Charity Alive, the new Young Adult Associate program facilitated by SCNs Luke Boiarski and Nancy Gerth, hosted a pilot weekend for the launching of the program.

Charity Alive was created as an opportunity for young adults across the United States to build and maintain relationships with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in a way that is flexible to the young adult lifestyle. The college students who spent New Years at Nazareth, Ky., were all members of the Core Committee of the Young Adult Associates. The Core Committee includes Kaytee Ambrozich, from Capital University; Trevin Bass, from Spalding University; TaNaa Davis, from Spalding University; Shannon Evans, from The University of Akron; Gary Hermann, from The University of Kentucky; and Marcel Williams, from Spalding University. Not all of the Core members were able to attend, but those who were able to arrived on Dec. 30.

Over the course of Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, the young adults interacted with other SCN family members and completed a Strengths Finder program with Mary Boyce, participated in a Tai Chi lesson with Paula Duane, and had a yoga session with Jennifer Hurst. Jo Ann Paulin presented information about the SCN Associate Program. The participants attended the New Year’s Eve service and New Year’s Day Mass. They enjoyed New Year’s Eve in the company of many Sisters, and attended a reception after the prayer service. A service project element was completed on New Year’s Day to assist with the sorting of donations at the St. Vincent de Paul Mission Store in Bardstown, Ky.

The Invitation Gathering, the first event welcoming new participants, will be held in the spring. Planning occurred for this event continuously over the course of the past few days.