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

Sharings, an Occasional Newsletter

January, 2018


 Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Comboni Missionaries all over the world celebrated 150 years in mission in 2017.  The Comboni Missionaries have traveled to nearly every corner of the world, sharing the good news of Christ and working to protect the dignity of people. They were founded in 1867 by St. Daniel Comboni and are a world-wide group of more than 3,500 priests, brothers, sisters and laity from diverse cultures. In honor of their anniversary, the North American Province partnered with Water with Blessings, a non-profit group in Northern Kentucky, to provide clean water for the more than one million refugees taking shelter in Uganda from brutal war in South Sudan.  Congratulations to our Comboni Missionaries and thank you for your continuing service.


Just last month the Official Catholic Directory information needed updating for the 2018 edition.  One of the pieces of information asked for is the number of religious priests, brothers and sisters. As of December 31, 2017 there were 180 religious priests, 97 religious brother and 660 religious sisters in the Archdiocese; this is a total of 939.  And, of course, this already outdated!  What has our decline been recently?  As of December 31, 2011, the Archdiocese had 220 religious priests, 120 religious brothers and 890 religious sisters; this is a total of 1,230.  The decline is not all due to deaths, of course, and most are.  Now for the “new life” piece!  In 2018 the Directory will note two men being ordained in the Archdiocese, a Franciscan and a Missionary of the Precious Blood.  And the religious orders of women serving within the Archdiocese have ten women at some level of formation, living or ministering in the Archdiocese (See the RU Called? video at – Home Page.).  Bela Mis made her First Vows as a Sister of the Precious Blood on December 8th ( To learn more about women and men entering religious life throughout the country today go to:


Located in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Schickel Design is a creative, award winning, architecture firm. Drawing upon a strong background of fine projects, we create livable, functional, beautiful spaces.  We have a distinguished history and successful track record in the areas of Adaptive Re-use, Group Process and using a Feasibility Study to help a group or institution adapt existing buildings to new uses.

Two examples are:

–       Community of the Transfiguration in Glendale, where they converted a retirement home into a Retreat Center. This has been very successful for them and has infused new energy into their community. Here is a link to their Retreat Center

–       Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Hartwell, where they did a Vision Study to plan for the future life of their campus viewed through the multiple lenses of People, Resources, Mission and Legacy.

Martha Schickel Dorff would like to offer services to the Catholic Community of Cincinnati.  She can be reached at 513-721-4000 or by email at


“Craft authentic community,” by Ruth Anne Harkins, IHM, Horizon, Fall 2017.  This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time on community.  If you do not have access to Horizon magazine from NRVC, ask and I will email you a copy.

Living Mission Interculturally by Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp from Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN, 2015. The theologian and anthropologist Anthony J. Gittins offers a compelling assessment of contemporary religious life in the opening chapter of his book: “[W]ithout the tectonic shift from international to intercultural, there will be no viable future for international religious orders.”  Gittins is also clear that the motivation for this shift cannot be mere survival but must be rooted in fidelity to our fundamental mission as religious: to follow Jesus is to embrace interculturality in our community life and in our ministries as our deepest reality and as our public witness to a divided world.

On Migrants and Refugees: the Archbishop’s homily on New Year’s Day at the World Day of Peace Mass at the Cathedral was excellent.  I am hoping to get a copy.  If you are interested email me for a copy.


+Sunday, January 7 – Saturday, January 13 – National Migration Week

+Sunday, January 28 – Saturday, February 3 – Catholic Schools Week (This year each has a Theme; Thursday, February 1st the theme is Vocations.)

+Friday, February 2 (Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 in parishes) – World Day of Consecrated Life

+Thursday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 14 – National Catholic Sisters Week

+Wednesday, March 14 – RU Called? at St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon

+Wednesday, April 4 – Major Superiors Meeting with the Archbishop

+Thursday, April 19 – IMAR Workshop “The Spirituality of Aging: The Journey of

Sage-ing in the Second Half of Life” with Dr. Hsin-Hsin-Huang

+Sunday, April 29, Monday, April 30 – LCWR, Region VI – Mount St. Joseph

+Saturday, October 27 – Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration