St. Joseph Home

Pillars in Action: Heritage

The team at SJH, all departments and all shifts, has spent the past year taking time to dive deep into our Four Pillars.  Some of these deep dives took the form of small group discussions. I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful small group on Heritage.  During the discussion time each of us took a moment to reflect on the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Vision statement including the following statements which the Sisters strive to live out:

  • risk being prophetic in church and society
  • journey together toward wholeness

Each participant quickly added multiple examples of times they saw SJH being a prophetic voice in society, or witnessed the prophetic voice of individuals served by SJH; or helped student volunteers unearth such prophetic imagination. I was quite moved when staff shared their experience of journeying together toward wholeness and describing what that wholeness is for them, what it feels like, what it looks like.  Truly the vision and charism of the Sisters of Charity lives here at SJH in the hearts of the staff together with the individuals they support.

Personally, it is such a joy to spend my day in a place and with a group of people who so beautifully bring their vision to life.

From these small groups, staff have created the following statement.  I offer it as a reflection for you to join us on this journey as we strive to live out the pillars each day ……

Sustained by our roots with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, St. Joseph Home responds to the call to serve those in need.  We, together with others in service, seek to make the world more just and loving. We do so by employing the mission of the Sisters to act justly, to build loving relationships, to share our resources with those in need, and to care for all creation. St. Joseph Home interprets this by creating a fellowship of equals in our workforce, making sure all are cared for as children of God.  We seek truth and justice and build a compassionate community. We offer a counter cultural voice to the larger conversation and plant seeds for the beloved community.

SJH pledges to build a compassionate community where together we serve with a lens toward justice, embracing our diversity, giving dignity to all.

By: Eunice TimoneyRavenna, Director of Mission & Community Care