Community Days Celebration:
The 11 members of the 2011 Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph Jubilee class celebrated at the Motherhouse on July 9, at the completion of Community Days. To accompany the theme of being on a journey that began with Saint Ursula and her boat, the Chapel that morning was decorated with a ship that Sister Pat Rhoten and Sister Larraine Lauter made out of Klondike bar boxes. Several sisters were photographed with the ship.
Five Ursuline Sisters who live at the Motherhouse in Maple Mount celebrated their jubilee of religious profession on April 10 with Mass and a luncheon that included their families and invited guests. Sisters who are celebrating jubilees but do not live at the Motherhouse have their celebrations where they minister. During Community Days on July 9, all 12 of the sisters with jubilees this year will celebrate together at the Motherhouse. Here are some photos from the day:
2011 Jubilarians Bios:
Sister Pauletta McCarty is celebrating her 70th jubilee. An educator for more than 36 years, she taught at Blessed Mother School, Owensboro, (1951-52 and 1969-76); St. Joseph School, Central City (1960-63), and St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1963-65, 1989-92). She taught in many other schools in Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska. She also served as minister to nursing homes at Precious Blood Parish, Owensboro (1981-86) and was a parish minister at St. Joseph Catholic Center, Greenville (1986-89). She was assistant local superior, director of transportation, and sacristan at Mount Saint Joseph. Sister Pauletta retired to the motherhouse in 1998, where she remains active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Jean Gertrude Mudd is celebrating 70 years of religious life. She is a native of Fredericktown in Washington County and was a teacher for 49 years. She taught at Sts. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro (1967-73). She served in health care at Mount Saint Joseph (1980-84). She also taught in Louisville, Clementsville, and New Haven, and in Missouri and Nebraska. For 10 years until her retirement to the motherhouse in 2006, she was a quilter at the community’s Saint Angela Convent in Louisville.
Sister Susanne Bauer is celebrating her 60th year of religious life. A native of Louisburg, Kan., she was an educator for 42 years and was assistant superior and treasurer of her religious community, the Ursuline Sisters of Paola, from 1990-98. (The Paola Ursulines merged with the Maple Mount community in 2008). Sister Susanne taught and served as principal in various schools in Kansas as well as in Bartlesville, Okla. After retiring to the motherhouse in Maple Mount in 2009, she has served as the chapel sacristan, which is what she did in Paola, Kan., during her first few years as a sister.
Sister Clarence Marie Luckett is celebrating 60 years of religious life. The Greenbrier native began her Ursuline life as a teacher at St. Denis School, Fancy Farm, 1953-55. She was a teacher for 29 years, including at St. Lawrence School (1955-57); St. Martin School, Rome (1957-64); St. Paul School, Princeton (1964-67); St. Paul School, Leitchfield (1967-71), and in Louisville. From 1985-92, she worked in the craft room and helped with transportation at the motherhouse in Maple Mount. She provided parish ministry in Hardinsburg (1992-95) and Hispanic ministry in Stanley (1995-98). For 12 years and counting, Sister Clarence Marie has been involved in outreach ministry, primarily in Caneyville where she resides.
Sister Helena Fischer, a native of Rome, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. Since 1987 she has ministered at Brescia College/University, Owensboro, as director of institutional research (1987-97), assistant registrar (1987-90), and registrar (1990-present). She was also principal and teacher at St. Paul School in Leitchfield (1971-74). She served as chairwoman of the Mount Saint Joseph picnic from 1991-2000. She also ministered in the Archdiocese of Louisville, in Missouri, and New Mexico.
Sister Julia Head, a native of Stanley, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She ministered in Daviess County as head teacher of St. Alphonsus School (1972-73), as a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes (1978-79) and then coordinator of religious education at the parish (1979-86), coordinator of religious education at Immaculate Parish (1986-88) and as pastoral associate there (1999-2010), director of religious education at Precious Blood Parish (1988-92), in the Office of Adult Education for the Diocese of Owensboro and coordinator of off-campus courses at Brescia College/University (1992-99). She was director of the apostolate at the Motherhouse (1973-76). She taught at Christ the King School, Madisonville (1977-78), and also ministered in Louisville and Nebraska. She is currently serving as assistant congregational leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.
Sister Kathleen Kaelin, a native of Louisville, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She ministered in Maple Mount as a teacher at Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1973-79), as director of the temporary professed for the Ursuline Sisters (1979-86), and as associate director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (1988-91). She ministered for the Diocese of Owensboro from 1983-89, first as co-director of the Office of Social Concerns, then as co-director of the Office of Worship and Spiritual Life. She served in the ministry formation program at Brescia College (1985-88), and also ministered in Missouri. Today, she ministers as a therapist and retreat/spiritual guide at the Center for Sacred Psychology in Louisville.
Sister Nancy Murphy, a native of Curdsville, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She ministered at Brescia College/University as assistant financial aid director (1984-89), grants research writer and assistant director of institutional research (1994-97), and director of institutional research (1997-2002). She ministered in her community locally as director of the juniorate program (1984-91), as local superior (1989-94), director of novices (1997-2004), and as assistant local community life coordinator (1999-2000, 2003-2005). She served as principal of St. Thomas More School, Paducah (1978-80). She also ministered in the Archdiocese of Louisville, in Illinois, and Missouri. She is now serving as congregational secretary and as a councilor on the Ursuline leadership Council.
Sister Rose Marita O’Bryan, a native of Owensboro, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She has twice served in Ursuline leadership, as a councilor (1976-84) and as major superior/congregational leader (1996-2004). She was vocation director, contact program coordinator, and director of postulants (1984-90). She served as pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish, Hickman (1991-96). She also ministered in Missouri. Since 2005 she has been director of Mission Effectiveness for the Ursuline Sisters, and director of the Contemporary Woman Program at Brescia University.
Sister Rosanne Spalding, a native of Springfield, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She taught at Mary Carrico School, Knottsville (1967-69), St. Peter of Alcantara School, Stanley (1976-78), and at Precious Blood School, Owensboro (1969-70, 1980-82), serving as principal there from 1978-80. She was a teacher and principal of Christ the King School, Madisonville (1982-86). She was director of religious education at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Owensboro (1986-98), and since 1998, she has been pastoral associate and director of religious education at Precious Blood Parish. She also ministered elsewhere in the Archdiocese of Louisville and in Nebraska.
Sister Betsy (Elizabeth Mary) Moyer is celebrating her 40th jubilee. Her 16 years of teaching included two Owensboro schools: Bishop Soenneker (1999-2001) and Catherine Spalding (2001-02). She also taught at St. Paul School, Leitchfield (1974-77), and in New Mexico. She was a principal at Holy Angels School, Sorgho (1997-99) and for nine years at schools in Missouri and New Mexico. A native of Nebraska City, Neb., Sister Betsy has also spent half her years in ministry in health care. She began as a nurse assistant in the Motherhouse Infirmary at Maple Mount, and then served as an LPN there intermittently for 10 years. She was the health care administrator of Saint Joseph Villa, Maple Mount, from 2004-08. She taught religion and helped in a health clinic for several months in Jamaica. She was an LPN in Kansas for a year. Since April 2010, Sister Betsy has served as an LPN for St. Francis Hospital and Health Services, Maryville, Mo., while also teaching third-grade religion at a Maryville parish.