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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.
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.
“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.
On Friday October 27, 2017, 12 Sisters gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Marie Flowers, SCN.
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have arrived in Houston, Texas, late Tuesday evening to begin work with St. Bernard Project and the Free Band Church.
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.
Watch the full-length edit of the Golden and Silver Jubilees held in Mokama in July 2017.
In the Himalayan mountains Sisters have created a dairy to serve surrounding villagers with a source of income. This proved especially vital during periods of unrest when the larger markets were closed.
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 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.
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.
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.
Doors to Hope provides support for women, children and immigrant families through advocacy, tutoring, and English as a second language classes.
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.
Young women, like Sangeeta, learn skills, find employment and support themselves and their families through the Nazareth Social Work Center in Sokho, India.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
Please join us for an hour to hear how the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are transforming lives in Kentucky and around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Antoinette Kostelnik, SCN, on her 75th jubilee. Sister Antoinette celebrated with her Sisters, family and friends in Pittsburgh.
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.
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.
Please join us for an hour to hear how the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are transforming lives in Kentucky and around the world.
Many lives are brightened as hope takes root through Sister Manisha’s empowerment program. She and her staff address existing challenges through education, empowerment, guidance, a listening ear, and support.
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.
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 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.
SCNs and Associates gathered at Metsimotlhabe for the Associate workshop cum celebration of St. Vincent ‘s Feast on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Congratulations to Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN, on the release of her new book, a vibrant account of her time in ministry in Belize.
On behalf of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we send our best wishes to Belize on your Independence Day, Sept. 21!
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.”
Sisters Frances Krumpelman and Susan Gatz participated in a pilgrimage sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives that featured the charism, history, and ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
Being rooted in the legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth is important to the mission of CHI Memorial in Chattanooga. As one way of maintaining this connection Judy Raley, SCN and Bob Scheri, Vice President of Mission Integration lead pilgrimages to Nazareth twice a year. Dr. David Foster from CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock joined the group from CHI Memorial on the September 11 – 12 pilgrimage.
Mary DePaul Zluky, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on September 12, 2017, at the age of 96 and in the 82nd year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Parish in Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1935....
At the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s ministry in western Nepal, ten child clubs and Navjyoti Co-operative were present representing 150 children. Nepal is the land of festivals and colorful events. One of the most favorite non-religious events in Nepal is Children’s Day.
Sisters Swarupa and Ann work together with the hope the presence of Sisters here will help eradicate illiteracy, superstitions, child marriage and domestic violence. They say they hope to see a society where every human being is respected and families uphold the gift of a girl child. Adding these efforts will take them on a long journey … which they will make one step at a time.
To those interested in Religious Life, I say, “Pray, pray earnestly to know if this is what you want to be and what God wants you to be. You will not regret it. Trust in God and He will lead you to what His plans are for you. And count any scars along the way as STARS. LOVE THE STARS! LOVE GOD!”
Sisters in Botswana gathered this Sept. 7 evening to celebrate the 17th Foundation day of Botswana Mission. During the prayer, they remembered with gratitude all the pioneers, the Central and Province leadership, past and present, all those who have ministered in Botswana, and all of the collaborators and supporters of their ministries. They thanked the Lord for all the countless blessings during these past 17 years. They honored and thanked the two pioneers, Sisters Ann and Nalini, who are still in the mission.
As part of the Season of Creation (September 1-October 4), SCN’s are invited to find a sustainability story in their geographic location and celebrate it. Today, those at Nazareth joined in prayer to celebrate Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives who are building a 60-acre solar farm in Winchester, KY. Members will be able to purchase solar energy for a 25-year license. This commitment to Earth and its future is to be commended as one of the biggest solar installations in Kentucky and as a milestone that cooperatives are leading the way in bringing renewable energy to members and to Kentucky.
Around 700 hundred people including persons from neighborhood parishes benefitted from a three-day charismatic retreat organized at Bewa parish in Jamtara from September 1-3, 2017. The retreat preacher Reverend Dinny, a Vincentian priest from Vincentian Ashram, Dumka stressed the importance of Eucharist, personal prayer, daily family prayer, sacrament of reconciliation and adoration of Blessed Sacrament to receive graces and blessings in our personal lives.
The greatest gift students can give to their teachers is to make them feel proud of their students. The students of Nazareth School, Chandapura, made this happen on Sept. 5, 2017, through an inspiring prayer service and diverse cultural events. The day concluded with a sumptuous family lunch with teaching and non-teaching staff, along with SCN candidates, pre-novices and Sisters at Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, which added more delight to the day!
Rev. William Walsh, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Chattanooga, requested that the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth open an Infirmary at East Lake, five miles from Chattanooga. St. Vincent Infirmary formally opened on December 8, 1890 in a remodeled summer hotel. It was a picturesque location. The hospital was at the fort on Mission Ridge.
We, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, recall God’s challenge to remember that we were all once strangers in a foreign land (Exodus 22:21) and as Christians have chosen to follow Jesus’ way of welcoming “the stranger” (Matthew 35:25). We strongly support the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and The Dream Act of 2017.
SCNs at Pabalelong Hospice, Metsimotlhabe, Botswana, organized an eye screening camp at the Hospice with the help of Lion’s Club, Botswana. The camp started with prayer and a ritual of lighting a lamp symbolizing Christ as the light.
Haritalika Teej is the greatest festival of Hindu women all over Nepal, which is celebrated for marital happiness, purification of one’s body and soul and to welcome the monsoon season. It is celebrated primarily by girls and women, with songs, dancing, and variety of food and prayer rituals.
A number of members of Self Help groups who are living in the migrant settlements around Dharan gathered at Navjyoti for learning how to make doughnuts on August 29, 2017. Gopal Basnet, a local eatery owner was the resource person who illustrated the process of making doughnuts.
SCN Volunteers traveled last week deep into the mountains of Irvine, Kentucky. Volunteers assisted Mr. Dallas, a gentle man, who lives a solitary life but whose heart and hands reach out to take care of many of God’s creatures.
Parishioners of St. John Chrysostom Parish, West Roxbury, MA, and area SCN/As remembered and celebrated Maureen Taaffe, SCN on her 1st Anniversary. Following Mass and a continental breakfast, some of us gathered at the bench honoring her in the Fr. Charlie Flaherty Peace Garden, which was dedicated at Pentecost. Maureen and Columban missioner Charlie had served together in ministry at St. John for over 20 years, and both died within five months of each other.
After several days of hard work, the SCN volunteers have completed painting the exterior of the church in Ntjlanthe, Botswana. This was phase two of their volunteer work, as they also completed painting the interior as well.
Onam, the annual cultural and harvest festival of Kerala was celebrated by the students Marian English Medium School, Anakkampoil through the act of sharing. Joining the initiative taken by Pain and Palliative of Anakkampoil of which Sister Sincy Sebastian is a member, the students collected rice that was distributed among 19 poor families as Onam kit. I am sure this onam will become more meaningful for our staff and students as we have reached out to the truly deserving families in Anakkampoil.
Forty-three young women who finished their six-month tailoring and designing skills training graduated on August 30, 2017, at Nazareth Academy, Gaya. They organized a cultural program on their own to celebrate their day.
On Monday, Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh opened its doors for the first day of school. Founded in 1932 by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, Vincentian Academy will celebrate it’s 85th anniversary this school year!
Anne Rita Mauck, SCN, 90, was born in Bridgeport, Ohio. She died in Louisville, KY, at Nazareth Home on Monday, August 28, 2017. Sister Anne Rita had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 69 years.
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.