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Sr. Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN
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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-3131 ext. 2865

Sharings, an Occasional Newsletter

August, 2018

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you,
and to give thanks continuously.
And because all things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The new Leadership Team of the Congregation of St. Joseph was installed at their Chapter of election in April and their term begins August 6th. We congratulate Kathy Brazda, Jacqueline Goodin, Marie Hogan, Sallie Latkovich and Pat Warbritton. Their picture may be found at:

Cheryl Erb, RSM has been representing women religious for six years on this Council. Cheryl, thank you so much for your service. Brenda Busch, SC has agreed to serve in this capacity for three years. Thank you so very much Brenda. Christine Pratt, OSU also represents women religious. Vince Delorenzo, OFM continues to represent the brothers of the Archdiocese. If you have the opportunity, please thank them.

Two communities in the Archdiocese had members participating in the Religious Formation Conference’s 35th annual Life Commitment Program from July 16 – 24 at the Marillac Spirituality Center in Leavenworth, KS. Sarah Cieplinski, SNDdeN, Tracy Kemme, SC and Andrea Koverman, SC were part of the group of 22 women and men from Benin, Germany, Guyana, Nigeria, Tonga, Vietnam and the United States gathered to dialogue on the vows, community and communal life, and the blessings and challenges of vowed religious life in the 21st century. There were opportunities for group process, individual and communal prayer and reflection, silence, peer conversation, along with leisure were created to insure an atmosphere for deepening discernment regarding their desire and freedom to choose a lifelong vowed commitment.

Sisters of Charity Novitiate News
Romina Sapinoso, an Apostolic Novice, will profess First Vows for 3 years, on September 22, 2018 at 4 PM in our Motherhouse Chapel. Whitney Schieltz, will complete her year of Canonical Novitiate on August 19, 2018. Whitney will continue living at our Novitiate house community for her Apostolic Novitiate year.

The 2018-19 Vocation Poster is in process, in the process of gathering information. There will be many familiar faces and new faces as well. Poster submissions are due August 15th. If you did not see the Local 12 News “spot” on vocations to the priesthood and religious life which aired on July 23rd, hopefully you can still find it here: I think it is very well done.

The Virtual Learning Community in Formation in Faith, with its acronym in English VLCFF, is looking for facilitators in Spanish within consecrated life both women and men religious or priests. One of the requirements is to have a Master’s degree in Theology, or, its equivalent in Faith Formation. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are particularly semi-retired, or, retired to continue with online ministry with Hispanic Catholic communities from the USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Latin America and Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. For more information contact Liliana Montoya at:

This 18-session program provides participants with comprehensive training in the ministry of spiritual direction. Open to those who have discerned a call to direction training, have had significant experience in receiving direction, and have completed the Spiritual Formation program. Equivalent training will be considered; personal interview may be required. Meetings: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. from October 4 – December 6, 2018 and January 8 – March 7, 2019. An additional hour a week will be expected outside of class in both giving and receiving direction throughout the semester. Cost: $375 per semester. Registration deadline: September 1, 2018. More information is available at

The Mount Notre Dame Convent Library has between six and eight of these chant books. They are yours for picking them up. They are selling for $225 each! If you are interested, contact Judith Wessels, SNDdeN at 513-679-8182 (library) or

Mission, Charism and Catholic Identity Webcast by CSJ Ministries, Tuesday, August 21st at 1:00 PM ET. If you are interested, I can email you more information.

In Our Own Words: On Thursday, September 13th at 2:00 PM EDST the Religious Formation Conference will host a webinar discussion with the editors and authors of, In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World. Sisters Sarah Kohles, OSF, Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, and Tracy Kemme, SC will join in this conversation. RFC webinars are open to all those who wish to attend. One does not need to be a member of the RFC to participate. For more information and to register, visit:

+Sunday, August 12 – Gathering of Newer/Younger Members to discuss In Our Own Words at
MND (2:00 – 4:00)
+Tuesday, October 2 – Major Superiors Meeting with the Archbishop
+Saturday, October 13 – ISC Day of Reflection with Lynn Levo, CSJ (rescheduled from March)
+Saturday, October 27 – Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration

+Thursday, April 4 – IMAR Workshop with Dayna Hurst (NRRO Consultant)
+Wednesday, April 10 – R U Called? Event at St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon