SCCs Enjoy Ministry Day at Motherhouse
As summer days fade and a new ministerial year begins, The Sisters of Christian Charity gathered at Mallinckrodt Convent, Mendham, New Jersey, for a symposium entitled “Lighting the Fire of the Charism of Ministry”. SCCs serving in the ministries of teaching, healthcare, formation, administration, social justice and as pastoral associates desired to discover anew the challenge of working with Christ in building up the Kingdom. The day was the culmination of a week-long summer gathering of the SCC Temporary Professed Sisters.
Keynote speaker, Sister Mary Ann Jacobs SCC, Professor of Teacher Education at Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, offered a fresh nuance to understanding “ministry as a sacrament”, one that is a sign begun by Christ to give grace. “In each of our ministries, we are an outward sign of God’s presence and love; we are ministers of God’s grace to all we serve. When people see us, they experience God! We are always in ministry”.
Displays of the various ministries in which SCCs are engaged filled the conference area and ministry “table talks” followed on the graced lives of the women who ministered in the past, and on the opportunities and challenges of being a “sacrament” in ministry today in the spirit of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt.
Sister Joseph Spring SCC, President of Assumption College for Sisters, commented, “Today helped me recall the inspiration behind all our ministries”.
On August 16, Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Ph.D, Vicar General of the Diocese of Paterson and pastor of Corpus Christi, Chatham, New Jersey, was the main celebrant for the Mass of First Profession of Sisters Bakhita Nyomoo, Luiza Simon, Lucianna Le, and Regina Bathalon. Sister Mary Edward Spohrer, provincial superior, received the vows of the Sisters in the presence of the community, and the Sisters’ relatives and friends.
9 Sisters of the N.A. Eastern Province renewed their vows on August 14. Congratulations!
The Groundbreaking Ceremony of the New Motherhouse in Mendham took place on June 25, 2016. May the Lord bless this important project!
Sister Mary Edward said: "86 years ago this coming September, a groundbreaking took place on this property for the establishment of a motherhouse here in Mendham. Today, God is calling us to undertake another building project, which will provide a new home for all of our Sisters, including those now in Danville. By turning over these first shovels full of earth, we take a significant step into our future."