Federation Marks Transition at UN

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

November 1, 2022

The following article and images are from Sisters of Charity Federation News

In October, Sisters of Charity Federation staff, NGO liaisons and guests gathered in New Jersey to honor outgoing UN NGO representative Sister Teresa Kotturan, SCN, and to welcome Dr. James (Jimmy) Walters, who will begin serving as SC Federation NGO representative in January 2023. A dinner was held Oct. 14 at The Madison Hotel in Morristown following the NGO liaisons meeting at the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth motherhouse. Federation board members, arriving early for the board meeting, also attended the dinner. Those present honored Sister Teresa with a farewell blessing, and Jimmy was also given a welcome blessing.

Sisters of Charity Federation board members with Sister Teresa Kotturan (far right). Back row from left: Sister Eileen Haynes, SCL; Sister Barbara Flores, SCN; Sister Maureen Shaughnessy, SC (Saint Elizabeth); Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN; Sister Donna Dodge, SC (New York). Front row from left: Sister Patricia Hayden, SC (Cincinnati); Sister Grace Hartzog SC (Seton Hill), federation executive director; Sister Catherine Mary Norris, DC (St. Louis); Sister Judith Fitzgerald, NDSC; Sister Mary Norbert Long, SC (Seton Hill)

For many of those present, this was the first time they had the opportunity to meet in person. Participants in the NGO liaisons meeting included:

  • Sister Helene Allain, NDSC, councillor, Les Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur;
  • Sister Julie Cutter, DC (St. Louise), former SC Federation executive director;
  • Sister Carol DeAngelo, SC, director, Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation, Sisters of Charity of New York;
  • Sister Grace Hartzog, SC (Seton Hill), SC Federation executive director;
  • Sister Marge Kloos, SC, councilor, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati;
  • Sister Teresa Kotturan, SCN, SC Federation NGO representative 2015-present;
  • Rachel Moccia, director, Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul USA;
  • Fr. Terry Moran, director, Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth;
  • Darlene O’Leary, coordinator, Martha Justice Ministry (Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish);
  • Susan Oxley, SC Federation communications coordinator;
  • Sister Marion Sheridan, CSM, former NGO liaison from the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish (2009-2022);
  • John Shively, director, Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth;
  • Jimmy Walters, SC Federation NGO representative as of January 2023;
  • Sister Cj Willie, SC (Cincinnati), former SC Federation NGO representative (2007 -2014).

Several of the NGO liaisons and guests also participated in a tour at the United Nations Oct. 13.

Sister Teresa arranged for a tour for the federation group at the UN on Oct. 13. On the way out the door, she ran into a friend and colleague, Australian Sister of Mercy Angela Reed, and made introductions.

Top photo: Remarks from Sister Teresa after receiving a farewell blessing and a gift of thanks for seven years of service as Federation NGO representative.


  1. Martha L. Walsh SCN

    You have taught me so much about the U.N. and world members. Happy Birthday month as well, dear friend! Love, Martha

  2. Ann Palatty

    You have done excellently well , Teresa. Congratulations and thanks.

  3. Betty Blandford scn

    Theresa, You have given outstanding service to your position at the UN. Thank you so much for sharing your insights with all of us.👏👏😇

  4. Janice Downs


    We have been blessed to have you represent us so beautifully at the United Nations. You have done a wonderful job of keeping us informed and
    in touch with important international news. Bless you! Now, get some rest! Love, Janice

  5. Ann Moyalan scn

    Thank you Teresa for your whole hearted Commitment, Dedication & Hard work at UN, to represent Charity Federation.

  6. Blanche Correia

    Seven years of dedicated service to UN
    Well done Teresa !

  7. rita puthenkalam

    Teresa, you make every SCN proud!

  8. Beena Chirackal SCN

    Congratulations Teresa. Great Job.

  9. Bridget Vadakeattam

    You did very commendable service.

  10. Bev Hoffman, SCN

    Thank you Sr. Teresa for your faithful service at the UN representing the Charity Federation. Your dedicated service is very much appreciated.


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