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Novices visit bio reserve

Fifteen SCN novices along with Sister Janice Rathappillil spent three days with the Taru Mitra bio reserve in Patna reflecting on the state of the Earth.

Wilson family gathers at Nazareth

Many members of the Wilson family gathered for a reunion at Nazareth from Friday until Sunday. Eleven of the 17 Wilson siblings were present.

Sister M. Audrey Drap: An Interview

“My years in religious life have been quite rewarding.  I have been blessed with countless graces, which I hope I have shared with others.”

Cultural Festival at Nazareth School, Chandapura

“Talent Time,” the colorful cultural festival was organized in Nazareth School, Chandapura, Bangalore on July 27-28, 2017. The two-day fest took students outside their classrooms to go on a quest of their talent within.

Paying It Forward

As a child, Naveen Kumar and his late father Rambhaju, dreamed one day Naveen would become a respected leader. Against all odds, Naveen has done that. Today he is having a powerful impact on the lives of students in his village in India.

Take a virtual tour of Mother Catherine’s birthplace

Pleasant Hill, Mother Catherine’s birthplace, the historic home located near Pomfret, Charles County, Maryland, is currently listed on They have wonderful photos of the exterior and interiors of the old home.

Opening the Year of Golden Jubilee

The golden jubilarians of July 2018, SCNs Joel Urumpil, Karuna Thottumarickal, Lucia Thuluvanickel, Maria Palathingal, Rosemarie Lakra and Teresa Xavier Ponnazhath had a very fruitful four-day awareness building workshop to begin their golden year.

Disaster Relief Ministry in Chattanooga

On Thursday, Butch Cecil and SCNs Janet Ballard and Luke Boiarski traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to present a training workshop on the SCN Disaster Relief Ministry.

Sister Cassilda Castell: An Interview

Looking back over the years I feel grateful to our loving God for all that has happened. Through all the highs and lows of my religious life, Jesus has been my constant companion.

Remembering Mary Bourdelais

SCNs Anne Marie O’Shea and Ann Whitaker were honored to celebrate a burial service for former SCN, Mary Bourdelais. Mary was from Brockton, Massachusetts, and taught at St. Edwards School for a number of years.

Foundation Day at Nazareth Hospital

Nazareth Hospital in Mokama celebrated its 69th Foundation Day on July 19. The day began with a meaningful Eucharistic celebration followed by an enjoyable cultural program and delicious dinner. The whole campus was part of the celebration.

Sisters celebrate Golden Jubilee

Sisters Dorothy Jackson, Carolyn Wilson, Margaret Willis, Shirley Kocinsky (unable to attend), and Mary Ann Kropilak celebrated their Golden Jubilee on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at St. Vincent DePaul church, Nazareth, Kentucky.

Sisters donate to St. Vincent de Paul

Many Sisters of Charity of Nazareth recently celebrated their jubilees, which marks the anniversary of taking first vows as an SCN. To commemorate the occasion, the sisters requested donations be made to persons in need.

Young adults volunteer with Sisters

On July 6, four members of Charity Alive along with Sisters Nancy Gerth and Luke Boiarski traveled to Beattyville, Kentucky to assist Dora Ross, the director of Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries.

Mary Pauletta Kane, SCN

Mary Pauletta Kane, SCN, 92, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She died in Nazareth, Kentucky on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Sister Mary Pauletta had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Mary Pauletta served as a teacher in secondary...

Students visit printing press

Learning can happen everywhere. In Anakkampoil, Sister Sincy Sebastian led class 10 students to the local newspaper press for up close and more effective learning.

We are blessed to have the SCN and their missions in our midst

Rooted in the past but always looking forward with a progressive vision for making the world a better place, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have tremendously impacted the development of local Catholic culture and local culture overall, while at the same time making their compassionate mark globally.

Botswana community upholds their local SCN leadership

All the members of Botswana Community gathered at Metsimotlhabe on July 02, 2017, to thank Sister Ann Muthukattil, the outgoing contact person for Botswana and welcome Sister Sunila Erumangalathu the newly elected contact person for the next three years.

Sister Mary Clement Pavlik: An Interview

“I have just learned to accept things as they come, to go with the flow.” There must have been and still is much “going with the flow” in Sister Mary Clement Pavlik’s life. This year she celebrated her 101th birthday and still has energy and enjoyable wit about her life and ministries.

The journey continues …

As promised in our June letter, we are sending some helpful reflection material for your personal/communal prayer during the months of July/August.

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of April 01, 2017 to June 30, 2017.

Watch a video tribute to Sister Celine

Congratulations to Marie Celine Osbourn, SCN, who will be retiring from CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 30. She has been in ministry there since 1993.

Obituary of Emily Pugh, SCN

Emily Pugh, SCN, 91, was born in Bardstown, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Sister Emily had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 72 years. From 1945-1963, Sister Emily served as a teacher in...

Certificate Distribution in Surkhet

In Surkhet, 24 women received certificates on June 28, for completion of the skills and empowerment training and 26 students from 10 child clubs who passed class 10 exam were also honored.

In the commission of charity

A German charity organization recently spent some time in Katmandu with the Sisters. They learned about ministries and took photos. They share their thoughts about this journey with the Sisters.

Volunteers complete mission in Montana

"Friday was the final day of work here on the Crow Reservation. We finished not only sealing and staining Chief Plenty Coup'sHouse butt were able to complete the home of Mary DeCrane. Mary is an elder who is sharing her home with other members of her clan. "Tonight,...

Teaching the Gospel of Love

Jane Karakunnel, SCN, taught the Gospels of St. John to those interested to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus as their savior and to experience the fullness of life, here and now. They have a desire to become strong in their faith and commitment to the family, the Church and the society.

Sister Wilma Ross: Practicing Her Faith Through Serving

Most sisters who have been in a religious community for several decades have served in many places. Sister Wilma Ross, SCN, is an exception.

Her first assignment with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth was to teach at Columbus St. Ladislas School, and she never left. She taught there from 1963 to 1981, then went into nursing and social work, and continues to live at the St. Ladislas convent, which includes a Eucharistic chapel open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

International Yoga Day

Sisters help others discover the sense of oneness with themselves, the world and nature. On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Nazareth Hospital in Mokama organized a yoga session for the public in the Outpatient department.

Volunteers visit the Crow Nation in Montana

The Montana big blue sky and the rolling prairies caressed by majestic mountains in the distance gives one a sense of freedom and deep appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds the Crow Nation.

Summer program for young Sisters

Patna Province has 33 Temporary Professed Sisters in mission and doing various studies. Sisters Jane and Jayanti shared that it is a great joy to see the growth and maturity in our young Sisters to take responsibilities in their mission. The retreat directors also commented on the sound SCN formation to help the formees to reflect and to have in-depth sharing, freely.

Sister Therese Martin Blehar: An Interview

Sister Therese Martin is a kind, considerate, and humble person. She expressed a belief that she hadn’t done much to tell about in an interview but the reality was to be quite the opposite. In hearing her story, studying her missions, and listening to reports from Sisters who experienced her leadership abilities, it is easy to see that Sister Therese Martin has provided remarkable guidance to her students, as a local superior at mission houses, and as the Motherhouse coordinator.

Nazareth Home Clifton wins award

Nazareth Home Clifton has been named an AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Bronze Award recipient. This award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living recognizes facilities that have met the high standards set forth by the AHCA/NCAL.

Obituary of Marylee King, SCN

Sister Marylee King, SCN, formerly Sister George Cecilia King, 87, a native of Topeka, Kansas, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on June 11, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years. Sister served as a teacher in elementary...

SCN Statement on the Paris Agreement

Read a joint statement from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and 12 congregations of women religious from the Sisters of Charity Federation regarding the decision for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

‘Pres Girls’ volunteer with Sisters in Belize

Since arriving in Belize City on Saturday, ‘PresGirls’ painted various dwellings including the Yasha House, a home for young women needing a safe place to reside. They also met with families in Las Flores, delivering shoes and clothing. While they’ve been quite busy, the group managed to squeeze in siesta time and a little sightseeing.

2017 Jubilarians at Nazareth

“I am content if I can only be useful” – Catherine Spalding

2017 Jubilarians were honored today during a Celebration Liturgy at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, KY. The Mass included a renewal of vows for the 21 SCNs honored for 55-75 years

World Environment Day

June 5 was celebrated with great gusto by the people living in the remote villages surrounded by the famous Kauleswari Mountain in Chatra District. Prior to the day people walked (Padayatra) from village to village not minding the scorching heat, a radius of 5...

SCN Volunteers

“Monday, we began our first project of painting the interior of Yasha House, which is a home for young women who need a safe place to reside.”

Join the Journey in Chattanooga, Tennessee

A little over a month ago we were together at Join the Journey luncheon for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. David Humber generously shared some photographs of the event and so we share them with you now. Perhaps you will find yourself in one of the pictures. Even...

Patna Province Leadership Videos

Watch video from the outgoing Patna Province Leadership Appreciation held on May 31, 2017, and the Patna Province Leadership Installation held on June 1, 2017.

Federation Annual Meeting

Catch up on the latest news from the Charity Federation’s annual meeting in Tarrytown, New York. #CharitySistersinNYC

Students collect sandals for Belize

At the request of the mission committee at Vincentian Academy High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Luke Boiarski visited the school in March of 2017. She shared with the students about the volunteer ministry program and how they can become involved. As a result of the visit, the student council collected sandals to be donated to children in Las Flores, Belize.

Hazard Yet Forward

Sixty-nine leaders of the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America are gathered in Tarrytown, New York June 1-5 for their 2017 Annual Leadership Meeting, hosted this year by the Sisters of Charity of New York. They represent two provinces of the Daughters of Charity and eleven congregations of Sisters of Charity in the United States and Canada.

Installation of PLT in Mokama/Patna

The new leadership team members, SCNs Philomena Kottoor, provincial, Amelia Moras, vice-provincial, Board members, Gracy Mlakuzhyil, Joel Urumpil and Susan Tudu were blessed and anointed by the out-going leadership team to take office during the 6:00 a.m. Eucharistic celebration on June 1, 2017, in Mokama.

Welcome to General Assembly 2018

On behalf of the General Assembly Steering Committee, it is with deep joy and great enthusiasm that we welcome you to our communal preparation for the next SCN General Assembly in Bangalore, India May 20-June 3, 2018.

Golden Jubilarians begin renewal program

The five Golden Jubilarians of the year 2017, Sisters Agnes Tudu, Cassilda Castell, Mercy Thundathil, Nirmala Mulackal and Roselyn Karakattu begin their month long renewal program at Bangalore on June 2.

New leadership takes over the mantle of service

Sisters Amrita Manjaly, the provincial, Beena Chirackal, vice provincial, Manisha Azhakath, Nimmie and Jessie Saldanha, board members, were installed in a Eucharistic celebration on June 1 at Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, Bangalore.

Appreciation Day in Mokama

Hearts filled with love and gratitude, over hundred SCNs and the Novices gathered for the thanksgiving evening Eucharist for the out-going Province leadership team and the Board members in Mokama on May 31, 2017.

‘Thank you’ to leaders in Bangalore Province

This indeed was a moment to remember the wonderful five years that Sisters journeyed together as a province under the leadership of these Sisters who have dared to make a difference to the SCN mission in the Bangalore Province – inviting them to look towards new horizons and even beyond.

Sister Seema Monippallikalayil: An Interview

God has been great! I am speechless to say how wonderfully I have been carried in God’s arms! I was an instrument of my God in places where He/She thought I would fit in. Everything was given to me as a free gift. “Thank You God for all the opportunities You gave me to follow You, though many times, I was not sure of myself, You prompted me on.”

Charity Friendship Retreat & Workshop

The Federation Grassroots Committee invites sisters, associates & affiliates to attend Charity Friendship: Deepening Our Relationships through Contemplative Conversations. The Retreat will take place October 15-October 20, followed by the Workshop October 20-October 22.

Transitions lead to transformation

“God wants to meet the deepest desires of my heart. For me that is mostly achieved in loving God and others. I am a better person for having gone through the transitions of the last three years. I have grown in my communication skills as well as my faith. Some of these transitions were difficult but I have been transformed through it all by being more patient. May God continue to call all of us to be a light for others who are in need.”

Sponsored walk in Lobatse

Sisters Bibiana Kindo and Philomina Hembrom participated in a two and a half mile walk to raise awareness and money for St. Mary’s Catholic Mission and ordination.

Louisville area SCN Picnic

SCNs, Associates and SCN Family members gathered at George Rogers Clark Park for an annual picnic celebration on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Sister Isa becomes US citizen

Today, May 25, Isa Garcia, SCN, became a U.S. citizen at a Naturalization Oath ceremony held at the Romano Mazzoli Federal Building in Louisville, Kentucky.

Belize Says ‘Thank You’ to Sister Maggie Cooper

The ministries she has been influential in forming are very much alive, and those present knew they will be carrying well the gift of ministry this fearless, smart, loving, faithful daughter of God has guided them in developing. “She has planted seeds in us and begun to water them. We will continue to water these seeds.”

SCN Super Raffle

The Super Raffle drawing will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Motherhouse Campus, Nazareth, KY 40048. The Super Raffle prizes are: 1st prize: $20,000, 2nd prize: $5,000, 3rd prize: $1,000.

A Beacon in Her Community

Since the time that she entered first grade Jeanne Vucic, SCN, knew she wanted to be a Sister, and that she wanted to help people find deeper meaning in their lives.

Sister M. Georgine Bires: An Interview

Sister Georgine’s humble reflection, “These years of ministry and service were full of God’s blessings and for this I am very grateful.” (And we are too!)

Obituary of Rebecca Rodenbaugh, SCN

Rebecca Rodenbaugh, SCN, 100, a native of Tutwiler, MS, died at Nazareth Home, on Monday, Monday, May 15, 2017.  Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 79 years. Sister Rebecca served as a grade school teacher in Memphis, TN and in Louisville at...

Entrance to novitiate in Mokama

The new Novices were welcomed with arati, tikka and flowers. Sister Basanti presented them with a chain and Philomena Kottoor, vice provincial and provincial elect the book of SCN Constitution.

Marie John Kelley, SCN

Marie John Kelley, SCN, 90, a native of South Boston, MA, died at Nazareth Home, on Monday, May 8, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 66 years. Sister Marie John served as a grade school teacher in Ohio, Tennessee, Maryland, and...

A light for others

With the Sisters, Jayan has found absolute joy in being a crusader against child marriage. She strives each day to educate at least one family on the evils of child marriage.

SCN scholarship changes a life

Jennifer, a young woman in Belize, received the scholarship to attend high school from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Without this award, her education would have likely ended after grade school.

Michael Anthony Wilson, SCN

Michael Anthony Wilson, SCN, 81, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, on Monday, May 1, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 60 years. Sister Michael Anthony served as a teacher in Louisville at St. Patrick and St....

Sister Martha Discher: An Interview

I went to Presentation Academy for my first two years of high school, and to Nazareth Academy for my last two. On graduating, I attended Nazareth College in Louisville for four years. After that, I worked in my father’s store for six years. I was getting restless doing this, thinking that there had to be something better.

Inauguration of a greenhouse and educational materials distribution

April 25 marks the second year of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. People are still unconsciously anxious about the quake. Many people lost their lives, most of them are homeless and some of them are living in trauma. Reconstruction work is going on at the pace of a tortoise because of the negligence of government and although some of the villages are already constructed still the rural area of Nepal seems to be under temporary shelter.

Sister Agnes Mary Deley: An Interview

My spiritual life has been nourished by my daily prayer and yearly retreats throughout my religious life. The merger with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth was a significant event. I felt I became a part of a larger family of loving and caring Sisters. My life as life a religious has been God’s blessings every day. God’s will be done.

Charity at High Altitude

Sister Deena has seen so much from her small clinic tucked away in the mountains. Every day presents a new set of challenges. “I will face difficulties, but I also really experience the power of prayer and support of people.”

Margaret “Mag” Riggs, SCN

Margaret “Mag” Riggs, SCN, 69, a native of Lebanon, Kentucky, died at Nazareth, Kentucky, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 34 years. Sister Mag lived in Belize from 1982-1983 where she served in a local parish....

Mary Loretto Krimple, SCN

Mary Loretto Krimple, SCN, 88, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Friday, April 7, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth SCN for 68 years. Sister Mary Loretto served as a teacher in elementary education in...

Trafficked girl child rescued by Navjyoti Center

Amrita, a 15-year-old girl studying in class seven in a local school had lost her father three years ago. Her mother is hearing impaired and uses sign language to communicate. Amrita has one younger brother who is studying. They have no land of their own. Their family...

Sister Charlotte Gambol: An Interview

(Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Leona’ and her religious name ‘Charlotte’ in this story.) Sister Charlotte Gambol feels close to Mother Catherine Spalding because they share a very similar childhood. Like Mother Catherine, Charlotte lost her mother...