Church Women United
of Greater Cincinnati
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Oakcrest Extended

Outreach Ministry

CWU Cincinnati's primary outreach program is supporting the ministry of Mary Grafe, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.  Sister Mary "retired" in January 2010, but remains active and heavily involved in the juvenile justice and women's programs throughout Cincinnati.


Sr. Mary Grafe's Report for the Annual Meeting:

As I reflect on the past year, I am reminded of Isaiah 58, in which it says the kind of fasting God wishes “is releasing the bonds of those unjustly tied, setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke, sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless, clothing the naked and not turning our backs on your own."


 I visit the Juvenile Center as a chaplain, and CWU presents a Bible Study there with Carrie Johnson, Mary Kercherval Short, Betty Baker and me every Monday evening.

  I have been speaking with groups to recruit volunteers for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Women’s Advocacy Action Network (WAAN). CWU and the Council of Christian Communions (CCC) selected the area “Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign.” Our focus is help keep youth out of the Juvenile Court system. (We still need volunteers for the Public Awareness, Faith-based, Advocacy and Legislative committees.)

  I was also on the Tapp House Board recovery program for women coming out of prison.


 Every Monday and Tuesday I worked on the “Bag Lunch Program” for Night Workers.


 I volunteer at Peaslee Neighborhood Center and participate in the seasonal writing group.

 As an Outreach worker, I am actively involved in the Contact Center’s committees.

 I participated in Sarah Center’s Future Planning committee meetings.

 The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Concern for Public Schools committee meets monthly in an effort to encourage parent involvement in the school.

 Members of OTR participated in the World Day of Prayer planning committee.

 We celebrated the annual Women’s Conference in July, and are now planning the usual May conference.

 We enjoyed a reunion of Peaslee’s Women’s Group and OTR friends.

 The women from OTR went to a day of reflection at Mt. St. Joseph.

 We celebrated the 100 anniversary of International Women Day at Peaslee.

 I prepared posters of Peaslee, CWU and Bethany House Services to exhibit in a celebration of International Women’s Day at Mt. St. Joseph.

 OTR women celebrated Earth Day at Peaslee.

 Esther Eubank and I were on a Women in Poverty Panel at St. Monica/St. George parish as well as at a class at Mt. St. Joseph College.

  I joined in the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Bethany House Services and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center.

 I acknowledge with gratitude 25 years of support and encouragement from CWU.


 I attended monthly meetings with other women leaders of area non-profit agencies.

Fellowship of the Least Coin I participated in the Women Against Violence day held at Seton High School.

• I attend many OTR meetings and rallies for justice.


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