Volunteer Program






Dunbar, Pennsylvania

June 16-21, 2013


Archbishop Williams High School (FULL)

Crow Reservation, Montana

July 11-18, 2013


Bible School (FULL)

Bardstown, Kentucky

September 1-7, 2013


Home repairs  Memphis Group, Family & Friends (FULL)

Appalachia, Kentucky

October 6-12, 2013


Spalding University

Memphis, Tennessee

January 11, 2014


Volunteer Gathering & Disaster Relief Program Training

Belize City, Belize

January 19-26, 2014


St. John's Hollywood House (FULL)

Belize City, Belize

February 9-16, 2014



Elm Grove, West Virginia

February 27-March 2, 2014


Renovation of transition home for Florence Crittenton Services

Louisville, Kentucky

April 22, 2014


Mayor’s Program: My Give A Day

Botswana, Africa

May 2014

approx $3,700 COMPLETED

Mission trip (FULL)

Disaster Relief

May 2014


Arkansas tornado disaster response

Appalachia, Kentucky

May 12-17, 2014


Home repairs

Crow Reservation, Montana

June 7-13, 2014


Home repairs

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 15-19, 2014


Home repairs, Vincentian Academy

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 25, 2014


"Feeding America" food distribution

Barton, Ohio

July 20-25, 2014


Archbishop Williams High School

Nazareth, Kentucky

August 2, 2014


Annual Volunteer Day of Reflection

Appalachia, Kentucky

August 11-16, 2014


KY Cornerstone Ministries

New Orleans, Louisiana

September 22-26, 2014


Lantern Light Ministry & St Bernard Project (FULL)


November 2-16, 2014

approx $2,000

Dharuhera - Asha Kiran (FULL)

Belize City, Belize

January 18-25, 2015

"Building for Change" collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries (Volunteers needed)

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The SCN volunteer program is on the University of Louisville’s campus today for the annual Cards in the Community Volunteer and Service Fair…stop by and see us!

Work continues as Sisters are volunteering at Camp Maria in Leonardtown, Md.

Are we having fun yet?

We (SCNs Rose Chase, Angela Hicks, Carolyn Wilson and Luke Boiarski ) arrived at Camp Maria on Sunday, Aug. 24 to begin our work.

The director, Ann Kovalcik graciously had our accommodations ready for us including plenty of refreshments in the fridge.

Photos here show our first day of painting the Bird Bath.


Sign up today! There are still spots available to join us next month in New Orleans!

Did you know that Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US? Join the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program as we travel to the House of Charity (pictured above) to volunteer with the local community in New Orleans! The mission trip is scheduled for September 22-26, 2014 and the cost is $250 including project supplies, transportation, room and board. If you are interested, please contact Sister Luke Boiarski at lukescn@scnky.org or Felicia Rowe at felicia@scnfamily.org. 

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program is working in the Appalachian region of Kentucky this week. Ms. Dora Riss, foundress of Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries in Beattyville, Ky., welcomed them with open arms and then put the volunteers to work.

Did you know that Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US? Join the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program as we travel to the House of Charity (pictured above) to volunteer with the local community in New Orleans! The mission trip is scheduled for September 22-26, 2014 and the cost is $250 including project supplies, transportation, room and board. If you are interested, please contact Sister Luke Boiarski at lukescn@scnky.org or Felicia Rowe at felicia@scnfamily.org. 

Barbara Joseph Lammers, SCN, addresses the Lay Mission volunteers here on Nazareth’s campus for the annual day of reflection. The group is welcomed by director, Luke Boiarski, SCN, and assistant director, Felicia Rowe.

The day is just getting started as the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program welcomes volunteers to Nazareth today for the Annual Day of Reflection.

SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program: Our mission is complete in Barton, Ohio. The students will be heading back to Massachusetts while Sisters Luke and Angela depart for Kentucky. Thank you to all of the volunteers for your hard work this week!

From Luke Boiarski, SCN: We are making good progress on our project here in Barton, Ohio. We continue to experience the generosity of the people in this area.
Tomorrow is our last working day here and the students from Archbishop Williams High School are pleased with the results. Thank you for your prayers and continued support of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program!

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Lay Mission Volunteer Program on a volunteer mission trip to work with the Sisters and children at Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, India.

  • What: Asha Kiran, a school operated by the SCNs for young girls who are orphaned, or who have been taken out of brothels and other hostile environments
  • When: Nov. 3-16, 2014
  • Where: Dharuhera, near Delhi, India
  • Why: To change lives in a cross-cultural partnership with the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters are called to mission
  • Cost: Approximately $2,000 including airfare, room and board

If you (or anyone you know of) are interested in joining the group, please contact Felicia Rowe at felicia@scnfamily.org or (502) 348-1583 for more details.

Help us spread the word regarding this amazing, once in a lifetime service opportunity!

Update from Sister Luke Boiarski, Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program:

The students from Archbishop Williams High School, Carol O’Brien, Mike Delanty and Sisters Luke and Angela Hicks arrived in Barton, Ohio on Sunday, July 20 to begin their service of painting a home for Ms. Corrine.

As you can see by the photos, it has been and continues to be, a wonderful adventure.

The people in this small coal mining town have been so gracious to us. Please pray for the safety of all involved in this project.

SCN volunteers joined the local ‘Feeding America’ program this morning distributing food from their monthly location at the Nelson County fairgrounds. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. For more about how you can volunteer with us, please visit our website: www.scnfamily.org/volunteer

An Inheritance of Gratefulness

Lay mission leader serves others at home and abroad

Belief in reincarnation isn’t part of Felicia Rowe’s Catholic faith. Still, her grandmother’s spirit lives on in her.

Felicia, 31, of Louisville, is assistant director of the lay mission volunteer program at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Her job involves recruiting volunteers for short-term missions, disaster relief, and community service projects, documenting the work on video and following up with participants about what they got from their experiences.

She recently returned from Botswana in southern Africa, where she worked in an HIV/AIDS clinic and a preschool. In January, she helped build houses in the Central American nation of Belize, and this month, she will assist a team of volunteers for Feeding America, distributing food to the needy in Nelson County.

“I get paid to do what I would do unpaid,” she said.

It’s a vocation Rowe’s grandmother, Marie, would understand.

Marie was a student at Nazareth Academy and considered becoming a sister before she married and became a mother instead. When she was being courted by J.C. Greenwell, he would call on her once a week, until one day when Marie told him she was going to join the Sisters of Charity and he shouldn’t come back. The next week, he came twice, and “the rest is history,” Felicia said. The two married and had 11 children, including Felicia’s mom, Julie, who married Brad Rowe, her father.

Though she never became a nun, Marie Greenwell lived a life of service. A college graduate and medical technician, she served for a time on the board of health and did volunteer work for the Red Cross. She attended the 6:30 Mass every morning at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, was a Eucharistic minister and was always helping people.

“She was a faithful and prayerful person,” said Julie.

In some ways, Felicia is like her.

“She’s aware of the needs of other people and what she can do for them,” Julie said of her daughter. “She’s a kind person.”

When she was a young girl, Felicia participated in blood drives and school service projects, and often went with their mother, brother and sisters to visit the elderly in nursing homes.

“She’s always had a love of older people,” Julie said.

That’s one of the reasons Felicia likes her job at SCN, where many of the sisters are older women.

“It’s kind of a natural fit because the sisters remind me of my grandmother,” she said. “I love being here because I have such respect for their wisdom and everything you can learn from them.”

Another reason she likes her work is the opportunity it provides for travel.

Her wanderlust began in the sixth grade when Felicia joined her mother, brother and sisters on a backpacking trip of across Europe. In college, she studied in Ireland, the Netherlands and the Bahamas.

Since then, she has visited every continent except Antarctica, and she’s thought about how she can get there.

The time she was in India, studying yoga and doing some work at an ashram, was especially an eye-opening experience, because it was the first time she was a minority and a woman in a culture where women don’t have the same rights and privileges they do here.

“There’s so much you can learn by being immersed in other cultures,” she said. “I really feel like it isn’t until you’re out of your comfort zone that you really start to learn about yourself and other people as well. I have ample opportunities to do that, so it’s one reason I’m so grateful to be able to do the work I do.”

Felicia is a 2001 graduate of Bethlehem and a 2005 Bellarmine grad. In 2009, she earned a master’s in public health from Benedictine University in Chicago, then studied for a year at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. She was going to be an optometrist, but to her “parents’ dismay,” she said, she changed her emphasis to public health.

She worked for a children’s hospital in Philadelphia and a charity in New York City before she was hired by the Sisters of Charity as an assistant to Sister Luke Boiarski, director of the lay mission program of the Office of Congregational Advancement.

Sister Luke’s leadership resulted in an expansion of the volunteer program to the point where she needed someone to be her right hand.

“Now Felicia’s taking it to the next step,” said Diane Curtis, a spokeswoman for SCN.

Sister Luke described Felicia as compassionate and generous, and said “her openness to other cultures is extraordinary.”

Patsy O’Toole, an SCN associate and Sister Luke’s director, said Felicia’s work is to her “a ministry.”

“She approaches the job with her whole heart,” she said.

Her organizational skills, matched with “her ability to draw people together make her a perfect person for this role.”

Soon after she began her job with SCN, Felicia visited New Orleans, which is still recovering from the 2005 hurricanes. A little later she did poverty relief work in the Appalachian town of Beattyville, Ky., and helped build houses and relationships with homeowners in Belize City.

She believes in treating the people she assists “with the same respect everybody deserves, regardless of who they are or where they are — it doesn’t matter if it’s Beattyville or Botswana.”

In Botswana, Felicia cared for orphans, many of whom are living with AIDS, and she found the Sisters of Charity who live humbly among those they serve, an inspiration.

Botswana is a young country and a hopeful one.

“I loved it because the people were so welcoming, happy and uplifting, even though they often had difficult challenges,” she said.

“As Americans, we are given so much and are so fortunate, but we seem to lack the gratitude to live fulfilled lives,” Felicia said.

Her grandmother, said Julie, would be proud of her.

SCN lay mission volunteers have completed their work on the Crow Reservation in Montana and will be flying back from Billings later this evening. Prayers for their safe return!

SCN lay mission volunteers on the job at the Crow Reservation in Montana

SCN lay mission volunteers continue their mission trip at the Crow Reservation in Montana:

June 10, 2014

The volunteers worked on the same trailer home today putting more sub flooring down in the kitchen area. We hope to finish with the tiling in the bathroom tomorrow and also with mounting fixtures. Two young women and a teen came over to assist us with the work. It was a great time to talk with them and we thoroughly enjoyed their company and the opportunity to make connections within the local community.

Luke Boiarski, SCN, Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program shares another update from the mission trip to Crow Reservation, Montana:

On Monday, June 9th, we worked all day repairing the bathroom flooring and installing a toilet
for a family. We also assisted the sisters here in planting their seasonal garden.

This evening, Gaylene, an artist in the Crow tribe explained the meaning of the regalia worn by horses for parades and special occasions.

This past Saturday, June 7th, Luke Boiarski, SCN, and three SCN lay mission program volunteers arrived at the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana. The group was graciously greeted by Sisters Mary Lou and Sharon Smith, two sisters from Leavenworth, Kansas, who have been there in ministry at St. Charles Mission for the past three years.

More from Sr. Luke:

On this Pentecost Sunday, June 8th, how privileged we were to have the opportunity to listen to the Crow chant and to hear the gospel read in Crow by Fr. Randolph Graczyk, who has been on the reservation for over thirty years. It was a wonderful experience to be able to celebrate liturgy in such a profound way on this special feast.

Later in the evening, after traveling to Billings to purchase supplies for our week of service, we gathered to hear J. R. Goes Ahead share stories of the history, culture and spirituality of the Crow people.


Three SCN lay mission volunteers along with Sister Luke Boiarski, SCN, will be doing home repairs in collaboration with members of the Crow Tribe in Pryor, Mont. They will be in Pryor from June 7-13. Please keep them in prayer.

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Would you like to change someone’s life?

(You’ll be surprised at the change in your life as well.)

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN), invites lay women and men to cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Charity Federation are called to mission.

Future volunteer opportunities are always available. Contact Sister Luke today.

Sister Luke Boiarski, SCN
P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048
(502) 348-1578


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