Nazareth Bids Farewell to Gerwe

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

July 25, 2022

Sisters, employees and guests came together at Nazareth Motherhouse Campus July 18, 2022, to bid farewell to AmeriCorps Volunteer Julia Gerwe, whose last day with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth was Friday.

Gerwe had served with Nazareth as an AmeriCorps volunteer since 2020 through the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers program. During her two years at Nazareth, Gerwe greatly assisted the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Environmental Sustainability Team, garden and grounds, and with eco-restoration efforts, sustainability research and solutions for local and global SCN communities. She documented much of her work through blog posts, journal entries and articles, as well as helping produce other media content. 

Assistant Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program Ellen Sprigg and Director Ecological Sustainability Director Carolyn Cromer, who worked closely with Gerwe during her time at Nazareth, praised her for her hard work, positive attitude and growth.

Gerwe has taken a position in Frankfort with the Kentucky Environmental Education Council where she will mentor others in an AmeriCorps program.

A personal reflection from Gerwe can be read here or watch the video below:



  1. Theresa Knabel

    Julia, Your energy and enthusiasm will be missed. You have been a blessing to us.
    Thank you!!

  2. Shirley Patterson

    Oh Julia! What an addition to the SCNAs you would make. I surely hope you will consider joining this group of followers of Mother Catherine’s endeavors.

  3. Christine Beckett

    Julia, thank you so much for your beautiful reflection about your time with us at Nazareth. Be assured prayers and gratitude surround you as you begin your new path on the journey. Blessings, always, and thanks for all you are, were and did for Nazareth!

  4. Julia Gerwe

    Thank you, everyone! This story and these comments mean so much. I am so grateful for this loving community and home. It was a wonderful celebration alongside you!

  5. Rosemarie Kirwan

    It doesn’t seem right to look out the window of my office and not to see signs of your physical presence across the parking lot. No bike, no little banner on the door, etc. Please come “home” soon and often. May an abundance of blessings continue with you as you embark on this new portion of your journey.

  6. Jackie Smith

    Julia this is beautiful! You are such a sweet soul and truly loved. Our SCN Center will never be the same. You have made us better and certainly brighter! We’re going to miss you more than words can describe. Thank you for Julia Bunny!! We’re going to need her!! xoxo Sweet Girl

  7. Ann Palatty

    Thank you, Julia, for your contribution to SCN environmental efforts. I used to be inspired by your articles. God bless you as you move on in your life and mission.

    • Ellen Sprigg

      We’ll done Julia! Couldn’t be more proud of you and can’t wait to see the difference you make in your future endeavors!


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