Sunday, September 17, 2000

Sisters of Charity open house to public

Visitors can look at renovated chapel

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — The public rooms at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, including the newly renovated Immaculate Conception Chapel, will be open to the public during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

        The sisters are using the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the canonization of Elizabeth Seton, the congregation's founder, as well as the renovation of the chapel to invite the public toshare in the celebration.

        “So many people have expressed interest in seeing (the chapel),” said Mary Kay Gilbert, communications director for the Sisters of Charity. “It's so beautiful, we want to share it.”

        Several rooms at the Motherhouse, located at 5900 Delhi Road, will be open, including displays set up in the dining room. Visitors will be able to see current sisters involved in their various ministries. Also displayed will be cultural artifacts brought back by sisters from ministries in South America and China.

        The Art Room will be open, offering a glimpse of the paintings, furnishings and statues that have been given to the sisters over the years.

        People also can visit an outdoor area, called the Labyrinth, completed just this summer and located near the cemetery. It is designed as a place where people can walk, pray and meditate.

        “What we want to do first of all is celebrate that Moth er Elizabeth Seton was canonized 25 years ago, which is a very important event for our congregation,” said Sister Judith Metz, archivist for the Sisters of Charity. “We also want to show the joy that we have for our new chapel. But I've also become aware of the fact that there's a lot of people right here in Delhi, in Price Hill area, even people we've taught in the schools who have never been to the Motherhouse. So this is an opportunity to come and see it and share the joy of the day with us.”

        Word of the open house has gone out through the parishes in the area, Ms. Gilbert said. The open house also offers an opportunity for former students who were taught by the sisters in various schools to come and reconnect with their former teachers.

        “We have no idea what to expect,” said Ms. Gilbert of the number who may attend.

        About 100 sisters live at the Motherhouse. There are more than 600 members of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. They are represented in 43 dioceses in the country and in four foreign countries.

        Their ministries include education, health care, social services and pastoral ministries.

        Visitors are asked to park in the west parking lot of the College of Mount St. Joseph. Shuttle buses will be available.


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