Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Elect General Superior and Councilors
The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill announce the election of the congregation’s 2019-2024 General Council, elected during General Chapter meetings held at the sisters’ motherhouse, Caritas Christi, July 20-30, 2019. The new General Council will administer and direct the mission of the 345 members of the congregation, with 147 sisters ministering in the United States Province and 198 sisters ministering in the Korean Province.
Sister Jane Ann Cherubin was elected the General Superior of the congregation. She was a licensed practical nurse and earned a BA in social welfare from Seton Hill University and an MEd with emphasis on special education from the University of Southern California. In the early years of her religious life in Western Pennsylvania, Sister Jane Ann Cherubin taught at Saint Edward School (Herminie), Saint Paul School (Greensburg), and Resurrection School (Brookline). She ministered on the nursing staffs at Shady Side Hospital, the former Pittsburgh Hospital, and the Sisters of Charity former retirement home and infirmary, Assumption Hall, Greensburg. Sister Jane Ann was later employed as a case worker by the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens, Greensburg.
In 1976, Sister Jane Ann was missioned to Korea. After completing language studies, she helped to establish the Seton Early Education Center and Infant Toddler Program for Children with disabilities as well as Eunhae School for children who are physically challenged. She was elected to the Provincial Council of the Korean Province and was the Director of Development for the Sisters of Charity in Korea. Most recently Sister Jane Ann has served as the Interprovincial Director of Development and Coordinator of Mission Support. Sister Jane Ann will lead the congregation in living its Charism of Charity more deeply over the next five years.
Sister Carole Marie Blazina was elected to her second term as First Councilor. A healthcare provider who has served in nursing management and in private practice as a family nurse practitioner, Sister Carole also ministered as director of novices for the United States Province and the co-director of the Seton Spirituality Center, Chicago, Illinois. Sister Carole’s graduate degrees include MA Pastoral Studies and MSN Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently ministers at Sto-Rocks Free Health Care Center and serves on the executive committee of the Ladies of Charity Caregiving National Board. Previously Sister Carole served as Clinical Director of Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, Pittsburgh; Sister Moderator of the Association of the Ladies of Charity, Diocese of Pittsburgh; and member of the Advisory Board of Carlow University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh.
Sister Kwang-shim Oh is the new Second Councilor. She earned an MA Theology from Franciscan Theology School of Graduate Theological Union, Berkley, CA. Her apostolic career included ministry in South Korea as a teacher and office manager at Saint Joseph Girls’ High School, Gang jin, and pastoral ministry in Youndong Parish in Gwang ju Diocese. Sister Kwang-shim was missioned in Chicago, Illinois, were she ministered at the Korean Catholic Church. She served the congregation as the Supervisor of Building and Construction of the Korean Province, the Director of the Development Office of the Korean Province, and the Assistant of US Property Management. Sister Kwang-shim currently serves as the Assistant Sister Servant at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity.
Sister Maria Goetschalckx, Third General Councilor, holds a MS with a concentration in physical chemistry from the University of Virginia and a JD from the City University of New York. She is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and New York and has been employed in the field of immigration law since 1992, with a year sabbatical teaching English alongside Sisters of the Korean Province in Gang jin, South Korea. In Western Pennsylvania, she served on the chemistry faculties of Greensburg Central Catholic High School, Lawrenceville Catholic High School, Seton Hill University, and Saint Vincent College. Sister Maria served the congregation as the Peace and Justice Coordinator for three years.
Members of the congregation will gather at Caritas Christi on October 13, 2019 to witness the Rite of Installation of the new General Council at a special Eucharistic Liturgy.
The administrative offices for the General Council are located at Seton House International, Office of the Generalate,7005 Baptist Road Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102-3905. Visit the generalate online at www.sistersofcharityofsetonhillgeneralate.org.