LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are marking their 200th anniversary this week, and a celebration is planned Saturday in Louisville.
According to the sisters' website, the group was formed near Bardstown when Father John Baptist David asked for women willing to provide religious education to children whose families came to Kentucky from Maryland after the Revolutionary War. Six women responded, and Catherine Spalding became first superior.
Since then, the group has grown to include associates, volunteers and others working around the world to educate, nurse the sick and provide social services. The sisters are credited with starting institutions such as Spalding University, Presentation Academy, Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bethlehem High School and Our Lady of Peace.
The celebration will be at 2 p.m. EST Saturday at Cathedral of the Assumption.