Seeking and Serving Persons Who Are Poor Since 1633
eaching out to those in need
From our founding days in 1633, skills educational programs. A variety
the Daughters of Charity were unlike of classes are offered such as finance,
the established religious communi- health, safety, and parenting to assist
ties at the time. The needs were great them achieving their goals. The Daugh-
— abandoned babies, the homeless and ters understand that education em-
sick living in the streets, hungry beggars powers persons to achieve their goals,
everywhere — all of which pointed to a become stronger and more self-efficient.
widening gap between the rich and the The Family Advancement Ministries and
poor. other Daughters’ outreach centers are
Today, the Daughters are still urged becoming a one-stop shop for persons
by the charity of Christ to reach out to most in need.
persons most in need. They continue As the number of those in need
their legacy of commitment to the most continues to grow, and with your prayer,
poor, through a variety of health, educa- support, and financial assistance, the
tion, social service, and parish ministries. Daughters of Charity will advance their
At one of their outreach services by increasing case
ministries called Family Advancement management, job placement efforts,
Ministries in Macon, Georgia, life skills education, and more. Because
“A ttentive to the
they focus on helping par-
ents advance their skills
of you, they are able to respond more
effectively to the needs of persons who
inspirations of the to better support their are poor.
Holy Spirit, we live
dently. The Daugh-
anew our charism in ters assist expectant
creative fidelity. women and parents
with preschool age
children with finan-
We passionately cial assistance,
commit ourselves to... clothing, diapers,
open our eyes and car seats, baby
items, and life
hearts to the
global issues of today.”
Vision Statement of
the Daughters of Charity,
A Letter from Our Provincial Superior
D Dear Friends,
In 2006, Catholic Charities USA wrote a policy paper reflecting
some startling information concerning poverty in our country.
• Almost half of all Americans will have experienced poverty
for a year or more at some point in their lives by the time
they reach age 60.
• Most of the poor are workers with only 3% receiving more
than half their annual income from government programs.
This data is startling. In the outreach programs of our province, the num-
Sister Marian was there to greet her
when she came and called her by name. Deb-
bie was very struck by the respect that she
was shown, because she quickly pointed out
that street people don’t have names. They are
nobodies. She soon came to realize that if Sis-
ter could call her by name then she must be
worth something. If Sister saw something in
ber of women and children have increased significantly as is true across the her to respect, then she better do something
country – single moms and their children, grandmothers who are raising their to make herself worthy of that respect. She
grandchildren because parents are in prison or on drugs. The biggest frustra- entered a rehab program and found a job.
tion of our sisters and their volunteers is the rapidity with which funds run out. This story has stayed with me and has
While this is true, access to these centers by any one motivated me time
struggling to make ends meet, provides momentary They will find and time again, to
relief of some of the anxiety they experience in their
lives. These centers assurance that they will receive
someone who will offer find the face of Christ
in every poor person
a listening ear and listening heart. They will find them respect and love as Sister Marian did.
someone who will offer them respect and love at a
very vulnerable time of their life.
at a very vulnerable This story, or
stories similar to it
An experience that stays with me occurred sev- time of their life. are repeated over
eral years ago when I visited a walk-in center staffed and over again in our
by a Daughter of Charity and sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. outreach centers which become havens of
Debbie, a woman probably in her 30s, arrived to wash her clothes at compassion, respect, and encouragement.
the Center. While she waited for her laundry to be finished, she began chat- When individuals have to worry each month
ting with me. When a group of other women arrived at the door cursing at about keeping a roof over their heads or food
each other, Debbie invited them out until they on the table, when they can’t find the dollars
completed their argument. I commented to her needed to prevent their utilities from being
how impressed I was at the action she took. She turned off, when they have to make a choice
said, “Oh, Sister Marian never tolerates that can of between whether to pay for their medicine or
language. She always wants us to respect each their week’s groceries, they come with hope.
other.” Debbie then went on to share that she How difficult it is to have to turn them away,
had been an alcoholic and addicted to drugs. She but at least, they know that someone will
began coming to the Center to shower and wash care, will listen, and respect them, and will
her clothes and just to chat. act to find a solution to their problem at our
With deep gratitude,
Sister Claire Debes, D.C.
ift of Life
Sister Elizabeth Ann Sjoberg
Growing up as an “Air Force kid,” I I couldn’t put a finger on it at the time, there
had a variety of experiences with the was something special about the way the
universal Church. My family never spent Daughters prayed, interacted with each other,
more than three years in any one place. and with those they served. These women
As a result, we got to know many differ- could laugh, have fun, and at the same time
ent parish priests, Church communities, serve the poor with a deep, concrete love. But
and schools. And yet, my first experience become a Daughter of Charity? I wasn’t quite
of meeting a group of Sisters did not sure yet.
come until my high school and college After much prayer, vocation retreats, talk-
years. ing with others, and more prayer, God led me
I attended the University of Mary to a space where I was open to seeing where
Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this “vocation thing” would go. Looking back,
and became involved with the Catholic I know that it is God who has called me here.
Campus Ministry during my freshman Now that I am in the Seminary, there is time
year. One fall weekend, the campus min- to deepen my response to this call through
istry sponsored a weekend service trip prayer, study, and reflection.
to downtown Baltimore. We stayed with Surely, God has many adventures in store for me now
the Daughters of Charity, prayed with and in the future. And I can’t wait to meet them as a
them, and experienced volunteering in Daughter of Charity.
some of their urban ministries. Although
What is the path od is calling you to follow?
How do I know what God wants me to do a vocation as a Sister to spend the
with my life? Probably the best answer to weekend of prayer and reflection. The
the question is: You don’t! As we come to retreat will take place from early evening
know God, we learn to notice our inner on Friday, February 29, through
movements and impulses. late morning on Sunday, March 2,
2008. Pray with the Sisters on this most
These come to our awareness mostly important decision. We will gather in
through our feelings such as joy, fear, Emmitsburg, Maryland—home of the
peace, restlessness, and wonder. Prayer in Basilica of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and
its many expressions and manifestations the Daughters of Charity.
is the key to this awareness. Mark your calendars today! Additional
information can be obtained by e-
The Daughters of Charity invite single mailing Sister Denise LaRock at
Catholic women interested in discerning email@example.com.
She also attended St. Rose College in • Our Lady Queen of Peace School,
Albany, New York. Washington, D.C.
Completing the seminary in 1941, Lucy, In 1990, Sister returned to Emmitsburg
now Sister Lucia, was given her first and worked for a year as a docent at the
assignment as a group worker at Seton Seton Shrine Center. This was followed
Villa in Bellefonte, Delaware, followed by by nine years as sacristan in the Basilica
eight years at St. Mary’s Hospital Nursery of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth
Sister Lucia Palma, D.C. in Syracuse, New York, as a child nurse. Ann Seton.
Sister Lucia Palma died on May Sister Lucia’s ministry changed to Sister Lucia moved to Villa St. Michael
20, 2007, at Villa Saint Michael, the education and for the next 38 years she in 2000 but was far from being retired.
province’s retirement residence in Em- taught elementary grades at: The fast pace walking to and from school
mitsburg. She was 90 years of age and • Saint Mary’s School, Troy, New York in order to be on time stayed with Sister,
67 years of vocation. • Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica, New York and she still walked faster than most.
Lucy Palma was born in Washington, • Saint Peter’s School, Wilmington, Dela- She visited the Villa Sisters, accompanied
D.C., one of fourteen children of Raphael ware them to and from doctor visits, and was a
and Angelina Miglaccio Palma. Lucy en- • Saint Martin’s School, Baltimore relief switchboard operator in the Provin-
tered the Daughters of Charity in 1939. • Saint Michael’s School, Baltimore cial House.
She received her bachelor’s degree in • Saint Dominic’s School, Baltimore
elementary education from St. Joseph • Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg,
College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1966. Maryland
New Jersey, and lived there for three Sister Olga served in Baltimore as medi-
years. In the last three months of nurses cal and surgical supervisor in pediatrics
training, Olga was sent to Mount Hope at St. Agnes Hospital from 1945-1947,
Retreat in Baltimore where she lived and and nurse supervisor at Seton Institute
worked for two and a half years. It was from 1947-1955. In Washington, D.C.
during this time at Mount Hope Seton at Providence Hospital, Sister served
Institute that she became acquainted from 1955-1956 as nurse supervisor in
with the Daughters of Charity. In 1942, pediatrics and as infection control nurse
Olga entered the Daughters of Charity. from 1962-1987. During her twenty-five
Sister Olga Hamay, D.C. She received her bachelor’s degree and a half years at Providence, Sister also
Sister Olga Hamay died on July 2, 2007, at in nursing from St. Joseph College, served as supervisor for Central Supply
Villa Saint Michael in Emmitsburg. She was Emmitsburg, in 1958. For undergradu- and two medical/surgical units. In 1987,
89 years of age and 65 years of vocation. ate studies she also attended Loyola Sister Olga received her last active-duty
Olga Hamay was born in Philadelphia, College, Baltimore, and the University of assignment at Villa St. Michael in Em-
Pennsylvania, one of three children Detroit, Michigan. After completing the mitsburg where she served as nurse
of Daniel and Julia Hamay. She was seminary Sister Olga began her first as- supervisor and assisted in organizing the
baptized in the Byzantine Rite. She signment in 1943 as nurse supervisor at Villa Gift Shop.
graduated from Jamesburg High School St. Joseph Hospital, Dearborn, Michigan.
in Jamesburg, New York, in 1936. After She returned to St. Joseph in 1956, and
graduation she entered the School of worked there as director of nursing for
Nursing at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, six years until the hospital closed.
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Support Fund for the Elderly and Infirm Sisters,
333 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.
Emmitsburg, and her master’s degree in • Elizabeth Seton High School, Blad-
nursing administration from Saint John’s ensburg, Maryland, and Saint Joseph
University in Jamaica New York. House in Petersburg, Virginia, as vocation
After completing the seminary, Sister director
Catherine was sent to Our Lady of Vic- • Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola,
tory School in Portsmouth, Virginia, and Florida, as administrative assistant
taught elementary grades for two years. • Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland,
Sister Catherine Norton, D.C. The next four years were focused on her Maryland, as Vice-President of Mission
Sister Catherine Norton died Friday, studies at Saint Joseph College where she Services
July 27, 2007, of injuries sustained in a obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing • Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, as
fall while attending a meeting in Buffalo, in 1956 which marked the beginning of a Sponsor Liaison to Ascension Health for
New York. She was 73 years of age and long career in the healthcare field. the Emmitsburg Province
54 years of vocation. Several of Sister Catherine’s missions were: The recipient of an honorary doctorate
Kathryn Anne Norton was born in Troy, • Saint Mary Hospital, Saginaw, Michi- from The Catholic University of America
New York. Kathryn graduated from gan as nurse director in 1986, Sister Catherine was a Fellow
Catholic Central High School there in • Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Jack- of the American College of Hospital Ad-
June of 1952, and entered the Daughters sonville, Florida, as assistant administrator ministrators; a member of the American
of Charity the following December. • Providence Hospital in Washington, Hospital Association; American Public
She received her bachelor’s degree D.C. as assistant administrator, President/ Health Association; Catholic Hospital As-
in nursing from Saint Joseph College, CEO, and Chairman of the Board sociation; Florida Hospital Association.
lege, Emmitsburg, Maryland. She also • Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola,
attended Sacred Heart Hospital School Florida as operating room supervisor
of Nursing in Pensacola, Florida, and • Providence Hospital, Detroit, Michi-
Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. gan as operating room supervisor
After receiving her habit and the • Seton Institute, Baltimore as supervi-
name Sister Bernard, Sister was sent to sor of occupational/recreation therapy
her first mission, The Seton Institute, a • Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore as
facility for psychiatric care in Baltimore nursing coordinator
where she served as a nursing supervi- • Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola as a
Sister Bernard Noa, D.C. sor from 1946 until 1953. consultant
Sister Bernard Noa died Friday, Sep- Several of Sister Bernard’s other mis- St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jack-
tember 14, 2007, at Villa Saint Michael sions were: sonville, Florida was Sister’s last active-
in Emmitsburg. She was 85 years of age • St. Joseph’s Retreat, Dearborn, Mich- duty assignment. She will be remem-
and 62 years of vocation. igan as a psychiatric nursing supervisor bered for her extensive knowledge as
Margaret Elizabeth Noa was born in • Astor Home, Rhinebeck in New York a psychiatric nurse, her devotion to the
Pensacola, Florida, graduated from Pen- as the nurse for a residential group patients, and her love of nature, espe-
sacola High School 1940, and entered • Saint John’s Hospital, Lowell, Massa- cially birds.
the Daughters of Charity five years later chusetts as director of nursing service
in 1945. Sister received her bachelor’s • Saint Vincent’s Medical Center,
degree in nursing from St. Joseph Col- Jacksonville, Florida as operating room
Vincentian Family News
The 1st Annual South Carolina Vincentian Family Gathering
Twenty members of the Vincentian Family, then members shared about their “I want to tell others about the fel-
Family met at the Sisters of Charity of group and ministry and, of course, lunch. lowship of those who were present &
Our Lady of Mercy Mother House in Some of the comments were as follows: their wonderful commitment in serving
Charleston, South Carolina, on Novem- “The wonderful stories of work being the poor.”
ber 17, 2007. Members were from the done to assist the poor and the compas- “This is a fabulous start!”
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ladies of sion & love shown by the individuals who
Charity, Sisters of Charity of Our Lady shared their ministry work touched me.”
of Mercy, Daughters of Charity and the “God is at work in South Carolina
Friends of Vincent (retired persons from and has chosen many wonderful children For more information
the Georgetown area who serve the poor to help Him!” on the Vincentian Family,
in the spirit of St. Vincent). “There are possibilities for coordi- visit our web site
The gathering consisted of prayer, a nating or working together or at least www.famvin.org/en/vincentian-family
brief presentation about the Vincentian occasional contacts…”
The gift of the
GS reen capular
Ten years after the manifestation was encircled by an inscription
of the Miraculous Medal to Sister of oval shape surmounted by a
Catherine Labouré, in 1830, the Blessed gold cross, and thus worded:
Mother entrusted the Scapular of the “Immaculate Heart of
Immaculate Heart of Mary (popularly Mary, pray for us now and
called the Green Scapular) to Sister at the hour of our death.”
Justine Bisqueyburu, likewise a Daughter An interior voice revealed Sister Genevieve Ryan,
of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. to Sister Justine the meaning of Marian Center Director from 1953 to 1988
On January 28, 1840, Our Blessed the vision. She understood that
Mother appeared to Sister Justine during this new scapular and the prayers of onto small patches of green felt. The pro-
her time of prayer. Mary held in her those who used it would be a means that duction process continues at the Marian
right hand her heart, surrounded by God would use to bring to Himself those Center by using the sealomatic machine
flames and in the other hand a kind of who had no faith and to reconcile those to adhere the plastic that holds the felt
scapular. It was a single piece of green who had strayed from their faith. Thus, and cord together.
cloth rectangular in shape and hanging they would be assured of a happy death. To request a Green Scapular or make
by a string which was green. On one side Today, the official Green Scapular is a donation, please write or e-mail us.
was a picture of the Blessed Virgin and still lovingly handmade by the Daughters Daughters of Charity
on the other side was “a heart all ablaze of Charity in the Marian Center which is The Marian Center
with rays more dazzling than the sun, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. White 333 South Seton Avenue
and as transparent as crystal,” said Sister cloths with Mary’s image and the Im- Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9297
Justine. That heart, pierced with a sword, maculate Heart of Mary are assembled e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
With joy and gratitude we
Daughters of Charity
Jubilees at the Basilica of
Celebration of J ubilees 2007
of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
on October 27, 2007:
(back left to right)
Sister Regina Loughlin, 70 years
Sister Marguerite Butler, 60 years
Sister Maria Rosa Dorr, 60 years
(front left to right)
Sister Hilda Gleason, 75 years
Sister Baptista Peters, 80 years
Sister Rosa Daly, 70 years
Sister Regina Linder, 60 years,
was unable to attend.
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Another January, another year, begins for the Daughters of Charity. This year will be the 375th year since
Marguerite Naseau, the first Daughter of Charity, whose virtuous life of selfless charity showed other
women the way, both to teach young girls and to nurse the sick poor. She offered herself to serve the poor
and pray for souls.
And here in America the Daughters of Charity are still working with the poor and praying for souls. In this
newsletter, you will see how with your support the Daughters of Charity are changing lives, helping per-
sons who are poor to lift themselves out of poverty one life, one family, one community at a time.
The celebration of the Resurrection will soon be here. Easter is such a special time in the life of the Church.
The Daughters will be celebrating Easter with a Novena of Masses said each day for the intentions of all of
you who partner with the Daughters to help the poor and especially for those who request prayers using
our special Easter Novena cards.
I hope this upcoming Lent and Easter season finds your family healthy happy and safe.
Director of Development
P.S. If you would like any information concerning your gifts in 2007 for tax reasons, do not hesitate
to call or e-mail me. Thank you for your continued support of the Daughters of Charity.
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