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.

Where we volunteer

Appalachia

Join us as we partner with ministries in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.

Belize

Learn about how we are building homes in Belize City and Las Flores.

Botswana

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

India

Become a mentor to the girls living at Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, India.

Kentucky

Explore the various ways we are available to the people in the Bardstown, Louisville, and surrounding areas.

Montana

Join us as we work in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, at St. Charles Mission on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana.

Nepal

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

New Orleans

A collaborative effort with St. Bernard Project, House of Charity, Lantern Light Ministry, Catholic Charities, and individual families in the rebuilding of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sisters prepare hurricane response

This year has been especially hard for communities dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth plan to help.

Kentucky teen volunteers with Sisters in Nepal

Amit Adhikari, a senior at Covington Latin School, a co-educational Catholic college-preparatory high school in Covington, Kentucky, went to Kathmandu, Nepal, to volunteer with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at their school for students with special needs.

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.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth provide calm and reconstruction after the storms

Sisters, associates and lay volunteers aid those in need, whether they are nearby (West Point is about 35 miles from the congregation’s motherhouse in Nazareth) or as far away as Belize, where they have made several trips to help build houses.

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.

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.”

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.

Volunteers continue Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts

Disaster Relief volunteers made a return trip to continue to assist the underserved population in the Southwest area of Houston that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey last August.

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.

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.

Come join us!

Belize

Winter

Appalachia

Year Round

Botswana

Summer

India

Fall

Trip scheduled for 2019

Belize

Jan. 7-14, 2019
Rhonemus Home Build
Full trip

Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2019
Andrew Reed Home Build
Full trip

Feb. 3 – 9, 2019
Paulus/Rodgers Home Build
Five spots available

 

Belize

March 24 – 30, 2019
Debbie Dugan Home Build
Full trip

April 7 – 13, 2019
Fr. Andrew White Home Build
Five spots available

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Sister Luke Boiarski

Director

Email: lukescn@scnky.org

Disaster Relief

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have a long tradition of responding in times of disasters. Some examples include flooding in Louisville, the yellow fever epidemic, flooding in India, a hurricane in Belize. Continuing in this spirit, the SCN Disaster Relief Program involves volunteers to offer spiritual and physical support to persons experiencing a disaster. We 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.

Make a donation to the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program

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

Kentucky teen volunteers with Sisters in Nepal

Amit Adhikari, a senior at Covington Latin School, a co-educational Catholic college-preparatory high school in Covington, Kentucky, went to Kathmandu, Nepal, to volunteer with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at their school for students with special needs.

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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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

“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 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

“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

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

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

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

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

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 Anne Magruder, Angela Hicks, Molly Thompson, Luke Boiarski, Marie Becker and SCNA candidate, Elaine Bellflowers, 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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

"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

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

“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

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

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

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.

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

“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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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 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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Sisters Volunteer in Beattyville, Kentucky for Christmas

On Tuesday, December 10th, a group of Sisters volunteered along with the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program director, Sr. Luke Boiarski and the assistant director, Felicia Rowe, to travel to Beattyville, Kentucky to assist Ms. Dora Ross in sorting and wrapping gifts to...

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Spalding University Volunteers in Beattyville, Kentucky

 This past Saturday five students from Spalding University along with Sister Luke went to Cornerstone Ministries in Beattyville, Ky., to work on outdoor Christmas decorations.Because of the overwhelming need of those served in the ministry at this time of year, Ms....

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Volunteer Program Raises Over $2,300

Sister Luke Boiarski and Felicia Rowe of the SCN Volunteer program held a raffle drawing today in the Motherhouse dining room at Nazareth, Ky. The prize to be given away, a pair of tickets in the grandstands for one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the country,...

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SCN Volunteers Working in Las Flores, Belize

Phil and Carletta are currently volunteering for two months in the village of Las Flores, Belize with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Follow along with their many great works and experiences on the SCN Volunteer blog...

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Building Relationships in Belize

God’s grace is worldwideBy Kathie Stamps | COMMON THREADWould you happily live in a wobbly structure with dirt floors and a tarp for walls? Hundreds of people outside of Belize City do, and they’re actually quite content. “They are such people of faith,” said Billie...

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Volunteers in Montana

We received the following message from Sister Luke Boiarski… “We arrived in Montana at 8:30 on Sunday, June 17. Br. Ray of the De La Salle Blackfeet School met us at the East Glacier train station. Our first impression of the area was one of vastness and grandeur....

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Blessing of Disaster Relief Trailer

Disaster Relief Planning CommitteeA blessing of the new Disaster Relief Trailer took place on June 14, 2012 at the Holy Family Circle in front of the Motherhouse. The Motherhouse SCNs initiated the efforts to raise money to purchase this trailer and equipment which...

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People Reach Out to Storm Victims

Volunteers from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Volunteer Program and those from other organizations in Indiana worked together to clear debris from a home on Highway 362 in Marysville, Ind., March 9. The home and others around it were destroyed by a tornado March...

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Disaster Relief Trailer Fundraising Effort

The Sisters at the SCN Motherhouse spearheaded the fundraising effort to raise money for the volunteer program disaster relief trailer. Over $4,400 has been raised in this effort. The excess over the $3,800 goal will be used to buy tools and supplies.The diaster...

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Volunteer’s Commissioned for Belize in Blessing Ceremony

SCNs Luke Boiarski and Dolores Greenwell, along with 10 lay mission volunteers, will be leaving for Las Flores, Belize on Monday, January 9. They will be helping to build a concrete block house for a family of 10 in the village of Las Flores. The home is being funded...

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Sister Luke in Haiti

Luke Boiarski, SCN, Carletta and Phil Fortwengler, SCNA Candidates, their granddaughter, Morgan, and Rev. Jim Graf, SCNA, are in Haiti until July 15. They are working with “Food for the Poor” to help victims of the 2010 earthquake.Sister Luke has just sent back these...

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Nazareth Sisters Aid in Joplin, Mo., Tornado Recovery

From The Kentucky Standard | By Max GriendlingThe local chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth has reached out to the tornado victims just west of Kentucky.Heavy rainfall blocked the volunteers path but gave way for a memorable opportunity which made a larger...

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Emergency Response to Joplin, Mo.

On June 8, five members to the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, traveled to Joplin, Mo., in an emergency response to the May 22, powerful tornado, that resulted in at least 153 deaths and more than 900 injuries, along with total destruction of thousands of...

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SCN Volunteers Aid People in Joplin, Mo.

The Archdiocese of Louisville weekly publication, The Record, has a story highlighting the emergency response efforts of the SCN volunteer group that visited Joplin, Mo., last week. You may find the article online in the electronic version of the publication by...

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Montana Commissioning

SCNs Luke Boiarski and Janet Ballard, SCNAs Sharon Cecil and Trudi Maish, along with five other lay mission volunteers will be commissioned on Friday, June 3, at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, at the 10:50 a.m. liturgy. They will be traveling from Chicago by Amtrak...

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Botswana Volunteer Video

Luke Boiarski, SCN, along with three SCN Associates, (Evelyn Faldowski, Trudi Maish and Pat MacIsaac) and five other volunteers were in Botswana in April, assisting the Sisters in Kayne, Lobatse and Metsimotlhabe. Here is a video of their...

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Memorial Employees Continue Journey to Help in New Orleans

Eight Memorial employees who also serve as Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates Lay Mission Volunteers and others are helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans this week.We began this second day of our mission with morning prayer and devotion in the...

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Presentation Spring Break Mission Trip

From: The Courier-JournalFor the fourth consecutive year, members of the Presentation Academy Mission Club, a group of students and adults, participated in an alternative spring break with a four-day mission trip to Appalachia.They spent most of their time in Auxier,...

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