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Consecrated Life Contact:

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

Sharings, an Occasional Newsletter

March, 2018

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust

More events than usual are happening this year! Join us and/or invite others:
+Thursday, March 8 – a National Catholic Sisters Week invitation for parishioners – The evening will consist of: prayer; two films (A Life of Prayer about the Poor Clares, the Archdiocese’s only contemplative community and R U Called? about nine women in formation in communities who serve in the Archdiocese); a Q & A with the film makers and some of the sisters in the films; refreshments. It will be held at St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish from 7:00 – 8:30.
+Sunday, March 11 – Mass with Bishop Joseph Binzer presiding at 12:00 and Lunch following with the Little Sisters of the Poor to celebrate the World Day of Consecrated Life and National Catholic Sisters Week. This has been an annual event since 1997. RSVP to Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN. ( or 513-421-3131 x 2865).
+Wednesday, March 14 – RU Called? at St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon (Information can be found at:

In Faith and Action (A history of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati 1821 – 1996) by Roger Fortin we read “The fourth order of sisters invited to the archdiocese by Sarah Peter was the Little Sisters of the Poor. She induced some of the sisters to leave their motherhouse in Brittany, France, in 1868 and come to Cincinnati to work with the elderly. Shortly after their arrival in October of that year, six sisters, in their black dresses, kerchiefs, and white bonnets, began their work in an old abandoned schoolhouse on George Street in the southwestern section of the city. Five years later they built on Florence Avenue in the eastern end the St. Joseph Home for the Aged, one of thirty-four homes for the poor the Little Sisters of the Poor opened in the country by 1900.” Their ministry continues to this day at Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged on Riddle Road. Thank you for your 150 years of service to this Archdiocese and may it continue for many years to come. Happy Anniversary!

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) recently released two annual reports: The Profession Class of 2017 as well as The Entrance Class of 2017. One of the most significant findings is the number of professions and new entrants and the diversity of religious institutes chosen. In 2017:
– 208 women and men professed perpetual profession in 101 religious institutes.
– 524 women and men entered 182 religious institutes.
If you would like some further facts, I can email them to you.
The following Congregations would appreciate your prayers for their elections:
+The Poor Clares elections take place on March 7th.
+The Oldenburg Franciscans will be in Chapter: April 11-15. The Sisters of St. Francis will be electing a new Leadership Team to serve the Community for the next six years.

“I urge you …to set aside May 1, 2018 to celebrate the gifts, charism and rich history that is the vocation of the Religious Brother in the Church. Please visit to download prayers, prayer services and reflections from last year’s RBD. We will be updating the website throughout the next three months with added materials as come in.” Peter J. O’Loughlin, FCF (Chairperson – Religious Brothers Day 2018)

This workshop takes place on Thursday, April 19th. The presenter is Hsin-hsin Huang, Ph.D. It is sponsored by IMAR (Inter-congregational Ministry to Aging Religious) and is not limited to members. If you think you might be interested in attending, ask me for a flyer which gives more information about the day and our speaker and includes a registration form.

In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World, Edited by Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ and Sarah Kohles, OSF, Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN, 2018
Thirteen sisters (one of whom is Tracy Kemme, SC), under 50 years of age and representing membership in both LCWR and CMSWR congregations, have come together in prayer, study, dialogue, and their shared love for religious life to write reflections on living religious life today. In Our Own Words does not seek to describe the ministerial life as much as articulate how they live their vows within the context of the current world’s needs. In Our Own Words, reminds us, that in this time of transformation and change, our newer members have deep wisdom to offer us. It is a book to engage and savor, allowing our hearts to hear our own call anew.

+Thursday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 14 – National Catholic Sisters Week
+Saturday, March 24 – ISC Workshop with Lynn Levo, CSJ (Ask me for a flyer if you have not
received one.)
+Wednesday, April 4 – Major Superiors Meeting with the Archbishop
+Thursday, April 19 – IMAR Workshop: The Spirituality of Aging: The Journey of Aging in
the Second Half of Life with Hsin-hsin Huang, Ph.D.
+Sunday, April 22 – World Day of Prayer for Vocations
+Sunday, April 29, Monday, April 30 – LCWR, Region VI – Mount St. Joseph
+Tuesday, May 1 – Religious Brothers Day
+Saturday, October 27 – Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration