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Introducing the second class of Generative Spirit’s Ministry Leadership Program

Intergenerational mentorship program centers spirituality and service

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The pursuit of spirituality, purpose and a commitment to mission-based work are common among today’s young professionals. Catholic sisters, who have dedicated their lives to service and mission, have decades of experience and knowledge to share.

The latest iteration of the Ministry Leadership Program at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland will connect these groups in an effort to inspire emerging leaders to carry forward sisters’ unique approach to ministry and strengthen sisters’ capacity to serve as mentors and advisers.

A program of the foundation’s Generative Spirit initiative, the Ministry Leadership Program kicked off its new cohort in August, the first since the pilot program in 2019.

Participants represent a variety of specialties and organizations, and their sister companions bring experience in ministries ranging from housing, HIV/AIDS ministry and international missionary work to post-secondary education and organizational leadership.




Susan Barnish

Programs Director

COAR Peace Mission


Lena Chapin

Director of Networking and Development

Ignatian Solidarity Network


Katie Cuevas

Religion Teacher (grades 6-8)

Incarnate Word Academy


Rachel Dollard

Clinical Supervisor

Catholic Charities of Cleveland


Erin Hathaway

Executive Director

Zelie’s Home


Megan Scheck

Director of Programs & Quality Improvement

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.


Zachary Thomas

Program Director

Writers in Residence


Sister Companions:


Sr. Jane Blabolil, SSJ-TOSF

Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis

Ministries: Spanish language interpreter, congregational leadership, missionary work in Lima, Peru, education


Sr. Carol Brandt, SND

Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, OH

Ministries: Education, non-profit management, community development, global public policy, fund and project development


Sr. Rosemarie Burke, SIW

Sisters of the Incarnate Word

Ministries: Teaching, vocation and formation, congregational leadership, campus ministry


Sr. Mary Pat Cook, HM

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Ministries: Secondary education teaching and administration, congregational leadership


Sr. Virginia DeVinne, OSU

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

Ministries: High school teaching and administration, congregational leadership, college academic advising


Sr. Jean Orsuto, HM

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Ministries: Healthcare, housing for homeless single parent families/individuals, outreach for the poor in the Girard area


Sr. Mary Jane Vovk, SND

Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, OH

Ministries: Teacher, pastoral associate, minister to the sick and dying


Sr. Susan Zion, OSU

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

Ministries: Leadership in HIV/AIDS ministry, social services, teaching in primary school


Virtual monthly workshop meetings for all participants will provide spiritual, leadership and professional development opportunities and will cover topics such as: Communication and Dialogue in Challenging Times, The Impact of Sisters in Northeast Ohio, and Systemic Racism in Ministry.

In addition, each young adult will meet monthly with their sister companion  to provide an opportunity for an intergenerational formation experience around faith, spirituality and the call to serve. Together with their sister companions, young adults will develop a project or program to enhance mission integration at the participant’s organization. Participants will be expected to present and implement their plans at their organizations during the 2021-2022 program year.

Congratulations to this year’s participants. Follow @SOCFCleveland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on the Ministry Leadership Program as it progresses.

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