The SC Ministry Foundation was born out of the commitment of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati to "strive to live Gospel values "by choosing "to act justly; to build loving relationships, to share our resources with those in need, and to care for all creation."
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton founded the Sisters of Charity; the first American religious community for women, in 1809. She also opened the first American parish school and the first American Catholic orphanage. Known for her care for the poor and sick, Mother Seton was canonized as the first American-born saint in 1975.
Since its formation in 1996, SC Ministry Foundation has continued St. Elizabeth Seton's legacy through its mission to reduce poverty and injustice, advance human achievement and build healthy communities through regional, national and international partnerships and collaborative initiatives. These initiatives are accomplished through grant-making, education and advocacy.
The SC Ministry Foundation and Catholic Extension share a vision to serve at America's margins, especially those who are forgotten, overlooked or isolated. The foundation supports two of Catholic Extension's national initiatives, in particular - the Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative and the U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program.
"We have a natural partnership with Catholic Extension because building lay leaders is a focus for both of us," said Sister of Charity Sally Duffy, president and executive director of the foundation. "We want to develop the capacity in dioceses for lay leaders and Catholic sisters to better serve parishes with Hispanic members."
"I appreciate that Catholic Extension is on the ground where there aren't as many footsteps."
"Catholic Extension ensures that people's needs are being met and that they are nourished and nurtured by the Catholic faith. We share this imperative to serve all our brothers and sisters, but in particular to reach out to those who are marginalized and oppressed because of their economic situation, their geographic location, or because of the color of their skin or where they were born."
The relationship between Catholic Extension and the SC Ministry Foundation is a true example of the power of working together for a shared vision.
"Catholic Extension is a joy-filled partner," said Sister Duffy.
"We are working together to bring about the reign of God. The partnership we have in these programs is designed to bring about a lasting impact and to share the gospel message with joy. Together we are building stronger, healthier communities of faith."