All recent posts from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Meatless Mondays – One Year Report

Meatless Mondays – One Year Report

A little over one year ago, Sisters in the Nazareth Motherhouse voted to eat plant-based meals one day a week in order to reduce their carbon impact and live in solidarity with those who are affected by climate change;  thus, “Meatless Mondays” began. One year later, we examine what difference fifty-two days without eating meat has made to the environment. 

Vows taken in Mokama – Video

Vows taken in Mokama – Video

See the video of the first and perpetual vows in the Patna Province celebrated on May 22, 2021, in Mokama.

Empowering domestic workers at a critical moment

Empowering domestic workers at a critical moment

Sister Saroj Kumari meets with domestic workers to empower and educate. The women gratefully responded as she gave an awareness program on the new government schemes which were recently issued by the Maharashtra Labor Welfare Board. This is to help women understand domestic labor laws and to encourage them to take the COVID-19 vaccine for their safety.

Loretta Weller, SCN

Loretta Weller, SCN, 97, (formerly Mary Hugh) was born in Newport, Kentucky. She died June 2, 2021, in Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 66 years. Sister Loretta served as an elementary education teacher and principal at Our...

COVID awareness for migrant workers

COVID awareness for migrant workers

Sister Gracy is raising COVID awareness to migrant workers. As part of her training sessions, a total of 480 people were tested for COVID-19, 14 were found to be positive. Through her timely intervention, infected persons were kept in isolation and one was admitted to the hospital.

The Sustainable Scoop

The Sustainable Scoop

A newly-discovered owl species has a Catholic Sister to thank for its name. A new screech owl species discovered in the Amazon rainforest was given the scientific name Megascops stangiae in honor of martyred Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Dorothy Stang.

Cicada spotting at Nazareth

Cicada spotting at Nazareth

Millions of Brood X cicadas are emerging across the United States. The first cicada sighting at Nazareth has occurred. Sister Kelly O’Mahony shares this shot taken on May 29, 2021. Have you spotted your first cicada yet?

Ambitious vaccination drive begins

Ambitious vaccination drive begins

Sister Jessie Saldanha is helping to coordinate an ambitious vaccination clinic in Karnataka. As head of the department of pharmacy, Sister Jessie and her staff at the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, along with the leadership of the Community Health Department medical fraternity, assisted in coordinating the vaccination drive in the light of the wave of COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging India.

Nazareth Gardens

Nazareth Gardens

Joshu Primer gives this look at the community garden at Nazareth and the kitchen garden which he oversees. “The community garden is looking as good as ever and the weather this year is serving the kitchen garden well with it producing many varieties of vegetables for the Sisters,” says Joshu.

Sisters volunteer with COVID patients

Sisters volunteer with COVID patients

Sisters Hema Santhosa, Prashanti Mandapati, Alisha Anthony daringly volunteered to give their service to the COVID-19 affected patients for a week in St. Philomena and St. Martha Hospitals respectively. They were deeply touched by the experience. They share the following reflections.

Doors to Hope

Doors to Hope

In the bright sunshine of Sunday, May 23rd, Doors to Hope held its closing ceremony outdoors at its location at St. Simon & Jude Parish in Louisville, KY. About 50 guests including past directors, SCN Leadership, Doors to Hope volunteers, and the families served marked the end of this SCN ministry. Several speakers shared their Doors to Hope memories and how the ministry has impacted their lives.

Vows taken in Mokama

Vows taken in Mokama

On May 22, 2021, at Nazareth Convent in Mokama, Sisters made commitments to their sacred religious vows, entering into a process of living out the values of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in lives based on poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Five enter the novitiate in Mokama

Five enter the novitiate in Mokama

During a meaningful prayer service conducted by Sisters Suchita Kullu and Swarupa Rani, five pre-novices, Komal Kushum Kujur, Paulina Murmu, Rajnima Soreng, Ritika Lakra, and Usha Murmu were accepted into novitiate by Sister Philomena Kottoor, provincial pf Patna Province on May 20, 2021. 

Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae that devastated the western coast of India wreaked havoc on the residence of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Nazareth Primary School in Vasai. Here are some scenes of the devastation caused by the cyclone. The states of Maharashtra and Gujarat sustained severe damage by the cyclone.

Sister Franciska acts for COVID relief

Sister Franciska acts for COVID relief

In the remote village of Kutuderi, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are busy rendering compassionate coronavirus care under the leadership of social worker Sister Franciska Sanga at Jeevan Jyoti health clinic.

Gardening at Nazareth

Gardening at Nazareth

Sisters Dorothy Wilson, Mary Reisz, Shirley Howe, Earline Hobbs and Marie Celine Osbourn planted flowers in the courtyard near St. Vincent Church.

Nazareth 5K

Nazareth 5K

Sister Lisa and Sister Chris invite you to watch the recent promo video for the Nazareth 5K which is set for June 5-June 13.

Called to love and serve, Sisters make perpetual vows

Called to love and serve, Sisters make perpetual vows

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown, Sister Hema Santhosha and Sister Mandapati Prashanti daringly professed their perpetual, “Yes!” to the Lord in the form of their perpetual vows in Chandapura on May 16, 2021.

Update from Asha Kiran

Update from Asha Kiran

From the coming week, we have organized classes and activity sessions to bring normalcy to Asha Kiran although the outside world is in utter chaos. We remain ever grateful for the prayers that brought God’s mercy upon all of us and brought us back in robust health and vigor.  

EQUAL Act

EQUAL Act

On May 12, Mary Danhauer and Joetta Venneman were joined by Jarret Smith of NETWORK to talk with Elaina Murphy from Congressman Brett Guthrie’s office on the EQUAL Act.

Sisters help their garden grow

Sisters help their garden grow

Three long-time friends, Sister Mary Reisz, Sister Dorothy Wilson, and Sister Dolores Greenwell, recently planted vegetables and flowers in the raised garden outside the church at the Nazareth Motherhouse. As they helped beautify the grounds they had fun playing in the dirt.

Happy International Nurses Day

Happy International Nurses Day

Happy International Nurses Day! On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society and especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Attending to critical COVID patients

Attending to critical COVID patients

“I was put in a ward with 16 critical patients, two of whom died today. … Please do pray for the patients … I truly consider this opportunity to serve as a blessing.”

Feast Day celebration

Feast Day celebration

The Sisters at Caritas and Associates gathered on Sunday, May 9th to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Louise de Marillac with a special Mass in her honor.

Mother’s Day at LIFE

Mother’s Day at LIFE

LIFE’s seniors receive sweet treats! “To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world!”

Sisters to make perpetual vows

Sisters to make perpetual vows

Please keep Sister Hema Santhosa and Sister Prasanthi Mandapatti in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare to make perpetual vows later this week. They also recently gave a presentation entitled “Conversion in a Community of Mission”.

Amid India’s crisis, Sisters respond

Amid India’s crisis, Sisters respond

India and Nepal are hurting right now. Reports directly from our Sisters and the daily news reports describe how the second surge of COVID-19 is devastating lives and overwhelming systems. The statistics of lives lost and those impacted are staggering. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering. Our unity across the globe is felt keenly and we are impelled to respond. The severity of this crisis is felt in every facet of life and especially in our health ministries.

Adoration for the sick and the suffering

Adoration for the sick and the suffering

The 10th day of Adoration for healing of the sick and the suffering in the Archdiocese of Patna was conducted by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Patna Provincial House community. You may watch the recorded video inside.

Welcome Robin!

Welcome Robin!

The Western Province Leadership Team and members welcomed Robin Leake today as the new pastoral administrator for St. Vincent Church. Prayers were offered during the missioning ceremony held for Robin as she begins her new ministry this week. 

Sister Jackie receives two awards

Sister Jackie receives two awards

Sister Jacqueline Aceto recently received two awards. The Beth K. Fields Award for continually going above and beyond the call of duty in both profession and CASE-Kentucky. The other award is the Dean Citation award for outstanding academic excellence.

National Farm Worker Ministry turns 50

National Farm Worker Ministry turns 50

National Farm Worker Ministry is celebrating 50 years! 

National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) is a faith-based organization which supports farm workers as they organize for justice and empowerment. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) support NFWM as a Member Organization. Felix Garza, SCNA, serves as the SCN representative.  

Sisters begin novena for India

Sisters begin novena for India

In solidarity with all Sisters and people across India, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have begun praying a novena for India. United at Nazareth and across the Congregation this nine-day devotional prayer reminds Sisters they are one and together lifts up their hearts to God during this difficult time.

International Workers’ Day

International Workers’ Day

Acknowledging the contributions of laborers across the globe, the Sisters at Nazareth Convent, Vasai, celebrated International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2021, with the workers laboring in Nazareth Primary School building by praying with them seeking God’s blessings on them and their family members. The Sisters also shared light meals with them. 

Sister Jessie and her team respond to COVID crisis

Sister Jessie and her team respond to COVID crisis

Sister Jessie Saldanha puts on multiple hats as the crisis caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in panic and grief. Recognizing that more hands were needed to assist the patients getting admitted to the hospital, she gave a training session to her team of pharmacists on “Caring for COVID-19 patients”.

Nazareth in Spring

Nazareth in Spring

See the splendor of this Holy place amongst a campus in bloom, come virtually right now with this video to Nazareth in Spring. 🌸

Prayers for India

Prayers for India

Please pray for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth serving in India, the nation as a whole, and all the people of India as they deal with the strain of the second wave of the world’s worst coronavirus crisis. At a time when people are in fear of living amid a disease spreading at a rapid speed, we pray for God’s great mercy and compassion on all who are suffering and that the hearts of everyone will be strengthened as we deal with this pandemic.

Sisters visit St. Mary’s Ryken

Sisters visit St. Mary’s Ryken

Betsy Haley from St. Mary’s Ryken in Leonardtown, Maryland, shared the following about a recent visit from Sisters.

Enter the SCN Super Raffle

Enter the SCN Super Raffle

Win $20,000! Only 3,000 Tickets will be sold at $25 each. The live drawing will be held, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in Nazareth, Kentucky, and online via live webcast. Get your ticket now!

Serving at the Border: One Year Later

Serving at the Border: One Year Later

Sister Brenda Gonzales and Sister Rosemarie Kirwan recently shared experiences from their 2020 trip to the US/Mexico border.

Happy reunion

Happy reunion

On April 20 two SCNs, Anne Kull and Charlene Reebel, visited the Pittsburgh SCN’s in Carrico Hall for the first time since St. Louise Convent closed and 10 Sisters transitioned to Nazareth Motherhouse.

Theresa Cash, SCN

Theresa Cash, SCN, formerly Sister Elizabeth Theresa, 96, a native of Fancy Farm, Kentucky, died April 25, 2021, at the Motherhouse, Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 74 years.

‘Chosen’ Sister Florina’s new video channel

‘Chosen’ Sister Florina’s new video channel

Sister Florina has created a new YouTube channel that she has called “Chosen”. The weekly video series is designed to share her experiences as a Sister with others. Take a look and support the channel by subscribing.

Earth Day presentations

Earth Day presentations

Carolyn Cromer and Julia Gerwe offer a report from the Office of Ecological Sustainability on how SCNs have cared for Earth over the last year and what has been happening across the congregation towards sustainability. Please join them in watching this short video. Plus watch the prayer service held at Nazareth today.

Charity Alive dedicate trees to Nazareth

Charity Alive dedicate trees to Nazareth

The trees are dedicated in honor of Charity Alive for Earth and Arbor Day in the hope they will endure for generations as a testament to the group’s love for Nazareth!

Strong storm damages roof

Strong storm damages roof

Recently, heavy rain and winds met Nazareth Convent in Meghalaya and created damage to the roof of the high school.

Thanks for the memories!

Thanks for the memories!

A final newsletter from Doors to Hope. “We will always be grateful for their selfless dedication and support for our Latino family in all aspects!”