sisters of charity

Incarnate Word Sisters of Houston establish international novitiate in St. Louis

Sister Ita Harnett, postulant director for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word novitiate in St. Louis, looked at the colors coming off the stained glass with formation director Sister Helena Adaku Ogbuji. The Sisters of Charity recently completed consolidation of novitiates from Kenya and Guatemala into the novitiate in St. Louis.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston have established a new home for their international novitiate, right in the heart of the old Gaslight Square district of St. Louis.

Work was completed in December on the two-story, 3,300-square-foot facility at the intersection of Olive and Boyle streets in the Central West End. A blessing of the house was to have taken place Feb. 18.

CCVI congregational leader reflects on diversity, charism

Sister Teresa Maya, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, visited Incarnate Word Academy during Mission Week. Her first stop at the school was to mingle through the Mission Carnival, an event which will raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of St Louis. Sister Tere gave her best attempt at the ball toss booth while students gathered around her.

Sister Teresa Maya of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word remembers watching the news in Ferguson unfold from the sisters' motherhouse in San Antonio, Texas, and wondered — worried, actually — how her community could make a difference.

One of the sisters' ministries, Incarnate Word Academy, is in the tiny village of Bel-Nor, about 10 minutes from Ferguson. The all-girls Catholic high school has been present there since 1932.

Two saints with very different backgrounds but similar accomplishments

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson blessed the newly renovated Kenrick-Glennon Seminary following a Mass of Rededication Jan. 12. Pledges to the successful Faith for the Future campaign paid for the renovation and enhanced the endowment. Significant needs have been addressed regarding the seminary building’s infrastructure, with new plumbing, heating and cooling systems, improved kitchen facilities and enhanced technology systems.

I'm writing today about two women from very different backgrounds who ended up being saints -- women who overcame extraordinary obstacles and accomplished many amazing things. The two saints are Elizabeth Ann Seton, born in 1774 to Protestant parents of high position in New York City, and Frances Xavier Cabrini, born in 1850 in the Lombardy region of Italy, the 13th child of an Italian farm family.

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