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Sister Pat Haley sings Old Gospel & Spirituals

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth present this very special collection of songs from Sister Pat Haley. Sister Pat has selected nine gospel and spirituals to sing on this album recorded in Nazareth, Kentucky, at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the storms, and flooding in Texas. We pray for all those who have lost their homes or suffered damage. We also pray for the safety of those responding with rescue and relief efforts. May the coming days witness to God’s unfailing promise to be with us as people work to restore their lives.

Catholic women of Bakhtiarpur gather for the feast St. Monica

Jane Karakunnel, SCN, prepared thirty-one Catholic women of Bakhtiarpur parish for the feast St. Monica on August 27, 2017. The women gathered on Saturday evening. Sister Jane had prayer with them and conducted Bible class for them.

Sister Kitty and the Saint Mary’s softball team

The Saint Mary’s Center softball team, the Rockets, that Kitty Wilson, SCN, helps coach, are seen here with players proudly displaying the ribbon each received at the end of the regional tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Aug. 25. These adults are physically and educationally challenged. Coaches and spectators encourage each player to do the best they can.

Educational support for children in Surkhet

Children from migrant families received educational support from Navjyoti Center. Most of these children were picked up from streets and rivers where their mothers would break stones. Their priority was for daily food.

SCN Volunteer Update: Botswana

After being warmly greeted upon their arrival in Botswana late Tuesday, the SCN volunteers spent Wednesday touring the hospice in Metsomthlable and visiting the local church and preschool. The children were eager to meet the new visitors and shared a joyful song and dance as they practiced for their graduation.

Charity Alive members gather at SCN Hospitality House

SCNs Paris Slapikas and Nancy Gerth recently hosted a Charity Alive cookout at the SCN Hospitality House in Louisville where the group gathered for good food and fun.

Charity Alive is the young adult associate program facilitated by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. It was created as an opportunity for young adults across the United States to build and maintain relationships with the Sisters.

SCN Family provides school supplies

A request from Charity Alive member Andreiona Williams went out to SCNs in the Nazareth and Louisville areas for school supplies and backpacks for children in the West End of Louisville in collaboration with Emmanuel Baptist Church. The response was overwhelming with $1160 in money and supplies that were able to fill over 120 backpacks and then extra supplies to fill more bags!

Sister Cecelia Earline Hobbs: An Interview

My spirituality centers on connectedness to God and all God’s Creation. I experience continued growth in trust and awareness of God’s Presence and begin each morning with gratitude as I proclaim, “This is the day our God has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”

Seeds of Hope

Working with men and women who have experienced intimate partner violence and sexual assault is never easy. Day in and day out Sister Paris and staff are entrusted with the responsibility of being present to people at a time in their lives when they are most vulnerable, emotionally and physically.

Sister Betty visits Jubilee Schools

Betty Fracchia, SCN, recently visited St. John and Little Flower Jubilee Schools in Memphis. Sister Betty spent time with Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kristi Baird and with the faculty and students at both schools. 

The second grade class at Little Flower Catholic School is pictured with Principal Tunia Sangster, Sister Betty and Jubilee Leader Kristi Baird.  Second graders will be participating in several service projects this year including collecting socks for needy families with Catholic Charities.

Eclipse of the sun passes over Nazareth

On Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. At Nazareth and near the path of totality, Sisters gathered to view the historical eclipse.

Admirable achievements of Asha Deepam

On Aug. 18-19 about 40 children of Asha Deepam took part in a sports and cultural competition conducted by Team of Social Service (TOSS) in Trichy. This was the first time more than 500 special needs children from 25 schools participated in this “talent fest.

Empowering students to become agents of social change

Clean India Mission is a campaign by the Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns. Students across the country have been actively participating in this mission ever since it was launched in October 2014.

The SCNs condemn racism in all its harmful forms

We, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, rooted in Gospel nonviolence and the call to “love our neighbor as our self” (Matthew12:31) find racism an offense against God. We pray with those who are victims and for those who are in need of awakening to a love that honors all.

Cultural extravaganza marks Independence day celebrations at Nazareth School, Bangalore

Nazareth School, Chandapura, Bangalore celebrated the 71st Indian Independence on Aug. 15, with a spectacular display of cultural events. Professor Hari Ram of Alliance University graced the occasion as the chief Guest, along with Dr. Jalihal and Sister Amrita Manjaly SCN, Provincial, as Guests of Honor. Prof. Hari Ram urged the students to identify, respect and accept the uniqueness of each individual.

Global Sisters Report: Nazareth nuns support the isolated

Ever since the Darjeeling agitation began, the whole SCN Family has been in prayer with the Sisters who minister in Sangsay. Sister Deena and her community is doing all within their limits to stand with the people, as one among them and yet set apart, in helping them to tide over this crisis.

Statement for peace on the US-DPRK crisis

Last week, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth leadership teams gathered in Orlando, Florida, with 650 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for their annual meeting. During that annual meeting, it was apparent through discussions that participants felt called to create a statement on the deepening crisis between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

A farmer finds the inspiration to change

“Along with my family, I am grateful to Sister Anjana and all of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth who constantly encouraged and supported us to improve our lives!”

Sister Marina Thazhathuveettil: An Interview

I am so very grateful to my God for calling me to the SCN Congregation which has allowed me to make mistakes, equipped me with the needed tools for my ministry and has trusted me and given me the freedom to do any good I can, for the people I serve.

In Nepal, Sisters celebrate Youth Day with blood drive

On the occasion of International youth Day on August 12, youth club members of Navjyoti Center organized a blood drive in Surkhet. It was conducted in coordination with the Red Cross Society of Surkhet.

Workshop in Mokama to protect children in our care

Twenty-seven Sisters attended a workshop on August 12-13, 2017 to prepare a ‘child protection policy’ for Patna Province in Mokama. Reverend Christu Das, director of SIGN (Social Initiatives for Growth and Networking) based in Ranchi, was the resource person. The participants were SCNs Philomena Kottoor, provincial and Amelia Moras, vice-provincial, hostel in-charges, school principals, formation directors and the education director. 

Following Jesus all the way

Octogenarian Bridget Kappalumakal, SCN, raised funds for the National Prison Ministry of the Catholic Church on Aug. 13 at St. John’s Medical College Hospital Chapel, Bangalore.

Sister Dorothy’s Golden Jubilee

“My education and my ministry experience has enabled me to use my gifts and talents in ways I never imagined and yet the Spirit continues to bless me with faith, strength of character and an ability to serve my people and the family of God.”

Caring for the well being of the neighboring community

In a first of its kind, a medical team from Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital conducted a free check up for breast cancer and oral cancer for parents, staff and Sisters in Nazareth School, Chandapura on July 29, 2017.

SCN Raffle Sold Out

The SCN Super Raffle is sold out. Thank you for your donations! All proceeds from this raffle support the SCN missions and ministries in the United States, Belize, Botswana, India, and Nepal.

Meet the Sister who started it all at The de Paul School

Anne Rita found her calling back in 1945 when she joined the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. She went on to benefit thousands of Louisville children through a program that turned into The de Paul School.

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.

Sister Marie John Kelley: An Interview

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.”

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.

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.

Sisters and volunteers work with Feeding America

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.

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.

A look at Sisters around the world today

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.

‘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...

Garden Party for Carrico Hall Sisters at Nazareth

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.

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.”

Sisters host health camp in Nepal

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.

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.

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!)

Fourteen young women enter pre-novitiate program in Bangalore

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.

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.

SCN volunteers help a family in Appalachia

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.

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...

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Jan. 01, 2017 to March 31, 2017.

Editorial: Learning about SCN can offer inspiration

We’re blessed to have these women in our midst. They’ve made countless contributions to history, and they’re working to improve lives in the present and enrich the future. Let them inspire you.

Reconstruction work in progress at Jhamire Village

About 23 months after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, people are fully engaged in rebuilding their homes even now. All 47 homes at Jhamire Village were destroyed in the killer quakes of 2015. People of Jhamire had good homes for themselves and their cattle. They...

Maureen “Reenie” Daugherty, SCN

Maureen “Reenie” Daugherty, SCN, 74, formerly Sister Patrick Daugherty, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Friday, March 17, 2017, the feast of St. Patrick. Sister had been a professed SCN for 52 years. Sister Maureen served in...

‘I am, because you are’

“I am, because you are” is an African proverb. It expresses the idea that personhood involves being part of a web of relationships. We are all dependent on each other.

A very special cake

Jerome Mudd grew up at an SCN children’s home. He never forgot Sister John Ann. He baked his very first cake to thank her for her 100th.

Volunteer trip turns to disaster relief

Again the alarm sounded as we learned that the tornado had turned back and was headed in our direction. Again we huddled in the hallway.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

Festival of village democracy

Burhigara and Kasiadih is twin villages standing as witnesses to a long and bloody struggle for ownership of 1100 acres of land spread out in 22 villages. Though the fight was completely armless, the opposition (the land lord and the Maoists in connivance with the...

Surkhet children take lead for social change

View more photos. Sreenagar village is located about 4 km away from Surkhet market. It is situated at the foot of a hill which is a landslide prone area. The government had allocated this area to displaced families to put up their huts. About 120 families live in this...

Cardiologist grateful for lifelong SCN connection

Dr. William Oellerich, a cardiologist with The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee recognizes the important role the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have played in his life.

Vasai rings the silver bells

See more photos. The Nazareth Convent School Silver Jubilee year began on 28th February 2017 on a splendid note. The ceremony began from the Primary Section with a Maharashtrian traditional dance of Lezim. A tableau by Nazareth Primary Students depicted a flashback of...

Visit to the United Nations Headquarters

"It was a dream come true for us to visit New York and the UN. With a deep sense of gratitude, we thank wholeheartedly the Central Leadership Team for giving us this opportunity to spend some valuable time under the excellent guidance of Sister Teresa Kotturan, SCN....

Carol Ann Bonn, SCN

Carol Ann Bonn, SCN, 75, a native of Columbus, OH, died at Nazareth Home, on, Friday, February 24, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 53 years. Sister Carol Ann served in the education ministry, teaching at schools in Payneville, KY...

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ‘Now we know their names’

Reprinted from the Kentucky Standard February 22, 2017 By Kacie Goode   Sister Pat Haley started the program with lyrics from a song “‘Pray together children. Don’t you get weary. There’s a great camp meeting in the promise land.’” Haley said. “The promise land was...

Sister Maria Cecilia Emanuelli: An Interview

My father, Louis Emanuelli, Sr. was born in northern Italy on November 23, 1894. He grew up there near the Alps Mountains where he sometimes played running up and down those mountains. He had four sisters and was the youngest and only brother. At age eleven, after...

A simple woman of deep faith

In their desire to have a pastoral approach in all their ministries, Sisters at Kutuderi Health Ministry, SCNs Archana Valiaparambil, Anjana Kunnath, Anita Murmu (Sr.) and Mary Bridget Lakra, prayed with a family on Feb. 9, 2017 in Kutuderi Village, India. In January,...

What mothers do

“You feed us, you clothe us you created a safer shelter for us and you take care of us. That’s what mothers do.”

Ellen Paul McGovern, SCN

Ellen Paul McGovern, SCN, 86, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, died at Nazareth Home, on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 60 years. Sister Ellen Paul served in education ministries in Kentucky, Maryland, and...

People’s action against opium cultivation

In Chatra district illegal opium (Afim/Posta) cultivation is on a fast rise in most of the forest land, in connivance with the local police, the forest department, Maoists and the mafia. The trees are uprooted by machines; acres of agricultural land are being ruined...

Mary Jane McMakin, SCN

Mary Jane McMakin, SCN, 79, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, died at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Sister Mary Jane had been a professed SCN for 58 years. She served in education in Kentucky, Virginia, and...

Sister Marita Pozek: An Interview

The remarks of this interviewer are in italics. At the top of the page of Sister Marita Pozek’s short autobiography which I used for reference, she had written ” Nothing happens by chance.” As I left her apartment and her gracious hospitality, I found myself thinking...

Sister Margaret Retires

Margaret Willis, SCN, recently retired from her ministry at Assumption High School, where she has served since 1996. Sister Margaret also served in education at Bethlehem High School for 27 years as a math teacher and as principal. Here are her some of her words from...

Republic Day 2017

Republic Day at Mokama Nazareth Academy On the 68th Republic day of India, Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN, vice president, chief guest, hoisted the Indian flag at Nazareth Academy, Mokama on Jan. 26, 2017. She urged the students to keep their surrounding and the...

Memorials and Honoraries

Gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory or in honor of others for the period of Sept. 01, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Inter Province Formation Team Meets in Mokama

The inter-province formation team members, SCNs Amelia Moras, Anice Vattukulam, Beena Chirackal, Jayanti Lakra, Josita Eniakattu, Marcelline Indwar, Suchita Kullu and Sushma Bodra met in Mokama from Jan. 23 2017 to incorporate the decisions/guidelines approved during...

Building Bridges

New to the country, people, culture and language, SCNs Cornelia Ekka and Aruna Ekka, both teachers, moved to Lauki, Nepal, to live close to the people of the area in October 2014. With few places to live, they moved into one of the old mud houses.

Marjorie (Maggie) Fisher, SCN

Marjorie (Maggie) Fisher, SCN, 92, a native of St. Joseph, Missouri, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville on Monday, January 16, 2017. Sister made First Vows as a Religious of the Sacred Heart on March 19, 1949, and transferred to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on...

Sister Rita Jo Hancsak: An Interview

August, 2016 - Sister Rita Jo Hancsak (formerly S. Mary Dorothy) (Sister Rita Jo’s story has been reproduced from her autobiography written in 2008 and a video interview done by a niece of Pat McKim, SCNA, given in July, 2013. Consolidation of the two sources was done...

Catherine Nix, SCN

Catherine Nix, SCN, 84, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. She had been a professed SCN for 62 years. Sister Catherine served as a teacher in grade schools in Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky, including St. Augustine...

Margaret Meisner, SCN

Margaret Meisner, SCN, 80, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 61 years. For 20 years, Sister Margaret’s ministry was in education. She taught primary grades...

Helping mothers survive

If Sister Jessie’s dream comes true, no mothers will die during childbirth in her district. In one of the poorest districts of north Karnataka, Jessie Saldanha, SCN, spends days and nights working toward this goal as the head of a pilot project of Narayana Health Limited.

‘I never thought I’d do hospice’

‘I never thought I’d do hospice’ Nurses, staff talk about what led them to hospice care and the impact of patients By Kacie Goode | Excerpt from the Kentucky Standard This is the second in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the...

Mary Immaculata Kuehner, SCN

Mary Immaculata Kuehner, SCN, 94, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Friday, December 30, 2016. Sister had been a professed SCN for 74 years. Sister Mary Immaculata served as a teacher in elementary education in Kentucky, Louisiana,...

Margaret Regina Murphy, SCN

Margaret Regina Murphy, SCN, 92, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Sister had been a professed SCN for 71 years. Sister Margaret Regina served in elementary education in Maryland and Kentucky for 40...

Sister Rose Marie Dobyns: An Interview

Written by Sister Rose Marie with guidance from Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola I was the third girl of five children born to Benjamin Franklin and Besse Janes Dobyns on November 8, 1930 in Mexico, Missouri. When I was seven years old our brother Ben Jr. was born, and...

Out of Many, One

SCNs Ann Whittaker, Anne Marie O'Shea, and Tess Browne were deeply touched by the loving hospitality they experienced at the (ISBCC) Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. They write, "We were among 2,600 participants at the assembly, 'Out of Many, One' (E...

Serving people with joy

“Do you love God enough to serve His people with joy?” To a young girl this question stuck. Now, Alice O’Connell, SCN, serves people in one of the poorest counties in Pennsylvania. She does so with her compassionate presence. She does so joyfully.

Sister Mary Patricia Brennan: An Interview

Interviewed by Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN On April 1, 1923, a chubby baby girl was born to Laurence Vail and Magdalena Noll Brennan. One week later, this auburn-haired child was baptized Catherine Esther at St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in Covington, KY. She was named...

Report on Kalidanga

Jesus is Here, Where? Jesus is here, come and see! Come to Kalidanga Jesuit Health Center Clinic. My one month experience at this center for the treatment of my arthritic knees is unforgettable. Doctor M.J. Peter, S.J. is an experienced, skilled medicine person who...

Christmas 2016

What are you doing with that piece of straw? The bright-eyed child answered solemnly, “I am making a bed for Baby Jesus. Each time I do something kind for someone or say some prayers, I put a straw in the manger. When I do little things with love it makes the hard bed...

Friend and supporter

Joan DeVillez is a graduate of Nazareth College and a long-time friend and supporter of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Joan lived and volunteered with the Sisters in India and witnessed the impact of SCN ministries. Joan is a valued partner in the world-wide ministries through her generosity and care.

Sister Barbara Makar: An Interview

Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA Small towns are charming places for shopping and socializing; but also for growing-up. It is no longer true today since office buildings have taken over and the stores moved to the large malls. Back in 1930, I was born on a 50-acre...

Appalachian Christmas in Beattyville

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program recently traveled to Beattyville, Kentucky in Appalachia to assist Ms. Dora Ross in preparing for her annual Christmas community outreach program. In the upcoming weeks, hundreds of families from the surrounding area will visit...

Celebrating Culture and Tradition

Nazareth School celebrated Grameen Utsav (village fest) and Karnataka Rajyothsava (Karnataka Day) on Nov. 6, 2016.

Sister Depaul Zluky: An Interview

(The remarks of the interviewer are in italics. Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Pauline’ and her religious name ‘DePaul’ in this story.) On December 20, 1920, Emro and Pauline (Cibula) Zluky welcomed their newborn daughter Pauline, named for her...

Sister John Loretto Mueller: An Interview

April 24, 2016 Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA Loretta Mueller was born to John and Loretta Dumler Mueller on May 6, 1927, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was baptized on May 22, 1927, the feast of Saint Rita. Loretta made her First Communion and was confirmed on her...

Kurs Veer Rally in Mokama

Chakarram Kurs Veer group with the animator and SCNs Anash Anima Mundu and Seema Joy Kujur During the Diwali and Chhatt (sun god festival) holidays in Bihar, SCN students, Anash Anima Mundu and Seema Joy Kujur pastorally reached out to the children  of St. Mary's...

Nancy Jane O’Reilly, SCN

Nancy Jane O’Reilly, SCN, age 78, formerly Sister Xaveria O’Reilly, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Sister had been a professed SCN for 57 years. Sister Nancy Jane served in elementary education in...

The Martinez family and Doors to Hope

“The Sisters and volunteers at Doors to Hope tell me that I have a great future. Thank you to Doors to Hope for believing in me and for helping me to reach my dreams.”

Sister Mary Elaine Zehnder: An Interview

On being asked by Paschal Maria Fernicola to share some of my life-story, I’m happy to respond. On May 27, 1931 in Louisville, KY, I was born to Olivia Madden and Joseph Jerome Zehnder, Sr. Coming before me were Joseph, Jr., Mary Ann, Larry and Evelyn, then following...

SCN Educators in India attend National Convention of Catholic Educators

Founded in 1953, All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS) has the purpose of bringing Catholic Schools to an awareness of the changes taking place in education, to co-ordinate the work of members in India at the national, state and local levels, to foster a...

Botswana Golden Jubilee

During the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Diocese of Gaborone special awards of medals and trophies were given to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

A flourishing rural school

St. Mary’s High School is one the best schools in the locality every year, nearly 600 students.

Healing Retreat at Jamtara Parish

SCNs Meera Bilung and Bilasi Oreya in prayer at the retreat -- Written by Amala Valayathil, SCN | View more photos Jamtara parish turned into a prayer centre from Sep.16-18, 2016 with the number of people kept increasing from day one to the last for the healing...

Sister Rita Spalding: An Interview

Interviewed by Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN I grew up in Lebanon, KY in a happy family with nine children – Sarah, Billy (later Father Billy), Florence (Bo), Albert, Joe, James, Mary Acquin (Ackie), Catherine and I. One little boy, Lee, died in infancy. My parents...

M. Annette Kasper, SCN

M. Annette Kasper, SCN, passed into eternity on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the age of 93 and in the 74th year of her religious life. Sister Annette originally entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Parish in Munhall,...

Miriam Louise Hauser, SCN

Miriam Louise Hauser, SCN, 87, a native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Sister had been a professed SCN for 61 years. Sister Miriam Louise served in elementary, secondary and collegiate education in...

Nazareth’s own ‘Iron Nun’

Recently Sister Lisa Polega completed her first sprint triathlon and she shares this reflection about how exercise has become a part of her spiritual journey.

Sister Marina shines her light

Marina Thazhathuveettil, SCN, is a committed mobile health provider to the sick who are in remote villages around Dharan, Nepal.

Volunteers visit Holy Springs, Miss.

Sister Luke Boiarski, Sister Maria Brocato, Associate Mary Gene Frank along and four members of Charity Alive, TaNaa Davis, Erica Watts, Robbie Lewis, Andreiona Williams, and volunteer Pam Coates, traveled to Holly Springs, Mississippi last week to assist in the...

Celebrating diversity in Chandapura

September witnessed several celebrations at Chandapura On Sept. 5, pre-novices and candidates prepared a beautiful prayer service and liturgy honoring all the Sisters who are teachers in Chandapura. The teachers were honored with roses and “tika”. The story of Dr....

A House for Ramesh and Rosika

In this the “Year of Mercy,” Sisters in Dharan, Nepal, helped to build a house for a family.

Sister Eleanor Sue Willett: An Interview

Above: Sister Eleanor and her nephew Curtis James Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA Eleanor Sue Willett was the fifth child of James Judson Willett and Mary Benita Merritt Willett. She was born on August 28, 1933, in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. Eleanor’s sister, Mary...

St. Joseph the Carpenter House

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program celebrates a new chapter in the vibrant ministry’s history.

Paula Merrill, SCN – A Reflection

“In the end Sister Paula also shared in the suffering of Christ and in that encounter I believe she conformed herself to his death.”

Memorial prayer service in Patna

The Hindi bhajan: dhur se chalke aa gaya tere dhwar pe, meaning, "from a distance, I have walked and reached your door", put the Sisters into a solemn mood to remember Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held during a memorial prayer service at SCN Provincial House,...

Paula Merrill, SCN

Paula Merrill, SCN, 68, a native of Stoneham, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead in Durant, Mississippi on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Sister had been a professed SCN for 34 years. Sister served as a RN in Kentucky and Mississippi and later as a Family Nurse...

Moving forward

Prayer service and statement from the School Sisters of St. Francis and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Remembering Sister Paula and Sister Margaret

Our mission statement calls us to risk our lives and resources as we work for justice in solidarity with oppressed people. These Sisters did exactly that.

Maureen Taaffe, SCN

Maureen Taaffe, SCN, formerly Sister Mary Karen Taaffe, 81, a native of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Monday, August 22, 2016. Sister had been a professed SCN for 60 years. Sister Maureen served in elementary education as both teacher...

The Bakhtiarpur Flood

“All their huts are washed away. The mud houses and many of the poorly built houses are collapsed. Many of the houses are almost under water.”

Lucy Marie Freibert, SCN

Lucy Marie Freibert, SCN, 93, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died in Carrico Hall, Nazareth, Kentucky on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Sister Lucy had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 69 years. Sister Lucy served in Louisville on various levels. She...

Sister Mary Judith Seman: An Interview

Mary Judith Seman, SCN, interviewed in August, 2016, by Maria Vincent Brocato, SCN (The remarks of this interviewer are in italics.) Because Sister Judy (Mary Judith Seman) was very busy preparing for a parish festival, it was necessary to travel to St. Thomas a’...

Marian Haney, SCN

Marian Haney, SCN, 95, formerly Sister Marian Patrick Haney, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville on Sunday, August 7, 2016. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 73 years. Sister Marian served in the apostolate of elementary education as both a...

Prayers for Elections

Merciful and loving God, as we prepare for the November 2016 U.S. elections, send the light of your Spirit into the hearts of all in our nation.

Sister Mary Eula Johnson: An Interview

Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA Mary Eula Johnson was born on January 7, 1934 in Hawesville in Hancock County, Kentucky to George Albin Johnson and Emma Josephine Hagman Johnson. She had two brothers, Victor and Eugene and she was the youngest of the three. Both...

Hurricane reaches Belize

Pray for Belize — Sisters accounted for and safe as storm brings flooding to Caribbean coastline

The Mangeot Family

“I’ve been around the SCNs all my life and their desire to help those less fortunate comes from their devotion to serving God.”

60 girls, three Sisters and one home

“Out of ‘hard times’ the girls share common values and learn to appreciate the life and opportunities they have. They know they are ‘cared for and cared about’ by the Sisters. They now can dream of possibilities.”

A Life Dedicated to Education

“It’s rewarding to see students master something, to really learn something. I get far more out of being here than I give.”

Camp Maria hosted Southern Maryland Vacation for Vets program

In the sultry heat of July, Camp Maria Retreat Center hosted 60 veterans and their families as a part of the Southern Maryland Vacation for Vets program. The group enjoyed cabin living, swimming, boating and fishing off the dock. The participants also enjoyed a myriad...

The noble life of Frank Nobel, friend of the Sisters

From Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis Frank Nobel 88, of Memphis, died July 6, 2016, at St. Peter Home. Frank was born on May 30, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. A few days later he was abandoned in a basket on the doorstep of St. Peter's Orphanage in Memphis,...

Sister Theresa Cash: An Interview

(The remarks of this interviewer are in italics. There are various names to use in this story for our Sister: Theresa, Elizabeth Theresa, Tootsie. It is evident that the small city of Fancy Farm, Kentucky has brought many dedicated members to the Sisters of Charity of...

Ellen Miriam Grimes, SCN

Ellen Miriam Grimes, SCN, 93, a native of Louisville, Ky., died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Sunday, July 10, 2016.  She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 68 years. Sister served in elementary education as both teacher and principal in Kentucky,...

A family atmosphere for foster children

Camp Maria Retreat Center provides an ideal setting for individuals who, otherwise would not have the opportunity, to experience the joys of camp!

M. Immaculata Pavlik, SCN

M. Immaculata Pavlik, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the age of 84 and in the 65th year of her religious life. Sister entered the congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Mathias Church in Youngstown, Ohio in...

Sister Laurine Dichtel: An Interview

Laurine Dichtel, SCN, interviewed by Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN June, 2016 Our Dichtel family has German roots. My grandfather, George Adolph Dichtel, was born in Bavaria, Germany on August 11th, 1832. He came to America after serving the required three years in the...

Sister Charles Mary Burns: An Interview

Interviewed by Sharon Cecil, SCNA May 9, 2016 William Martin Burns and Mary Thelma Maratta Burns had five children born two years apart. Then there was a span of five years before they became the proud parents of twins born on April 2, 1936, in Louisville, Kentucky....

Mary Zita Henkel, SCN

Mary Zita Henkel, SCN, 85, a native of St. Joseph, Tennessee, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Thursday, June 16, 2016.  She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 66 years. Sister Mary Zita served in elementary and secondary education as both a teacher and...

Inspiration Grows in Belize

I looked into those brown eyes, and remembered, Christ was there too … beckoning me to embrace Him in the painful reality of the poverty Just revealed.

Sister Margaret Hohman: An Interview

Interviewed by Sister Maria Vincent Brocato, SCN May, 2016 (The remarks of the interviewer are in italics.) “I don’t have much time,” she said with emphasis. Sister Margaret Hohman was not talking about her ninety-three plus years but about all she had to do –...

Rachel Willett, SCN

Rachel Willett, SCN, formerly Sister Jerome Willett, 94, a native of Fancy Farm, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville on Thursday, June 2, 2016. She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 73 years. Sister Rachel served in elementary and secondary...

People’s proposal to educate girls in Sangsay

Children in one part of the Himalayan region of India walk miles up and down the hills to school. Here in Sangsay Basti, usually the girls are placed in hostels in the near by towns for high school by parents who can afford it. Access to quality education and the...

Nazareth Campus appears on WLKY News

The city of Bardstown has been given the distinction of “most beautiful small town in America.” But just outside its city limits is a small holy community that is equally beautiful, and has a long history.

Eternal Rest

After her sister passed away in February, Emily Nabholz, SCN, was approached by her nephew Tim Nabholz with an interesting way to honor her life. Before she died Teresa Rose Nabholz, SCN, made the decision to donate her body to the University of Louisville for...

Mary Eugene Ivie, SCN

Sister Mary Eugene Ivie, SCN, 99, a native of Whitesville, Kentucky, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 77 years. Sister served in elementary education as teacher for 32 years in...

Water shortage in earthquake affected Nepal

Water for drinking and irrigational purpose is an urgent need of the people, especially women in Nepal. “Give us water, for drinking and for our fields, we shall survive.”

Sister Lucille Phipps: An Interview

Above: The photo of S. Lucille (aka Teresa Vincent) in habit was taken after she made perpetual vows in 1956. I am Sister Lucille Phipps. I was born on June the sixth, 1932 in Fancy Farm, KY to Anna Beulah and John Walter Phipps. I was the third child of five...

Room in the Inn

“Never underestimate the power of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich” Father Charles Strobel, Founder, Room in the Inn Thirty years ago, Father Charles Strobel, pastor of Holy Name Catholic Church in Nashville, began handing out sandwiches from the back door of the...

Associates join Presentation Academy on mission trip

In early April, SCN Associates Joetta Davis and Mary Gene Frank with SCNs Nancy Gerth and Maria Vincent Brocato accompanied eighteen Presentation Academy girls on a Spring Mission Trip to Appalachia. While there for four days they accomplished a variety of tasks in...

Blessing and Inauguration of Lauki Mission

By Malini Manjoly, SCN | More photos SCNs live the message of Jesus at Lauki, Ineruwa, Dharan, Nepal. Navjyoti Centre, Lauki was blessed by Most Rev. Paul Simick and inaugurated by Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN, Vice President on April 30, 2016. The Bishop presided over...

Local congregations get national recognition

Louisville Courier- Journal Three Kentucky religious groups received recognition from Interfaith Power & Light as a part of their Cool Congregations Challenge.  The Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion in Louisville and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth both...

Caritas Internationalis meets in Kathmandu

Sister Aisha meets with Caritas International partners for the earthquake relief efforts, view more photos here. SCNs Aisha Kavalakkattu and Malini Manjoly attended the Caritas Solidarity Conference’ conducted by the Caritas Nepal in partnership with Caritas...

Earthquake survivors remember their lost dear ones

Thousand of Nepalis gathered at Hanumandokha, Kathmandu, to light candles remembering their loved one who lost their lives on April 25, 2015, a dark day in the history of Nepal, on April 24, 2016. SCNs Aisha and Malini witnessed this moving act. Lisa Perekkatt, SCN,...

Belize Retreat

The Belize City sisters held a retreat this last weekend under the theme of "love one another as I have loved you." The day started off with a welcome, overview and icebreaker by Barbara Flores, SCN. Maggie Cooper, SCN, then broke open the Sunday Gospel by leading a...

An outing for child club members

Running up to the first anniversary the great earthquake of April 25, 2015, the members of the child club had a fun day at Bakhtapur's Fun Valley near Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 23, 2016. They recalled and reminisced the many blessings that they have received in the...

‘Sunrise’ for 22 female trainees

Graduation at Arunodaya, Patna Written by Malini Manjoly, SCN The ninth class of 22 young women graduated after completing a 10-month office management cum mid-level social workers training from Arunodaya, Patna, on April 17, 2016. The trainees received their...

Marie Menard Committee

What Do You Know About the Marie Menard Committee? Have you appreciated reading the interviews and profiles of some of our Sisters this past year? Collecting those stories is the mission of the Marie Menard Committee.  The committee works to gather and preserve the...

Sisters in Ministry: Belize

Since 1974, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have been a friend to the people of Belize.


Within the recent years trafficking has become a major issue in Jharkhand, India. Sister Joel Urumpil says the reasons are clear.

Sister Rachel Willet: A Profile

Rachel Marie Willett was born on November 9, 1921 in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, the daughter of William Irie Willett and Ida Mary Stahr Willett.

Nazareth Thrift Shop

It’s a busy morning in the Thrift Shop at Nazareth. Members of the Purchasing Department stop by to pick up excess items to deliver at St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill (when there is too much for the Thrift Ship it is donated). Sisters stop by to shop. An employee pops...

The CASA Experience

From the Future of Charity blog By SCN Candidate Melissa Fisackerly Marie Flowers, SCN, invited our house to take part In her ministry event called Embrace A Child breakfast given by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The morning started off with a warm welcome...

Mary Jean Kubilus, SCN

Mary Jean Kubilus, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on March 22, 2016, at the age of 87, and in the 66th year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Parish in Jessup, Pennsylvania in 1949....

Meeting the Face of Christ

“This is Sister Sharen with JOIN, are you able to help me with a client?”
Since 2002, Sharen Baldy, SCN, has begun many of her phone calls this way. As assistant director and case worker at Joint Organization for Inner City Needs (JOIN), Sister Sharen has created a network of folks she can call for help on behalf of her clients. Set in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio, JOIN meets immediate needs, providing assistance for low-income families in the area.

Pittsburgh Sisters Celebrate Catholic Sisters Week

They have opened schools and universities. They have founded hospitals.  They have educated countless children and nursed the sick. They pray with us and pray for us. They advocate for social justice, provide social services, and care for our earth. They are leaders,...

Sister Nancy: a week in the life

Vocation Director Nancy Gerth, SCN, regularly travels from Kentucky to New Orleans helping to rebuild the city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She often takes students with her. The groups stay at the House of Charity, where they pray, eat and live together...

Calculus and Rap Music: an Uncommon Sum

Sr. Camille Panich, SCN, a Vincentian Academy faculty member, who teaches several advanced math courses has a new way to engage students in her Advanced Placement Calculus class.  She incorporates rap music into teaching a lesson on the Riemann Sum. The Riemann Sum is...

NO to Wage Theft: MIWJ Stands with Airport Workers

In 21st century USA, how would you feel to have to work ONE hour to feed your kids breakfast? Kim Bobo, (center) founder and founding Director of the national IWJ  (Interfaith Worker Justice;, and research originator and author of...

A Transformed Life

SCN Associate Karen Schmitt says she never gave much thought to human trafficking. “It just hadn’t touched my life or the life of anyone I knew,” she says.

Teresa Rose Nabholz, SCN

Teresa Rose Nabholz, SCN, 85, formerly Sister Marita Ann Nabholz, a native of Conway, Arkansas, died at Carrico Hall, Nazareth, Kentucky on Thursday, February 11, 2016. She had been a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 62 years. Sister Teresa Rose served in the United...

National Catholic Teachers’ Convention 2016

From Barbara Flores | More photos As a direct response to the urgent call of Pope Francis through his encyclical “Laudato Si” and his declaration of the Year of Mercy 1,377 Catholic Primary school teachers, along with school managers, school leaders and  22 workshop...

Sisters of Charity use sun to light their home

By Randy Patrick The Kentucky Standard The convent four miles north of Bardstown on Louisville Road has installed 132 solar panels on the flat roof of Carrico Hall, an assisted living residence behind the church.The panels provide about 42,900 kilowatts of power to...

SCN Volunteers in Belize

Four volunteers are a assisting a family in finishing the construction of their home in the Village of Las Flores while the others are painting and giving St. Jude’s School in Camalote a new look.

Lenten Appeal

The Lenten Season calls us to fast, to pray and to give alms so that we become more like Christ.

Standing on the soil of appreciation, pre-novices bid farewell

Six pre-novices completed their pre-novitiate program in Chandapura, Bangalore, under the direction of Anice Vattukulam, SCN. The pre-novices took the initiative to bid farewell to everyone in Chandapura, especially to express gratitude to Sister Anice, Anima...

Danielle Jankoviak, SCN

Danielle Jankoviak, SCN, passed into eternal life on Monday, February 1, 2016, at the age of 89 and in the 66th year of her religious life. Sister Danielle received her B.Ed. degree from Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and did her graduate work at...

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