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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

November, 2017

 Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love

—be there for others—bring a little light into someone’s day.

Be grateful and live each day to the fullest. Roy T. Bennett


The following communities are hosting a Holy Hour on Wednesday, November 8th, of National Vocation Awareness Week: Friars Minor (4:30-5:30) at St Anthony Shrine; Glenmary Home Missioners at Our Lady of the Fields Chapel (11AM-12PM) with Mass to follow at 12:05PM; Missionaries of the Precious Blood will have adoration at St. Charles Center, Carthagena with the Blessed Sacrament exposed after the 8:30am Mass, Holy Hour at 4:00pm, and Benediction at 6:05; Poor Clares (4:00-5:00 followed by Evening Prayer and Benediction); Sisters of Charity (3:00-4:00) in the Motherhouse Chapel; Sisters of Notre Dame, Covington (4:00 – 5:00) at our Provincial Center; Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (7:00 – 8:00) in St. Julie Chapel; Sisters of the Precious Blood (7:00- 8:00) at Salem Heights.

If your community is not hosting a Holy Hour perhaps you would like to participate in one of these.  Parishes in the Archdiocese are also hosting Holy Hours; you can find the parishes that are doing so at:


Glenmary Home Missioners has been blessed in that we currently have fifteen young men in different levels of our formation program. Five of the men have professed temporary oath and two are in our novitiate. Among the fifteen, twelve are preparing for priesthood and three are preparing for brotherhood. At the present time Glenmary has students enrolled at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN, Brescia University, Owensboro, KY, Marian University, Indianapolis, IN, Sacred Heart Seminary, Hales Corner, WI, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI and our Glenmary Novitiate in Cincinnati, OH.

A unique characteristic of our student body is that out of the fifteen, they were born in seven different countries; Argentina, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, Vietnam and the USA. Many of our students grew up in the USA or were already living in the USA when they met Glenmary. The others initially met Glenmary online and after a series of electronic interviews met our Vocation Director in person on one of his vocational visits to Mexico, Kenya and Uganda.


Ann Bartko, OSC, Abbess is pleased to announce that on October 1st the Poor Clare Sisters welcomed two  new Sisters to their Monastery.  Assunta and Theresa came to them from their Monastery, St. Mary of the Angels, in Tanzania.  Both Sisters are Solemnly Professed Poor Clares and are joining this community with the intention of transferring permanently to the Monastery here in Cincinnati. Assunta and Theresa have been professed for more than 30 years and are seasoned Poor Clares. The community is delighted to have them as members of their community.  Welcome Assunta and Theresa.


Sister of Mercy Victoria Vondenberger, director of the archdiocesan Tribunal Office was the recipient of the 2017 Role of Law Award at the annual convention of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA), held Oct. 16-19 in Indianapolis. The award is giving to someone who “demonstrates the embodiment of a pastoral attitude, commitment to research and study, participation in the development of law, response to needs and practical assistance, facilitation of dialogue and the interchange of ideas within the Society and with other groups.”  Read more at: Congratulations, Vicki.


Spiritual Directors International has a monthly newsletter online at:

A list of books for spiritual reading recommended by Spiritual Directors of the Greater Cincinnati area will soon be available at – Ministries & Offices – Consecrated Life – Spiritual Reading.

Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga has recently released her first book, “Helen Prejean: Death Row’s Nun,” the only biography about the life and social justice mission of Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. Ms. Duriga’s book, published by Liturgical Press, discusses Sister Helen’s life, faith and mission of fighting the death penalty and wrongful convictions.

Legacy Trusts: Religious institutes must ensure that their assets are used in keeping with their congregational needs, their historical ministries and their charism. How does a community ensure that this will happen? We have begun to use terms like Living Will and Legacy Planning for communities that are coming to completion, but what does this mean when applied to a religious institute?  CSJ Ministries Webinar on November 21st.  Email me for more information.


+Sunday, November 5 and Monday, November 6 – LCWR Region VI Meeting

+Sunday, November 5 – Saturday, November 11 – National Vocation Awareness Week         (Resources may be found at: and


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

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

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

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