Volunteers helping tornado victims

Many parts of Western Kentucky remain scarred by the Dec.10 tornado, but Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are busy helping residents rebuild.

Seeds planted in rural living provide a roadmap to unity

Julia Gerwe, AmeriCorps Volunteer, shares her latest reflection on how leaning into rural living during her time at Nazareth has opened her eyes to the truth about division – and unity – in the United States and in the world.

Mission trip planned for Montana

A mission trip called “A Circle of Women” will take place in Montana August 2-8, 20022. This event is sponsored by The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Leavenworth. 

Volunteers complete build in Belize

Sister Luke Boiarski, the Kaucic family and their friends, recently built and blessed a house for Brenda, James and their family in Belize.

Wicked questions lead to reflection on mental health in service

AmeriCorps Volunteer Julia Gerwe reflects upon the difficulties associated with years of service and asks “wicked” questions to fellow volunteers to investigate how communities can best support their own long-term volunteers.

Volunteers arrive in Belize

On April 24, Sister Luke Boiarski and nine volunteers composed of the Kaucic family and their friends ventured off to Belize.

Lead, serve, & make a difference

The SCN Volunteer Program has partnered with Notre Dame Mission Volunteer—AmeriCorps to offer two AmeriCorps positions on our beautiful 300-acre campus working with our Ecological Sustainability and Nazareth Grounds teams in furthering the SCN mission to “care for the earth”.

Volunteer in Belize

In this video, get a glimpse of what it’s like to serve alongside the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Lay Mission Volunteer Program on a trip to Belize- building homes and relationships along the way.

Hands-on learning

Area kids visited the campus recently for the 4-H Stream Team project to learn about water quality and protection.

Earth Day Cleanup at Nazareth

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Office of Ecological Sustainability for an Earth Day Cleanup this Earth Day: Friday, April 22, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 am at Nazareth.

SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program

 We invite lay women and men to a cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the pressed, 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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AmeriCorps

Join our mission to lead, serve, and make a difference. The SCN Volunteer Program has partnered with Notre Dame Mission Volunteer—AmeriCorps to offer two AmeriCorps positions on our beautiful 300-acre campus working with our Ecological Sustainability and Nazareth Grounds teams in furthering the SCN mission to “care for the earth”. 

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Volunteer opportunities 

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.

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Belize City

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mississippi

Participants volunteer to repair homes in northern Mississippi and are immersed in other missions such as a garden cafe.

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Montana

Join us as we work in collaboration on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana.

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New Orleans

Groups work with individual families in the rebuilding of New Orleans, Louisiana, from the long-lasting effects of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

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

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Sister Luke Boiarski

Director

502-348-1581

Ellen Sprigg

Ellen Sprigg

Associate Director

502-348-1580

Amy Ulrich

Administrative Assistant

502-348-1583

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

Earth Day Cleanup at Nazareth

Earth Day Cleanup at Nazareth

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Office of Ecological Sustainability for an Earth Day Cleanup this Earth Day: Friday, April 22, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 am at Nazareth.

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Stream Team sees Sisters’ legacy ripple

Stream Team sees Sisters’ legacy ripple

The SCN’s mission “to care for the Earth” is making ripples in the Nelson County community with the help of Stream Team, a youth educational program co-led by Julia Gerwe and Whitney Wurzel, Executive Director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, in partnership with Nelson County 4-H Youth Development.

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Belize volunteers pack meals

Belize volunteers pack meals

The volunteer group that travelled to Belize to build a house with Hand in Hand Ministries joined the Sisters at SCN Center Belize to pack food for the homeless.

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Serving those in need

Serving those in need

During this season of Lent, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth led volunteers to build a house in Belize for a family in great need. In doing this work they say they have felt humbled and blessed to have had the opportunity.

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Embracing the Call to Serve

Embracing the Call to Serve

AmeriCorps volunteer Julia Gerwe reflects on her “call to serve” at Nazareth and what motivates her to continue this work each day: “I packed my bags, moved onto the property of a Catholic convent with sisters I didn’t know, and set off to find my answers. What I’ve gotten in return has been so much greater.”

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Continuing the call to respond

Continuing the call to respond

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief team worked with Taylor County Emergency Management to get in contact with families near Campbellsville to continue their cleanup efforts from the December 2021 tornados that decimated this community.

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A mission of love

A mission of love

It has been two years since the SCN Volunteer Program has been able to bring a team of volunteers back to Belize, due to the global pandemic that has become our daily life. Up until the team of nine boarded the plan on Jan. 16, there was nervousness in the air as to whether it would truly happen.

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