MARTINS FERRY, OHIO — Dec. 1 is the 200th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ky., and to honor the milestone and acknowledge their service to the Ohio Valley, a celebration is being planned, say Father John F. Mucha, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph parishes, Bridgeport; Father Daniel Heusel, pastor of St. John Parish, Bellaire, and pastoral administrator of St. John Central (Grade) School, Bellaire; Mary Carolyn Nichelson, principal of St. Mary Central School, Martins Ferry; and Annette Wiater, teacher. Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton will celebrate Mass at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bridgeport, to honor the contribution of the sisters. A reception will follow in the church hall. Students in some of the Belmont County parochial schools will participate in the Mass and set up displays, assembled from school archives.

Anyone who has been impacted by the sisters who have dedicated their lives to education, health care and social work is invited to share written memories, reflections or anecdotes that will be included in
a memorial booklet, committee members said. The writings should be mailed to Father Mucha, 68210 Neola Ave., Bridgeport, OH 43912-1555, by Nov. 15.

With their simplicity, humility and charity, they have had such an influence on lives, said Nichelson of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The sisters founded St. Mary Central School, Martins Ferry,
and also served as educators and principals
at other nearby Catholic schools, she said.

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