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VISION Issues 2021–2005
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Autumn 2021 The cover of the fall issue features Vincent’s Village, the 93-unit affordable housing unit sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of New York that celebrated its grand opening in September. A new program sponsored by SCNY and CMSV, Vincent’s Table, seeks to address food insecurity in the local area. Other stories include a profile of Sister Kathleen Tracey, and more profiles of sisters missioned in Guatemala. Bill Hurley writes about Laudato Si’ and immigration, and Sister Mary Ann Garisto shares more tips on reducing our carbon footprint. Mindy Gordon shares the story of Le Gras Hall, now serving as the administrative offices for SCNY.
Summer 2021 The summer issue highlights the 50 years of the Sisters of Charity’s involvement in Guatemala, including a historical overview, profiles of the sisters missioned there, life in the Formation house, and health care services. Additional features include the blessing of a tree at Mount Saint Vincent in celebration of Laudato Si’, and tips from Sister Mary Ann Garisto for reducing your carbon footprint from Sister Mary Ann Garisto. Sister Regina Bechtle explains how the Congregation is responding to the call for racial harmony.
Spring 2021 The spring issue celebrates SCNY’s sponsored ministries, with a special emphasis on the important role that board and council members play in their development. For the present, we profile several lay individuals who ensure the success of our ministries. Sr. Mary Mc Cormick looks back on how Sr. Irene Fitzgibbon summoned the help of Catholic laity in procuring financial support for The New York Foundling. In another feature, archivist Mindy Gordon discovers a Brooklyn Dodgers letterhead that leads back to an SCNY fan.
Winter 2021 This winter issue of Vision commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Seton. Sister Sheila Brosnan explains how Seton, a New Yorker, came to see herself as a “citizen of the world,” while Sister Mary E. Mc Cormick sheds light on her ancestry. For our own times and road to racial justice, Sister Regina Bechtle profiles Pierre Toussaint and Sister Thea Bowman. In a richly illustrated article, archivist Mindy Gordon highlights the artifacts of the Congregation’s museum that have now been donated to the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg.
Autumn 2020 This issue of Vision is devoted to our long association with education. Articles include a report on Sr. Margaret Dennehy’s advocacy for primary school libraries in NYC, the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s nationally recognized nursing programs, and the pioneering approach to higher education at Elizabeth Seton College. Patrice Athanasidy profiles Sister Marie Paula Holdman’s commitment to learning and education, and Sr. Mary McCormick provides a history of the Sisters’ educational mission in The Bahamas.
Summer 2020 This issue of Vision features our sponsored ministries’ work to help those most affected by COVID-19. We provide reports from the larger ministries—Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, Elizabeth Seton Children’s and The New York Foundling—as well as Sisters Hill Farm, LEFSA, Casa de Esperanza, and Elizabeth Seton Women’s Center. Sr. Regina Bechtle provides an extensive report of the many ways charity is growing throughout the Congregation during this time of crisis.
Spring 2020 COVID-19 became part of our existence just as we were adding the final touches to the Spring 2020 issue of Vision. The importance of the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation looms larger than ever as Vincent’s Village moves closer to providing much-needed housing for our seniors. Also in this issue, Sister Regina Bechtle composed a special Charity Wisdom, in a Time of Shared Crisis; we recall the SC response to the Spanish Flu pandemic in Shamokin, Pa.; Sister Miriam Anne Brennan celebrates 100 years of life in May 2020, and more.
Winter 2020 The Winter 2020 issue of Vision features two events on January 4 that celebrated vocations in Guatemala. In addition, we feature four Young Associates who live the Charism of Charity; Sister Regina Bechtle examines the prayer life of the Congregation and also answers the question: “is Elizabeth Seton the founder of the first Catholic parochial school?”; a reader shares a moving story about her grandmother’s life as a foster child at the New York Foundling, and more.
Autumn 2019 The Autumn issue of Vision visits our proud tradition in Catholic education by looking back on the start of St. Gabriel School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, the shared mission with the de La Salle Christian Brothers, and our continued collaboration with the College of Mount Saint Vincent. We also feature Casa de Esperanza and how this mission continues the tradition of educating the immigrant community, Associate Day, the grotto at Mount Saint Vincent, then and now, and more .
Summer 2019 The Sisters of Charity gathered in the newly-renovated Chapel of the Immaculate Conception to install the new Leadership Team. In addition to a recap of the day, this issue features a brief biography of each member of the new Team, a look at the election of the New York Community in the early days, a look at the New York Foundling’s Anniversary Weekend in June, and much more.
Spring 2019 The Sisters of Charity of New York have accompanied adults, children, and families who are homeless or facing homelessness for over 200 years. As times changed so did our way of accompanying persons and addressing homelessness compassionately and systemically. The majority of this issue is dedicated to that effort. This issue also presents a brief summary of Assembly 2019 and our newly elected Leadership Team.
Winter 2019 Sister Catherine Smith, our newest centenarian, is profiled by Sr. Patricia McGowan. Also in this issue: our newest Associates are introduced with an emphasis on their own words; an important article on clerical abuse was written by Sr. Regina Bechtle; LifeWay Network and the important work of that organization is highlighted; Steve Korf, who lends his talents to our Sponsored Ministries is also featured; and more.
Autumn 2018 Sister Regina Bechtle takes a look at the ways in which our ministries carry on the legacy of education is various ways. We also feature the apprenticeship program at Sisters Hill Farm and how the Congregation helps train new farmers. Other features include the life of our newest centenarian, Sister Frances Devine; Sr. Jane Manor, a new housing program in Staten Island, is dedicated, and we take a look at the Assembly 2019 preparations.
Summer 2018 The Barbara Ford Peacebuilding Center is the lead story in the Summer 2018 issue of Vision. The article highlights the Congregation’s mission, which provides support and instruction on several levels, enabling the people of this community to grow spiritually and personally. Other features include the Sisters of Charity Ministry Network, Servant Leadership within the charism of charity, our retired Sisters, and more.
Spring 2018 This issue of Vision features the 30th Anniversary of external communications, which includes our magazines, Vision and CloseUp. Other features include vocations in Guatemala, CMSV students — Leaders in Service, Sister Maria Louis’ 100 birthday, and more.
Winter 2018 The Winter 2018 issue of Vision examines the Congregation from 1967 to 2017 and the presidents who oversaw the mission during these years of transition and the sponsored ministries that were created. This issue also takes a look at the closing celebration of the bicentennial year.
Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 issue of Vision examines the expanding missions from 1867 to 1967 and the mother superiors who oversaw the growth. This issue also takes a look at the celebrations during this bicentennial year.
Autumn 2016 The Autumn 2016 issue of Vision ushers in the bicentennial celebration of the Sister of Charity of New York. This issue features the first fifty years of the Congregation, from 1817 to 1867.
Summer 2016 Sr. Constance Brennan responds to God’s call; our Charity Heritage series highlights Sr. Maria Josephine Berrigan, aunt of Fr. Daniel Berrigan; St. Athanasius fourth graders visit Sisters Hill Farm; an Associate Lisa Shay visits Livorno, and more good news at our Sponsored Ministries and more.
Spring 2016 We feature a profile of Sr. Rita Meaney; our Charity Heritage series highlights Sr. Basilia McCann, who founded the Sisters of Charity-Halifax; the Princess Project, the creation of two CMSV students is featured, as is the good news in our Sponsored Ministries and more.
Winter 2016 Pope Francis has declared this the Year of Mercy—Sr. Eileen Fagan reflects on its meaning; an exhibit at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral celebrates two bicentennial celebration; Sisters Hill Farm collaborates with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and POTS; St. Raymond Parish, Bronx, is the new home of the monstrance from the Convent of Mary the Queen, CMSV nursing students visit Guatemala mission, and more.
Autumn 2015 Pope Francis’ visit in September generated a great deal of excitement in New York. The Congregation and staff members were among the fortunate few who were able to attend some of the events. Three celebrated Golden Jubilees this year: Sisters Jean Bocian, Ann Costello, and Mary Ann Daly. We take a look at their lives of service in the 150 years they have devoted. Sister Mary Margaret McGovern celebrated 100 years of life in 2015, and six new Associates were welcomed into the Congregation, and much more.
Summer 2015 The Congregation gathered on June 30, 2015, to install the New Leader Team. This issue takes a look at the five women who will lead the Sisters of Charity of New York for the next four years. We also feature the 2015 Charity in the City program, we take a look at how the Congregation is responding to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, we look back on the 40th anniversary of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s canonization, and more.
Spring 2015 Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. In this issue of Vision we take a look at the Sisters of Charity in consecrated life. The Congregation gathered for Assembly 2015 in April. In addition to electing a new Leadership Team, the Assembly formulated calls that will guide implementation once the new Leadership Team takes office.
Winter 2015 Sister Jane Iannucelli traveled to Guatemala to receive Sister Rosenda Castañeda Gonzalez, who made her first vows in Guatemala. She was also present as two young women entered Postulancy. We take a look at the service of Sr. Nancy Kellar, who traveled the world spreading the news of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The Staten Island Advance featured an article about two of our Sisters, dear friends who went home to God only weeks apart (reprinted with permission). New Associates were welcomed in New York and Guatemala.
Autumn 2014 This is the year to celebrate the Consecrated Life, not just as an idea, but as a reality in each sister’s life. This issue of Vision tells stories of women who live this life. We pay special tribute to the five women who celebrated their Golden Jubilee, Sisters Vivienne Joyce, Suzanne Wallin, Kathleen Byrnes, Carol De Angelo, and Carol Finnegan.
Spring/Summer 2014 Under the guidance of Mother Elizabeth Boyle, our first Mother Superior, the Sisters of Charity served 5,000 orphans, most of whom were the children of immigrants. From this first sponsored work to the sponsored works of today we have consistently served immigrants over the years. The Spring/Summer issue provides our readers with a look at the great number of people served by our Sponsored Ministries.
Fall 2013 As we end the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and recall its document “The Declaration on Christian Education,” our Fall issue reconfirms the continuing of our tradition of commitment to Catholic education. We also feature our Golden Jubilarians’ “Two Hundred Years of Loving Service,” our mission activity in New Orleans, “Where Were You” brings us back to the March on Washington in the 1960s, and more.
Summer 2013 In this issue we share with you how Sisters in Southwest Yonkers, along with Associates and colleagues, are responding to the signs of the times by serving the community in a variety of new settings. We also cover the special community Garden of Hope on the grounds of Mount Saint Vincent, a wrap–up Charity in the City 2013, the gathering at Liberty State Park in support of Nuns on the Bus, the closing of 26 Archdiocesan Schools, and more.
Spring 2013 The Sisters of Charity answered the call when Superstorm Sandy struck Staten Island and the Rockaways. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel joined together with Sisters Hill Farm to make a difference. We feature seven who answer the call to volunteer in our many ministries.
Fall 2012 This Fall issue marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the commitment to our mission to be Christ in the world He has given us. We also cover celebrations of our September Jubilarians and more.
Summer 2012 This Summer issue features the Sisters Hill Farm, a community farm and Sisters of Charity sponsored work, where the “gift of creation blossoms.” We also cover the rich and proud heritage of the SCNY Archives, Elizabeth Seton and the Civil War Connection, and more.
Spring 2012 This Spring issue features the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers and highlights its proud history and origins at the New York Foundling. It also features POTS’ opening and dedication, a new postulant received into the congregation, and more.
Winter 2012 This is the first issue under our new President, Sr. Jane Iannucelli, SC. After reading Sr. Jane’s first letter, we invite you to read about our Golden Jubilarians, Sr. Anne Mary Regan’s 100th Birthday celebration, LEFSA’s 25th Anniversary, Elizabeth Seton’s daughter, Catherine, and more. VISION has been redesigned and now features many more photos.
Fall 2010 This issue celebrates our September Jubilarians, with special emphasis on the Sisters celebrating 50 years of service. We also cover museum exhibits with Congregation themes, important alumnae mementos and a piece on St. Vincent de Paul.
Summer 2010 This issue celebrates the Congregation’s Associates, priests with whom we’ve worked, and our legacy at two schools. The Sisters and others in the Vincentian family mark the 350th anniversary of the death of two of its founders: St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. Learn which Sisters earned special honors for their works and about the special exhibit that celebrates the contribution of vowed women to the United States.
Spring 2010 We’ve redesigned our quarterly magazine a bit. This issue covers our sponsored housing ministry; and the Federation hospitality house for volunteers in New Orleans. SC Associate Miriam Ford reports on her relief trips to Haiti. We profile Sr. Miriam Gabriel Obraz’s 44 years in Shrub Oak; honor Sr. Trudé Collins for her 50 years in the South Bronx; and remember Sr. Bobbie Ford for her 20 years in Guatemala and her murder nine years ago. St. Vincent’s Hospital closes after 160 years of service. Sr. Margaret Beaudette sculpts a new work in her studio.
Winter 2009/2010 We review Bicentennial year events, with special emphasis on the Sponsorship Celebration in September. The New York Foundling observed several significant developments. The Congregation and individual Sisters were honored with many awards. Learn which Sisters marked significant Jubilees. Our volunteer programs are growing.
Summer 2009 This issue covers the 2nd year of our Charity in the City program and other volunteers. It also features special Bicentennial events. Learn who was awarded Seton Legacy of Charity Medals — a once in a lifetime honor. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Take the quiz on planned gifts.
Spring 2009 The 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue was dedicated to our Sisters! Read all about it and view photos from this memorable day. Also, learn which Sister professed final vows, which celebrated 60th and 70th anniversaries, and which ones “star” in the Cardinal’s Annual Appeal campaign. Volunteer programs are going strong. Spiritual ministries reach many.
Winter 2008/2009 Our year-in-review issue covers several firsts: our first Spring Benefit and the launch of our Charity in the City volunteer program. In our Associate program, we welcomed three new members and 15 others renewed their commitments. Review the careers of Sisters who celebrated 75, 50 and 25 years in the Congregation. Learn about events in the bicentennial year of the establishment of the Sisters of Charity by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. And much more!
Summer 2007 Learn about the election process of the Congregation and its new leadership team; Sr. Dorothy reports on 850 women religious leaders from around the world who gathered in Rome; there’s a look back at the early days of the Sisters in NYC; learn about retired Sisters who still volunteer; Sr. Yolanda De Mola writes about Aging Joyfully; plus a book and web site review.
Spring 2007 The 10th anniversary issue of our quarterly newsletter covers significant Congregational happenings, such as Assembly 2007 and our first golf tournament; Sisters working with high school students, going to Albany for Public Policy Day, and celebrating 60–75 years in religious life. Plus, appointments, retirements, art exhibits, and a web review.
Winter 2006/2007 Congregational happenings in the late fall and early winter include: Sisters honored for 118 years of service in The Bahamas; 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation as an independent one; the amazing works of Sr. Marie Dolores Van Rensselaer; how the January 4th feast day of Elizabeth Seton was celebrated in various places; the annual Associate retreat; recommended book and web sites…and more!
Fall 2006 Sisters celebrate their Golden Jubilees; vocations sprout in Guatemala; the Bridge Building program expands; immigration forum was held; pilgrimage made to Livorno (Leghorn), Italy; Assembly 2007 is anticipated; and a book is reviewed.
Summer 2006 Sr. Bobbie Ford is remembered on the fifth anniversary of her murder in Guatemala. The Congregation’s 189-year long ministry with immigrants is highlighted. Books are reviewed. Movies are recommended. Our Vocation Director writes about the steps leading to vows.
Spring 2006 The Congregation continues its tradition in education…in new ways, including hosting the first Spirituality Day for schools. Plus, Sr. Perpetua turns 100, and reports on Associate Commitment Day, the annual Development Fund, housing for low-income elderly, and the evils of human trafficking.