race, Run with a Mission, on the grounds of the motherhouse on June 1, beginning at 8 a.m.

Preschool graduation

Preschool graduation

In the presence of parents, teachers and their principal, 90 kindergarten children of Nazareth Academy, Mokama graduated on March 16, 2019. The children put on a cultural program to entertain the audience. The formal graduation ceremony with glowing gowns and tasseled caps was a unique and exciting day for all.

Nazareth Academy grows

Nazareth Academy grows

In response to the long-standing request of the people, the Mokama campus became home to an educational venture, Nazareth Academy. Expansion and upgrades are necessary to meet requirements of the growing student population. During this Lenten season, we invite you to help make this dream a reality.

Preparing for novitiate

Preparing for novitiate

Sisters Anice Vattukulam and Suman Dungdung accompanied pre-novices as they visited the neighboring SCN community in Madiwala, Bangalore, on March 17.  These young women will begin their annual retreat on March 18 after which they will proceed to visit their homes prior to entering the novitiate in Mokama.

Sisters sign partnership

Sisters sign partnership

The provincial of Medical Mission Sisters (MMS), Sister May Packiam and Philomena Kottoor, SCN, provincial of Patna singed a “Memorandum of Understanding of the MMS & SCN Partnership” in Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna, on March 16, 2019.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

The cultural and religious celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick was celebrated by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Women rally to save land

Women rally to save land

Sister Joel rallied women for a procession to create awareness on the importance of saving their forest, land, natural resources, rivers, and villages.

Lenten retreat at Camp Maria

Lenten retreat at Camp Maria

Camp Maria’s women’s Lenten retreat was held this past weekend. The retreat was led by Sister Marian Stenken, SCN. Participants reflected on The Case of the Bent Woman in Luke 13: 10-17. It was a powerfully reflective and refreshing weekend.

Sister Grace Mary receives award

Sister Grace Mary receives award

Grace Mary Whittaker, SCN, is being honored by Saint Joseph Montessoru Childen’s Center where she is in ministry. She recently received a plaque for being an outstanding volunteer. She can always be found smiling and laughing as she helps out in the classrooms.

After the flood

After the flood

Bangalore Province gives thanks and gratitude to all who reached out to give support during 2018 the Kerala Flood which claimed the loves of many and devastated the region.

Women’s Day in Surkhet

Women’s Day in Surkhet

Sister Rosita was honored for her dedicated and outstanding service to the empowerment of women and children through Navjyoti Center, Surkhet.

Happy birthday Sister Judy

Happy birthday Sister Judy

Sister Judy Raley’s 80th birthday was celebrated in grand style on Thursday, March 7th at the home of SCNAs Bob Scheri and Jane Franz in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

Nearly 40 tornadoes have been confirmed from last week’s outbreak across the Southeast. The hardest-hit area was Lee County, Alabama, where many fatalities occurred. A group of volunteers for the SCN disaster relief recently returned from helping with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

One-day reflection in Botswana

One-day reflection in Botswana

Sister Adeline facilitated a one-day recollection for the Sisters in Botswana based on the GA directives. She focused her reflection on the first directive of 2013 and the 2018 call on the first directive. The sessions included time for personal reflection and sharing.

Ecological sustainability visit in India

Ecological sustainability visit in India

Carolyn Cromer, director of Ecological Sustainability visited Patna Province. She spent her time visiting places in Patna and Mokama accompanied by Sister Gracy Mlakuzhyil.

Bethlehem students re-enact 107-year-old ceremony

Bethlehem students re-enact 107-year-old ceremony

Flowers are placed Friday on the graves of sisters who previously taught at Bethlehem. The act was part of a special presentation that recreated a ceremony in which Bethlehem students took part more than 100 years ago.

Supplies headed for Belize

Supplies headed for Belize

Thanks to the collaboration of the nursing staff of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Hand in Hand Ministries, Living Independently in Full Existence (LIFE) will be receiving some much needed senior equipment.

Bethlehem founders celebration

Bethlehem founders celebration

Bethlehem High School is celebrating 200 years. In honor of the Sisters, they visited Nazareth as was done in the past, by train! They were greeted by Sister Rita Davis as she portrayed Mother Catherine Spalding and by Sister Mary Ninette Manning.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

With banners and placards, shouting slogans, the women processed through the main road for two kilometers to the government school grounds. After lighting the lamp, Sister Joel introduced the importance and purpose of the gathering.

Students leave for Special Olympics

Students leave for Special Olympics

At Navjyoti Center the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth empower students with learning challenges and differences. Sister Lisa prepares coach Ganesh and students of the center in Kathmandu to leave for Abu Dhabi and the 2019 Special Olympics. Good luck athletes!

Sister Evelyn’s 104th birthday

Sister Evelyn’s 104th birthday

Happy 104th birthday to Sister Evelyn Hurley! May God bless you with peace and happiness on this unique day that you celebrate and may that divine peace and happiness follow you all of your life.

Sister Mary Clement’s 103rd birthday

Sister Mary Clement’s 103rd birthday

Happy 103rd birthday to Sister Mary Clement Pavlik! May God bless you with his boundless love, calming peace, and heavenly joy this coming year.

Unabated stone mining continues

Unabated stone mining continues

In spite of the organized resistance of people, especially women, stone mining continues unabated in Karmali Village in Chatra District, Jharkhand. Women are scared to live in their thatched-roof small houses made of brick or mud because the miners blast the stone to break it and huge pieces can fly off towards their homes.

A visit to Asha Deepam

A visit to Asha Deepam

The director, staff, and students of Asha Deepam Special School were delighted to welcome Sister Jackulin Jesu with “ponnada” and a bouquet of flowers made by the students.

Two sisters part of 12 home builds

Two sisters part of 12 home builds

These women continue to be ambassadors in their communities as they share their stories about the beautiful people they have met in Belize and how their hearts are filled with love each time they immerse themselves working alongside volunteers and home recipients year after year.

On the border

On the border

Sister Susan Gatz is currently volunteering with the Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, where she is helping to provide hospitality to the thousands of refugee and immigrant families each week.

Directives workshop

Directives workshop

Sister Adeline gave a one day workshop on General Assembly Directives to the SCNAs of Botswana.

Charity charism and UN 2030 agenda

Charity charism and UN 2030 agenda

In highlighting the importance of the UN charter and its agenda, Sister Teresa asked Sisters to make Catholic social teachings and human rights a part of formation.

Sister Adeline visits Botswana

Sister Adeline visits Botswana

Adeline Fehribach is currently in Botswana visiting Sisters and their ministries. This is her first visit to Botswana, as the vice president and the CLT liaison for Botswana. She is currently in Metsimotlhabe visiting the Sisters, their hospice ministry, ministry to the sick in homecare program.

Sister Sunita Vayalipara: A Profile

Sister Sunita Vayalipara: A Profile

I believe that what is worthwhile in life comes from the heart.  Give without counting the cost.  Attend to those in need, poor or rich.

Sister Teresa at St. Xavier’s College

Sister Teresa at St. Xavier’s College

Sister Teresa shows students at St. Xavier’s College how she is working at the United Nations to bring policy changes through advocacy at the global level to benefit people living in poverty and how to become engaged.

Vincent & Louise: Contemplatives in Action

Vincent & Louise: Contemplatives in Action

Starting on February 22, 2019 and ending on February 24, 2019, a retreat was held in conjunction with Nazareth Retreat Center and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates – marking the first time that these two parts of the SCN family have worked together in this capacity.

Celine Arackathottam, SCN

Celine Arackathottam, SCN, 86, a native of Karimannor, Kerala, India, died in Bangalore, India, Feb. 25, 2019. Sister Celine was one of 10 children, five of whom embraced religious life. Sister Celine’s brother, Reverend Father Emmanuel, CST, was well-known and...

Celeste Reedy, SCN

Celeste Reedy, SCN, 97, (formerly Sister Margaret Alberta) was born in Newport, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Feb. 22, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 77 years. In Kentucky, Sister Celeste served in...

Lucille Cosby, SCN

Lucille Cosby, SCN, 96, (formerly Sister Mary Ida) was born in Richmond, VA. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Feb. 22, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 64 years. Sister Lucille served in educational ministry in Louisville at St....

Sister organizes camp for elderly

Sister organizes camp for elderly

Sister Sheela Palamoottil organized a camp for the elderly in the parish with the help of the Matruvedi and palliative care unit of the parish on Feb. 21, 2019.

Refugee and Immigrant Day

Refugee and Immigrant Day

Sister Nancy Gerth and Sister Chris Kunze attended Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. This was the 6th year for the rally to be held. The Sisters went to show support for immigrants and refugees and for their friend Mirna.

A home for Rose

A home for Rose

By the end of the week, the home recipient and this amazing volunteer team’s lives were forever weaved together as each of their families grew a little bit bigger.

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