More than 80 individuals attended including 62 nuns from seven states and three countries. With approximately 115 Women Religious serving in Ministry in South Carolina, most come from other states and many work in rural areas of the state.
The theme for this year’s event was “Patience and Prophecy: Bringing Kindness to a Weary World.” Featured speakers were Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN, Chancellor of the Diocese of Charleston, Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, President of Saint Bonaventure University, Dr. Mark Small, Professor at Clemson University and The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston.
Also presenting were representatives from Foundation grantee “Our Lady of Mercy Outreach,” Neighborhood House of Charleston. Prayers were led by Foundation Board members, Dee Dee Chewning and Sister Miriam Erb, CSA. A prayer was also given by Sister Judith Ann Karam, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine.
Over the past 11 years, the Sisters of Charity Foundation has hosted an annual Conference with nearly 1,000 attendees over the period. Also, the Foundation has provided more than $2.7 million in funding to support the Collaboration for Ministry Initiative.
“We are pleased and honored to work with these kind and unselfish women,” Stephanie Cooper Lewter, Collaboration for Ministry Initiative leader, said.
About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.