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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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.

Mildred McGovern, SCN

Mildred “Millie” McGovern, SCN, 86, was born in Hawesville, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Feb. 17, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years. Sister Millie served in educational ministries in Bardstown, KY at St. Joseph;...

Nazareth to host first 5K

Run with a Mission on June 1, 2019. Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for this first-ever 5K run/walk on the Motherhouse grounds of Nazareth, Kentucky.

Mokama Associates

Sisters met with three SCN Associates in Mokama. They are in front – two men and one woman. Another woman was called to work and couldn’t come to the gathering. There are also three candidates in Mokama, not pictured.

Nazareth School bids farewell to outgoing class

Come February and it is time to say our Good Byes.  ‘Sayonara’, the farewell of the graduating class of X was held on February 9, 2019, at Nazareth School, Chandapura.

Commissioned to serve

As the separation of children from their parents continues so does the narrative that refugees and immigrants are criminals. Today Sister Susan Gatz was commissioned at Mass in Nazareth’s St. Vincent de Paul Church. She will be volunteering with Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, where she will help them provide hospitality to the thousands of refugee and immigrant families each week that they serve.

Sisters Place receives gift of security

Recently an ask went out to the SCN Family, encouraging all to vote for Sisters Place as a deserving ministry of the gift of security. Good news, Sisters Place did receive enough votes to win! The Gift of Security is a national corporate giving initiative that...

Vincentian Academy

February 11, Vincentian Academy students, staff, parents, and SCNs together celebrated Black History Month, with Father Carmen D’Amico, and a special liturgy in the chapel on the Pittsburgh campus.

Remembering Sister Mary Lynn Fields

Providentially, a call had come from the bishop of Belize for personnel for his diocese. It seemed a “given” for Mary Lynn to accept the challenge to explore the possibility of opening a mission in that country in Central America.  

EC prayer day

Becoming a transformative   presence and witness in the Indian Church and society today.

St. Louise offers emergency shelter and hospitality

Recently, Corrine Giel, SCN, got a call from Prioress Karen Brink, OSB. Due to a water emergency in their building, 33 Benedictine Sisters had to evacuate from their monastery immediately. Sister Corrine told her “our doors are open” and that she should bring them to St. Louise Convent.

Ruth McAllister, SCN

Ruth McAllister, SCN, 89, was born in Columbus, Ohio. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Feb. 8, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Ruth served in educational ministries in Louisville at St. Augustine and St....

SCNA Office wraps up Belize visit

After years of long distance and virtual relationships, we were very excited to finally meet face-to-face with our Associates and Sisters in Belize! One Associate put it in perspective: “It was nice to finally meet our ‘sisters and brothers’ in Christ.”

M. Regina Joscak, SCN

Sister M. Regina Joscak, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was called to her heavenly home on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the age of 94 and in the 75th year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Parish...

SCNA Office visits Belize

The SCN Associate Office continues building relationships in Belize City by visiting SCN and SCNA ministries.

Vincentian Academy upsets Rochester

In front of an electric crowd Thursday night, the Vincentian Academy girls basketball team defeated Rochester, 55-50 in an important game.

Remembering Sister Norma Alexander

Nursing fit her caring heart.  She was dearly loved by all, and when friends from Haiti came to the States to visit relatives, they were sure to visit her also, and often invited her to their gatherings and parties.  On one such occasion, because her French was so good, a friend asked her, “Do you speak English?”

Associate office in Belize

The SCN Center in Belize City welcomed Andy Meyer, SCN director of Associates and Tammy Mattingly, office coordinator on Sunday for a week-long visit with SCNAs and SCN Ministries.

A journey they will never forget

Volunteers were commissioned in Nazareth. In memory of the late Andrew Reed, his parents and children build a home for others in his name.

Women institute change

These women are becoming agents of change in their village. This is what true leadership development and community building look like.

M. Georgine Bires, SCN

Sister M. Georgine Bires, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was called to her heavenly home on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 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. Joseph...

Anita Hager, SCN

Anita Hager, SCN, 89, was born in Henderson, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on January 27, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 66 years. Sister Anita served in educational ministries in both grade and high school....

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

On January 16, during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Barbara Joseph Lammers, SCN, gave a presentation on human trafficking to the Community Collaboration for Children Program - part of the Central Kentucky Community Action Council.  Their program provides...

Barbara Von Bokern, SCN

Barbara Von Bokern, SCN, 76, was born in Covington, Kentucky. She died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 55 years. Sister Barbara served in educational ministries, teaching math and religion at...

Bishop Emeritus Boniface Setlalekgosi

With great sadness, we inform you the news of the passing of our beloved Bishop Emeritus Boniface Setlalekgosi. He was 92 years old. It is Bishop Boniface who invited the SCNs to Botswana.

Serving others

Mark and Cindy Rhonemus have been volunteering with the SCN Volunteer Mission Program since 2015. For their most recent trip to Las Flores, Belize, they raised all of the funds needed to complete a home for a family in need.

Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Vicki Ward, president and CEO of Nazareth Villages, who was named Woman of the Year at the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

A home for Manuel

Manuel was only 12 years old when Sister Luke met him in Belize. When she saw the poor condition of his home she knew right away that she would someday return to build a home for him.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Sister Joan Wilson shared a review of the book that probes and investigates today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future.

Vasai, inter-school meet

The seventh SCN inter-school cultural meet was held on Jan. 12, 2019, in Nazareth Convent high School Vasai.

End the shutdown

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth support and affirm the U.S. Bishops President and Chairman of Bishops’ Migration Committee statement urging the President and lawmakers to end the U.S. government shutdown.

Marie Smith, SCN

Marie Smith, SCN, 87, was born in Deer Lodge, Montana. She died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Marie served in educational ministries as a grade school teacher and choir...

Sister Anne Marie Thayilchirayil: A Profile

I have reached my retirement age and the trouble with me is that I do not know how to retire.  I will keep on working as God gives me sufficient health

Associate makes lifetime commitment

Patricia Diane Hawkins (in red) renewed her commitment as an SCN Associate this morning on a snow-covered Nazareth campus. Diane has been an Associate since 1995 and today, made a lifetime commitment! Witnesses to this achievement are (from left) Associate Office...

Area gathering in Kerala

Sisters from Anakkampoil and Kakkavayal gathered at Kallanode for their first area wise gathering in preparation for the 2019 Bangalore Province Assembly.

Memorials and Honoraries

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

Women of Wisdom and Action

Sister Rekha (center-right) took part in a theological training program to strengthen the voice of women in Asian countries. The events focus on networking renown female scholars through rigorous academic theological training.

Sisters march for women

To uplift, center and to focus on ways in which gender discrimination intersects with other forms of institutional oppression.

Socio-pastoral meeting

The reports gave the participants a glimpse of what and how our sisters are reaching out to the marginalized women and children and those who are pushed out of society.

Educating girls

In Musunuru, India, Sisters provide a home for girls who are attending school. This supportive environment helps to prepare them for a bright future.

Sister Peggy Voglewede: An Interview

Sister Peggy is grateful for all the education and exposure to theology and religious topics that the community has provided for her.

Offering hope

Women and children in the Wayanad District of India participate in programs that assist them in overcoming difficult life situations and help them access governmental services.

Enriching lives

Children with special needs participate in programs that maximize their abilities so they can reach their full potential.

Thank you, Pittsburgh

The Sisters of Divine Providence and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth thanked all who have donated to Charity House with a Mass and brunch in Pittsburgh.

Salt River Conservation Collaborative

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth played host last week to the Salt River Conservation Collaborative, a group of Kentucky conservation organizations who are working to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, natural areas and farmland in the Salt River watershed while increasing awareness and support for conservation.

Mary Stella Ambrose, SCN

A native of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India, Mary Stella Ambrose, SCN, was born on December 4, 1937, the eldest of seven children to her parents, the late Mr. A. Ambrose and Mrs. Maria Prakasi. She died at 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2019, at Nazareth Convent...

Sister David Clare Reasbeck: An Interview

I am grateful and honored to be a Sister of Charity of Nazareth following in the footsteps of Mother Catherine Spalding by continuing to serve those in need.

A cross-cultural partnership

Sister Luke is leading a group to Las Flores, Belize, where they will partner with the village leaders of the area to complete home repairs for a family in need.

The journey of discernment

Moving along in their journey of discernment, candidates at Mokama are immersed in a ten-day program in communicative English, personality development, creative learning, concentration, and yoga.

God With Us on the Journey of Life

For several days between Christmas and New Year, Miriam Juarez and Marcillina Nwuso spent time at Nazareth and participated in a discernment retreat entitled, “God With Us on the Journey of Life”. SCNs Chris Kunze and Sushma Bodra facilitated the retreat. The retreat included time of prayer, reflection and sharing about God’s invitations in our lives and the ongoing discernment to which God calls us.

Blessing Bags

These bags will be distributed to the homeless, those living on the streets, under bridges, and in city parks. Blessing Bags are filled with warm clothes and each one is blessed.

Unique Christmas celebrations in Kallanode

What is Christmas, if the true spirit of Christ is not shared with someone special! The desire to bring joy to many hearts drew us sisters of Kallanode Community to celebrate Christmas with seven poor widows who live alone the local parish.

Chattanooga Christmas

The Chattanooga SCN Associates faith group recently celebrated the Christmas season with their Greenwood Terrace Community friends.

Helping others at Christmas

The Vincent de Paul Family of Metsimotlhabe, Botswana, celebrated Christmas with a large family of 15 economically-poor members who live in a remote area where there is no electricity or water.

Sisters in Botswana, Christmas celebration

The high commissioner of India, Dr. Rajesh Ranjan and his family invited the Indian Christian community in Gaborone, Botswana, for a Christmas celebration at his residence.

Katharine Hanrahan, SCN

Katharine “Kitty” Hanrahan, SCN, 94, was born in Louisville, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Monday, December 17. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 71 years. Sister Kitty served in educational ministries as a music teacher from...

Christmas at Nazareth

May the Peace and quiet Joy of that Holy Night be yours all during the New Year.

Lourdes Hall celebrates the season

The Sisters at St. Louise Convent are celebrating Advent, preparing for Christmas, and praying for abundant blessings for all!

Holiday Beauty at Nazareth

Sisters gathered around the tree in the Motherhouse to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Home for refugees

As you think of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as refugees in Egypt this Christmas season, remember all those who come to us from afar seeking shelter.

Nazareth Home Christmas party

Sisters gathered at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky, for a Nazareth Home Family Christmas dinner and party. See all of the photos from the gathering.

Christmas sing-a-long

The St. Joseph Church youth group from Bardstown, Kentucky, held a Christmas sing-a-long for Sisters at the Nazareth Motherhouse this week. There was Christmas fun and a whole lot of singing coming from the dining hall on campus as all joined in the fun.

POFA hosts Christmas gathering

Western Province Office of Finance Administration sponsored their fourth Christmas gathering for the Sisters at Nazareth.

Sister Olive Pinto: A Profile

In my striving to live out my commitment, I feel humbled in knowing I am not a perfect role model but hope I have had a healthy influence on the young to live out their SCN call joyfully, enthusiastically and faithfully.

In solidarity with immigrants

Sister Amina, faculty, and students at Presentation Academy stand together on behalf of vulnerable children and their families to lift up the voices of refugees, immigrants, and the faith community in support of refugee and immigrants’ rights.

Faith Group Fun

An SCN Faith Group in Pittsburgh planned and gathered for a special prayer service, games and refreshments for the Sisters at Vincentian Home.

Call to Women-A Season of Hope

The Louisville Network hosted “Call to Women-A Season of Hope” on Sunday, December 9 at the Hospitality room at Nazareth Home Campus. Sisters and Associates were eager to gather for prayer and hospitality during the season of Advent.

Sisters depart for India

Sister Smita Karikkattil and Sister Manisha Azhakathu have spent the past several weeks based in Nazareth, Kentucky. There they met with Sisters, various departments, and visited Western Province ministries.

Charity Alive at Nazareth

This weekend, the young adults participating in the Charity Alive gathering brought a renewed spirit to the Nazareth campus.

Sisters celebrate 60 & 70 years

Sisters gathered at Nazareth on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 to celebrate 60 and 70 years of vows as SCNs. Congratulations!

Student candidates in Ranchi

Nazareth Convent in Ranchi is full of life with the presence and laughter of the 26 student candidates. Out of these 26 first and second-year students, eight of them are enrolled in plus two in humanities subjects at Bethesda School and 18 are enrolled at St. John’s High School.

SJH video on Sister Euphrasia

At Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, the tradition of care and charism of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth continues today.

Leadership Development

Congratulations to Chris Kunze, SCN and Kelly O’Mahony, SCN, who recently completed the Collaborative Leadership Development Program.

Sister Teresa Margaret Bransky: An Interview

Sister Teresa Margaret is grateful that she responded to Jesus’ call, “Come follow Me”.  Though all of her immediate family members have already gone to heaven, she believes that God has work for her to do still. 

Volunteers return from Houston

It was only a little over one year ago that Hurricane Harvey tied Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, led by Sister Luke Boiarski, recently completed their third week-long disaster relief effort in Houston, Texas.

Graduation day in Botswana

At St. Mary’s English Medium Preschool in Lobatse, Botswana, Sisters celebrated the graduation of their students. For these children, it was their first experience in a structured setting and where they began the foundation for the learning that will occur as they further their education.

A gathering in Brockton

Sisters and Associates gathered at the Catherine Spalding House in Brockton, Massachusetts, to celebrate Sister Martha Walsh’s 60th Jubilee and Sister Anne Marie Oshea’s 50th Jubilee.

Sisters give relief after cyclone

Sisters, staff, and students of St. Vincent Matriculation School in Trichy visited the victims of the Gaja cyclone. The cyclone induced high-velocity winds of about 75 miles per hour, which caused massive damage in Tamil Nadu and parts of Puducherry. Over 60 people have died.

Assembly of the Whole newsletter

The Assembly of the Whole planning committee met Nov. 8–10 at Marillac Retreat Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. Led by facilitator Sister Pat Kozak, CSJ, the group “walked through” the draft schedule for the assembly and spent time discussing each component of the gathering.

SCN Foundation Day celebrated

Deepen our oneness in Christ with hope for joyful commitment. Sisters at the Motherhouse in Nazareth, KY celebrated the SCN Foundation Day with a special Mass Saturday morning, a prayer service and meal.

Foundation Day prayer in Ranchi

On our Foundation Day, 26 SCN student candidates and 10 Sisters gathered for an hour of prayer in the chapel at 6.00 pm in Ranchi on Dec. 1, 2018.  Marcelline Indwar, SCN, led the group in prayer using the prayer book ‘Contemplate the Heart of God’ incorporating the prayer sent by the central leadership team.

Children’s Day with the underprivileged 

Sister Agnes and Sister Swarupa celebrated Children’s Day with the most underprivileged children of the area to increase the awareness of people towards the rights, care, and education of children.

Remembering Sister Michael Leo

St. Joseph Hospital has shared this video of the memorial service for Sister Michael Leo. The service was at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, where Sister Michael Leo was the administrator for 22 years.

Video: Golden Jubilee Celebration in Mokama

New video posted. The fresh golden flower decorations in the Mokama Nazareth Convent chapel blended with the golden jubilarians: SCNs Joel Urumpil, Karuna Thottumarickal, Maria Palathingal, Rosemarie Lakra and Teresa Xavier Ponnazhath.

Open Wide Our Hearts – a talk on racism

Sister Joetta Venneman shared with the Sisters in Pittsburgh on the U.S. Catholic Bishops most recent pastoral on racism entitled, “Open Wide Our Hearts: the enduring call to love.”

Stamps for charity

On this day, Sisters at Nazareth had a stamp trimming party. To help raise money for ministries, several Sisters helped trim stamps for Sister Miriam Ann’s stamp collecting ministry.

Sister Patricia Haley: An Interview

“I will not work in a segregated dining room. Obedience or no obedience I won’t do it. If you think you need to send me home that’s all right too.”

Students hone the skills of scientific experimentation

Marian English Medium School, Anakkampoil, held its Annual Exhibition on Nov. 24, 2018. The event was inaugurated by the president of local civil administration. The attractive and relevant exhibits depicted the reality of the society.

Old Gospel & Spirituals

In honor of the life of Sister Pat Haley, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth present this very special collection of her songs. Sister Pat personally selected and recorded nine gospel and spirituals to sing on this album recorded in Nazareth, Kentucky, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in the summer of 2017.

Patricia Ann Haley, SCN

Patricia (“Pat”) Ann Haley, SCN, 73, was born in Columbus, GA. She died on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Nazareth, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 52 years. In September 1963, Sister Pat entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity of...

It’s not too late! #GivingTuesday

Help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Meet Ellen

Get to know the new assistant director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program. Ellen Sprigg joined the Office of Mission Advancement in Nazareth, Kentucky, earlier this month.

Grateful gobblers keeping families together

On Thanksgiving morning, Judy Raley, SCN and several Chattanooga area Associates participated in the Grateful Gobbler Walk benefiting the Maclellan Shelter for Families.

Volunteers leave for Houston

Sister Luke and 10 volunteers were commissioned at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Nazareth, Kentucky, yesterday. The group traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, where they met up with two more volunteers and traveled to Houston, Texas.

Sisters, Charity Alive, and a country Christmas

They wrapped presents and setup decorations in preparation for the upcoming Christmas event in Lee County, Kentucky, which will serve over 700 people with toys and basic necessities for living.

Christ the King feast in Shapur

As the parish priest, Rev. Vijay Tudu thanked the parishioners, hostel girls and boys, he appreciated the contributions of SCNs Lilly Thomas, Agnita Bhengra, Marianne Puthoor and Prabha Kujur for their wholehearted cooperation in organizing and helping with the event. 

Sister Lilly distributes medicine

After morning Mass, Sister Lilly makes her daily routine visit to one of the surrounding villages to distribute medicine to children and pregnant women.

Sister Wilma on NBC4 Columbus

For more than half a century a Columbus nun has devoted her life to serving the south side community. Now, 84-year-old Sister Wilma Ross is ready for her second act.

Patna area juniors meet

A Patna area juniors gathering was held at Arunodaya, Patna on Nov. 18. It was a time of joy of meeting each other and rejuvenation.

Interculturality and Consecrated Life

At the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, the mission is to serve as a theological, academic, and pastoral resource for engaging contemporary issues and realities in consecrated life today from a global perspective. This November, four Sisters of Charity of Nazareth attended a program entitled, Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life.

Six local groups benefit from collection

Doors to Hope: “In the last couple of years the need to support our Latino sisters and brothers has been greater, surrounding the issue of immigration,” said Deacon Caruso. “This is a way for the church to show appreciation and support for this program.”

SCN Associates

SCNAs Andy Meyer, Tootsie Gish and Tammy Mattingly shared about the SCN Associate Program and described the individual journeys they have taken to become an SCN Associate.

Vincentian Sisters of Charity

Sisters in Pittsburgh and Nazareth marked the 10 year anniversary of the merger of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Special Masses were held to mark the occasion and original VSCs were honored. The midday meal was complete with a celebratory cake. 

St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

St. Joseph Hospital Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary in Lexington. The Sisters joined the STARS GALA in support of the mission and ministry of expanding the Emergency Department. Left to right in back: Carole Kaucic, SCN, Kathy (chaplain) and Mark Miller,...

Sister Stella Kaiparampatt: A Profile

The Lord who called me to this way of life has been faithful to me. When I look back, I have no regrets because all these experiences have tremendously contributed to my spiritual growth. All that the Lord has done is good.

Legal help for women

Twenty-five women from four Catholic parishes and a Baptist parish in Patna and five women religious attended a half-day seminar on legal aid that especially impact the recent decriminalization of adultery law by the Supreme Court of India.

Spirit of life

Read about Sisters’ experiences as they reflect on times of transition. Loretta Weller, SCN, (in photo) and others reflect on their experiences during times of life changes, aging and new living situations. Click here to read their stories.

Bread For Life

Sister Maggie, Sister Earline, and Sister Ann spend their days working at the Bardstown, Kentucky, Bread For Life food pantry serving with compassion and support to individuals in need of food assistance.

Sisters and Associates serve Belize homeless

The Belize City SCN/SCNAs came together recently to bake Johnny cakes and prepare and deliver breakfasts of eggs, beans, juice and coffee to the homeless in Belize City, Belize.

Future of Charity in New Orleans

This past weekend, eight members of the Future of Charity and one discerner gathered at the House of Charity in New Orleans for fellowship and faith-sharing.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

SCNs at Pabalelong Hospice, Botswana, along with their staff, organized an event to commemorate the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

Join the Journey 2018

A day to fill all hearts with the desire to make a difference in the lives of God’s people throughout the world. Watch a recording of the event.

Haseena’s enduring spirit

See Haseena progress over the past decade from an orphan saved by the Sisters from a Delhi brothel, to a bright student, and now a successful adult who inspires the young girls who follow behind her.

Sister Joel Urumpil: A Profile

My religious life enables me to live my life fully as a woman with freedom, dignity and caring love which perhaps I would not have had out in the world.  I have been a mother, sister, companion and mentor to countless persons. 

In between times

Maggie Cooper, SCN, is creating and leading a weekly prayer with Sisters at Nazareth. The gatherings are held in the Motherhouse on Monday afternoons and consist of music, prayer, silence and sharing.

Watch the live event. Be inspired.

The sixth annual Join the Journey luncheon, in support of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Nov. 7, 2018. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

SC Federation at NRVC

Several Sisters of Charity Federation members attended the National Religious Vocation Conference’s 30th-anniversary convocation Nov. 1-5 in Buffalo, New York.

Mokama Nazareth Pre-School Annual Day

The lower and upper kindergarten children of Mokama Nazareth Pre-School rose to the occasion to celebrate the first annual day on Nov. 4, 2018.

First Holy Communion in Mokama Parish

Mokama parish church looked festive as 20, First Holy Communicants and their parents and relatives came dressed for the occasion.

Sister Kerry arrives in Belize

On Oct. 3, 2018, the Belize community welcomed Sister Kerry Rowland a Sister of Charity of Halifax to the Caribbean soil. 

Sister Wilma, 50 years of service

Sister Wilma Ross, who has faithfully served St. Ladislas Catholic Church and the South Side of Columbus for five decades, will retire at the end of the year.

Doors to Hope awarded $7,000

Lorena Miller accepted a check for $7,000 from Catholic Charities in support of educational programs at Doors to Hope.

Pres girls of ’77

On Oct. 27, graduates of Presentation Academy class of 1977 came to Nazareth to reconnect with the Sisters and give a day of service.

SCN Family celebrates Halloween

The SCN Family at Nazareth and Pittsburgh celebrated Halloween with tricks, treats and costumes. Sisters, Associates and employees all enjoyed the festive holiday!

Disaster relief training

A disaster relief training session is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and should be over before noon.

Volunteer reflection on Nepal

Carolyn Hope Smeltzer has been working with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for over 13 years in volunteering on hospital care boards and committees. She has returned from Nepal as a volunteer with the Sisters in Kathmandu and shares her story.

Fall colors of Nazareth

In the rhythms of creation, God graciously places cues and reminders that can regularly turn people to prayer: morning and evening; rest and work; winter, spring, summer and fall. Enjoy this video of the colors of fall at Nazareth, Kentucky.

Volunteer ministry at Lexington Catholic

Sister Luke visited Lexington Catholic High School. The sophomore class would like to become involved in trips to Appalachia and Belize City.

Prayer for peace

We pray for an end to violence, hatred, anger and fear and live in hope for a world where peace prevails.

Empowering youths and elders

In light of their faith sharing this small group experienced the need to follow Christ more closely from His ‘Words’ to His ‘Deeds’.

Samiksha October 2018

Click on the following link for the latest issue of Samiksha: OctoberSamiksha2018

Ministry for addicts

God called Sister Donna Marie in a direction she never expected. SpiritLife, a faith-based nondenominational addiction treatment facility in Pennsylvania, brings healing to those suffering from addiction.

Spirit of Life – Sister Mary Jane

Sister Mary Jane didn’t have many reservations about going to live in Carrico Hall at Nazareth, in fact, she worked every day to get there following a major health incident. When she broke her pelvis, Sister Mary Jane did not know if she would ever gain back her...

Spirit of Life – Sister Loretta

Sister Loretta made her own decision to make a change in her living situation. But it didn’t happen quickly. In fact, she put it off for as long as she could. “I thought about it for a long time,” she explains that she first had to admit her need for more help to...

Spirit of Life – Sister Mary

Sister Mary has lived in Carrico Hall on Nazareth Campus for about 2.5 years. Prior to moving in, she lived on the other side of Nazareth Campus in David Hall. Due to health problems, she first moved in to Carrico Hall for a short stay and then returned to David Hall....

Spirit of Life – Sister Paschal

Sister Paschal After 20 years in ministry in Belize, Sister Paschal made the decision to return home. Home, as she calls it, is Nazareth, Kentucky. “This has always been home to me.” She said during all her years away, she continued to make an annual visit to...

Sustainability advancement

Director of Ecological Sustainability Carolyn Cromer and Tonya Severin, SCN attended the annual conference for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in Pittsburgh.

Living the Charity Charism

Eva Kowalski, SCN, Paris Slapikas, SCN, and Director of SCN Associates Andy Meyer teamed up to golf in a fundraiser for the Hildegard House in Louisville.

Constitutional rights workshop

A workshop on constitutional rights and finance was held in Mokama. 37 Sisters participated in this workshop.

Associates gather in Memphis

SCN Associate Director Andy Meyer, his wife Diane Meyer and Associate Office Coordinator Tammy Mattingly traveled to Memphis, TN this past weekend to visit Sisters and Associates in the area.

Woman of Distinction

Sister Judy was saluted for her unwavering faith, keen mind, pioneering spirit and loving concern for the needs of the Chattanooga community.

Justice for rural laborers

When an outcast community had their basic rights trampled on, the women took action. Sister Joel Urumpil is in ministry with a women’s group in Karmali Village who are standing up to an illegal mining operation.

Sisters prepare hurricane response

This year has been especially hard for communities dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth plan to help.

You are invited

Please join us for an hour to hear how the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are transforming lives in Kentucky and around the world.

Migrants celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Rosary

Sister Gracy gathered Catholic migrant workers from Kerala to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Rosary at Peruvayal Church. It was a meaningful celebration with the Eucharist and liturgical songs in their own language.

Faces of Hope

Faces of hope. We see them every day at Doors to Hope, our ministry for women and immigrant families. Each one has a unique story. The common element is the desire and determination to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Sister Mary Stephen Breznay: An Interview

My life in this community 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.

Act justly, love tenderly – SCNAs in Belize

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth hosted a weekend retreat for SCNAs in Dangriga Belize, October 5-7th.  The theme was Micah 6:8 “This is what God asks of you, only this… To act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Students remember ‘Father of the Nation’ with cleanliness drive

Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The staff and students of Marian English Medium School, Anakkampoil, cleaned the local market and washed the local bus stop in honor of this day.

International Seniors Day in Belize

In commemoration of International Seniors Day on Oct. 1, celebrated under the theme “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”, LIFE celebrated with the seniors it serves.

Hospice participates in study

Pabalelong Hospice participated in a study on aging, frailty, and resilience in Botswana. Sisters addressed issues faced by the elderly in the country and the lack of policies and legislation to safeguard their rights.

Sister Rose Andrew Waller: An Interview

My family just took it for granted that I would be an Ursuline, following my two sisters.  They were surprised when I said I wanted to be a Sister of Charity of Nazareth.

Mary Ruth Sedlak, SCN

Mary Ruth Sedlak, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the age of 95 and in the 78th year of her religious life. She entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Ann Parish in Homestead, PA in 1941. Sister...

Archdiocese of Boston celebrates Sisters

Martha Louise Walsh, SCN, recently celebrated her 60 years as an SCN at an Archdiocese of Boston Jubilee Celebration, held at St. Theresa’s parish in West Roxbury. The Archdiocese recognized that a total of 122 sisters have given over 7,000 years in ministry, beginning with Entrance date or First Profession.

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.

Michael Leo Mullaney, SCN

Sister Michael Leo Mullaney, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. She passed away on September 26, 2018, at the age of 96 at Nazareth Home in Louisville. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 63 years. Sister Michael Leo graduated from the Bentley...

Associate formation day in Botswana

Sisters, Associates, and Associate candidates gathered in Lobatse, Botswana, for the forth formation day for the SCcandidatestes. The theme for the day was “Call to Holiness”. The day included an input on the theme, time for reflection, prayer, time for the sacrament of reconciliation, Eucharist, renewal of commitment, and an anticipated celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent.

Sister Bridget Kappalumakal: A Profile

As I look back at my past life, I am amazed at the way my loving God called me to this particular Congregation sixty-two years ago.

You are invited

Please join us for an hour to hear how the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are transforming lives in Kentucky and around the world. Be inspired.

Season of Creation

From Sept. 1 to Oct. 4, Christians around the world unite to pray and care for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation,” and it’s happening from Nazareth to Mokama, Botswana to Belize. Religious communities rooted in Kentucky have created a video of stories about caring for the Earth.

Book review by SCN Novices

“The life & works of St. Vincent de Paul,” translated from the French of Pierre Coste, C.M. by Joseph Leonard C.M.

Eight SCNs attend migration conference in Delhi

Issues surrounding labor migration — such as the rights of migrant workers, high fees on wired remittances, and inconsistent policies across nations — were the focus of a recent conference in New Delhi that drew 161 participants, mostly religious, from across Asia.

Reflection on the SCNA Weekend

Betsy Kammerdiener, SCNA, served as a reflector for the SCNA weekend, and shared the following thoughts at the close of the weekend on Sunday morning.

How do you get started on something brand new? It’s risky. You’re being asked to go toward a place you’ve never gone before. You are disrupting your comfort zones and making yourself vulnerable to others.

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year the focus is on the Right to Peace.

Sister Mildred McGovern: An Interview

“Your many years of service have been a great blessing to us, and I am grateful to you and the SCN community for the generous gift of your talent.”

Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

This year, 2018, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul at the beginning of the fifth century of the Vincentian Charism. To assist us with this celebration we are sending out a slightly adapted version of a Vincentian Prayer Service sent out by the Sisters of Charity Federation.

Kentucky teen volunteers with Sisters in Nepal

Amit Adhikari, a senior at Covington Latin School, a co-educational Catholic college-preparatory high school in Covington, Kentucky, went to Kathmandu, Nepal, to volunteer with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at their school for students with special needs.

Nazareth volunteer provides a plant guide map

Anne Martin left her farm in New Hampshire and has been volunteering her time in Nazareth, Kentucky, since the beginning of May 2018. Her hope when she arrived was to be helpful and of service within a supportive environment. Everyone on campus agrees that she has surpassed those hopes.

Sister Teresa Xavier Ponnazhath: A Profile

I can surely say that I am able to bring new life and energy in people with whom I come in contact with.  Whatever our ministries may be: Education, healing, counseling, comforting through listening, compassionate love, etc. we bring joy and hope to people living in a broken world. 

Caring for Mother Earth

For Vandana Vellaringatt, SCN, caring for our common home, Mother Earth is her passion. So much, that she makes daily visits to the land with the workers.

Tragedy from the Kerala flood

Many are living in fear and trembling. Small and big steps have to be taken to bridge the tribals and the flood victims to the rest of the world and back to normal healthy living.

August 8: The Dark Frightening Night

On the rainy dark frightening night of August 8, 2018, the Tribal (Adivasis) people of Vaithiri in Wayanad shuddered in fear in the thirty major/mild cloudbursts in that single night. In darkness, it was difficult for people to know what was happening and they ran down the high mountains for shelter in the thick forest.

Vocation director blessing ceremony

Christine Kunze, SCN, has been appointed vocation director for the Western Province of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The blessing ceremony for Sister Chris was held during Mass on Saturday, Sept. 8. Congratulations Sister Chris and blessings in your new ministry!

Botswana Foundation Day

Happy Foundation Day to the Botswana Mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Thanks to our loving God for all of the blessings of the past 18 years. The Sisters in Botswana thank everyone for their loving support. “Your love and prayers give us the energy for the ministry!”

Phyllis Ann Dullea, SCN

Phyllis Ann Dullea, SCN, 95, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 76 years. Sister Phyllis served in educational ministries in Kentucky,...

Teachers’ Day celebration in Kallanode

The 16 students of spoken English/tuition class organized a small and cute program for Florina Joseph, SCN, on teachers’ day, Sep. 5, 2018, at Nazareth Convent in Kallanode, Kerala. Every morning, Sister Florina takes an hour of class for these children before they go to school. 

Sister Gracy helps migrant workers

Sister Gracy looks out for the new migrants arriving in Kozhikode to arrange the health insurance card for them. She not only visits with their employers but also their workplaces and where they live. Sister Gracy and her team have been instrumental in closing down many of the inhuman dwelling places in the city inhabited by the migrant workers.

LIFE has a new operations manager

Virginia Mendez started at Living Independently in Full Existence (LIFE) as the new LIFE operations manager. Virginia will be filling in for Carlette Gentle, SCN, while she does her studies at St. Louis University. Sister Carlette will be getting a master’s degree in social work with a focus on gerontology. 

Pain and palliative care in Anakkampoil

SCN Sisters join hands with the pain and palliative care (PPC) group in Anakkampoil parish. Sincy Sebastian, SCN, is an active member of the group to plan for its programs and takes lead in visiting families who needs the presence of this group.

‘It’s a call to serve’

From humble beginnings at St. Thomas to an expansive outreach overseas, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have for years had a global impact. Now, that international connection is further reflected in the new Central Leadership Team, which, for the first time, includes two members from India.

Sisters help families in distress with tuition

The president of the parent-teacher association (PTA) of Marian English Medium School is encouraging the students, teachers, and parents to give generously to help the families who lost their source of income in the recent cloudbursts and the prolonged heavy rains in Kerala. 

Pastoral care visits after the flood

Sister Ann Philip Gnavally and Sister Jean Kulangara regularly visit the sick, the bed-ridden and the aged in their neighborhood. During their visits, they pray with them. People look forward to the visits of the Sisters as they are a sign of sacraments for the people. They experience the consoling presence of the Sisters and feel comforted by their loneliness and suffering.

Marian school students donate for flood relief

The Kindergarten students of Marian English Medium School in Anakkampoil gave 30 Indian rupees for the school flood relief fund. On the first of day of the school, each child came to Anne Philip Gnavally, SCN, saying in Malayalam, “I have the money for the flood relief.”

Villages in the hilly region inaccessible

A day before Marian School opens, Sincy Sebastian, SCN, principal, visited some of the villages in the hills to access the situation.  Most of the narrow roads are washed away on both sides.  Plying of the school bus will be a difficult task and yet without the school bus, many of the children will not be able to come to the school.

Migrant workers flee from Kerala

The floods in Kerala, it is feared, are turning out to be a humanitarian crisis for the people of Northern Indian States. With their dwelling places inundated and unemployment and poverty staring at their faces, thousands of inter-state workers have fled the state.

Mary James Corey, SCN

Mary James Corey, SCN, 84, was born in Chicago, IL. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Saturday, August 25, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 61 years. Sister Mary James served in educational ministries as an elementary school...

Chattanooga area Associates meet

Associates of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area gathered for their monthly meeting on Aug. 21 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee. Monsignor Al Humbrecht presented an overview of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world.

45 days of rain closes Marian School

Flood affected villagers struggle to keep their children in school after the onset of the 2018 tropical monsoon. Sisters had to close for two months when bridges and roads were washed away.

Liturgy and prayer ritual usher in new leadership at Nazareth

Sisters, Associates, friends, and family joined together today for the Installation Ceremony of the newly elected Central Leadership Team on the Motherhouse campus in Nazareth, Kentucky. The beautiful Nazareth morning began with a Liturgy in St. Vincent Church followed by a prayer ritual in Crimmins Hall.

Sister Paula Merrill: A Profile

Paula accepted life as it happened; people’s little miss-steps didn’t rattle her.  Paula knew that well-used items might bear some scratches.  She valued the fact that sometimes people, too, bear the scars of wear and tear.  These imperfections, she believed, can make people even more dear. 

2018 SCN Super Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 SCN Super Raffle!

1st Prize – $20,000: Patrick McCartt, Lexington, Kentucky
2nd Prize – $5,000: Lizanne O’Bryan, Louisville, Kentucky
3rd Prize – $1,000: Susan Ernst, Louisville, Kentucky

Video: Final vows in Mokama

Now with video: SCNs Rita Barla, Sushma Kullu, and Tarcilla Cilbiya Kandulna made their Perpetual Vows during the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Bishop Cajetan Francis of Muzaffarpur diocese and nine other priests at the convent chapel in Mokama on Aug. 11, 2018. Family members, relatives, and friends were present to witness their final commitment.

Sisters, staff and students reach out to flood impacted families

Staff and the students of Marian English Medium School visited two villages in Wayanad and distributed kits to 50 families. This was the second round of relief work from the school. The contributions were made by the staff and the students of the school.

Sister Sushma arrives to Nazareth

Welcome, Sister Sushma Bodra. She arrived at Nazareth, Kentucky last night. She will stay at Nazareth this week then travel to Chicago on Sunday to begin her Masters in Theology studies at Catholic Theological Union.

Seminar on palliative care for women

As a response to the decision of Thamarassery Diocese in setting up a Palliative Care Unit in every parish, the Parish Priest in collaboration with the Matruvedi (women’s association) of the parish organized a seminar on Palliative Care for the women in Kallanode on Aug. 11, 2018.

Volunteers reconnect in Ohio

Sister Luke met with 29 volunteers in Belpre, Ohio, many of whom have been on former mission trips to Belize. They participated in a delicious meal, prayer, and sharing about their experience. Some of them will be sponsoring and building two houses in Belize this coming year.

Kerala flood relief

Sisters Sincy and Hema have been busy this Sunday visiting three remote villages in Wayanad, Kerala, where people have lost everything due to the deluge. They distributed food and household supplies as the roads and fields remain inundated with flood waters.

Children with a desire to learn, Sisters reach out to educate

When it was a discovered that a group of children from a nomadic tribe were not attending school, Sisters took the classroom to them. Sister Jetti says she is happy to see the children showing interest and learning to write.

Mary Juliana Tuti, SCN

Mary Juliana Tuti, SCN, (86) passed away with age-related illness at 9.55 am on Aug. 16, 2018, at Nazareth Hospital, Mokama in the presence of her Sisters and friends. The funeral Mass will be at 2:00 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2018, at Nazareth Convent, Mokama followed by burial.

India’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Mokama

At Mokama Nazareth Hospital grounds, Joseph Rajendra, SCNA, hoisted the tricolor (Indian flag) at 7:00 a.m. in the presence of the employees, nurses, the children of the shelter home, the candidates, novices and the SCN Sisters. Joseph in his short speech said that though the children sang a patriotic song of having peace at every corner of India, the reality is different.  He wished for tolerance, peace and the Indian women and girls feel safe in India.

Sisters prepare to help as flooding continues in Kerala

As torrential rains hammer Kerela, a sense of normalcy for residents near the Sisters’ school in Anakkampoyil is hard to find. The southern Indian state is reeling under the worst natural calamity it has faced in nearly a century.

Sister Rosemarie Lakra: A Profile

In my fifty years of religious life, God has walked with me very closely.  I recall the many experiences of Jesus being with me and accompanying me from village to village, one tea garden to the next and from person to person wherever I went.

Visiting Sisters bid farewell to Nazareth

From South Vietnam, members of the Servant of Jesus the High Priest, Sister Teresa Hoang and Sister Mary Nguyễn have been staying at Nazareth for the past six weeks. They say farewell wish all the SCNs well as their time at Nazareth comes a to a close.

Flooding in southwestern India

Monsoon rain will continue to target southwestern India, where nearly two dozen people were killed this week. Many dams have been filled to near capacity. Sisters in Kerala request prayers for the safety of those in the area.

Inter-novitiate program

After a five day Inter Novitiate program, the first year novices are back from Matridham Ashram, Varanasi. Novices from the Congregation of Jesus, Sacred Hearts, Holy Cross and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (total 44) were privileged to have the Ashram experience while they had a special them emotional maturity and inner healing through the word of God.

The rewards in promoting the mission

Sisters and Associates visit parishes, large and small, to promote support for the SCN ministries throughout the world and to raise awareness of the universal Church’s involvement in the missionary work of Jesus.

National Farm Workers

Felix Garza (left in photo) is the SCN representative on National Farm Workers Ministry.  When he attends a board meeting, the board usually visits the farm workers or participates in their activities.  On Sunday, August 5th, Felix joined farm workers in Washington...

Blessing prayer in Patna

Sisters in the Patna Provincial House prayed with Jackulin Jesu, SCN, and blessed her as she moves on to the ministry of leadership as vice president of the Congregation.

Sister Grace Mary Whittaker: An Interview

One might think I should be retired at my age, but I’m far from that.  There are still countless little jobs and kindnesses that give me energy and joy. 

Students volunteer as part of a cross-cultural partnership in Appalachia

“What a wonderful experience being with these young people from St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Bardstown. I was totally amazed at how hard they worked and how well they related to the people in Beattyville, Kentucky. Many of them want to stay connected to the SCN community.  May God continue to bless them on their journey in life.”

National Black Sisters’ Conference celebrates 50 years

This past week, Sister Pat Haley attended the 50th-anniversary gathering of the National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NBSC was founded in 1968 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mokama annual leadership meeting

Around 35 formators, local community, and ministry coordinators of Patna Province gathered in Mokama for the annual leadership meeting on July 27-28, 2018. Rev. Joy Francis, OCD, the resource person guided the group on “human formation”. With excellent input, interactive sessions and fun times the group was enriched to shoulder the local leadership with a fresh start once again.

Prayer and presence for the people of Sale

Sister Leena says Jesus is her protective companion as she walks the muddy village roads alone through the jungles bringing communion to remote villages in northern India.

SCN educators meet in Ranchi

Thirty-one SCN educators of Patna province met at Nazareth Convent, Ranchi from July 13 to 15, 2018 Amelia Moras, SCN, vice provincial of Patna Province, officially welcomed all the participants and set the tone for the meeting with her thought-provoking talk.

VCS opens employee fitness center

Vincentian Collaborative System (VCS) officially opened the Vincentian Home THRIVE Employee Fitness Center. The center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for employees to use during their non-work hours.

Sister Dolores Ann Therasse: An Interview

Throughout all the changes that have occurred in my life, I have learned that I need only to trust in God and have faith in God’s love for me.

Environment Day celebration in Musunuru

As the rain poured down on the parched land of Musunuru, Environment Day was celebrated by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, along with the staff of Preranalaya Social Development Center (PSDC) on June 27, 2018.

Accepting the challenge

Watch Sister Theresa Knabel and Carolyn Cromer, director of Ecological Sustainability, speaking on PLG13 television about the environmental efforts of the Congregation.

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.

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

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