Mount St. Joseph University

Sisters of Charity: A Lasting Mount Legacy

Mount News: alumni magazine


"As founders and sponsors, Sisters of Charity have been present throughout the Mount's nearly 100-year history. From administrators to faculty, serving on the staff as sacristans, infirmarians, and in many staff positions, and as members of the Board of trustees, many Sisters of Charity have labored to bring the spirit of the gospel and of the Charity mission to their co-workers and to the students." - Judith Metz '66, SC, Archivist, Sisters of Charity

Sisters at the Mount
Throughout the years, many vowed members of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati dedicated time and resources to the Mount, even after earning their degrees. Some held roles as professors, staff and even presidents. Past presidents and the years they served include: 
Mother Mary Zoe Farrell , 1944-1953
Sister Maria Corona Molloy, 1959-1967
Sister Jean Patrice Harrington ’53, 1977-1987

Past faculty include Sisters Augusta Zimmer ’40, Julia Pflum ’33, Xavier Marie Garrett, Mary Alfreda Alexander, and Mary Lea Mueller ’25.

Many alumni also remember professors Sister Loretto Burke ’57 and Sister Victoria Marie.

Campus Ministry at the Mount

Campus ministry encourages spiritual exploration of all denominations and beliefs through worship (including Mass), faith-sharing programs, retreats, leadership opportunities, on-campus support and social justice service opportunities.

Sister Nancy Bramlage ’67 , director of mission and ministry, and Coordinator of Campus Ministry Michael Casciato, work together on events that are open to students, faculty and staff. “We work on things like ‘Pizza and Ponder,’which are opportunities to focus on current social justice issues, mission service trips to New Orleans, masses in the Mater Dei Chapel for feast days, and memorial services for the unfortunate occasions when we honor a student, faculty or staff member who dies,”she says.

When discussing impact, Bramlage shares how the Motherhouse opened its swimming pool to Mount students, faculty and staff. She also talks about collaboration. “The Sisters of Charity Mission includes an emphasis on Care of Creation,”she says. The collaboration between the Sisters of Charity and the Mount’s Environmental Action Committee (EAC) is significant. Sisters serve on the committee, and the Office of Mission and Ministry and Campus Ministry collaborate with the EAC on several programs.

Service Learning at the Mount

5,100 service hours completed in 2012-2013

45 regular community partners

Sister Mary Bookser ’67 , has been a Sister of Charity for 52 years. She spent 20 years of her ministry at the Mount, as director of the liberal studies program and, later, as leader of the service learning program. Through service learning, students apply classroom knowledge while volunteering and earning academic credit. The educational purpose of the program is to channel creativity in solving urban problems, and to build a true sense of community through an experiential, action-reflection, service learning model.

Summer Employment Program at the Mount

9 years the program has been in place

28 nonprofits involved summer 2014

75 students participated summer 2014

The Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation provides financial support for the Mount’s Summer Employment Program. The Mount works closely with the Foundation to identify and invite the participating nonprofit employers. Students who are part of the Summer Employment program work to give back to their community and gain valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector.

Sisters of Charity: A Brief History

1809 Sisters of Charity founded by St. Elizabeth Ann (Bayley) Seton in Emmitsburg, Md.
1829 Four Sisters of Charity came to Cincinnati
1852 Mother Margaret Farrell George founded Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
1854 Established Mount St. Vincent Motherhouse and Academy
1884 Mount St. Joseph established as Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
1920 Founded College of Mount St. Joseph on-the-Ohio