How are we coping with the separations from those we love, those ill with the virus, our colleagues, our senior citizens, our extended family members, the larger world? Where are we finding God? Is there an integrating spirit through it all? What important parts of your life are currently being neglected? Are there possible remedies? It is important that we remain ‘in touch’ or become reconnected with those humans who are essential and give meaning to our lives. This quarterly issue of Charity In Motion is bringing us more ‘in touch’ material related to homelessness, immigration, the Earth. As we live into a new version of fall, minus the familiar football games, homecomings and hayrides, let’s go deeper, finding God among us in our daily encounters. May this lead us to bring about a more caring tomorrow.
Charity News & Notes
Meet Our New Associate Regional Representative
Jennifer Melke Marks has been named the new Northeast Associate Regional Representative. She is taking over for Associate Carla Rush, who is now the vice president of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR). Jennifer lives in Brookville, Ohio and became an Associate in 2010. Read More

Sisters of Charity Federation
In August the SC Federation hosted four Sunday evenings of reflection on the lives of Saints Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton. The talks took place on Facebook Live; Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Andrea Koverman offered the Aug. 16 reflection on St. Louise de Marillac. 

Finding the Good in Difficult Days
The Santo Nino community in Anapra, Mexico, is finalizing renovations at the center. With the help of a very generous donation made in memory of S. Janet Gildea, two designated classrooms will allow the children to focus on their lessons without the usual distractions of sharing a large, open space with others. It also creates a calm, quiet space for giving and receiving the various types of therapy offered. Read More
The early childhood classroom at the Santo Nino Project in Anapra, Mexico.
Important Dates
Sept. 1, 2020              
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Sept. 8, 2020             
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sept. 15, 2020           
Our Lady of Sorrows

Sept. 17, 2020          
St. Hildegard of Bingen

Sept. 27, 2020            
St. Vincent de Paul

Oct. 2, 2020              
Feast of the Guardian Angels

Oct. 4, 2020              
St. Francis of Assisi

Oct. 24, 2020            
United Nations Day

Nov. 1, 2020             
All Saints Day

Nov. 1-7, 2020           
National Vocation Awareness Week

Nov. 2, 2020             
All Souls Day

Nov. 3, 2020             
Election Day

Nov. 11, 2020           
Veterans Day

Nov. 21, 2020           
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nov. 22, 2020           
Feast of Christ the King

Nov. 26, 2020           
Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 29, 2020           
First Sunday of Advent

A full calendar listing can be found at

The front entrance to EarthConnection has a warm, welcoming new feature to greet visitors. A beautifully constructed green bench, weighing 158 pounds and made from recycled plastic bottle caps and lids, is the collaboration of the Sisters of Charity ministry and local Girl Scout Troops. Read More  
(From left) EarthConnection Administrative Assistant Sue DiTullio and S. Winnie Brubach enjoy EC’s new outdoor bench, part of its Bottle Caps to Benches program.
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Tracy Kemme Professes Perpetual Vows
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Tracy Kemme professed perpetual vows during a Communion service on July 25, 2020 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.

Due to the current precautions, a small group was present with S. Tracy in the chapel for the ceremony. In their presence she vowed to “freely and whole-heartedly commit myself for life to the service of God, God’s people, and all of Creation as a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. To witness to the Reign of God and to make Christ’s love incarnate in the world, I freely promise to live in community, and I vow to God poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience according to the constitutions of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.” 

Although the pandemic certainly complicated the preparation and planning of her final vows, S. Tracy wrote to her congregation, “Through the ups and downs, God’s call and my desire to respond with my whole being have deepened and intensified. I feel joyful and free about saying ‘yes’ to be a Sister of Charity for life, even if the ceremony looks different than we’d hoped.”

Friends of the Sisters of Charity Community were invited to join the ceremony through livestream. A Mass of Thanksgiving and reception will take place at a later time.

To learn more about S. Tracy and view photos Click Here. 

Empowering Lives for Change
Working In Neighborhoods uses holistic approach to community development. https://www.srcharity
Never Giving Up Hope
S. Nancy Crafton ministers to immigrant farm workers in Avondale, Colorado. https://www.srcharitycinti.
Celebrating Our Jubilarians
In 2020, 16 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will celebrate 60 years with the Community. Join us in celebrating their 60 years of faith-filled service. View Bios

In the Spotlight
EarthConnection, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and center for learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth, is offering webinars on a bi-monthly basis. The following is a list of scheduled webinars and presenters. For more information about these upcoming programs, please visit the EC website at
Sept. 10 The Natural Wonders of the Bender Preserve, S. Joyce Richter
Sept. 24 Climate Change and Health, S. Cj Willie
Oct. 8 The Journey of Plastic Lids: From Trash to Treasure, Sue DiTullio
Oct. 22 The Environment and the Election, S. Cj Willie
Nov. 5 Birding through the Pandemic, S. Marty Dermody
Nov. 19 The City of Cincinnati and Sustainability Initiatives, S. Cj Willie
Video Visit - S. Regina Kusnir
S. Regina Kusnir is the director of pastoral and special ministries at Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Hear more about S. Regina’s ministry and how her creativity has been especially helpful during the current COVID-19 pandemic.   
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