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Supporting Women Religious

We are taking action to support Catholic women religious.

Celebrating the Lives and Legacies of Catholic Sisters Throughout March

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Sister Stories Profile: Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND

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National Catholic Sisters Week includes event in Cleveland

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Sister Stories Profile: Sr. Anne Victory HM

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Foundation awards $300,000 in first-quarter grants

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SOCF installs Progress & Promise exhibit at Regina Health Center

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Blocks and Bridges Supports Sister-Led Initiatives

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SOCF Promotes Intergenerational Collaboration With Generative Spirit Grants

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Report: Foundations help sustain sister-affiliated ministries

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Foundation sponsors 2015 Crain’s Women of Note & Summit

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Convocation brings Women Religious, Laity Together

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Human Trafficking Awareness Program takes place in Cleveland

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$1.3M in grants for women, children in poverty

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SOCF hosts local event for National Catholic Sisters Week

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Sister Stories Profile: Sr. Evelyn Flowers, CSA

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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.