As we look into what the summer is offering us so far, and where we are being called to give our attention, it seems that guns and death by violence are making the headlines. We hear of a baby formula shortage, persons experiencing long-term COVID symptoms, and too frequent race-based incidents. We ask: Can’t we make limiting the use of high-powered assault weapons a public health issue rather than a political one? Where/how have we lost the value of a human life? Of the right to individual dignity? Is the news all bad? We follow the war in Ukraine and acknowledge that suffering is part of the journey toward healing. Our Sisters recognize pain, division and need, along with the deep desire to respond in helpful ways. We bring our gifts of ministry that connect people and help create community. 
 
Life on the Motherhouse campus has returned (although cautiously) post-COVID. Visitors are again enjoying the grounds, walking paths and appreciating nature’s gifts. We are welcoming guests to chapel, for Mass and occasional meals in the dining rooms. With this issue of Charity in Motion we share stories of happenings among our Sisters and Associates. Women are continuing to respond to the call to live and minister as women religious. You will see that the SC Mission continues to influence and affect persons’ lives. Share this with persons in your life. The Charity of Christ urges us. You are in our prayers. Enjoy the remaining days of summer!
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Annie Klapheke Professes Perpetual Vows
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Annie Klapheke professed perpetual vows during a Mass on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.

In the presence of Sisters and invited guests, S. Annie vowed to “freely commit myself for life to the service of God and God’s people as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. … I ask the continuing grace of God and the support of my Sisters, Associates, family, and friends, that I may keep faith with the commitment I freely and joyfully make today.” 
 
She thanked her Sisters, Associates, family and friends for nurturing her vocation through many years of unconditional love, encouragement and companionship. “I am here today because of your presence in my life, and because of the abundant grace of God,” she said. Read More.
Charity News & Notes
Congratulations
Sisters of Charity Associate Maureen Maxfield (right), a Board member of Santa Maria Community Services, was honored by the Leadership Council for Nonprofits with the “Visionary Board Leader” Leadership Legacy Award. She was recognized, along with other honorees, at the April 20, 2022, Securing the Future Conference.

Flying Pig Marathon
(From left) Associate Karen Martin and S. Joyce Richter participated in the annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Both completed the half-marathon as members of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center team. As part of the team, the pair were raising funds to support the work of IJPC whose mission is to create a more peaceful and just world. Says S. Joyce, “We’re tired when we finish, but it is such a worthy cause for fundraising."

Transfer of Vows
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati witnessed and participated in S. Christine Okpomeshine’s transfer of vows on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in the Motherhouse chapel. S. Christine, a former Handmaid of the Holy Child Jesus, was welcomed into the Charity Family and celebrated by Sisters and her family members during a spring gathering weekend for the Community.
Important Dates

June 13, 2022            
Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

June 19, 2022           
Feast of Corpus Christi

June 20, 2022            
World Refugee Day

June 24, 2022            
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 25, 2022            
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
 
July 11, 2022             
Feast of St. Benedict

July 14, 2022             
Feast of Kateri Tekakwitha

July 22, 2022             
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

July 24-30, 2022        
Let Us Dream – The Path to a Better Future, Spirituality Center retreat*

July 30, 2022            
UN International Friendship Day

Aug. 6, 2022              
Transfiguration of the Lord

Aug. 8, 2022             
Feast of St. Dominic

Aug. 11, 2022           
Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

Aug. 15, 2022            
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Aug. 22, 2022            
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Aug. 28, 2022            
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday

Aug. 28, 2022            
Mass of Jubilee celebration, 10 a.m. Motherhouse chapel

Aug. 29, 2022            
Passion of St. John the Baptist

*For additional information on the above retreat, or others, please visit www.srcharitycinti.org/
Features
Called to the Faith
Sisters of Charity Archivist and Associate Veronica Buchanan’s (right) faith journey leads her to the Catholic Church. Read More.
Hazard Yet Forward
In her 56 years as a Sister of Charity, S. Delia Sizler has lived through many transitions in a world and religious community experiencing rapid change. Read More.
Inventive to Infinity
At Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio, Sisters Helen Therese Scasny, Anita Maroun (pictured) and Regina Kusnir are living St. Vincent de Paul’s call to be “inventive to infinity.” Read More.
Ministry Spotlight: La Casa Del Sol Ministry Center
Located across Bender Road from Mother Margaret Hall, La Casa del Sol Ministry Center occupies the hilltop where S. Paula Gonzalez’s prototype solar home once stood. The Ministry Center echoes the original building’s profile and builds upon S. Paula’s passion for sustainability.  
 
La Casa Del Sol provides a new accessible and sustainable home for current and future ministerial opportunities. At its center, the first floor provides a large gathering space equipped to meet the needs of the congregation and outside groups to convene. MSJ Talent Education will occupy the east side of the building with a roomy classroom, playroom, instrument storage, and director’s office. The west side will house two body therapy rooms as well as offices for the Congregational Social Justice Program, the Newcomers Transition Program and private piano lessons. The ground floor offers flexible space that will be used as a gathering room now but can be redesigned for future needs. Restrooms, a kitchen, storage and utility rooms make up the rest of the space.
 
In keeping with the Sisters of Charity commitment to care for creation, the building employs both active and passive energy efficiency strategies throughout. Twelve 250-foot-deep geothermal wells provide for heating and cooling needs year round. One hundred nine solar panels on the roof generate electricity for the Center. Combined with high efficiency insulation throughout, geothermal and solar will allow the building to attain the anticipated goal of being “net-zero.” In other words, the geothermal wells and the solar panels will produce all the HVAC and electricity the building will need to operate throughout the year.
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