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Supporting Women Religious

We are taking action to support Catholic women religious.

SOCF Co-Sponsors Event on Race Featured by Global Sisters Report

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Blocks and Bridges Supports Sister-Led Initiatives

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Foundation awards $300,000 in third-quarter grants

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Sister Stories Profile: Sister Helen Jean Novy, HM

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Celebrating the Lives and Legacies of Catholic Sisters

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Sister Stories Profile: Sr. Corita Ambro, CSJ

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SOCF Board Member, Judge Michael J. Ryan, Featured on NPR

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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Sister Stories Profile: Sr. Loretta Spotila, CSA

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SOCF installs Progress & Promise exhibit at Regina Health Center

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Study: Number of U.S. women religious about the same as a century ago

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Foundation sponsors 2015 Crain’s Women of Note & Summit

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Corita Kent art discussion at MOCA Cleveland

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National Catholic Sisters Week includes event in Cleveland

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SOCF hosts local event for National Catholic Sisters Week

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For more than 160 years, Catholic women religious have served the most vulnerable in our community through schools, hospitals and other ministries of health care, education and social service. They form a critical part of our community’s capacity to help those most in need. The reach of poverty today requires the continued dedication and experience of these ministries. We are taking action to support Catholic women religious.

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The foundation’s work to support Catholic women religious in Northeast Ohio is carried out through vehicles of grantmaking, capacity building, telling the story, evaluation and research.

Strategic Objectives

1. Collaboration:

The Collaboration for Ministry Initiative is an initiative currently with the Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation of Cincinnati and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to develop and improve collaborations among religious communities and their lay partners in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina.

2. Capacity Building:

Strengthen the capacity of Sister-led/Sister-founded ministries to increase their effectiveness and sustainability for helping those most in need.

3. Communication:

Tell the stories of the work, the challenges and the impact of Catholic women religious and their ministries.

4. Strategic Alliances:

Nurture partnerships between the Foundation and others interested in supporting sustainability of needed ministries, and engaging in systemic change.