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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disaster Relief Ministry in Chattanooga

On Thursday, Butch Cecil and SCNs Janet Ballard and Luke Boiarski traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to present a training workshop on the SCN Disaster Relief Ministry.

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.

Sisters and volunteers work with Feeding America

Sisters and volunteers worked with the Feeding America network. It is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger.

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,...

Volunteers visit the Crow Nation in Montana

The Montana big blue sky and the rolling prairies caressed by majestic mountains in the distance gives one a sense of freedom and deep appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds the Crow Nation.

‘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.

Come join us!

Belize

Winter 2018

 

Appalachia

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2018

Botswana

Summer 2018

 

India

Fall 2018

 

Current Itinerary

Order
Location
Date
Price
Notes
A Botswana, Africa August 2017 $3,000 Painting Ntlhantlhe Church (TRIP FULL)
B Appalachia, Beattyville, KY August 22-26, 2017 FULL Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries (TRIP FULL)
C India October 16 – November 2, 2017 $2,000 Asha Kiran, Dharuhera (Girls Home) (TRIP FULL)
D Belize City, Belize January 7-13, 2018 House build with Rhonemus Family & Friends
E Belize City, Belize January 28 – February 4, 2018 House build with Himmeger Family & Friends
F Belize City, Belize February 4 – 11, 2018 House build with St. Ambrose Parish
G Belize City, Belize March 4-11, 2018 House build with St. John's Church Hollywood, MD
H Belize City, Belize April 22-29, 2018 House build with Vincentian Academy

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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.

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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,...

read more

‘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,...

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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...

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