Foundation Day and Winter Gathering in Massachusetts

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

December 22, 2023

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Associates in Massachusetts came together recently to celebrate Foundation Day and birthdays, as well as to anticipate St. Nicholas Day and Christmas. SCNs Ann Whittaker and Anne-Marie O’Shea of Catherine Spalding House generously hosted the group with a delicious dinner.

The group prayed, broke bread, and had a special blessing with water from Catherine’s spring. Focal points were the drawing of the foundation cabin at Old St Thomas and the crêche that had been specially handcrafted by Agnes Ellen Rose, SCN (deceased).

It was the first time the group had gathered in person for 2023, so there was a lot of catching up and laughter. The festivities culminated in celebrating Mary Braley and Martha Walsh’s recent birthdays with an ice-cream cake. This was followed by the distribution of gift bags to all for St. Nicholas and Christmas.
The circle of prayer included remembering Sisters who had moved from Massachusetts to Kentucky. Those in Massachusetts hope to be able to meet again in person in the early half of 2024.


  1. Rita Davis, SCN

    Loved seeing you all on the great back porch off the kitchen there. I remember it well. All the best to everyone.

  2. S. Rita Davis

    Loved seeing you on the back porch there….saw it several times when I lived and worked in that area. I also enjoyed the long back yard there. Hope you’re both having a beautiful day.
    Rita D.

  3. Janice Downs

    It was good to see all of you. Mary and Martha, a belated happy birthday to you. Janice Downs

  4. Camille Panich

    You all look so good – and at such a festive table! Some people really know how to party! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you “up East.”

  5. Bev Hoffman, SCN

    Great to see all of you! I have such fond memories of our gatherings while I visited in Brockton. Looks like everyone had great fun! Happy Holidays!

  6. Christine Beckett

    Good. to see you all!!!

  7. Maria Brocato

    How good to see you all enjoying and appreciating each other.

  8. Annette Skees

    A great group and a great gathering! Blessings to all!

  9. Maggie Cooper

    Wow! How good to see you all AND to see you having a wonderful time!!!!

    • Sarah Geier

      Love the photos ! Your spirit is almost tangible and all the many touches of thoughtfulness and love are a great inspiration, thank you! I’m happy you have each other and I’m happy we have YOU!!


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