Students volunteer in Appalachia

Presentation Academy students joined the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in the Appalachian region of Kentucky to make preparations for assisting 700 families in need during Christmas.

Volunteers in New Orleans

Sister Luke Boiarski shares some photos of a wonderful group of SCN volunteers working in collaboration with St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. “We have experienced beautiful weather, wonderful hospitality with the Sisters at the House of Charity, and awesome young adults from AmeriCorp working on Opportunity Houses for those who need affordable housing,” says Sister Luke

Volunteers to New Orleans

During liturgy at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, Kentucky, five of six present volunteers were commissioned to travel and volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Sister Luke Boiarski.

Volunteers help Holly Springs residents

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are thankful for this mission team that said yes to the call to serve. Volunteers traveled to Holly Springs to spend the week working there. Their hearts were overflowing with love that was received from every person they met along the way.

Volunteers return from Crow Reservation

“Our SCN lay mission volunteers returned home last night from a week of service on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana. Our hearts are filled with many images ranging from the big blue sky surrounded by the Mountains to the beautiful faces of the Crow people.”

Mercy students vist Nazareth

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Blessings in Beauregard

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.

Thank you for changing my life

“Working with young people like Shannon gives me great hope for the future. Joining hands and hearts with others is the way we move forward in making our world a better place and witness to God’s love.”

Students donate shoe box gifts

For children undergoing stress from natural disasters, students at Mother Catherine Academy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, donated shoe boxes filled with gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteer program.

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth built a home in Belize City for Kendra and her family. The simple home was built in memory of Christin Gaston who taught at Father Andrew White School in Maryland.

SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we invite lay women and men to a cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Sisters of Charity Federation are called to mission.

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Where we volunteer

Appalachia

In the mountains of Beattyville, Kentucky, volunteer teams engage in outreach ministries of home and trailer repairs, food and clothing distribution, and meeting the basic needs of those in need.

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Belize City

Over the course of a week, volunteers build a 16’ x 20’ house for a family in need.

See upcoming trips.

Las Flores, Belize

Mission teams work with village leaders repairing and building homes. They also assist with the needs of the parish, school, and community.

See upcoming trips

 

Kentucky

People 18-25 years of age are invited to serve others on the Nazareth campus or in the Bardstown, Kentucky, community for six weeks while living with other volunteers. Be part of a viable community, be immersed with the Sisters in their rich tradition.

Summer 2019
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Botswana

We invite you to join us as we assist Sisters in their missions in Botswana.

A future trip is to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

India

Work with the Sisters in their diverse ministries in India.

Future trips to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

Nepal

Partner with us as we work to help empower the people of Kathmandu.

Future trips to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

Montana

Join us as we work in collaboration on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana.

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New Orleans

Groups work with individual families in the rebuilding of New Orleans, Louisiana, from the long-lasting effects of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

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Mississippi

Participants volunteer to repair homes in northern Mississippi and are immersed in other missions such as a garden cafe.

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Supplying our volunteers with tools and materials is always needed. Your sponsorships and donations make these life-changing volunteer trips possible.

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Sister Luke Boiarski

Director

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Ellen Sprigg

Ellen Sprigg

Associate Director

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Amy Ulrich

Administrative Assistant

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Disaster Relief

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have a long tradition of responding in times of disaster. Historically Sisters have responded to flooding in Louisville, the yellow fever epidemic, monsoons in India, a hurricane in Belize, and an earthquake in Nepal. Continuing in this spirit, the SCN Disaster Relief Program invites volunteers to offer spiritual and physical support to persons experiencing a disaster. Sisters and volunteers respond in the same spirit of Vincent de Paul with reverence for each person and witness to God’s presence in the midst of adversity. The Disaster Relief Program provides an opportunity to put faith into action.

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Volunteer News

Students volunteer in Appalachia

Students volunteer in Appalachia

Presentation Academy students joined the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in the Appalachian region of Kentucky to make preparations for assisting 700 families in need during Christmas.

read more
Volunteers in New Orleans

Volunteers in New Orleans

Sister Luke Boiarski shares some photos of a wonderful group of SCN volunteers working in collaboration with St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. “We have experienced beautiful weather, wonderful hospitality with the Sisters at the House of Charity, and awesome young adults from AmeriCorp working on Opportunity Houses for those who need affordable housing,” says Sister Luke

read more
Volunteers to New Orleans

Volunteers to New Orleans

During liturgy at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, Kentucky, five of six present volunteers were commissioned to travel and volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Sister Luke Boiarski.

read more
Volunteers help Holly Springs residents

Volunteers help Holly Springs residents

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are thankful for this mission team that said yes to the call to serve. Volunteers traveled to Holly Springs to spend the week working there. Their hearts were overflowing with love that was received from every person they met along the way.

read more
Volunteers return from Crow Reservation

Volunteers return from Crow Reservation

“Our SCN lay mission volunteers returned home last night from a week of service on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana. Our hearts are filled with many images ranging from the big blue sky surrounded by the Mountains to the beautiful faces of the Crow people.”

read more
Blessings in Beauregard

Blessings in Beauregard

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.

read more
Thank you for changing my life

Thank you for changing my life

“Working with young people like Shannon gives me great hope for the future. Joining hands and hearts with others is the way we move forward in making our world a better place and witness to God’s love.”

read more
Students donate shoe box gifts

Students donate shoe box gifts

For children undergoing stress from natural disasters, students at Mother Catherine Academy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, donated shoe boxes filled with gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteer program.

read more
Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth built a home in Belize City for Kendra and her family. The simple home was built in memory of Christin Gaston who taught at Father Andrew White School in Maryland.

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Reflection from Alabama

Reflection from Alabama

A group recently returned with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief team from Lee County, Alabama, where the tornado outbreak of March 3 devastated rural communities like Beauregard.

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Partners in service

Partners in service

Luke Boiarski, SCN, director of volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, visited St. Mary’s County, Maryland in March.

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Live and volunteer at Nazareth

Live and volunteer at Nazareth

Young adults ages 18-25 may qualify for a six-week volunteer experience with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth living and volunteering at the Motherhouse campus in Nazareth, Kentucky.

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SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

Nearly 40 tornadoes have been confirmed from last week’s outbreak across the Southeast. The hardest-hit area was Lee County, Alabama, where many fatalities occurred. A group of volunteers for the SCN disaster relief recently returned from helping with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

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Two sisters part of 12 home builds

Two sisters part of 12 home builds

These women continue to be ambassadors in their communities as they share their stories about the beautiful people they have met in Belize and how their hearts are filled with love each time they immerse themselves working alongside volunteers and home recipients year after year.

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A home for Rose

A home for Rose

By the end of the week, the home recipient and this amazing volunteer team’s lives were forever weaved together as each of their families grew a little bit bigger.

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Serving others

Serving others

Mark and Cindy Rhonemus have been volunteering with the SCN Volunteer Mission Program since 2015. For their most recent trip to Las Flores, Belize, they raised all of the funds needed to complete a home for a family in need.

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A home for Manuel

A home for Manuel

Manuel was only 12 years old when Sister Luke met him in Belize. When she saw the poor condition of his home she knew right away that she would someday return to build a home for him.

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A cross-cultural partnership

A cross-cultural partnership

Sister Luke is leading a group to Las Flores, Belize, where they will partner with the village leaders of the area to complete home repairs for a family in need.

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Volunteers return from Houston

Volunteers return from Houston

It was only a little over one year ago that Hurricane Harvey tied Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, led by Sister Luke Boiarski, recently completed their third week-long disaster relief effort in Houston, Texas.

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Meet Ellen

Meet Ellen

Get to know the new assistant director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program. Ellen Sprigg joined the Office of Mission Advancement in Nazareth, Kentucky, earlier this month.

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Volunteers leave for Houston

Volunteers leave for Houston

Sister Luke and 10 volunteers were commissioned at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Nazareth, Kentucky, yesterday. The group traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, where they met up with two more volunteers and traveled to Houston, Texas.

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Pres girls of ’77

Pres girls of ’77

On Oct. 27, graduates of Presentation Academy class of 1977 came to Nazareth to reconnect with the Sisters and give a day of service.

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Volunteer reflection on Nepal

Volunteer reflection on Nepal

Carolyn Hope Smeltzer has been working with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for over 13 years in volunteering on hospital care boards and committees. She has returned from Nepal as a volunteer with the Sisters in Kathmandu and shares her story.

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Nazareth volunteer provides a plant guide map

Nazareth volunteer provides a plant guide map

Anne Martin left her farm in New Hampshire and has been volunteering her time in Nazareth, Kentucky, since the beginning of May 2018. Her hope when she arrived was to be helpful and of service within a supportive environment. Everyone on campus agrees that she has surpassed those hopes.

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Volunteers reconnect in Ohio

Volunteers reconnect in Ohio

Sister Luke met with 29 volunteers in Belpre, Ohio, many of whom have been on former mission trips to Belize. They participated in a delicious meal, prayer, and sharing about their experience. Some of them will be sponsoring and building two houses in Belize this coming year.

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Students volunteer as part of a cross-cultural partnership in Appalachia

Students volunteer as part of a cross-cultural partnership in Appalachia

“What a wonderful experience being with these young people from St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Bardstown. I was totally amazed at how hard they worked and how well they related to the people in Beattyville, Kentucky. Many of them want to stay connected to the SCN community.  May God continue to bless them on their journey in life.”

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Volunteers in Appalachia

Volunteers in Appalachia

Sister Luke is accompanying 20 students and six chaperones from St. Joe Church Youth Ministry to the Appalachian region of Kentucky. They are cleaning, staining, painting, and repairing six trailer homes. Please continue to keep this group in your prayers.

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West Point update

West Point update

The SCN Disaster Relief Team has been working in West Point, Kentucky, over the past several weeks. This group of gracious volunteers, led by Amy Ulrich, finished a trailer that was flooded by the Salt Fork and Ohio Rivers in early March.

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Homebuilding concludes in Belize

Homebuilding concludes in Belize

Our hearts are so happy for the new homeowner, Sherlene Garnett, and her family. The newly constructed house looks beautiful and the students from Vincentian Academy should be so proud of all their hard work.

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Sewing ministry for Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Sewing ministry for Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

There is a great need for children’s’ dresses and clothing in some of the areas served by the SCN lay mission volunteer program, Appalachia, New Orleans, Belize, Montana, and disaster relief areas. A group led by associate candidate and volunteer, Elaine Belflowers meet at Nazareth to share their creations and determine future needs. Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola serves as their Nazareth liaison.

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Sisters lead a rebuilding effort in West Point after flood

Sisters lead a rebuilding effort in West Point after flood

In the enclosed video, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief ministry are responding to West Point, Kentucky, located 25 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky. The area was hit hard by flooding after the Ohio and Salt Rivers reached historic flood levels.

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A journey to the mountains of Nepal

A journey to the mountains of Nepal

“While traveling through Kathmandu, we made arrangements to visit the Novjyoti Center, a school for handicapped children that is run by the Sisters of Charity. My sister is an SCN, living at Nazareth, and I have read with great interest of the work the sisters on doing on behalf of the people of Nepal.”

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Volunteers head to Belize

Volunteers head to Belize

Volunteers from Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio, were commissioned at Saturday’s liturgy at St. Vincent’s Church, followed by a day of orientation before they began their travels to Belize. On Sunday, Feb. 4, the group left for Belize to work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries to build a house for a family in great need. They will return to Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 11. Please pray for their safety in travels and on the job site. Angela Wallace, Nazareth employee – health office, the recipient of this year’s employee immersion scholarship, will also be on this trip.

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An update from volunteer group in Belize

An update from volunteer group in Belize

“Today was the first day of no rain! We visited the Hand In Hand site. Karen and her daughter, Sarah, to spend the morning there and Abel to bring them to work site to see the walls go up. Sunshine at the site for a very short time. Lots of volunteers. Amazing results!”

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Second volunteer group this month heads to Belize

Second volunteer group this month heads to Belize

Seven SCN Lay Mission Volunteers along with Sister Sarah Geier were commissioned at the Saturday morning Liturgy in St. Vincent’s Chapel. They traveled to Belize on Sunday, Jan. 28 to work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministry in building a house for a family in great need. This is the second house of five to be built in the next few months. Please keep them in prayer as they travel to and from Belize and for safety on the work site.

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Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Over the last few days, SCN Volunteers in Belize worked building a house for a single mother and her two children. They laid the foundation, erected the walls, and put on the roof and shutters. Today was the house blessing.

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Volunteers return to Belize

Volunteers return to Belize

Nine SCN Volunteers from Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky were commissioned at a Liturgy at St. Vincent Church. They will travel to Belize along with Sister Luke and work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministry from Jan. 8-15.

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Inspired for a life of service

Inspired for a life of service

TaNaá and Andreiona are members of Charity Alive, a program for young adults designed to build and maintain relationships with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The four components of this program are service, spirituality, support, and finding direction in life.

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Charity Alive visit Nazareth

Charity Alive visit Nazareth

Several members of Charity Alive spent the weekend at Nazareth for their biannual meeting. They enjoyed their accommodations in the Volunteer House where they gathered for prayer, planning, and support. Their service project of choice was decorating several Christmas trees in Carrico Hall and preparing the courtyard for outside decorations.

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Sisters prepare for Appalachian Christmas

Sisters prepare for Appalachian Christmas

Sisters Anne Magruder, Angela Hicks, Molly Thompson, Luke Boiarski, Marie Becker and Elaine Bellflowers, SCNA, traveled to Kentucky Cornerstone in Beattyville, Kentucky, to assist Dora Ross for her annual Christmas event to be held on Dec. 9. For two days, they wrapped presents for children, adorned the tree with colorful ornaments, and decorated the outside of the house. All this, in preparation for this special gathering for the needy in the Appalachian area.

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Volunteers return from India

Volunteers return from India

Filled with love and enthusiasm, volunteers (Erin Kelly, Karen Ladowski, LeAnne Moore, Kristy Reynolds) from Kansas, Minnesota, and New Hampshire accompanied Sarah Geier, SCN, to travel to India and serve at Asha Kiran from Oct. 16 to Nov. 2, 2017.  

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Mission trip to Houston: faith into action

Mission trip to Houston: faith into action

Volunteers arrived safely home this week after assisting in Houston, Texas, for several days. They spent their time filling food containers for families in need as well as removing wallboard in homes so rebuilding can begin soon.

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Commissioning of volunteers to India

Commissioning of volunteers to India

Sarah Geier, SCN, Kristy Reynolds, LeAnne Moore, Karen Lazowski, and Erin Kelly are flying to India now. They will be there until Nov. 3, in ministry at Asha Kiran. The volunteers will be engaged in a variety of activities, helping children get ready for school, help with homework, painting the library, creating an album of photos and activities, and sharing new skills. Primarily they will just be with the children, listen to them, and love them. 

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Volunteers reach out in the Kentucky mountains

Volunteers reach out in the Kentucky mountains

SCN Volunteers traveled last week deep into the mountains of Irvine, Kentucky. Volunteers assisted Mr. Dallas, a gentle man, who lives a solitary life but whose heart and hands reach out to take care of many of God’s creatures.

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Volunteers finish project in Botswana

Volunteers finish project in Botswana

After several days of hard work, the SCN volunteers have completed painting the exterior of the church in Ntjlanthe, Botswana. This was phase two of their volunteer work, as they also completed painting the interior as well.

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Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

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.

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SCN Volunteer Update: Botswana

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.

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Young adults volunteer with Sisters

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.

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Volunteers complete mission in Montana

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,...

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‘Pres Girls’ volunteer with Sisters in Belize

‘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.

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SCN Volunteers

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.”

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Students collect sandals for Belize

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.

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Charity Friendship Retreat & Workshop

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.

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Appalachian Christmas in Beattyville

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...

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Volunteers visit Holy Springs, Miss.

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...

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60 girls, three Sisters and one home

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.”

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Volunteers in Belize

SCN volunteers arrived in Belize City on Tuesday, March 29. Upon our arrival at the airport, they were warmly greeted by Sister Carlette Gentle.

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SCN Volunteers in Belize

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.

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St. John’s Belize Immersion Trip

St. John’s Belize Immersion Trip

St. John Francis Regis Church, in Hollywood, Maryland, along with their Pastor, Father Ray Schmidt, travelled to Belize, in Central America, and built a home for a family in need.

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Volunteer group visits Appalachia

Volunteer group visits Appalachia

This week SCN Lay Mission Volunteers along with Sister Luke Boiarski arrived at Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries in Beattyville, Kentucky. Their volunteer efforts are going towards the center, helping Dora Ross, director of Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries. This center...

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Volunteers build roof in Appalachia

Volunteers build roof in Appalachia

Congratulations to SCN volunteers from Marion County, Kentucky, who rebuilt a porch on a house last spring in Barton, Ohio, and returned this past week to add a beautiful tin roof (Kentucky blue no less). The neighbors in this small town stopped by to compliment the...

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Youth volunteer their time with SCNs in Beattyville, Ky.

Youth volunteer their time with SCNs in Beattyville, Ky.

Members of the “Legacy” youth group were commissioned at St. Charles Church in St. Mary’s, Kentucky, during the Sunday Liturgy. They along with Sister Luke Boiarski and Rev. Jim Graf, SCNA, volunteered in the Beattyville, Kentucky, area over the past week. They worked...

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Volunteers ready themselves for Belize

Volunteers ready themselves for Belize

St. Ambrose parishioners in Little Hocking, Ohio, will build a house in Belize. More than the $5,600 needed for the construction has been raised, as a result of the generosity of St. Ambrose parishioners, said Rita Rodgers and June Logue, parishioners who came up with...

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Earth Day in Louisville, Kentucky

Earth Day in Louisville, Kentucky

SCN volunteers are out celebrating Earth Day at St. Mary’s Center in Louisville, kentucky, in conjunction with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s annual "My Give a Day" week of service.  

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Volunteer in India

Volunteer in India

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Lay Mission Volunteer Program on a volunteer mission trip to work with the Sisters and children at Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, India. What: Asha Kiran, a school operated by the SCNs for young girls who are orphaned, or who have...

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