Service Day

In order to celebrate 200 years of faith of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the women's & men's religious communities are coming together to recall their ministry in the Archdiocese with a day of service!

Saturday, October 9th, 2021

More information including some ideas, a fact sheet to distribute, organizations to partner with and more are listed below!  

Want to see what other schools and parishes are doing? Check out their projects here!

How it All Began

How can we (women & men religious) celebrate 200 years of the Archdiocese?

“We knew we wanted our part of the celebration to be a day of service,” said Sister Rita Sturwold, SNDdeN. And nothing could be a more fitting contribution from these women and men religious to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s bicentennial celebrations.

When the first orders of sisters and brothers first arrived locally, beginning with the Sisters of Charity in 1829, it was to serve and care for the burgeoning communities of immigrants. They brought with them a rich tradition of prayer, love and community, which formed the foundation of their vast and varied contributions to health care, education and social justice. The respective legacies these communities – 21 in all – have cultivated continue to bear much fruit.

text by Rebecca Sontag

There for you then, Here for you Now

How does service honor 200 years of faith in the Archdiocese?

Instead of just gathering nuns, priests, brothers and sisters for a service day, the religious communities of this Archdiocese want to invite YOU to minister alongside them. Since the 1800s, religious men and women have served the people of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in education, healthcare and social services. The laity have always been vital partners in these areas of service.

Once again, the religious communities are inviting you to partner with them to make a difference in our community through service! To truly celebrate the faith, service and  ministry of the Archdiocese, we all must partner together to share the Gospel by serving our brothers and sisters!

Welcome New Neighbors

How shall we serve?

Preparing an Archdiocesan day of service is a giant undertaking. Recalling the beginning of their ministry in the area, the communities of religious invite all people to Welcome New Neighbors on October 9th, 2021. In the 1800s, these new neighbors were immigrants to the US. While we certainly have neighbors from other countries, we are inviting everyone to consider the story of the Good Samaritan as they ponder "Who is my neighbor?" and "How can I welcome them?"

In the coming months, this page will be filled with ideas on how your family, your youth group, school class or parish group can welcome new neighbors. We welcome any act of service, big or small. Bake cookies for someone recovering from an illness, rake leaves for an elderly neighbor, learn about a new culture or even start a canned food drive for the local homeless shelter. 

Stay tuned to this website for all the ideas, publicity materials and events that will be planned near you! 

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