2016 Annual Report in the Year of Mercy

2016 Annual Report in the Year of Mercy

Reflecting on the Year of Mercy: A Letter from Sister Sally Duffy, SC

Can you forgive God, your parents and yourself? I remember a priest at Notre Dame University beginning a homily with this question. Forgiving one’s self begins with recognizing that God forgives our sins. Yet one must begin by acknowledging our own sins, betrayals, denials, wretchedness, and collusion.

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Healing the Sick

Healing the Sick

Healing the Sick: Bayley

Cincinnati, OH  | www.bayleylife.org

When Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he wrote,“The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel.”

Since 1990, the staff at Bayley have been dedicated to the wellbeing of community members experiencing various stages of the aging process. Located on rolling hills across from the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse campus in Delhi Township, Bayley’s retirement community is home to more than three hundred residents with needs ranging from independent or assisted living, to skilled nursing or memory support care. In addition, hundreds of local senior adults participate in Bayley’s adult day program and fitness club. As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Bayley is committed to providing compassion and quality of life to all those they serve.

Sister Patricia Malarkey, SC (left) serves as a pastoral minister for Bayley residents including G. Ron Hall (right). Staff member Vicki Moore (center) is one of many dedicated personnel who carry on the spirit of the Sisters of Charity in their daily work.

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Forgiving Offenses

Forgiving Offenses

Forgiving Offenses: Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center

Cincinnati, OH | www.ijpccincinnati.org

“Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” – Pope Francis

For the staff at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), this belief in love and care for others is at the core of their work to promote a peaceful, nonviolent society. The organization was formed 30 years ago when five congregations of Catholic women religious, including the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, joined together to advocate for social justice. Today the organization is supported by 21 diverse faith communities which advance the mission of educating and advocating for peace and nonviolence, as well as challenging unjust local, national and global issues.

Sister Andrea Koverman, SC (right), visits with anti-death penalty advocate Derrick Jamison (left). Derrick survived nearly 20 years on death row in Ohio before being exonerated and freed in 2005.
Sister Andrea Koverman, SC (right), visits with anti-death penalty advocate Derrick Jamison (left). Derrick survived nearly 20 years on death row in Ohio before being exonerated and freed in 2005.

Some of the most serious social justice issues pertain to the racial disparity and unfairness with our nation’s use of the death penalty. Since 1973, more than 150 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence2. As long as the death penalty exists, the risk of executing an innocent person continues.

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Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger: Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO | www.ccharitiescc.org

“We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us… As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other.” –Pope Francis

Since 2009, the Family Immigration Services office within Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has served an increasing number of immigrants each year. The state of Colorado is home to more than 500,000 foreign-born residents from more than 75 countries. The challenges of a broken immigration system in the U.S. have left many of these immigrants undocumented. Just as most Americans are descendants of someone who came to this country with the desire to leave violence and poverty behind for a better life – so too are the stories of the modern-day migrants and refugees.

The evidence is clear and the struggles are real for many families seeking refuge in the U.S. “Many are fleeing horrific situations in Central America to keep their children safe,” shared Eric Pavri, director of Family Immigration Services. “They believe in the U.S. and feel they will be safe here.”

Cristina Pavasars (right), is one of two immigration counselors in the Family Immigration Services office who has earned accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals of the U.S. Department of Justice. She is pictured here with director and immigration attorney, Eric Pavri (left). Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is the only organization in their 10-county diocese that has government approval to provide low-cost legal representation in immigration cases.

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2016 Annual Report | Highlights from the Past 5 Years

2016 Annual Report  |  Highlights from the Past 5 Years

Over the past twenty years, SC Ministry Foundation has supported nearly 1,000 nonprofit organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Our collective investment of more than $159 million in grants for these nonprofits supports the services that align with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in promoting social justice, addressing the root causes of poverty, and advocating for better lives for all people through improvements in education, income, and health, while minimizing inequity and racism.

A few highlights of our partnerships through the past five years are featured below. We are grateful to all the organizations that have partnered with the foundation in our mission, all past and present members of our board and staff, and all Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Above all, we thank God for the resources with which we have been blessed, and we ask for God’s continuing grace and guidance as we work to bring about the reign of God.

100% College Acceptance Earned by DePaul Cristo Rey High School Graduates


The inaugural classes of DePaul Cristo Rey graduated in 2015 and 2016, collectively earning $6.7 million in scholarships.

New Orleans Catholic Sisters’ Film Shared Worldwide

sr-clare-of-assisi_700pThe documentary, “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Catholic Sisters of New Orleans,” produced by SC Ministry Foundation, shared the story of the Sisters’ resilience post-Hurricane Katrina with U.S. audiences through ABC, Catholic TV, WLAE, NET, and EWTN, which also broadcast internationally. The film earned the 2013 Gabriel Award for best religious TV program and the 2014 Gold Aurora Award for a cultural documentary.

Hundreds of Volunteers Deliver Quality Care and Hope for Uninsured Adults


In the five years since the Good Samaritan Free Health Center opened in Price Hill, 23,000+ patient visits have occurred through 33,000+ volunteer hours from physicians, dentists, nurses and therapists – placing the center as the largest urban free health clinic in Ohio.

Small Grant Makes a Big Difference

peaslee_sisterterrythorman_2014_700pSince its inception in 2014, the Sister Elise Grant has helped Sisters of Charity assist their associated nonprofits with various needs including bus tokens, books, iPads and piano recitals. A total of 77 grants, each ranging from $500 to $3,000, have been awarded to 66 nonprofit organizations.

It Takes a Community to Grow One

purcell-ave-row-houses_700pCincinnati, Ohio has been nationally recognized for leading Collective Impact initiatives – through which organizations and funders collaborate on change with a common agenda and shared measurements. One example is the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Place Matters program which focuses on the revitalization of five Cincinnati neighborhoods, including Price Hill. For every $1 that SC Ministry Foundation invested in Place Matters, $150 were leveraged for Price Hill.

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage: Crossing the Threshold of the Holy Door

SCMF_BoardPilgrimage_2016_700p.jpgSC Ministry Foundation board and staff members traveled to Baltimore and Emmitsburg, Maryland last spring to experience the spirit of St. Elizabeth Seton through the sites of her early ministries. The group toured St. Elizabeth’s first school in Baltimore, and her homes in Emmitsburg at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, which served as an official pilgrimage site during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Thank You for Your Service, Michael McGraw

Thank You for Your Service, Michael McGraw

mike-mcgraw-dec-2013-2_400pSC Ministry Foundation is grateful to Michael McGraw, who has promoted the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati through his leadership as board chairperson for the past three years during his term of dedicated service with the SC Ministry Foundation Board and committees for the past nine years.

The staff of SC Ministry Foundation would like to thank all members of our board and board committees for their ministry as stewards of our mission.

Recognizing 25 Years of Service

Recognizing 25 Years of Service

marybeth_400pSC Ministry Foundation extends deep appreciation for Marybeth Schroer who dedicated 25 combined years of service with the SC Ministry Foundation and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Pictured below: In honor of her service, Marybeth received a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives from Denise Driehaus (right), Ohio Representative and SC Ministry Foundation board committee member.