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Associate director visits Northeastern SCNAs

Andy Meyer, director of the SCN Associates is traveling the North East this week with visits to Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Boston. Tuesday evening’s meet and greet was at Camp Maria where he met with Associates and inquirers.

Volunteers in Appalachia

Sister Luke is accompanying 20 students and six chaperones from St. Joe Church Youth Ministry to the Appalachian region of Kentucky. They are cleaning, staining, painting, and repairing six trailer homes. Please continue to keep this group in your prayers.

Mentoring leadership

Ten second-year novices and four sisters (three tertians) attended “Enlightened Leadership” program for seven days at USM, Mahalaxmi Nagar, Indore.

Sister Margaret’s mission appeal experience

Sister Margaret Rodericks had a mission appeal this past weekend at St. Therese parish in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was pleasantly surprised to see the marquee at the entrance of the church welcoming her.

Golden Jubilee of Karuna Thottumarickal, SCN

Ashirvad North and South community halls were decked with shining lights of varied colors and flowers to celebrate the golden jubilee of Karuna Thottumarickal, SCN, in Mokama on July 14, 2018.

Sister Lisa Polega: An Interview

Lisa is now in the third year of the SCN transfer process. She admits, “These years have been a time of blessing, challenge and growth.”

Alice Casper, SCN

Alice Casper, SCN, 92, was born in Louisville, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Tuesday July 10, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 68 years. Sister Alice served in educational ministries in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas....

Lucille Phipps, SCN

Lucille Phipps, SCN, 86, was born in Fancy Farm, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years. After making First Vows, Sister Lucille served in educational ministries. She...

Sister Nirmala and the fight for a TB free India

Learn about Sister Nirmala’s work to raise awareness of the devastating health, social, and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and her efforts to end the TB epidemic with the Coalition for Aids and Related Diseases.

Families belong together

Two Honduran refugee families were welcomed by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Pittsburgh. They will live on campus in the Stone House. Sister Linda is leading the effort with collaborators to assist refugee families.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of April 3, 2018 – June 30, 2018.

A message from Sister Evelyn

So many precious memories revolve around my 75 years as a teacher. I still keep my students in my prayers and love reconnecting with them.  I am writing today to ask you to help another teacher.

Sister Roselyn Karakattu: A Profile

Looking back over the years I feel proud to be an SCN, for all the growth that has taken place in me as a woman of prayer and discernment.   The SCN community is where I flourished in mission and I had the various opportunities to grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually to develop my potentials.

Girls visit engineering plant

Girls living at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s orphanage outside of Delhi, Asha Kiran, visited Continental Engines’ plant. They learned about designing, manufacturing and the distribution of automotive components. “They were very happy with the experience,” says Sister Lucy.

The underserved receive training in Nepal

Students of empowerment training received certificates in June amidst a beautiful cultural program displayed by the 29 trainees. The women were selected from social groups of Dalit, economically underprivileged, victims of domestic violence, and single women.

Sister Jacinta Patrick: An Interview

I pray that I carry the Presence of Christ as I respond to all with kindness and warmth, with joy and humble service.  God grant me this gift this day and always

Guilty plea in deaths

Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today in the deaths of Paula Merrill, SCN, and Margaret Held, SSSF, and was sentenced to life without parole. The decision takes into consideration that Sisters Paula and Margaret opposed the death penalty.

Sister Patricia Ann Worley: An Interview

I find myself hopefully ready and certainly willing to continue my exciting journey as a Sister of Charity of Nazareth and as a woman in the Church. 

Compassion for all families

The Sisters of Charity Federation of North America, support the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ statement that separating children from their mothers and fathers at the United States/Mexico border is immoral. Protecting the integrity of families is foundational for a healthy and just society.

Maria Sampson, SCN

Maria Sampson, SCN, 88, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday, June 11, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years. After making First Vows, Sister Maria served in educational ministries....

Sister Marie Chantal Flowers: An Interview

“Appreciate our SCN Charism and spread the word!  Celebrate community and live it out with joy and fun.  Where there is no fun going on, create some and believe in your ability to do just that.” Today marks the two year anniversary of Sister Marie Flowers’ perpetual vows.

Executive Committee meeting

With a prayer, members of the Executive Committee, Susan Gatz, president, Sangeeta Ayithamattam and Brenda Gonzales, vice presidents; Amrita Manjaly, Mary Elizabeth Miller and Philomena Kottoor, provincials;  and the Extended Executive committee members Amelia Moras, Barbara Flores, Beena Chirackal and Sharon Gray, vice provincials, began the two-day meeting in Bangalore on June 5, 2018.

Bangalore thanksgiving

Chandapura Community in Bangalore along with pre-novices and candidates had a thanksgiving Eucharist and supper for the out-going Central Leadership Team on June 5.

Sister Mercy Thundathil: A Profile

I was fortunate to touch the lives of many people in their most vulnerable state through my presence, help and kind words.

Memorial Day

Jo Carter, SCNA, carried the flag for Mass on Memorial Day. She was joined by a gentleman who also served in Vietnam.

Sister Helen Chervenak: An Interview

I am grateful to God today for the gift and blessing my teaching experience has been for me. I believe I have received more than I have given. 

Poor People’s Campaign

Tess Browne, SCN, participated in the Poor People’s Campaign in Massachusetts.

Educational material support for the poor

As the new academic year began in Nepal, Navjyoti Center has provided educational materials to 212 school going children. Economically and socially disadvantaged students were selected from various categories like the child clubs of Navjyoti Center, ex-students of child centers, children with single parents, orphans, and children from flood-affected families.

Eight Sisters make vows in Mokama

The convent chapel in Mokama looked colourful with the summer flowers from Mokama and from the Darjeeling Hills on the special occasion of the First Vows of Monica Tudu, Nitya Toppo, Prema Tudu, Ranjita Baa and Snehlata Murmu and the Final Vows of SCNs Anita Murmu (Sr.), Mukta Marandi and Ringemit Lepcha on May 12, 2018.

Celebrating lifetime commitment to religious life

Years of growing in the love of God and a deep desire to be messengers of God’s Love led Sisters Mary Bincy Joseph, Beronika Bilung, and Josephine Antony Mary make their perpetual vows on May 12, 2018, at Nazareth Convent, Chandapura.

Sister Jacqueline graduates with honors

On May 9, 2018, Jacqueline Aceto, SCN, graduated with high honors from Jefferson Community & Technical College with an Associate in Arts degree, as well as an Associate in Human Services degree and a Certificate in Women’s Studies.

Sister Ancilla Kozhipat: A Profile

In faith I have served our hospital for forty-seven years and I still enjoy working there because I believe I am the healing hands of Jesus. 

Sisters at Nazareth prepare to travel to assembly

At the Sunday Mass in Nazareth, Kentucky, Sister Mary Elizabeth explained the General Assembly logo and how it has been used for prayer and reflection leading up to the assembly.

Golden Jubilee Year of Nazareth Vidya Niketan

April 30, 2018, was a landmark in the history of education in Chatra as Nazareth family came together to witness the golden jubilee year 2018-19 opening ceremony of Nazareth Vidya Niketan in Chatra, Jharkhand.

Eight women enter the novitiate

On behalf of the Congregation, Philomena Kottoor, SCN, provincial, accepted eight pre-novices into the two-year novitiate program. Living in community, they have witnessed and learned the SCN way of life, the Charism, and experienced God’s personal love and calling.

Sister Carlette featured on Sacred Stories podcast

Bridges, both structural and virtual, connect us in ways that improve our lives. Listen to this story from Sister ­Carlette Gentle to hear how both types of bridges changed daily life for two women in Belize.

West Point update

The SCN Disaster Relief Team has been working in West Point, Kentucky, over the past several weeks. This group of gracious volunteers, led by Amy Ulrich, finished a trailer that was flooded by the Salt Fork and Ohio Rivers in early March.

Blessing prayer for the Associates of Botswana

The SCNs and Associates gathered in Kanye community on April 29, 2018, to wish and bless the two Associates, Anna Mosele and Beatrice Manda who are going to leave for India on May 6 to participate in the General Assembly of 2018.

Sister Eileen Marcinko: An Interview

As a child I went to St Michael’s School in Munhall, Pennsylvania, my first assignment was St Michael’s School in Braddock, PA and I feel I have come full circle:  ending at St Michael Church in Wauchula, FL.  It is with confidence and trust in the Lord that I rise to meet the challenges of each day.

Homebuilding concludes in Belize

Our hearts are so happy for the new homeowner, Sherlene Garnett, and her family. The newly constructed house looks beautiful and the students from Vincentian Academy should be so proud of all their hard work.

Sister Chris runs the Kentucky Derby miniMarathon

Part of Louisville’s Kentucky Derby Festival excitement is the Kentucky Derby Marathon and miniMARATHON. This year Sister Chris Kunze participated in the race. She said it was an awesome experience

Featured parish events from Chatra

Sister Anita shares about two events from Chatra, a youth seminar and a diocesan level Catholic Mahila Sangh meeting.

Vincentian Academy students volunteer in Belize

In a cross-cultural partnership with the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, Students from Vincentian Academy have joined with Sisters to build a home for a family in need in Belize as part of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program.

Published poem by Sister Sarita

Sarita Manavalan, SCN, wrote the attached poem entitled “The Mother Earth” which was published in the April issue of The New Leader. It features “Care for our Common Home” on the occasion of Earth Day. For years, caring for the earth and the environment has been Sister Sarita’s passion, she advocates the cause of the Earth and loves working in the garden in Chandapura.

Sister Camille receives honor from LaRoche College

Camille Panich, SCN, was honored April 20 as a Distinguished Alumni Circle Award Recipient of LaRoche College.  She is pictured receiving her award along with the President of the College, Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. 

Young women gather in Belize

Young women gathered at SCN Center in Belize City to share a meal and dinner with the Sisters. The meeting’s purpose was to promote discussion among the girls around current events and to encourage teamwork and interaction.

Celebrating Earth Day

Sisters and other SCN Family members participated in the Louisville Earth walk Saturday morning at Iroquois Park. The event’s goal is to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about ways members of the community can take steps to create a more sustainable city.

SCNs create signs of support

Sisters gathered in Louisville on April 19 for pizza and sign making for the upcoming immigrant and refugee vigils.

Earth Day celebration at Nazareth

All in the Nazareth area celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Vincent Church. The topic wss “Ending Plastic Pollution.”

A walk amongst native spring wildflowers

Ephemeral wildflowers are an early spring treat in moist woodlands and lawns. These short-lived plants take advantage of warming spring soils and the sunshine that streams through leafless trees. Take a walk with the director of Ecological Sustainability, Carolyn Cromer, as she looks at native spring wildflowers around Nazareth campus.

A call to serve in Mississippi

The tragic deaths of Sister Paula Merrill, Sister of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, and Sister Margaret Held, School Sister of St. Francis, Milwaukee, who had served in Durant and Lexington for so many years, was the Providential sign leading the Daughters of Charity to where that might be.

Kallanode mission continues to care for the elderly

A second camp for the elderly in Kallanode mission was held on April 14, 2018, by the SCN community under the leadership of Sister Sheela Palamoottil, in collaboration with the parish administration.

Audrey Drap, SCN

Sister Audrey Drap, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth was called to her heavenly home on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the age of 93 and in the 75th year of her religious life.  Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. John the Baptist...

Sister Maria Palathingal: A Profile

I am very proud of our community and happy to be an SCN.  I believe that ours is the “best community” as Father Philip Poovattil told me earlier. 

Vigil held for immigrants & refugees

Yesterday afternoon, as hundreds of cars drove by, a group of SCNs and Associates gathered along the entrance to Nazareth Campus. The group held signs offering prayerful support for immigrants and refugees. Passersby offered many honks, waves and thumbs up during the 45 minute vigil.

Rainbow Jubilarians celebrate at Nazareth

Rainbow Jubilarians were honored this week at Nazareth. A special Mass included recognition of each individual Rainbow Jubilarian and a Renewal of Vows. Mass was followed by a delicious dinner, desserts and gifts.

Sewing ministry for Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

There is a great need for children’s’ dresses and clothing in some of the areas served by the SCN lay mission volunteer program, Appalachia, New Orleans, Belize, Montana, and disaster relief areas. A group led by associate candidate and volunteer, Elaine Belflowers meet at Nazareth to share their creations and determine future needs. Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola serves as their Nazareth liaison.

Change in School Administration in Barauni

April 9, 2018 was a historical day for SCNs in Barauni, as St. Joseph’s School turned a new leaf in its journey.  The new academic year began with a change in the medium of instruction and leadership.  Rev. Father Kevin Charles took over the helm of the school in the presence of Most Rev. Bishop Cajetan Francis Osta, the Bishop of Muzaffarpur and Philomena Kottoor, SCN, Provincial of Patna Province and a few other priests, SCNs and the newly joined staff.

Sisters make use of text enhancement device

In 2018 Sisters at the Nazareth Motherhouse have been reaping the benefits of a high definition desktop video magnifier with text-to-speech capabilities. This allows Sisters with impaired vision to have printed text clearly read allowed to them.

SCN Super Raffle

Win $20,000 in the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Super Raffle. 3,000 tickets are available at $25 each. The drawing to be held on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in Nazareth, Kentucky.

Sister Dorothy Dolak: An Interview

My greatest blessing has been my family who started me on my faith journey and always loved and supported me no matter what!  Over the years I have lived and worked with many wonderful Vincentian Sisters and developed lasting friendships.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Jan. 1, 2018 – April 2, 2018.

Students of St. Vincent’s School, Trichy shine in sports meet

‘Khelo India’ (Play India) is a national program for development of sports which seeks to unearth talents from across the country. This year, district of Trichy conducted a sports meet in order to identify participants to represent the state of Tamilnadu.

Sister Mary Margaret Reid: An Interview

My life has been a happy one for the most part.  Everything in life has a few problems or things to improve.  I have gained wisdom from the SCN community…

Small village gains second education center

In Nepal, Sisters recently opened their second education center in Koshi Gaupalika. The purpose is to educate children who are not enrolled in any school. Parents are happy that their children now have a place of learning.

Word of God retreat at Nazareth

Nazareth Retreat Center hosted the Word of God Group USA, which is a group of young adults seeking to strengthen their relationship with God and one another. Thirty-four of them came from many states, on March 23-25, 2018.

March for Our Lives

On Saturday, March 24, Sisters and Associates participated in Louisville’s March for Our Lives. Despite the cold and rainy weather, a large crowd came together for the youth-led event which raised awareness of gun violence.

Vigil for immigrants & refugees

Barbara Flores, SCN, joined with approximately 70 others in St. Vincent Church who gathered in support of immigrants and refugees. (Inclement weather moved the event indoors.) The vigil is the first of two planned gatherings held as a holy hour for our immigrant and...

A special day for seniors in Belize City

On Friday, March 23, LIFE’s seniors gathered for their annual senior trip. This year the group ventured to the Belize Museum which took them back in time. Most of the seniors had memories and stories of their own to share with the guide.

Sisters lead a rebuilding effort in West Point after flood

In the enclosed video, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief ministry are responding to West Point, Kentucky, located 25 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky. The area was hit hard by flooding after the Ohio and Salt Rivers reached historic flood levels.

Sister Mary Scaria Menonparampil: A Profile

Life has taught me to live and let live and all will be well at the end.  We do not have control over the events and we need to live the present moment meaningfully.

Restored piano returns to Nazareth

After two years of extensive repairs, the Steinway piano has returned to St. Vincent’s Church! The vintage model piano was returned to church after repairs were made internally as well as to the outside finish.

Vigil for Immigrants and Refugees

Sisters gathered at the Motherhouse recently to create signs to be used in support of immigrants and refugees at two planned vigils.

Marching in Belize for Women’s Day

On Friday, March 16, 2018, Sisters in Belize took part in the national march for Women’s Day under the theme “Press for Progress.” The 20,000 strong march brought out women and men from across the country and all walks of life. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were honored to be among those marching to empower women.

Sisters run in 5K race

Congratulations to Sister Lisa and Sister Chris who completed the Oldham County Clover Leak 5K with great times, their first 5K run of the season!

Women of Dharan discusses political participation

As a preparation for  International Women’s day and in tune with our Province strategic plan, Women of Dharan entered into a discussion on  Political Participation of Women. The women leaders from the 60 Self Help Groups gathered at Navjyoti Centre, Dharan, to address the different needs of women, especially the underprivileged groups.

Sister Colette Baran: An Interview

Sister Colette says that Sister Hugoline Sziich, librarian, gave her this advice, “I think that you have a vocation to religious life.”

Foundation Day of Navjyoti Cooperative, Surkhet

Navjyoti Saving and credit Cooperative Ltd. celebrated its 12th Foundation day on 14th March 2018 in Navjyoti Center during a function. It was presided by Sushila Thapa, chairperson of Navjyoti Cooperative which was the first cooperative of Navjyoti.

Praying for an end to gun violence

Students at Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh and Presentation Academy in Louisville joined students across the country to pray for an end to gun violence. 

A journey to the mountains of Nepal

“While traveling through Kathmandu, we made arrangements to visit the Novjyoti Center, a school for handicapped children that is run by the Sisters of Charity. My sister is an SCN, living at Nazareth, and I have read with great interest of the work the sisters on doing on behalf of the people of Nepal.”

Celebrating God’s faithfulness and abiding love

Sisters in Bangalore and Banakal came together on March 11, 2018, to rejoice and celebrate the 50 wonderful years of service of Sister Susan Gatz, president, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

International Women’s Day 2018, Surkhet, Nepal

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to press for progress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

March winter storm leaves Nazareth covered in snow

Last night, a surprise winter storm blanketed the ground with snow in the area of the Motherhouse in Nazareth, Kentucky. The glistening snow was a beautiful sight to see around the campus in the morning.

Kutuderi International Women’s Day celebration

This year we celebrated the women’s day joining with the women of Chechadi  at Mahuadanr. The main invitees were the women professors from the St. Xavier’s college Mahuadanr. We started with a procession calling out slogans about the unity of women and that atrocities against women will not be tolerated.

International Women’s Day

2018 International Women’s Day was celebrated by the women of Mahila Mukti Sangharsh Samiti and Self Help Group members of Chatra District. It was a historic event considering the present dangerous situation facing the country.

Sister Alfreda Crantz: An Interview

I love the medical field and have never considered a career change. Nursing ministry is not easy. God has guided and cared for me all along the way and I want to keep on serving as long as I can.

Scripture Study

Linda Soltis, SCN,  is conducting a scripture study during Lent for the St. Louise Sisters in Pittsburgh.

Sisters to provide flood relief in West Point, Kentucky

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief ministry visited West Point, Kentucky, located 25 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky. The area was hit hard by flooding after the Ohio and Salt Rivers reached historic levels.

Happy birthday Sisters

Many blessings were wished upon two Sisters celebrating big birthdays today. In Nazareth, Kentucky, Evelyn Hurley, SCN, left, celebrated her 103rd birthday today! In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mary Clement Pavlik, SCN, celebrated her 102nd birthday!

Ride and drive an electric vehicle

The parking lot at Nazareth Home was alive with activity on Sunday, March 4 as Sisters tried out driving and riding in electric vehicles (EVs). Nine EV owners from Evolve KY very generously shared their vehicles with the Sisters for the afternoon. Included were EVs such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus, Tesla, and Mitsubishi.

Vigil for Immigrants and Refugees

On February 26, Presentation Students and Sisters Amina Bejos, Edna Fabre and Susan Kilb organized and participated in a vigil for immigrants and refugees in front of Presentation Academy.

Sister Marietta Saldanha: A Profile

Religious life has always been a joy for me.  I offer tremendous gratitude to God for calling me to the SCN Congregation.  I am very happy with the ministries in the Congregation and the Church.  I enjoy life as a religious Sister and the responsible freedom given to each one in every aspect of our life.  

Statement on gun violence

The most recent gun violence in Parkland, FL, 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.

Sisters support Presentation step team

Sisters Amina Bejos and Edna Fabre attended the Kentucky High School Dance Competition in support of the Step Team from Presentation Academy, who won first place in their category.

Specially-abled children delight the Archbishop of Vasai

The hour-long extravaganza ‘Sanjeevani Annual Day’ showcased the special talents of the differently abled with a spectacular display of dance and drama. Principal Sister Josephine and her team of teachers ensured that all children attending the school, each with their unique talents and abilities, were on stage.

Finding God in your daily life

Charity Alive members gathered at Nazareth this weekend to relax, reflect and share faith journeys. One highlight was meeting with a few Sisters to listen to their faith journeys, glean wisdom and exchange a few stories.

Julia Clare Fontaine, SCN

Julia Clare Fontaine, SCN, 97, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 76 years. After making First Vows, Sister Julia Clare served in...

Mayor’s Cup School Olympics

Navjyoti School Dharan participated in the sports events organized by the Mayor of Dharan.  More than 45 schools participated in the event which took place from Feb. 12-19.  Prize distribution was on Feb. 19, 2018. Navjyoti School secured the third position with 5 gold medals, 4 silver medals a bronze medal and certificates.

Sister Cecilia Ann Fatula: An Interview

Outside of her ministry, Sister enjoys a reading good book, listening to good music, relaxing while crocheting, and walking.  As she continues to answer God’s call to ministry she hopes and prays that whatever God has planned for her, “I can say ‘Yes’ like Mary…Here I am Lord I come to do Your will.”

Rally Against Gun Violence

Sister Amina Bejos, Presentation Academy students, and Joetta Venneman attended the Teacher’s Rally Against Gun Violence on February 21 in Jefferson Square Park in Louisville.

Novices learn computer skills in Mokama

We, the 10 first-year and five second-year SCN Novices are privileged to have the basic computer classes at Nazareth Academy Mokama from Feb. 13, 2018. We have learned to use MS Word. We are fascinated by what computers can do such as corrections in spelling and grammar. By having this on-going class, we are preparing ourselves for our future mission. 

Sister Gracy helps rehabilitate young girls

Four minor girls from the state of Odisha in the eastern part of India had been admitted to a children’s home, Vellimadukunnu, by Child Welfare Committee in January. The tireless effort of the Migrant Outreach Services (MOS) team consisting of Sister Gracy Thombrakudy, Mr. Nithish, Mr. Manoj Thomas, and volunteers saw the union of these young girls with their families on Feb. 19.

Follow Your Dreams

On Saturday, the SCN Centre in Belize hosted a prayer, dinner and a movie. The over all theme of the day was “Follow Your Dreams.” 

‘I Love My India’ Sports Day in Gaya

The annual sports day of Nazareth Academy, Gaya began with the hoisting of the sports flag by the chief guest Dr. Farasat Hussain along with Sophia Joseph, SCN, principal of Nazareth Academy on Feb. 17, 2018.  The ‘four houses’ did the march-past.  The students from class VI to XI participated in full spirit and zeal in the various sports items, cultural events, colorful drills, and karate.  The first three winners were given mementos. Parents were present in large numbers to cheer the students. 

Sisters initiate senior citizens’ meet in Kallanode

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have been seeking ways and means of making our presence in Kallanode in Kerala a meaningful and relevant. A new initiative was launched on Feb. 10, 2018, as a camp was conducted for the senior citizens (65 and above) of Kallanode Parish by SCN community under the leadership of Sister Sheela Palamoottil SCN, in collaboration with the Parish of Kallanode.

Changing lives, empowering entire villages

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?”

Sister Ann Kernen: An Interview

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.”

Blessing and dedication of CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia

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.

Catholics at the Kentucky Capitol

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.

Graduation of pre-school children in Gaya

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 PLT and boards of India Provinces meet in Bangalore

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?

Sabitri’s transformation

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.

Nazareth School Chandapura bids farewell to the class of 2017-18

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.

Teresa Velloothara, SCN: An Interview

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.

Sister Pat Haley sings Old Gospel & Spirituals

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.

Collective Farming in Nepal

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. 

New Motherhouse Coordinators Team

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

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....

‘Our Lady of Divine Grace’ Shrine Feast in Mokama

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.

Meet Nohemi

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.

St. Michael’s School Sports Day

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 head to Belize

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.

Golden Jubilee celebration in Patna for Sister Susan

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.

Living closely with Mother Earth in Kutuderi Village

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.

An update from volunteer group in Belize

“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!”

Adolescent girls’ training in Kutuderi

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.

Navjyoti School wins 2018 football championship trophy

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!

Jubilee celebration in Louisville

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.

Second volunteer group this month heads to Belize

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

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...

Former SCN Ministry Celebrates Anniversary

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.

Sister Antoinette Kostelnik: An Interview

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.

Navjyoti Center reaches out to street children in Surkhet

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.

Belgium High School Students visit Premashray in Ranchi

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.

Blanket distribution among rickshaw pullers in Bakhtiarpur

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.

Sister Miriam Elizabeth Brown: An interview

“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

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...

Sisters gather for Socio-Pastoral ministry meet

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.

Inter school sports meet of SCN institutions

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. 

Educating the next generation of Musahar children in Nepal

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.

Niranjana river threatened

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.

In pursuit of eradication of child marriage

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.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Oct. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018.

We heed the scriptural command to welcome the stranger

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.

Volunteers build a home in Belize

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.

Mary Juliana Tuti: An Interview

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.”

Volunteers return to Belize

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.

Sister Jessie Saldanha awarded three times for her ministry

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.

Struggle to save the Niranjana River

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.

Certificate distribution of skill trainees

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.

Sister Mary Joyce Kernen: An Interview

“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.”

Mokama Nazareth Academy first Sports Day

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

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...

Mother Catherine’s new headstone is set at Nazareth

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.

Sister Marie Menard

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!

Christmas in Metsimotlhabe

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, joins celebration

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.

Sister Joicy Joy takes up a cause of the poor

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.

Living Independently in Full Existence

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.

Workshop on fraternal life in the community

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.

Belize City Associates give to seniors

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!  

At Nazareth, employees donate to Room in the Inn

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.

Sala Sentle: The suffering find a place of love and care

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 Christmas Gathering

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.

Workshop on wholesome family living

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.

Harp ensemble performs at Nazareth

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.

Sister Anastasia Chernitsky: An Interview

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.”

Faith Group – Followers of Catherine

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 ”.

Christmas decorating at the House of Hospitality

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 make recommitment

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.

Sister Anne Elizabeth Elampalathottiyil: An Interview

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.

Inspired for a life of service

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.

SCN Foundation Day

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.

Sisters create wonderful crafts for Christmas

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.

Charity Alive visit Nazareth

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.

Annual Sports in Chatra School

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.

Saint Joseph nursing leadership retreat

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.”

Sister Raynita Kristofco: An Interview

“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.”

A gift of hope

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.

An afternoon with Mother Catherine at St. Thomas

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.

A Christmas gift 💌

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.

SCNA Renewals in Chattanooga

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.

Sister Loretta Weller: An Interview

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 prepare for Appalachian Christmas

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.

‘Take the first step in faith’

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.

At conference, congregations embrace diversity, commit to developing fellowship

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 celebrates 85 years

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.

Sisters receive thank you notes

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.

Seminar in Mokama

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.

Volunteers return from India

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.  

Sister Elizabeth Emmanuel Vattakunnel: An Interview

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! 

Join the Journey 2017

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

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.   

Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill visit India

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.

Sister Madonna Michels: An Interview

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.”

Helen Blodgett, SCN Renewal of Vows

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

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,...

All Saints Day reflection by Sister Paula Merrill

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.

Mission trip to Houston: faith into action

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.

Half-yearly juniors gathering in Ranchi

We, the nine Temporary Professed Sisters of Jharkhand region, gathered in Ranchi to spend a day of prayer and sharing with our director, Amelia Moras, SCN, vice provincial from the evening of Oct. 27, 2017.

2017 Louisville Sustainability Summit

Under the theme of “Resilience, Equity and Climate Change,” the Summit explored ways that we can plan, prepare, and adapt in order to transition to a more just, equitable, and climate resilient Louisville.

CPR training at Vincentian Academy

“Start the Heart” training center provided education and training for 22 faculty members of Vincentian Academy, including school Principal Rita Canton. Faculty members learned about the importance of CPR and the value in having their school prepared for a cardiac arrest emergency.

Celebrating her life

On Friday October 27, 2017, 12 Sisters gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Marie Flowers, SCN.

Jubilee Schools’ Day of Caring & Retreat

Kristi Baird, President of Jubilee Schools Network and Betty Fracchia, SCN along with Pat Crivelli, SCNA and Catherine Mensi, SCNA planned a Day of Caring and Retreat for the nine Jubilee School Principals. The morning consisted of delivering meals through the Meals-on-Wheels Program to seniors throughout the community with MIFA (Metropolitan Interfaith Association).

Sister Maurice Wayda: An Interview

Sister Maurice, despite the limitations of sight and hearing, has always left me with words of spiritual wisdom. This time was no exception.  “God always shows upcoming in people who help us believe.“  What wonderful words of wisdom!

Sisters and small Christian communities

Sister Helen and the catechist take classes inside the Church for around 50 children. Early in life, the young learn how to be a true member of small Christian communities by praying and serving together.

The (flower) power of the Resurrection

I was reading about Resurrection for my liberation theology class. The next day, I was experiencing it at the resurrection liturgy for my friend Sr. Marie Flowers. Marie was a Sister of Charity of Nazareth and a social worker. Early in 2016, she was diagnosed with advanced cancer, and after a brave year and a half, God called her home. She would have been 51 in November.

A visit to Thumlabong Village

Though it is tiring, the walk in the picturesque mountains, sound of flowing rivulets, tiny waterfalls and plenty of green foliage makes one forget the strenuous climb up or coming down the hill balancing on slippery stones.

Sister Lucia Thuluvanickel: An Interview

As I am growing in age and wisdom in community, I feel as St. Paul said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” I accept this physical reality and look to the future with hope. I want to be patient, prayerful, and loving to become a true daughter of Catherine and be an example to the younger generation.

Visit with Senator McConnell’s aide

On October 20, Julie Driscoll, SCN; Joetta Venneman; and Agnes Coveney, OSU went to visit Senator Mitch McConnell’s office in downtown Louisville regarding The DREAM Act of 2017 (S. 1615).  The group met with Senator McConnell’s aide, Andrew.  Andrew spoke of the Senator as being empathetic toward those who are DREAMers here in the United States.

Oktoberfest at St. Louise Convent

Oktoberfest was celebrated at St. Louise convent on October 15 with German foods, music by a strolling musician in a Tyrolian hat and Lederhosen  and of course German beer.

Charity Friendship Retreat

Sisters, Luke Boiarski, Anne Magruder, Elaine McCarron, Therese Knabel and Joan Wilson attended the Charity Friendship Retreat sponsored by the Charity Federation. The retreat which was held at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, provided an opportunity for the grassroots to come together for prayer and developing friendships.

Time and space apart

In the midst of the chaos of life, everyone needs time and space apart occasionally to rediscover God’s presence.  Nazareth Retreat Center offers space and opportunities for spiritual reflection in a holistic approach which reverences the human spirit and all of creation. Your support will help this ministry continue to be a place of peace in our world.

Open doors for immigrant families

Doors to Hope provides support for women, children and immigrant families through advocacy, tutoring, and English as a second language classes.

A chance to experience God’s peace

Camp Maria Retreat and Conference Center in southern Maryland offers children and adults the chance to experience God’s peace on the beauty of Breton Bay.  Foster children reunite with siblings, veterans gather for support, siblings of cancer patients unite for a week of fun and homeless find shelter during select winter months.

Sangeeta’s life was changed

Young women, like Sangeeta, learn skills, find employment and support themselves and their families through the Nazareth Social Work Center in Sokho, India.

Reaching out to 50 villages

Sisters in Shapur, India support tribal women and youth in 50 surrounding villages.  They promote the education of girls and address issues of sanitation, human trafficking, and gender equality. They help women form self-help groups, conduct school health programs and provide career counseling. Following recent floods, our Sisters waded through waters to provide necessary support to villagers whose homes were flooded.

Educating a growing student population

Navjyoti School in Surkhet, Nepal, recently built a new school building to accommodate the growing number of students. Your support will help provide the needed furnishings to ensure a quality education for more than 650 students in Nepal.

A chance to earn a living

Sister Gracy helps migrant workers in southern India register for labor cards so they can receive training and secure a steady job, enabling them to care for their families, become integrated into the society and live a life of dignity.

Interventions for a better life

In southern India, Sisters Beena and Joicy improve the lives of women, children and the tribal population by providing legal and social work services. They help address issues of domestic violence, child protection, workplace violence, inadequate housing and educate and support women advocating for basic human rights.

Room in the Inn program begins second year

Room in the Inn’s mission is to provide a warm welcome, a hot meal, and a bed for the night. That’s a great assistance to those in need. Volunteers are encouraged when they learn about guests who have gotten back on their feet.

Moral revival Mass meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign

Hear about the inspiration, vision, and strategy for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. We must shift the moral narrative in our nation. This movement intentionally addresses systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental degradation, and national morality.

On strike: migrant workers on visa program claim unfair pay

Workers on a tobacco farm in Garrard County, Kentucky, are entering the third week of a strike over claims that they have not received the pay guaranteed by a federal work visa program. The strike is part of a movement across the South and Midwest to organize migrant laborers who enter the country legally to do seasonal work.

Open to God’s Action as we Journey into the Future

On October 13-15th, 16 SCNAs from Belize City and Dangriga, Belize gathered at SCN Center in Belize City to participate in their annual retreat. The theme was “Open to God’s Action as we Journey into the Future”.

Setting a Place for My Sister

Sisters Place held its annual breakfast, “Setting a Place for My Sister,” on Friday, October 6. The fundraising breakfast also included raffle baskets and other items for silent auction. Several SCNs were able to attend in support of this shared ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Sister Teresa meets Pope Francis

Vincentian Family members came to Rome to meet Pope Francis and commemorate their 400th anniversary. Thousands of Vincentians will participate in this meeting while seeking to deepen their charism of serving.

Commissioning of volunteers to India

Sarah Geier, SCN, Kristy Reynolds, LeAnne Moore, Karen Lazowski, and Erin Kelly are flying to India now. They will be there until Nov. 3, in ministry at Asha Kiran. The volunteers will be engaged in a variety of activities, helping children get ready for school, help with homework, painting the library, creating an album of photos and activities, and sharing new skills. Primarily they will just be with the children, listen to them, and love them. 

Botswana Sisters bid earthly farewell to Father Julian Black, CP

SCNs joined the Passionists and the Catholic community in Botswana to bid earthly farewell to Rev. Julian Black on Oct. 14, 2017. Sisters are closely connected to the Passionist community in Botswana since their arrival in the country.

Race for the Cure

Sister Kitty Wilson volunteered to work during the Susan Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday. This is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

Marie Flowers, SCN

Marie Flowers, SCN, 50, was born in Detroit, Michigan. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Sister Marie had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth since 2014. Sister Marie served as a social worker, primarily working as...

And to care for the earth

Director of Ecological Sustainability Carolyn Cromer is working with the Grounds Committee and others to bring back native plants to Nazareth Campus. This effort is part of an overall commitment to the Community’s goals for sustainability, caring for the Earth, protecting the sacredness of creation, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Wellness in Botswana

Botswana has dedicated the month of September for the wellness of the people, as the country celebrates its Independence on Sept. 30. Nationwide daily prayers are held in all the village “Kgotlas” throughout the month, praying especially for the sick.

Children participate in blessing

SCNs in Pittsburgh invited children from the nearby Vincentian Child Development Center to have their stuffed animals blessed by Fr. David on St. Francis Feast day.

Group visits former SCN school

SCNs Dorothy Jackson, Susan Kilb, and Judy Raley along with SCNAs Carol and Steve Newton visited the building in Dayton, TN which housed St. Genevieve School opened by the SCNs in 1891.  The building now serves as a restaurant.  

Young associates bring new perspective

The group, indeed, created great energy and ideas for leadership, activities and inviting new members. They are excited to carry forth the charism of charity and the spirit of Catherine Spalding.

Sister Martha Clan: An Interview

I entered the Community at the age of eighteen on September 24, 1952, and made first vows on March 25, 1955. My first mission was at St. Cecilia’s in Louisville where I taught the first grade. I received much help from Sisters Anita Hayden and Elaine McCarron. They also taught first grade.  Because of the two of them, I was prepared and confident.

Sister Antoinette celebrates Jubilee

Congratulations to Antoinette Kostelnik, SCN, on her 75th jubilee. Sister Antoinette celebrated with her Sisters, family and friends in Pittsburgh.

Sisters celebrate 90th birthday of Bishop Setlalekgosi

Sisters in Botswana invited Bishop Emeritus  Boniface Setlalekgosi for an outdoor meal, as he celebrated his 90th Birthday on 14th Sept.2017. It was Bishop Boniface who invited SCNs to minister in his Diocese ( Gaborone) in the year 2000.

Jubilee celebration continues …

SCN Provincial House community celebrated the Golden Jubilee of SCNs Agnes Tudu, Cassilda Castell, Mercy Thundathil, Nirmala Mulackal and Roselyn Karakattu on October 8, 2017 in Patna.

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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 July 1, 2017 – Sept. 27, 2017.

Centenarian Sisters at Nazareth

Sister Alice Teresa Wood will soon celebrate her 101st birthday on Oct. 11. Here she is pictured with two other Sisters of Charity of Nazareth centenarians, Sister John Ann Kulina to her left, 100, and Sister Evelyn Hurley to her right, 102.

LIFE showcases seniors’ creations

LIFE had its first Open Day to showcase the work of the seniors’ hands. This is the third event of the week to celebrate Seniors Week. Crafts were displayed including embroidery, pillow making, wine bottle vases, hand made cards and jewelry. Delicious food such as Creole bread and bun, powder bun, rice and beans, and more were enjoyed.

SCN Associate weekend in Botswana

SCNs and Associates gathered at Metsimotlhabe for the Associate workshop cum celebration of St. Vincent ‘s Feast on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

SCNs listed on Global Catholic Climate Movement

500+ global Season of Creation events inspired and educated thousands of people. In Kerala, churches signed a declaration of the 10 “green commandments.”  In Kentucky, the heart of U.S. coal country, women religious prayed at a solar power plant. Each expression of faith was a beautiful reminder that prayer is powerful. We are transforming our communities together.

Jubilee in Mokama

Patna Province celebrated the golden jubilee of SCNs Agnes Tudu, Cassilda Castell, Mercy Thundathil, Nirmala Mulackal and Roselyn Karakattu and the silver jubilee of SCNs Bibiana Kindo, Clementia Xalxo, Leena Padam, Meera Bilung, and Tessy Varghese in Mokama on Oct. 7, 2017.

Contemplative Retreat in Mokama

The morning and evening dewdrops of the autumn and the serenity of the shrine compound provided the needed ambiance and atmosphere for the Sisters and novices to enter into the retreat with an open heart to embrace what God had in store for each one. 

LIFE seniors served with beauty

The LIFE ministry in Belize held it’s second annual beautification day, allowing the seniors a chance to add to their beauty. Volunteers from the YWCA, the University of Belize, and others, provided diabetic nail cutting and foot cleaning, as well as manicures, pedicures, cornrows, braiding, perm, wash, flat iron, barbering, and make up. The younger volunteers enjoyed providing these services to the elders.

The Spirit of Mother Catherine

Nancy Gerth, SCN, brought the Spirit of Mother Catherine to Presentation Academy to help introduce her to the first year students in preparation for their retreat that will take place at Nazareth next week. Sister Nancy talked about Louisville and education for girls in 1831, the difficulties Catherine and the SCNs faced and the qualities and values that allowed them to serve in so many ways.

Michelle Grgurich, SCN – 25th Jubilee Reflection

As I looked back on the 25 years that have passed since I entered religious life, Sept. 15, 1992, I searched for something that would capture my experience and pretty quickly I thought about the Dayenu, a song of remembrance and thanksgiving in the Hebrew tradition that is part of the Haggadah the script/text that is used for family celebrations of the Passover seder meal.

Feast Day celebrations at Snehalayam, Trichy

Snehalayam community celebrated the feast of our Patron St. Vincent de Paul in a grand manner at Muthukulam, a sub-station of AMSAM parish, Trichy. The parishioners welcomed sisters with a traditional arathi to the Eucharistic celebration.

National Catholic Education Association President’s Award

Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, received the National Catholic Education Association President’s Award at the NCEA Gala in Washington, DC. on Oct. 2, 2017. Throughout her acceptance speech, her passion for Catholic education showed forth.

LIFE celebrated senior day

On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 LIFE celebrated senior day under the theme “Stepping into the future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and Participation of Older Persons in Society” at St. Martin’s De Porres Church in Belize City.

Bangalore Province celebrates Golden Jubilee

The life and mission of SCNs Agnes Tudu, Cassilda Castell, Mercy Thundathil, Nirmala Mulackal and Roselyn Karakattu of the past 50 years was honored by their sisters in Bangalore Province on Oct. 1, 2017, in a Eucharistic celebration.

Future of Charity members gather

Future of Charity members from Nazareth and Cincinnati gathered on Saturday night with Sister Marie Flowers to celebrate her gifts to us all. The Sisters shared stories, sang songs, and had a blessing ritual.

Sister Philomina Hembrom: An Interview

In looking forward to the future my hopes and dreams for the Congregation are that we may hear the call of God deeply within and go ahead in life I think that the biggest challenge at the present time is to understand the signs of the times and to respond to them in deep faith.

A chance encounter with two teachers

“Two wonderful, compassionate women who were exceptional teachers who helped shape our futures, one teaching me in 1968-69 and one teaching my son in 1995. I will forever treasure my Catholic School memories largely in part to women of faith such as these.”

The UN and You

The UN and You published by Teresa Kotturan, SCN, can be read here. The issue highlights last week’s actions at the United Nations on the 72nd General Assembly.

Children campaign against anti-social activities

The Namoona children’s club along with the Navjyoti children’s club network committee organized a campaign against anti-social activities in Koldada Village. The children’s club chose the right time for their event just at the eve of Dasain Festival where all sorts of anti-social behaviors take place such as alcoholism, fights in the family, fights between groups, and gambling occurs.

SCNAs Make First Commitment in Mokama, India

Four SCNA candidates Anjani Kumari, Ashok Kumar, Joseph Rajendra and Nirmala Virendra made their First Commitment for one year as SCNAs during the morning Eucharistic celebration at Mokama chapel on Sept. 27, 2017, the auspicious feast day of St. Vincent de Paul. Many of the parishioners, family members, campus SCNs, novices, and candidates witnessed their commitment.


On September 27th, Pope Francis invited people around the world to use social media to love their neighbors and share the journey of the millions of migrant and refugee families who are seeking safety and a decent life. 

Vincentian Academy celebrates 85 years

Vincentian Academy was founded as Vincentian High School on November 14, 1932, as a private, independent, Catholic boarding school for girls. The school now celebrates its 85th year, providing young women and men a world-class college preparatory education for the...

SCNA Candidates meet in Patna

In preparation for the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, Jane Karakunnel, SCN, invited 12 women from different parishes in Patna who expressed their desire to become SCNA candidates to the SCN Provincial House for prayer, reflection and sharing on Sept. 24, 2017.

Praying for Puerto Rico

We pray for our SCN Family members who live in Puerto Rico or have family there. We have heard from SCN Family members who are safe but without water or power. They report of total devastation to the island. We pray for all those suffering in Puerto Rico from the terrible destruction from Hurricane Maria.

Navjyoti Center ensures justice for women in Surkhet

Though the women in western countries have become aware of women’s rights and have moved a long way towards its enforcement, women in Nepal are still victims of gender-based violence. Women in Surkhet have just begun to take courage to surface their problems.

Sister Maria Emerentia Voytek: An Interview

All the opportunities that I have had to use my musical talent enriched my life. My life as a Sister means the world to me. I live, breathe and die for the gift of religious life!  I enjoy life itself!

International Peace Day

International Peace Day was celebrated at Nazareth with simultaneous prayers at the peace pole and in St. Vincent.  This year’s theme was Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. At the peace pole, about a half dozen Montessori children sang, Light A Candle for Peace. The prayer, present on last week’s Newsline, shared several quotes from Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris) written by Pope John XXIII.

Event highlights green practices

The Sisters of Charity have committed to becoming a “zero waste campus,” meaning that everything is either compostable or recyclable and nothing is sent to a landfill.

New SCN Book is Celebrated

Congratulations to Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN, on the release of her new book, a vibrant account of her time in ministry in Belize.

Visitor Center at Nazareth

Visitor Center Director Rita Davis, SCN, is excited to share about the new items available at the Visitor Center on Nazareth Campus. Sister Rita said, “Thanks to my new volunteer, Elaine Belflowers, we’ve added some framed pictures of the statue of Catherine Spalding that stands in front of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville KY on 5th Street.”

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