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India Immersion Experience

India Immersion Experience

Date Mar 1 - 31, 2025Location Tamil Nadu, India Price TBD

The event is scheduled for March 2025, with the price yet to be announced. Participants are invited to a unique cultural immersion experience, volunteering with students at Asha Deepam. Situated near Trichy, India, Asha Deepam—meaning "ray of hope"—serves children w...

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We invite lay women and men to a cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor, and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates, and/or members of the Sisters of Charity Federation are called to mission.

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By donating you can sponsor a volunteer, leaving a lasting legacy and empowering them to serve others. Your support will enable dedicated individuals to take part in meaningful projects, making a significant difference in communities and lives in need.

Sister Luke Boiarski

Director

SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program

We invite lay women and men to a cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor, and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates, and/or members of the Sisters of Charity Federation are called to mission.

Mission Trip to Maryland

Next week, six SCN Lay Mission Volunteers will journey to Maryland to collaborate with St. Mary Ryken students on the “Building Bridges” initiative. This program supports local students who face challenges at home by offering tutoring, mentoring, and a safe space for connection. The mission involves painting and minor repairs at the center to support its expansion. The volunteers will stay at Camp Maria, providing a restful environment after their daily activities. We ask for your prayers for their safe travel and success, and will provide updates on their progress and impact.

SCN Volunteers Bring Joy and Accessibility to Willisburg Home

A collaborative effort between local SCN volunteers and visiting parishioners from St. John’s Parish in Hollywood, Maryland, helped improve the accessibility of a home in Willisburg, 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.

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.

Impact Report 2023

As we close another remarkable year, I am filled with gratitude and awe at what we have achieved together. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, with your unwavering support, have made significant strides in their mission to bring justice, education, and empowerment to those in need, guided by the compassionate spirit and teachings of Christ.

It Takes Many Hands

Over the recent Sunday and Monday, four wonderful women — Kathy Weatherford, Sandy Prendergast, Karen Reed, and Sister Tonya Severin — eagerly answered Sister Luke Boiarski’s call to contribute to the decoration of various sections of the Nazareth Campus in preparation for the Christmas Season.

Community Effort to Realize a Christmas Dream

In Raywick, Kentucky, a community effort led by Sister Luke brings hope to a first-time homeowner.

Building a Home for Maria

In Las Flores, Belize, a dedicated team of volunteers from diverse backgrounds joined hands to build not just a home for Maria, but also a bridge of hope and compassion. Under the sun, they put up walls, a roof, and much more, all while immersing themselves in the local culture.

Fun in the Sun: Students Shine in Belize

A volunteer team has been hard at work constructing a new home for a family in need. Students Hollis Hurst and Michelle Hundley led the team to transform a worn-out playground into a safer, fun, and enjoyable structure. These young volunteers, once preschoolers themselves in Nazareth, Kentucky, have come full circle, honoring SCN values and leaving smiles and laughter in their wake.

A Porch for Norma: Dreams Realized in Breathitt County

In the picturesque town of Jackson, Kentucky, amidst the Appalachian backdrop, a simple porch became the embodiment of hope and resilience. After historic flooding ravaged Breathitt County, dedicated volunteers from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth swiftly turned Norma’s modest dream into a beacon of community spirit.

Where We Volunteer

Appalachia

In the mountains of Beattyville, Kentucky, volunteer teams engage in outreach ministries of home and trailer repairs, food and clothing distribution, and meeting the basic needs of those in need. See past trips.

Belize City

Over the course of a week, volunteers build a 16’ x 20’ house for a family in need. See past trips.

Las Flores, Belize

Mission teams work with village leaders repairing and building homes. They also assist with the needs of the parish, school, and community. See past trips.

 

Kentucky

People are invited to serve others on the Nazareth campus or in the Bardstown, Kentucky, community as part of a viable community, immersed with the Sisters in their rich tradition. Learn more.

India

Work with the Sisters in their diverse ministries in India. Future trips to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

Nepal

Partner with us as we work to help empower the people of Kathmandu. Future trips to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

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Make a donation to the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program

Supplying our volunteers with tools and materials is always needed. Your sponsorships and donations make these life-changing volunteer trips possible.

Disaster Relief

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have a long tradition of responding in times of disaster. Historically Sisters have responded to flooding in Louisville, the yellow fever epidemic, monsoons in India, a hurricane in Belize, and an earthquake in Nepal. Continuing in this spirit, the SCN Disaster Relief Program invites volunteers to offer spiritual and physical support to persons experiencing a disaster. Sisters and volunteers respond in the same spirit of Vincent de Paul with reverence for each person and witness to God’s presence in the midst of adversity. The Disaster Relief Program provides an opportunity to put faith into action.

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Volunteer News

A Porch for Norma: Dreams Realized in Breathitt County

A Porch for Norma: Dreams Realized in Breathitt County

In the picturesque town of Jackson, Kentucky, amidst the Appalachian backdrop, a simple porch became the embodiment of hope and resilience. After historic flooding ravaged Breathitt County, dedicated volunteers from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth swiftly turned Norma’s modest dream into a beacon of community spirit.

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Team From Nazareth Volunteer to Battle Hunger

Team From Nazareth Volunteer to Battle Hunger

The Office of Mission Advancement and friends joined forces with Feeding America to help combat hunger in Kentucky. During this day of heartfelt volunteer work, they joined the largest charity focused on eradicating hunger in the United States.

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Hospitality with Bishop Paul Simick

Hospitality with Bishop Paul Simick

In a heartfelt journey to Nepal, volunteers from the United States, including Ellen Sprigg, Erica Watts, Olivia Bickett, and Jean Hall, joined hands with Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Lisa Perekkatt, Priya Urau, and Ankita Thomas. During their visit, they were graciously hosted by Rev. Bishop Paul Simick, Bishop of Nepal. The delegation spent time sharing, listening, and immersing themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal, forging bonds that transcended geographical boundaries. Their experience with Bishop Paul Simick highlighted the remarkable hospitality for which Nepal is known and left an indelible mark on all involved in this cross-cultural encounter.

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Build a Home in Belize

Build a Home in Belize

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on a life-changing mission trip to Las Flores, Belize, and help build a new house for Maria. With your time and compassion, we can provide her with a safe and stable home. Contact us now to make a lasting impact in Las Flores, Belize. Together, let’s build hope!

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Volunteers Help Families in David, KY

Volunteers Help Families in David, KY

A small group of volunteers recently traveled to David, Kentucky, to help two families fix up their properties. The trip attracted three brand-new volunteers looking for ways to serve.

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Lifting Spirits Through Simple Acts

Lifting Spirits Through Simple Acts

On June 22, a group of dedicated volunteers embarked on a day trip to Lebanon, Kentucky, to extend their helping hands to Cliff, an admirable adoptive father of two young boys who has been recuperating from health issues since February.

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Kentucky Cornerstone Founder Passes

Kentucky Cornerstone Founder Passes

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Miss Dora Ross of Beattyville, Kentucky, on Saturday, April 21, 2023. Miss Dora was the founder and director of Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries, with which the SCN volunteers collaborated for many years.

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