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Sr. Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN
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Sharings, an Occasional Newsletter

September, 2017

Ageism, the cultural diminishment of aging and elderhood, is a disease just as real as pneumonia or cancer.  Instead of attacking our bodies, ageism infects our minds, hearts, and souls.  Ageism renders us ill in spirit.  Here is where ageism damages us most — in the ways we see, think, and feel about ourselves as we become more chronologically endowed.

Dr. Richard Johnson


Gene Mayer, OFM has been serving on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. He completes his term at the end of September.  Thank you, Gene, for your service on behalf of religious brothers in the Archdiocese.  Vince Delorenzo, OFM has agreed to take a three year term beginning in September.  Thank you, Vince!


The 2017 Vocation Poster is well on its way. Parishes, Campus Ministry Offices of our Universities, Colleges and High Schools will all receive two posters as will each Consecrated Life Community represented on the Poster.  This year the poster is the combined effort of the Archdiocesan Vocations and Consecrated Life Offices and the Sisters of the Precious Blood.  Watch for it in October.

There will be another R U Called? Event on March 14, 2018. Bishop Joseph Binzer will be joining us and the program will be different.  Please begin considering how you might promote this event.


We rejoice in the 23 women in the incorporation process throughout the Institute. We pray for all young women being called to vowed life in Mercy. God is mighty, but His whisper can be difficult to hear. Help Him out. If you recognize a young woman with potential, share with her the attributes you see in her that would make her a good Sister of Mercy. (Taken from enews, August 3, 2017)  The advice of the Sisters of Mercy Leadership Council is something we should all take to heart regarding our individual communities, would you not agree?

Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Whitney Schieltz into the Canonical Novitiate during a vespers service Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.  Whitney graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a degree in architecture. She continued her studies at the University of Kentucky (Lexington) in the area of historic preservation attaining her master’s degree in 2012. Whitney is a Dayton native and belonged to St. Luke parish in Beavercreek. Congratulations to Whitney and the Sisters of Charity.


Congratulations to Montiel Rosenthal, SC who was named on of Cincy Magazine’s “Best Doctors” in family medicine in the Tristate.  According to the magazine, “to make the list, current Best Doctors are asked to nominate physicians they would personally refer a loved one to for care.”  (Intercom, Volume II, 2017)


Twenty-five percent of newly ordained priests are born in other nations, and 10,000 international religious are ministering or studying in the United States (CARA), requiring us to change how we think about culture and engage with others in a richly diverse environment. (If you would like an email copy with more information found in “Luke Notes” from St. Luke Institute, email me.)


Our very own, Pat Brockman, OSU has written Angela’s Promise.  Discover Angela again through poetry.  Email me for an order form which also includes much more information about this resource. The cost of the book is $10.

GlobalSistersReport has a new series called “The Life.” A diverse panel of 20 sisters from around the world, answer a question posed by GSR and GSR publishes the responses.  Read about the unique and challenging lives of women religious around the world at

Several Giving Voice participants have been working on writing a collaborative book of essays on religious life. The book, In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World, is now available for pre-order via Liturgical Press and on

Religious Life the 21st Century, (The Prospect of Refounding), Diarmuid O’Murchu, Orbis Books, 2016.  Ordinarily I have read a book before I recommend it; in this instance this is not the case.  To my way of thinking, little is written on religious life today so I thought you would want to be aware of this resource if you are not already.


+Wednesday, September 20 – Archbishop meets with the Major Superiors

+Monday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 10 – Region 2 meeting of the CMSM at the Divine Word Center in Techny, IL

+Saturday, October 21 – Ministry Across the Lifespan Workshop with Barb Piller, OSF and others at St. Joseph Heights, Covington, KY

+Saturday, October 28 – Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration

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


+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