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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.
Many members of the Wilson family gathered for a reunion at Nazareth from Friday until Sunday. Eleven of the 17 Wilson siblings were present.
“My years in religious life have been quite rewarding. I have been blessed with countless graces, which I hope I have shared with others.”
“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.
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.
Sisters in West Bengal hills help others during #DarjeelingUnrest, sharing food, medicine, and visiting patients.
The youngest of eleven children Theresa Kelley was born on April 8, 1927, in South Boston, Massachusetts. “Her long life was a blessing to us all.”
Pleasant Hill, Mother Catherine’s birthplace, the historic home located near Pomfret, Charles County, Maryland, is currently listed on circaoldhouses.com. They have wonderful photos of the exterior and interiors of the old home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Clubs worked on projects related to caring for the earth, Navjyoti School held a teachers day, and Sisters hosted a health camp for villagers.
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, 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...
Sister Deena Vazhaparampil from Sangsay shares an update on the agitations in the region of Darjeeling under which ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Sangsay and Tendrabong fall.
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.
Sister Paris Slapikas and Sister Eva Kowalski participated in the Sister Eileen Golf Classic, a Vincentian Collaboration golf fundraiser.
“Deepening Oneness in Christ with hope for joyful commitment.” Posters of the General Assembly logo and prayer card are popping up in communities.
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.
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.
“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.
Navjyoti Center in collaboration with Shree Ram H.S. School and Jana Jagriti School conducted a local game promotion tournament and celebrated World Play Day on June 16, 2017.
As promised in our June letter, we are sending some helpful reflection material for your personal/communal prayer during the months of July/August.
The smiles on the faces of the patients communicated their joy and happiness during this winter season as 100 blankets, a wheelchair, and a bed were given to homebound patients under the Sisters’ home care program of Pabalelong Hospice in Botswana.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Sisters and volunteers worked with the Feeding America network. It is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger.
Da’Jere Wallace doesn’t take his education for granted. He is an honor student at Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh and a recipient of the Founders Award Scholarship which makes it possible for him to attend the Academy.
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.
"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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
On behalf of the General Assembly Steering Committee, we want to keep everyone informed on how we plan to communicate with the congregation in the months leading up to the General Assembly.
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 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 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.
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...
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.
Watch this video montage of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth work for justice in solidarity with oppressed people, especially the economically poor and women.
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.
“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
Sisters celebrated World Environment Day with the girls at Asha Kiran, Dharuhera, India.
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...
World Environment day was celebrated at Marian English Medium, Anakkampoil, school on June 6.
Sisters from Carrico Hall at the Nazareth Motherhouse gathered for a garden party late yesterday evening to enjoy the each other’s company, the warm weather, and some wonderful music.
“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.”
It took six hours by off-road vehicle to reach the remote area of Nepal, where Sisters ministered to those in need of medical care.
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...
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.
Daring the blistering heat, Sisters at the Preranalaya Social Development Centre in Musunuru, India, celebrated Environment Day on June 5 by planting an almond tree on campus.
Sisters hosted an environment day celebration and awareness program in Sangsay, India.
Catch up on the latest news from the Charity Federation’s annual meeting in Tarrytown, New York. #CharitySistersinNYC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
SCNs, Associates and SCN Family members gathered at George Rogers Clark Park for an annual picnic celebration on Friday, May 26, 2017.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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!)
The rain clouds descended heavily upon Bangalore on May 20, bringing down the mercury levels and along with it a respite from the intense heat of summer. Nazareth Convent, Chandapura, Bangalore geared up with excitement to welcome candidates.
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...
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, 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...
‘For everyone present, it was a moment to celebrate the brave decision of these young sisters to be signs of God’s love to the world.’
‘Your community and God depends on you to complete your mission. God has placed God’s Spirit within you.’
Clean up begins in storm-ravaged Durant, Mississippi
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.
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, 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....
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.
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.
Speaking to the Sisters, Riya recalls the day she was married, “I had no idea of all that was happening around me and just followed all that the elders told me to do.”
Christ has no body now, but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world.
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.
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, 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, 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...
SCN volunteers were hard at work cleaning the cemetery after a storm hit the Nazareth campus.
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...
“I’m glad I am an SCN. I’ve been happy all these years.”
(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...