All recent posts from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Serving Our ‘Gate Guests’

Serving Our ‘Gate Guests’

At the SCN Center Belize, a less highlighted yet significant ministry involves the feeding of “gate guests” – individuals facing homelessness or difficulty securing meals.

Hollywood to the Heart of Kentucky

Hollywood to the Heart of Kentucky

This week, four volunteers—Florence Schwalm, Rob Schwalm, Curtis Winslow, and Garrett Strzok – from St. John’s Parish in Hollywood, Maryland, will collaborate with Bardstown area volunteers. Their projects include constructing a deck with a ramp for a woman in Willisburg, Kentucky, and providing assistance to individuals impacted by last week’s tornadoes.

Celebration of Women’s International Day

Celebration of Women’s International Day

Patna Province celebrated International Women’s Day with diverse organizations, highlighting women’s leadership in rural and urban settings. The events fostered confidence through sharing experiences and challenges. Ongoing support is crucial for advancing these initiatives

109-year-old Sister Evelyn Hurley reflects on her South Boston upbringing, ministry

109-year-old Sister Evelyn Hurley reflects on her South Boston upbringing, ministry

When Sister of Charity of Nazareth Evelyn Hurley was born in South Boston on March 7, 1915, Woodrow Wilson had been president of the United States for four days. Benedict XV was pope. World War I had been raging in Europe for less than a year. Women in Massachusetts were not allowed to vote in most elections.

Praying for Peace

Praying for Peace

The “Praying for Peace” service from the Office of Social and Environmental Justice addresses global violence and environmental neglect, advocating for interdependence and nonviolence. Through prayers and reflections, it urges individuals and leaders towards peace, highlighting humanity’s role in fostering harmony and environmental stewardship.

House of Charity Hosts Students

House of Charity Hosts Students

The House of Charity in New Orleans has been the home base for a couple of student groups over the past two weeks. Students from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, spent their spring breaks repairing hurricane-damaged houses.

Sheehan Landing Breaks New Ground

Sheehan Landing Breaks New Ground

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were recently commemorated through the naming of Sheehan Landing, an innovative, supportive housing project in Louisville, Kentucky. Named after Sister Mary Kathleen Sheehan, a key figure in founding St. John Center, this development underscores the Sisters’ impactful legacy in serving vulnerable populations.

A Home in Honor of Sister Evie

A Home in Honor of Sister Evie

Sister Evelyn Hurley, celebrated her 109th birthday March 7. In anticipation and recognition of the event, a lay missionary group traveled to Belize in February under the guidance of Sister Luke Boiarski, a dear friend of Sister Evelyn’s. The group’s mission was to build a home, in Sister Evelyn’s honor, for Dorla and her 6-year-old grandson, Tephawn. The missionary group included Sister Luke, Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, Sister Mary Ann Connolly, SC (Halifax), and six of Sister Evelyn’s family members.

Simmons College Visit Nazareth

Simmons College Visit Nazareth

Leaders from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Simmons College of Kentucky, Kentucky’s oldest private HBCU established in 1879, recently met at Nazareth to learn more about common threads in their mission to reinforce community bonds and promote understanding, particularly focusing on social justice. The gathering aimed to foster dialogue and explore the rich histories and missions of both institutions, enhancing their joint contribution to community service and education.

Michaella Cronin, SCN

Michaella Cronin, SCN

Michaella Cronin, SCN, 99 (formerly Sister James Marguerite) was born August 27, 1924, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Michael James and Margaret Mary. She died on March 11, 2024, in Nazareth, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 69 years. 

A Heartfelt Valentine

A Heartfelt Valentine

Sister Carlette Gentle champions hope, joy, and community among seniors through the program Living Independently in Full Existence (LIFE). A recent highlight was the Valentine’s Day celebration attended by 60 out of 100 seniors served by LIFE.

Compassion in Action

Compassion in Action

In March, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates (SCNAs) took a significant step in their spiritual journey by making a commitment at the Mokama Nazareth Convent Chapel during a Mass presided over by Father Mariamlal. Hailing from Gaya, Patna, and Mokama, these lay individuals have dedicated themselves to serving the poor, inspired by the exemplary lives of Vincent de Paul and Mother Catherine. Their actions reflect a deep love for Christ, bringing them joy and happiness in their mission to assist those in need. This event marks a noteworthy moment in their lives, affirming their dedication to the values of compassion and service. We thank God for their commitment and the positive impact they are poised to make in their communities.

Science and Creativity

Science and Creativity

In February, Marian English Medium School in Anakkampoil hosted an enriching Arts and Science Exhibition, attracting a vast audience of parents, staff, students, and well-wishers. It highlighted the true spirit of science lies in independent thought and diligence, not merely in having the best equipment.

A Little Spot of Kindness

A Little Spot of Kindness

Twenty children from Bardstown Primary School visited the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to engage in “Acts of Kindness.” During their visit, the students sang songs and gifted the Sisters with presents and handmade cards. In exchange, the Sisters gifted each child a small book titled “A Little Spot of Kindness.” The encounter was marked by plentiful smiles on the Sisters’ faces, reflecting a joyful interaction with the visiting children.

Abide in My Love

Abide in My Love

Sister Jyothsna George made her Perpetual Vows in Mokama in a ceremony enriched by heartfelt prayers and rituals, with Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, clergy, and friends celebrating her commitment to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Kurji Holy Family Hospital Sports Event

Kurji Holy Family Hospital Sports Event

Kurji Holy Family Hospital hosted a series of sports events, including a cricket match for its doctors and employees on February 22 and 24, 2024. The events were marked by a display of teamwork, enthusiasm, and dedication, contributing to an atmosphere filled with joy and laughter. The occasion was graced by Arpit Kumar Kachhap, the Quality Manager of the hospital, who served as the chief guest. Notably, Sisters Usha Saldanha and Elveera Pereira emerged as winners in the competitive events, highlighting the spirited participation among the staff. The initiative, overseen by Sister Princy Mathew, the hospital’s administrator, successfully fostered a sense of community and camaraderie among the hospital’s workforce.

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Haverhill

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Haverhill

The Massachusetts North Shore Italian Women’s Lodge hosted a special event to mark International Women’s Day, featuring speakers Anne Marie O’Shea, SCN, and Ann Whittaker, SCN. The celebration, attended by over 100 participants, highlighted the Italian tradition of La Festa Della Donna, a practice initiated in 1946 by activists Rita Montagna and Teresa Mattei to honor women’s resilience and strength, symbolized by the mimosa flower.

Sister Josita Eniakattu: A Profile

Sister Josita Eniakattu: A Profile

In loving gratitude, I surrender myself to Jesus, my Savior and faithful Shepherd who has guided me through the ups and downs of my life with unconditional love and compassion.

Advocating for Farm Workers

Advocating for Farm Workers

Felix Garza, SCNA, reflects on his extensive experience with farm workers, highlighting the challenges they face, including wage theft, exposure to harsh weather, and poor living conditions.

Kindergarten Graduation at Nazareth School, Chatra

Kindergarten Graduation at Nazareth School, Chatra

Nazareth Pre-school in Chatra marked a significant milestone in February as it celebrated the graduation of its Senior Kindergarten class. The event underscored the school’s commitment to nurturing the foundational stages of education among its young learners.

Empowering Women in Punta Gorda

Empowering Women in Punta Gorda

Sister Higinia Bol serves as a Pastoral Associate at St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda, overseeing a ministry that extends to 32 remote villages in the Toledo District. Her focus is clear: empowering women to take on leadership roles within the church.

A Miracle Named Angel

A Miracle Named Angel

The story of Angel serves as a reminder of the everyday miracles that unfold around us, prompting gratitude for the opportunity to serve those in need at Kurji Holy Family Hospital.

Three-Week Hospital Internship

Three-Week Hospital Internship

Second-year novices completed a transformative three-week internship at Nazareth Hospital Mokama, gaining hands-on healthcare experience. They learned vital medical skills, witnessed the impact of compassionate care, and deepened their commitment to serving others, expressing gratitude for this enriching opportunity.

Sitio Clothing Ministry

Sitio Clothing Ministry

Sister Marlene Lehmkuhl discovered a call for donations in The Record, leading to a partnership with Sitio Clothing Ministry, founded by Linda Gottbrath in 2013 under St. John Vianney Church, Louisville. Sitio supports the community, especially Cuban immigrants, with donated goods.

Leap Year Fun

Leap Year Fun

On February 29, 2024, Sisters from Carrico Hall celebrated Leap Year in the Carrico Multipurpose Room. 

SCN Middle East Statement

SCN Middle East Statement

On February 28, the Loretto Community invited women religious and others from the area to present Senator McConnell with a statement regarding the Middle East situation.

Happy 85th birthday Sister Judy!

Happy 85th birthday Sister Judy!

A special Mass was offered in honor of Sister Judy on Monday, February 26, at CHI Memorial Hospital, followed by a reception.  

Outreach in Mokama

Outreach in Mokama

Nazareth Hospital in Mokama, India, led by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth since 1947, seeks support for community health and outreach programs – where every contribution goes towards saving lives and empowering communities, connecting us more deeply to God during this sacred period of Lent.

SCNs attend Hope – Esperanza Conference

SCNs attend Hope – Esperanza Conference

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth participated in the Hope-Esperanza Conference, hosted by the Leadership Collaborative. About 150 women religious under the age of 65 gathered in person on Jan. 25-28, with more than 100 others joining them virtually to discuss, discern, and embrace the future of religious life.

Empowering Women and Girls

Empowering Women and Girls

When one female is educated, it transforms an entire community.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are investing in the professional training of teachers and the education of young children to help change communities in Botswana.

Leadership for Change

Leadership for Change

The Indian Nursing Council conducted the Leadership for Change program in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses. The program’s main aim was to strengthen and cultivate leadership skills and influence change to improve education and practice.

ICCN on Tour

ICCN on Tour

The InterCongregational Collaborative Novitiate traveled from Chicago to Kentucky for a long weekend tour of the Kentucky Holy Land. During their time in Kentucky they will visit Gethsemane, the Proto-Cathedral, Old St. Thomas, and a distillery tour to learn about this part of Kentucky’s heritage.

Reflections on the World Social Forum 2024 in Kathmandu

Reflections on the World Social Forum 2024 in Kathmandu

The WSF stands as a significant gathering of global civil society members, NGOs, INGOs, and individuals committed to creating a space for dialogue, sharing concerns, experiences, and strategizing for actionable steps towards a more equitable and democratic world.

‘Our Lady of Divine Grace’ Mokama Shrine

‘Our Lady of Divine Grace’ Mokama Shrine

The “Our Lady of Divine Grace” shrine in Mokama is in the final stage of being raised as a minor basilica. The request and all the needed documents with photos and videos are submitted to His Eminence, Arthur Cardinal Roche, Prefect of ‘Dicastery for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments’ in Rome for final approval.

World Day of Consecrated Life Mass

World Day of Consecrated Life Mass

Sister Evelyn Hurley received a standing ovation during the World Day of Consecrated Life Mass at St. Gregory Church on Feb. 11. Sister Evie will be 109 years old in March and is celebrating her 90th year as a religious Sister this year.

Tales of Nazarites on the Farewell

Tales of Nazarites on the Farewell

Nazareth School Chandapura hosted an adieu celebration for 10th grade students. Celebrating their progress and accomplishments over the years. Nazareth School Banakal also gathered with their 10th grade students to bid them farewell. Encouraging outgoing students to cultivate willpower and discipline to achieve their life goals.

Nazareth Convent High School Recent Events

Nazareth Convent High School Recent Events

Nazareth Convent High School hosted a graduation for 10th graders as well as a Reading day and Spelling Bee Competition for the whole school. These events gave great joy to the students and teachers who participated.

Integrating Biblical Concepts

Integrating Biblical Concepts

Sister Jane Karakunnel, the director of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates in India, conducted a bible study for the SCNAs in Chandapura, Bangalore.

Catholic Teachers’ Unity

Catholic Teachers’ Unity

Sister Kerry Rowland, ministering from the SCN Center in Belize, was welcomed as a guest speaking for the National Catholic Teachers Convention. She spoke encouraging words for the teachers to keep up their excellent work and on the topic of helping special needs children.

Tackling Hunger

Tackling Hunger

The Mission Committee at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth recently took part in the Souper Bowl of Caring. This movement, which has been motivating individuals across the country for more than three decades, focuses on combating hunger within local communities.

Inspirational Cooking Class

Inspirational Cooking Class

Led by Sister Aisha, Belbari village had a cooking class where 35 women learned how to create different snacks to help them improve their tea shops.

Belize City Associates Gather

Belize City Associates Gather

The Belize City SCNA group assembled recently, advancing their efforts in organizing activities and setting definitive dates to achieve the objectives they established for the year. These objectives were shaped by the resolutions made during the General Assembly, focusing on enhancing spiritual growth for personal and communal transformation, reinforcing the bonds within their community, addressing the needs of those facing oppression and marginalization, and advocating for peace and environmental sustainability. After approximately three monthly sessions dedicated to planning and strategizing, their mission continues to evolve. The Associates are enthusiastic about deepening their collective spiritual journey, initiating projects aimed at supporting those in need and contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Presentation Students at Nazareth

Presentation Students at Nazareth

Presentation Academy junior-class students, accompanied by Amina Bejos, SCN, spent a full day at Nazareth to interact with the Sisters and connect with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth roots. The day began with “Conversation with a Sister,” in which students had an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the life experiences of a Sister. One Sister delightfully recalled the parting words of the two students she conversed with, “Thank you for laughing with us,” they told her!

Transforming Grace in These Polarizing Times

Transforming Grace in These Polarizing Times

Embark on a transformative six-week Lenten journey with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, guided by Michelle Grgurich, SCN, and Joetta Venneman, PBVM. This online retreat, inspired by the LCWR’s “Transforming Grace,” invites you into a world of reflection, prayer, and meaningful conversations about spirituality and social issues. Join us every Wednesday from Feb. 21 to March 27, 12:00 – 1:00 PM via Zoom, for a unique opportunity to cultivate grace in times of polarization and deepen your spiritual understanding. Your path to a more profound connection with faith and commitment to our planet and humanity starts here.