All posts from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Racism is the original and persistent sin of the United States. Unarmed black people are killed by police authorities and armed members of the public. Say their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin. So many others. We know this. We see this. We grieve. We are angry. We move on. It happens again.
Sisters in Chandapura, Bangalore caring for the environment on World Environment Day on June 5, 2020.
At Nazareth Academy in Gaya, Hindi teacher, Amresh Kumar Pandey, and music teacher, Mrs. Sushmita, composed a song about the current worldwide pandemic. Student and daughter of Sushmita, Sanjana Guha sings in the music video. It is a song about overcoming fear, becoming a blessing to others by staying safe, and being courageous with a daring spirit all amidst the lockdown and struggle.
The six first-year novices and the four student candidates at Chandapura, Bangalore, exhibited their talents in being excellent hosts or “Master Ceremonies”, dance, singing and acting on May 29, 2020.
In Chandapura Sisters have created a prayer based around Laudato Si’ week.
Our reflective and active movements have been meaningful. Nazareth Hospital continues to reach out to the poor people, people living with HIV and AIDs, positive (PLHIV) patients, and people who are affected by COVID-19.
Vivian Mary Sabelhaus, SCN, 96, (formerly Georgia Lee) was born in Tell City, IN. She died June 1, 2020, in Nazareth, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 70 years.
This is the first Mass Sisters at the SCN apartments have been able to attend in person in over 12 weeks. Social distancing was in place. Sisters wore masks and in place of singing they had simple movement to the music. Father Joe Mitchell from the Earth and Spirit Center joined the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on Newburg Road for the outdoor Pentecost celebration.
In conclusion of Laudato Si’ week, mindful of caring for the earth, and to respond to the call of Pope Francis, Sister Lilly Luka takes care of the organic vegetables with limited space and time.
Sunday was the first day that Sisters living on Nazareth campus gathered for Mass in St Vincent Church after a long while. Our new normal has us physically distanced, wearing masks and receiving communion in paper cups. A single lector read the first and second readings and the psalm. We had no touching at the sign of peace and no singing. But with gratitude, we gathered again as a community to worship God.
The world is at standstill due to Pandemic COVID-19. It has created great havoc all over the world and our country is not an exception. The pandemic has no vaccine or cure, yet the only solution is precaution; keeping social distancing. The government of India gave a clarion call of strict lockdown to curb the spread of this deadliest virus.
May 31, 2020, marked the conclusion of the month dedicated to our dear Mother Mary. Sisters communally prayed the rosary throughout the month asking Our Lady’s intercession for the cease of the pandemic.
Saddened by the taking of innocent black lives and mindful of the many protests and vigils taking place across the country, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth delivered a statement affirming the need for understanding, healing, and a just society where all are treated with the dignity they deserve.
Updated with video: In the midst of COVID-19 and a lock down across the country, eight second-year Novices, Saroj Kumari from Bangalore Province, and Alma Xaxa, Asha Bage, Asrita Lugun, Priya Asrita Marandi, Neetu Hembrom, Promila Kisku, and Swati Kujur from Patna Province, made their First Vows at Nazareth Convent chapel, Mokama, India.
Six Tertians, Hema Santhosh, Jonice Lepcha, Mandapati Prasanthi, Maya Anton Amolik, Nirmala Diggi, and Sosanti Xaxa have begun their Tertianship Program in March. This program includes the study of SCN History, review of Constitutions, Leadership Training Program, Exposure and learning from the lives of poor and marginalized, and a few other pertinent issues of the Congregation, the Church, and Society.
Chandapura community would like to share with you the outcome of the Laudato Si’ week through the form of a video and the Earth Magnificant. Sisters took turns to lead the members into deeper communion with nature and be grateful for all its gifts, based on Laudato Si’. Each sister promised to protect and care for our Mother Earth as they tied ribbons, symbolizing our friendship with nature.
Helen Blodgett, SCN, 71, was born in Danbury, CT. She died May 22, 2020 in Danbury, CT. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 43 years.
Sister Ann Whittaker and Sister Anne Marie O’Shea laid flowers at the graves of their fellow Sisters of Charity of Nazareth buried at Calvary Cemetery in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Pope Francis said in Laudato Si’, “The very flowers of the field and the birds which his human eyes contemplated and admired are now imbued with his radiant presence.” Nazareth is home to over 100 bird species and counting. This week as we celebrate Laudato Si’, bird surveyor Jennifer Snyder takes us on a tour of Nazareth’s habitat and introduces us to some of the birds that call Nazareth home.
‘Every Cloud has a Silver Lining’ – A beautiful video message for everyone during these difficult times prepared by the students of Nazareth Academy, Gaya.
Laudato Si’ celebrates the interconnectedness of all of life. The following talk by Dr. Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware presents an entertaining and visually appealing look at food webs and why all species are important in the survival and health of all other species within an ecosystem.
The SCNA Chattanooga group held its first virtual gathering on Tuesday, May 19.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were featured in a vocation promotion video released by the Bangalore Archdiocese.
Sister Joel Urumpil with the help of women’s groups, youth organizations, NGOs, and people of goodwill, are doing COVID-19 relief work as well as awareness activities in Chatra District, Jharkhand.
Pope Francis declared May 16-24 Laudato Si’ Week in recognition of the encyclical’s fifth anniversary. Sister Rita Puthenkalam opens the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s celebration of this week with a message.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth appeared on a Bihar television news program for their initiatives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sisters Asunta Rose Kujur, Amal Rani, Asha Kattepoggu, Reema Tigga, and Stella Mary daringly professed their perpetual ‘Yes’ to the Lord in the form of their final vows in the presence of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, novices and candidates in Chandapura on May 16, 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to root out lives and livelihoods. During our many hours spent in silence and prayer, we were called forth to share our “mite” to fight the “mighty” battle of the coronavirus.
A report on activities taken up by SCNs in Gumla to help out those affected by the lockdown.
In Shahpur, Bihar, Sisters are reaching out to the marginalized during the COVID-19 pandemic with support through education, food relief, and supplies.
Sister Teresa Kotturan, SCN, is the NGO representative at the UN for the Sisters of Charity Federation. This was written on April 22 from her apartment in the Bronx.
“We decided to join the parish community in whatever way we could. Initially, we contributed generously from our personal allowance, only to realize that the need was much greater.”
During the lockdown, day laborers have found it difficult to provide basic needs for their families. Sisters at Preranalaya Social Development Center in Musunuru identified the vulnerable families in their area to give them essential food items.
The lockdown period has kept the Sisters very busy in Surkhet, Nepal. With precaution measures taken, Sisters are relied upon to continue health clinics and distribute relief materials such as food and medical supplies during the health pandemic.
There are essential workers everywhere supporting those who depend upon them. These are some of the essential ones here at Nazareth.
Police officers surprised nurses and healthcare workers at Vincentian’s Marian Manor!
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, and we call it present. We are always gifted with the gift of today and when we love we strive to make the present better. Nazareth Hospital is moved to serve the poor and help those in need as a sign of God’s instrumental love.
For the first time the Seton Shrine is offering an interactive live-streamed tour of the Basilica. Led by our Evangelization Programs Manager and one of our most knowledgeable Basilica Docents you can see the Basilica’s beauty, learn its history, and understand what inspired the Sisters to build such a glorious worship space.
Watch it on our Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook to watch our livestreams) or you can watch it at setonshrine.org/live! May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
Sister Camille Panich joined with the Vincentian Academy faculty and volunteered to deliver signs to the seniors who are graduating.
AmeriCorps and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth offer this chance to take the path less traveled. Serve for one year and make an impact. Develop real-world skills, gain hands-on experience, change your life and your community.
A videotaped poem by Sister Usha Saldanha in honor of all of the nurses who bring a standard of high quality in their practice through their unconditional giving.
Sister Amrita Manjaly, SCN Provincial of Bangalore Province, received six pre-novices, Alisha Gidh, Anjalina Thithio, Jyoti Minj, Mamta Tete, Mariam Hembrom and Preeti Tigga into the novitiate program in the presence of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Chandapura on May 10, 2020.
On May 9, 2020, Sister Jacqueline Aceto graduated from the University of Louisville School of Social Work. Graduation ceremonies are postponed until December 2020, but this is the parking lot version of graduation 2020. Sister Jacqueline graduates summa cum laude. She will begin her master’s work on May 11. Congratulations and good luck Sister Jacqueline!
Vincentian Home, a short- and long-term retirement community, has repurposed a wing of its McCandless facility to treat recovering COVID-19 patients.
COVID-19 has been pricking at the conscience of every socially thinking human being from the beginnings of its lockdown days, posing the question “What can I do?”, “What more can we do?” Snehalayam community in Trichy has been toiling with this pricking conscience for nearly two months and trying to look for some solution to reach out.
Sisters in the Bangalore province of India are reaching out to those affected most by the coronavirus. Through food distribution to the hungry, designing and sewing PPEs, stocking medicines, awareness campaigns, and offering online counseling, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth continue their ministries as they adapt to the new normal.
Provincial House Sisters continue to reach out to our neighbors. We approached the Mukhia (local government leader) with a written application to seek his permission for distribution and suggestion. He gladly accepted our application and granted us permission and promised to help us in distribution.
“We thank God Almighty for the showers of blessings on KHFH. We the administrative team and all the employees of the hospital look forward a better tomorrow by being the instruments of God in sharing God’s love and care as much as possible to all those around us. We continue to take care of emergency cases 24 X 7. The staff tries to ensure first aid and immediate relief to all patients who come to us. This increases the number of patients come to us daily. “
The Congregation donated funds to several ministries assisting families struggling due to COVID-19. Among the ministries that received a monetary gift are St. William Church and Shively Area Ministries in Louisville, Kentucky, St. Vincent de Paul in Bardstown, Kentucky, Sisters Place in Clairton, Pennsylvania, Father Bill’s & Mainspring in Boston, Massachusetts, and St. Ann Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Memphis, Tennessee.
Although everything around us continues to change, God’s love never does. Our prayer for each of you is that you may be sheltered, supported, and encouraged by God’s strong and enduring love.