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Weekly Bulletin September 20, 2020
by Terrie Evans
Many generations of San Antonio Parishioners have always held a special place in their hearts for the Sisters of Charity. We all know of the special gifts of Sisters of Charity: Blandina, Justina and Euphrasia and their dedication to all those immigrant Italians who had the desire to start their own church. Those three nuns became part of our families as they helped them found San Antonio Church in 1922. We have also seen a daughter of the neighborhood from the Scalia Family: Carol Ann Brockmeyer, enter the Sisters of Charity on February 2, 1955 where she became, Sister Anthony and for a time; we were under the guidance of Sister Joseph Marian Shappelle until her passing.
A few years ago, the Sisters of Charity asked members from our church to give testimony to the good works of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God. They have kept us informed on the process for the cause for Canonization of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God; with Sr. Victoria Marie Forde giving us updates on the latest news from the Archdiocese of Albuquerque and Rome.
The latest news from the Sisters of Charity is of Sr. Tracy Kemme, joining their order. Sr. Tracy is a parishioner of St. John Neumann, a graduate of Roger Bacon and the University of Dayton with a degree in psychology and Spanish. Sr. Tracy served two years in Ecuador with the Rostro de Cristo volunteer program and entered the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati in 2012 and made her 1st vows in 2015. She has worked on immigration reform and recently was the Bilingual pastoral Minister at our sister parish, Holy Family, and is presently pursuing a Master of divinity from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
San Antonio Church wish to express our congratulations to Sr.Tracy Kemme who professed her perpetual vows during a Communion Service on July 25, 2020. Before taking her vows, Sr. Tracy wrote to the Congregation saying: “Through the ups and downs, God’s call, and my desire to respond with my whole being have deepened and intensified. I feel joyful and free about saying “Yes” to be a Sister of Charity for life.” When she took her vows at Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Sister Tracy spoke that she: ”Freely and wholeheartedly commit myself for the life of God, God’s people, and all Creation as a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. To witness to the Reign of God and to make Christ’s love incarnate in the world; I freely promise to live in the community and I vow to God: Poverty, Consecrated celibacy and Obedience according to the constitution of the Sisters of Charity.” Sr. Tracy will now be part of the sisters of Charity Vocation Team that ministers at local Archdiocese of Cincinnati Parishes. Please ask God to keep her in His care as she works for the unity of His Church.