All recent posts from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Missioning Service for Lisa Downs

Missioning Service for Lisa Downs

Today’s Mass at St. Vincent Church at Nazareth included a special Missioning Ceremony for Lisa Downs as Director of Nazareth Retreat Center.

Republic Day India

Republic Day India

For India, one of the largest democratic countries in the world, Jan. 26 is a day to remember and celebrate with great enthusiasm. On Jan. 26, 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect. To mark this historic event, Jan. 26 is observed as Republic Day. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrate this remarkable event that gave India’s citizens their rights and the Constitution.

Invasive species removal workday at Nazareth

Invasive species removal workday at Nazareth

The SCN Office of Ecological Sustainability hosted an invasive species removal workday at Nazareth on Jan 24, 2022 in conjunction with the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Master Naturalist Program.

SCNA Foundation Day!

SCNA Foundation Day!

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Associate relationship. 

Kallanode Convent blessing

Kallanode Convent blessing

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth recently blessed the opening of their new Kallanode Convent home in a prayerful ceremony. Sisters are a compassionate presence in Kallanode. Their prayer and dedication is a support to the poor, elderly, sick, and homebound whom they serve.

A home for Sisters

A home for Sisters

Because of the generous support shown to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth the construction of a convent home for Sisters is well underway.

The beauty of wildlife

The beauty of wildlife

Taking a walk outside allows us to admire and appreciate the creation of God, and the beauty of wildlife. Associate member Trudi Maish shares the following photos she captured at Nazareth.

‘Rivers of Hope’ event highlights climate change

‘Rivers of Hope’ event highlights climate change

AmeriCorps Volunteer Julia Gerwe represents the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in the ‘Ríos de Esperanza / Rivers of Hope’ Pilgrimage, highlighting the SCNs’ work to address climate change and respond to natural disasters.

Life Wants to Happen

Life Wants to Happen

Susan Gatz, SCN, and Carolyn Cromer, director of ecological sustainability for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, were guests on a podcast for the Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Host Kyle Kramer interviewed them about how deep spiritual commitments to care for creation play out in the context of communal religious life.

Snow abounds in Pittsburgh

Snow abounds in Pittsburgh

The SCN Sisters at Caritas Apartments in Pittsburgh hunkered down to weather the snowstorm known as “Izzy” which brought 8 to 12 inches of snow to the Greater Pittsburgh area.

The sacred right to vote

The sacred right to vote

Joint Statement from Leadership Conference of Women Religious and National Black Sisters’ Conference on this, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrating Pongal

Celebrating Pongal

South India begins celebrating Pongal, a four-day harvest festival, from Jan. 14. The festival marks the end of the winter solstice and the journey of the Hindu sun god Surya to the north. Pongal is traditionally prepared in clay pots decorated with leaves, flowers, or kolam artworks. Chandapura community joined in the celebrations.

Grounded in place: When the global becomes local

Grounded in place: When the global becomes local

In this new year, may we all find the capacity to love a little deeper, and to reimagine a world filled with peace. May this intention begin with lending neighbors a helping hand and building our own “connection to place,” wherever that may be and whatever that may look like.

Students immerse themselves in Appalachian culture

Students immerse themselves in Appalachian culture

Bethlehem High School is taking a three-week winter term with their teacher, Brigid Manion, to learn about the music, art, history, and life in Appalachia. Some of the exposure so far has been, reading a novel together, making and playing the dulcimer, clogging, and...

Hutchins renews beekeeping tradition at Nazareth

Hutchins renews beekeeping tradition at Nazareth

Terry Hutchins has revitalized the honeybee population on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth campus and has started to collect honey, something that he estimated hadn’t been done in 50 years.

Musunuru Musings

Musunuru Musings

Sister Jacky reflects on her time with the Sisters and the people they serve in Musunuru.

Marietta Saldanha, SCN

Marietta Saldanha, SCN

Marietta Saldanha, SCN, 85 died, Friday Jan. 7, 2022, at Shalom, Nazareth Convent, Mokama. She was in her 60th year of religious life.

Click to see more from her burial service.

Memorial prayer service

Memorial prayer service

Sisters, Novices, and Candidates gathered together for the memorial prayer service of Sister Marietta Saldanha in convent chapel on the evening of Jan. 8, 2022.

Mary Kathleen Sheehan, SCN

Mary “Kathleen” Sheehan, SCN, 89, (formerly Sister Mary Aurelia) was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on April 10, 1932. She died Jan. 7, 2022, at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years. Sister Kathleen’s...

Snow falls at Nazareth

Snow falls at Nazareth

The first Kentucky snow of 2022 blanketed the home of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and with it brings the beauty of Mother Nature.

Vaccination drive for students

Vaccination drive for students

Students of St. Vincent Matriculation School get their first dose of COVID Vaccination after the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Tamil Nadu issued guidelines to begin vaccinating children in the 15 to 18 years age group.

Hilda Lobo, SCN: Her story

Hilda Lobo, SCN: Her story

We have a saying in the SCN community “where one SCN is there the whole community is”.

Sister Jyoti Honored

Sister Jyoti Honored

Sister Jyoti Kerketta was honored by NPABSAN, one of the largest networks of private and boarding schools of the Dharan municipality in Nepal. She was recognized for her contributions in the field of education.

Ministry to migrant workers

Ministry to migrant workers

Sisters Gracy Thombrakudyil and Asrita Lugun were invited by the Assistant Law Office of Thamarassery, Ramesh Kumar, to assist in the registration of the medical camp at Koodaranhi. With the assistance of the Sisters, all the 100 migrants who participated in the camp were registered and given E-SHRAM cards.

Volunteers bring chainsaws and wheelbarrows

Volunteers bring chainsaws and wheelbarrows

From The Record: Santa Claus brings toys and cheer. Jesus brings love and salvation. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth bring chainsaws and wheelbarrows.

Christmas blankets

Christmas blankets

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth received a donation of blankets from students at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Revisiting St. Louise at Christmas

Revisiting St. Louise at Christmas

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Pittsburgh had a wonderful Christmas gift. They were able to celebrate Christmas with a gathering in their former dining room in St. Louise Convent. The CEO of Vincentian Collaborative Services, Dean Owens, made arrangements for this to happen. He was present to welcome the Sisters, wished them a Merry Christmas, and assisted those Sisters who required a little help. The Sisters rejoiced!

Jacinta Patrick, SCN

Jacinta Patrick, SCN, 89, (born Dorothy Marie) was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 14, 1932. She died Dec. 23, 2021, at Flaget Hospital in Bardstown, Kentucky. She entered the Vincentian Sisters of Charity as a candidate in 1951. In 2008, she transferred her...

Sister Jacqueline Aceto: A Profile

Sister Jacqueline Aceto: A Profile

Jackie says that this was a wonderful experience – to reach out to the sick, the lonely, and the poor who were suffering….

Smiles delivered

Smiles delivered

Handmade cards for tornado survivors were sent to Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief to distribute from students of St. Peter & Paul School in Lexington, Kentucky. Sister Luke and Ellen Sprigg spent yesterday getting these cards into the hands of people affected by the storms in Taylor County, Kentucky. It certainly brought a smile to their faces.

Sisters Engage in Outreach

Sisters Engage in Outreach

Two gift baskets donated by Sisters were used to generate funds to help survivors of the recent tornadoes in Western Kentucky.

‘Dear someone special’

‘Dear someone special’

Cards for tornado survivors were sent to Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief to distribute from St. Peter & Paul School in Lexington, Kentucky. Support for relief efforts has been fantastic all over the state, country, and world. These cards made by students illustrate this basic love of others.

LIFE ministry celebrates Christmas

LIFE ministry celebrates Christmas

LIFE (Living Independently in Full Existence) had its annual Christmas party for seniors in Belize. Sister Carlette said that the day was filled with laughter, memory sharing, gratitude, and overall love. She thanks all who made the celebration possible!

Preschool graduations in Botswana

Preschool graduations in Botswana

2021 Graduation at St. Bakhita Preschool, Kanye and St. Mary’s Preschool, Lobatse – Sisters Bibiana Kindo and Mary Michael Dang, principals of the two schools, as well as the Staff of each were much appreciated for their hard work, commitment, and all their efforts to make the children’s special day a successful one.

A hearty welcome

A hearty welcome

Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, president of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, arrived in Chandapura recently during her travels to communities across India and Nepal. As in every location, she was greeted heartily by Sisters there.

Sisters featured on Currents News

Sisters featured on Currents News

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth appeared on Currents News, a source for news from the Catholic perspective.

Nazareth toy drive

Nazareth toy drive

Employees at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth collected toys this week to take to Bowling Green for the children that have been affected by the recent tornado disaster in Kentucky.

St. Monica 150th anniversary

St. Monica 150th anniversary

Close to 100 individuals — including children, teens, religious Sisters and clergy — took part in a walk to commemorate 150 years of the African American faith community of St. Monica. They processed from the original location of the old St. Monica School on West Stephen Foster Avenue to the current St. Monica campus, at 407 S. Third St.

Sisters help tornado victims

Sisters help tornado victims

SCNs gathered this week to sort and fill 12 large boxes and three bags of clothing to be sent to Western Kentucky for those who lost everything in the tornadoes.

Christmas message from ‘Pres’ student

Christmas message from ‘Pres’ student

A student at Presentation Academy sent to the Motherhouse a Christmas card for all the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as a way to express her gratitude and admiration towards them. The message inside, one of inspiration for us all.

Visioning India 2047

Visioning India 2047

Students at Nazareth School, Chatra, wrote postcards to the Prime Minister on their visions for 2047. The project, India 2047, is the result of a series of discussions over the years 2013 to 2015 hosted by Empower India Foundation (EIF), which works for the empowerment of minorities and marginalized people.

Sisters response to KY tornadoes

Sisters response to KY tornadoes

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have been responding during times of crisis for over 200 years. With the support and prayers of the Congregation, Sister Luke will continue to lead trained disaster relief volunteers throughout Kentucky.

Platinum Jubilee Year underway in India Provinces

Platinum Jubilee Year underway in India Provinces

Sisters celebrate 75 years in India! The commemoration of the Platinum Jubilee Year began in both provinces of India with the celebrations of the Holy Eucharist in every community on the morning of Dec. 13, 2021.

Relief efforts highlighted in Crux Catholic magazine

Relief efforts highlighted in Crux Catholic magazine

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, is sending out a disaster relief team to Bowling Green – a city in the southern part of the state – to help with cleanup and any unmet needs individuals and families may have.

Late-season tornado outbreak, SCN volunteers respond

Late-season tornado outbreak, SCN volunteers respond

In times of great loss, we are left wondering how to best live out our faith in response. In the wake of the devastating tornado that hit Kentucky on Friday night, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are calling on their disaster relief team.

Tornado devastates Kentucky

Tornado devastates Kentucky

A devastating tornado outbreak tore through Kentucky and five other states on Friday night, killing many and leaving people trapped in factories and warehouses. President of the congregation, Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, watched the news unfold from India where she is traveling. She reports all are safe in Nazareth, Kentucky, in the central part of the state. She sends her deepest sympathies and prayers to those dealing with the destruction and grief for the loss of life in the aftermath of this violent storm.