The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is proud to announce the 2014 Collaboration for Ministry Initiative Women Religious Advisory Council to celebrate the Inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-15, 2014, a part of March’s Women’s History Month. The purpose of the Women Religious Advisory Council is to provide input to the Foundation on the direction of Collaboration for Ministry Initiative within the context of the Foundation’s mission.

Members are selected based on their leadership, desire to support the Initiative’s vision, and are representative of the diversity present among women religious in South Carolina bringing different ministry location perspectives and backgrounds. The new council members gathered at the Foundation for their first meeting in March to serve as a resource to the Foundation around ministry needs and challenges facing Sisters in South Carolina. The Women Religious Advisory Council will also advise the Foundation in planning the 10th Annual Fall Conference which gathers Sisters from across the State together for several days.

Sr. Bernadette Marie CappolaSister Bernadette Marie Cappola, OSC – Traveler’s Rest
“I am thrilled and honored to be asked to serve on this Council. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have truly blessed us.”

Sister Bernadette Marie Cappola entered the Sisters of St. Mary in Kenmore, New York in 1964. At the time she entered, the community was a teaching order. Over the thirty-four years in her order, she taught three-year-olds to eighth graders in New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina. She has also worked with the Inuits (Eskimos) in the Northwest Territory in Canada for four summers. Sister Bernadette has been a member of the Poor Clare Nuns for 16 years.

Sr. Catherine KnoeckerSister Catherine Noecker, OSF – Greenville
“I always love coming to the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The sincerity and appreciation we feel among the Foundation team who has developed such a keen sense of what Sisters do and its value is like no other.”

Since 1959, Sister Catherine Noecker has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis. Sister Catherine has a Master’s of Science in Education from Canisius College and a New York School Certification in Administrative Supervision from St. Bonaventure University. She served as Principal of St. Francis of Assisi School in Buffalo before moving to Greenville in 1988 to serve as Principal of St. Anthony of Padua School, an elementary school where she has led the past twenty five years.

Sr. Eileen QuinnSister Eileen Quinn, SSMN – Columbia
“I am in admiration of all the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and the work they do. It was very far-sighted for them to see the bigger picture in supporting the women religious who were scattered across the state and support development of this Initiative more than ten years ago.”

Sister Eileen Quinn has been a member of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur since 1957. Her ministry focus has been in education both as a classroom teacher and an administrator. For the past twenty years she has taught high school math at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, SC.  Sister Eileen has a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Theology from the Washington Theological Union.

Sr. Patricia Rogan1Sister Patricia Rogan, OSF – Charleston
“This is my fifth year in South Carolina. It’s been such a privilege to be embraced by the Collaboration for Ministry Initiative and see everyone faithfully work so hard with the poor.”

Sister Patricia Rogan is a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Masters in Education and a Masters in Spirituality. She previously ministered as a Pastoral Associate at St. Benedict Parish in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Prior to that, Sister Patricia served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for sixteen years as Director of the Institute for Ministries, Delegate for Religious, Associate Director for the Diaconate and served on the Bishop’s Advisory Board. Sister Patricia presently serves as a Spiritual Director and Retreat Director offering retreats for various groups in the Diocese of South Carolina.

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.