Travel to India: Please pray for the safe travels of SCNs Susan Gatz and Sangeeta Ayithamattam. They will leave for India on Monday, January 15 at 12:10 p.m., on United flight #4441. Sister Susan will return on March 14 and Sister Sangeeta on June 9, 2018. During their time in India, they will be attending EC, NLBI, Members of SCN, Inc. and Interprovince Board meetings as well as visiting various ministries in India.

Human Trafficking: Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day and extends through the entire month of January. Click here for a prayer calendar for the next four weeks focusing on human trafficking and ending with the Feast of Josephine Bakhita. The Western Province Justice Committee invites individuals to pray for all those who work with survivors, in addition to the survivors. Be aware of your local area and the ministries that include outreach to human trafficking survivors. In Columbus, Ohio, there are a few survivor homes. In Louisville, Kentucky, a drop-in center opens today sponsored by Free2Hope. What other opportunities exist for prayer and support? The Stop Trafficking newsletter for January also highlights resources for the month at http://stopenslavement.org/.

Nazareth Retreat Center Director: Nazareth Retreat Center seeks a full-time Director responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the ministry. Qualified applicants will have a Master’s degree in Theology (preferred) or Bachelor degree in related field (required), understand non-profit administration, and experience with retreat center (preferred). Submit cover letter and resume to: Michelle Grgurich, SCN, Director, Office of Congregational Ministries, P.O. Box 247, Nazareth, KY 40048. Nazareth Retreat Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Click here for the job description. Visit the Nazareth Retreat Center website at www.nazarethretreatcenterky.org.

The UN and YOU: Click here to read the Sisters of Charity Federation at the United Nations Newsletter, The UN and YOU (January 2018), written by Teresa Kotturan, SCN. This issue contains education on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and how we can join activities.

Migration Week: This week is National Migration Week with the theme, Many Journeys, One Family. It is a time to reflect upon today’s migrants and pray with them in their journeys. The Western Province Justice Committee invites all to reflect upon Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message that highlights migrants and refugees as people in search of peace. Click here to read his message. Individuals in the United States are encouraged to contact their federal legislators at (202) 224-3121 urging them to pass a clean DREAM Act.

Web Updates:

The following ask for our prayers:

  • Leah Woods, daughter of Margaret McCollum SCNA
  • Benjamin Burdett, 18-year-old son of Lisa Burdett, receptionist at Nazareth Villages

We extend sympathy and prayers to the families of the following deceased:

  • Hattie Thurman, sister of Anne Magruder, SCN
  • Frances Ann Willett Stein, sister of Eleanor Willett, SCN
  • Mary Ethel Willett Cash, double first cousin of Eleanor Willett, SCN
  • Daniel Carlo, cousin of Amelia Moras, SCN
  • Rev. Don McCarthy, friend of SCNs and served on Boards of SCN Health System for many years

If you have any items that you would like to include in the next issue of the SCN Newsline, please email them to newsline@scnky.org by 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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