Over 80 women including 60 Women Religious from 7 states attended the 14th Annual (Collaboration for Ministry Initiative) CMI Conference at the Myrtle Beach Grande Dunes Marriott November 2-4 of this year. The event was sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Foundations of South Carolina and Cleveland. Five CSA Sisters attended the conference including Sister Judith Ann Karam, Sister Cheryl Keehner, Sister Nancy Hendershot, Sister Allen Kenzig and Sister Miriam Erb.

This year’s theme was “A Pilgrimage to Happiness: Discipleship along a Moonlit Path” and Sister Clare D’Auria, OSF of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia was the featured speaker. Bishop Robert Guglielimone spoke to the conference attendees on Saturday and also conducted Mass the same day. “This conference is a highlight for all of us each year said Tom Keith, foundation president. It has become a family reunion and a homecoming all wrapped up in one event.”

Other activities included good news sharing, game night, a session on happiness, prayer time, movie night, water aerobics and an ice cream social.  Kathy Csank of Cleveland and Dr. Mark Small of Clemson, long time consultants for the Initiative, spoke during the weekend on subjects of happiness and gratitude. Donna Waites, Foundation Sr. Program Director presented information on Foundation Grant possibilities and grant deadlines.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation’s and South Carolina and Cleveland have hosted a fall conference for Women Religious since 2005. The Initiative has invested more than $2 million in grants and programs to support Women Religious in South Carolina. Similar dollars have been invested by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland to support Women Religious in that area.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.