July 12, 2022

Hello Nune,

We hope you are enjoying your summer! We are excited to be presenting our PreventionFIRST! Picnic next Friday, July 22, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our East Price Hill location, 3301 Warsaw AvenueMaritza Dyer, CDCA, Clinical Specialist and Addiction Counselor Assistant at Addiction Services Council will be leading the conversation about substance abuse prevention at this second annual event.

We will also be encouraging participating families to fill out the Place Matters Social Capital Survey. Anyone who lives and/or works in Price Hill is encouraged to participate. If you live or work in Price Hill, please take a few moments to click this link and fill it out online: English Survey | Spanish Survey.

Today is Amazon Prime Day (and it continues through tomorrow, July 13)! Did you know that if you do your shopping at Smile.Amazon.com, every purchase you make today (and every day) can include a donation to Santa Maria? Log in at that link and then under the heading "Or pick your own charitable organization" enter "Santa Maria Community Services" and then click "Search." From the list of charity options, select Santa Maria Community Services. From now on, when you shop from Amazon Smile's website, Santa Maria will receive a donation. (The same can be done on your Kroger Plus card.) In addition, we would be grateful if you included one or more of our Amazon wishlist items in your purchase: https://a.co/fWAk5Pv (See wishlist titles on the left.) Thank you for your continued support of Santa Maria!

As we continue our 125th year of serving families in Cincinnati, S. Kathryn Ann Connelly takes a look back to her early days of service with Santa Maria. We hope you'll read the story below. We were also so excited to distribute books and bookshelves to our Promoting Our Preschoolers participants, thanks to a grant from PNC Grow up Great. Check out the photos below!

As we take a look forward, we are hosting two more events during our 125th anniversary year. The Sharing Table, our annual fundraiser is BACK in-person this year! It will be held at ARCO (Price Hill Will - 3301 Price Avenue) on Thursday, September 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Registrations are now open - just click here! We will also be hosting a 125th Birthday Party on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the American Sign Museum 1330 Monmouth Ave. More details and and event registration are coming soon!

We hope you can join us!

Have a great rest of your day!


H.A. Musser, Jr.

President and CEO

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.

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S. Kathryn Ann Connelly Reflects on Santa Maria's 125 Years of Service to Families in Cincinnati

Sister Kathryn Ann Connelly, SC was born in Cincinnati and raised in Price Hill. She placed education at the heart of her ministry as a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for over 18 years. She was the assistant principal and later principal at Archbishop Alter High School, the principal at Seton High School and the Superintendent of Schools and Director of Educational Services for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati until her retirement in 2003.

S. Kathryn first got involved volunteering with Santa Maria during her high school years at Seton. Santa Maria was located on 13th Street in Over-the-Rhine at that time. Later, in the mid-1950s, S. Kathryn was assigned to care for preschoolers at Santa Maria during the summer.

“I had been teaching elementary and I really had no experience with little kids. I was youngest in my family. I was youngest of my generation. So, I was never around small kids. I had no idea what to do when I went down there,” S. Kathryn said.

The sisters wore habits back then (see photo), and it was a very hot summer, S. Kathryn recalled. She sought some advice for keeping the preschoolers occupied on such a hot day. Someone told her, “If you get some buckets and whitewash brushes – fill the buckets with water, take the kids out and paint the sidewalk. By the time you get to the building it will be dry and you can start over. It will keep them busy all day.” And that’s how S. Kathryn spent part of her summer that year.

S. Kathryn continued her service with Santa Maria for many years. She was good friends with S. Jane Ellen Shappelle, who was the Executive Director of Santa Maria from 1973-1986. While S. Kathryn was principal at Seton High School, Santa Maria ran a daycare program on the property. She even served on Santa Maria’s Board of Directors in the early 2000s. S. Kathryn also received the Sister Blandina Award from Santa Maria in December 2013 for being an incredible proponent of education in Cincinnati.

S. Kathryn has seen Santa Maria change a lot over the years. “The needs have changed, but Santa Maria has attempted to meet those needs,” she said. “One of the things I’ve admired about Santa Maria is that it has remained faithful to its mission…while family structure and needs may have changed over the years, Santa Maria has been clear to their ministry and their mission.”

S. Kathryn is pleased to see Santa Maria celebrating 125 years of serving families in Cincinnati and hopes it will be around for a long time to come. “The families that have been touched by Santa Maria – it’s not just once – a shot in the dark – what Santa Maria does is meet the long-term needs of people. They don’t say ‘we’ll put a Band-Aid on your needs’ – they get people to make a difference in their lives.”

Santa Maria would like to thank S. Kathryn for sharing some of her Santa Maria memories with us! 

Photos: S. Kathryn Ann Connelly (top in the 1955-56 school year), courtesy of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

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Our Promoting Our Preschoolers participants were so excited to receive these bookshelves and books from the PNC Grow Up Great grant!

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