Fifteen Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are celebrating anniversaries of religious profession this year.
Sister Naomi (Mary Benigna) Aull
- Sister Naomi (Mary Benigna) Aull, a native of Knottsville, Ky., is celebrating 70 years. Sister Naomi taught at Sacred Heart School, Farmington, N.M., (1945-48), Blessed Mother School, Owensboro, Ky., (1948-52), St. John School, Plattsmouth, Neb., (1952-53), St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo. (1953-54), Holy Trinity, Fredericksburg, Ky., (1954-57), St. Charles, Lebanon, Ky., (1957-58), St. Thomas More School, Paducah, Ky., (1958-61) and Holy Cross, Loretto, Ky., (1961-62). In Louisville, she taught at St. Margaret Mary (1962-69), Mother of Good Counsel (1970-71), St. Ignatius (1971) and St. Leonard (1972-77). Beginning in 1977, she served in outreach ministry at St. Boniface Parish, St. Martin Parish and Schuhmann Social Services Center in Louisville. She retired to Mount Saint Joseph in 2002.
Sister Emma Cecilia Busam
- Sister Emma Cecilia Busam, a native of Owensboro, is celebrating 70 years. For 38 years she was a teacher in Kentucky schools, including St. Joseph, Central City (1945-46), St. William, Knottsville (1946-51), St. Charles, Bardwell (1958-60), Blessed Mother (1960-61) and Sts. Joseph and Paul (1961-66), Owensboro, and St. Anthony, Axtel (1966-70). She taught art at Owensboro Catholic High School (1971-82), Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1982-83), and part time at Brescia College (now University) from 1960-66 and 1970-82. She also taught adult education part time for the Owensboro Public Schools from 1971-83. Sister Emma Cecilia began serving as an archivist in 1983, first for the Ursuline community and then for the Diocese of Owensboro (1991-2011). She was certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists in 1989 and is a founding member of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious. She is now an archives consultant at Maple Mount and a volunteer/Eucharistic minister for Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.
Sister Annalita Lancaster
- Sister Annalita Lancaster, a native of Flaherty, Ky., is celebrating 70 years. She taught and was organist at St. John School and Parish, Raywick, Ky., (1945-47); teacher and organist at St. John School and Parish, Plattsmouth, Neb. (1947-58), principal, teacher and organist at St. Bernard High School, Clementsville, Ky., (1958-65), and taught at St. James School, Louisville (1965-66). From 1966-69, she was supervisor of elementary schools in the Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville. From 1969-72, she served as director of St. Angela Education Center, Louisville. She was major superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph from 1972-80. She was director of admissions for Brescia College (now University) from 1980-84. She served as associate director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (1984-88); she was pastoral associate at St. Jude Parish, Clinton (1988-95) and director of mission effectiveness for her community (1995-2005). Since retiring in 2005, she has been an archives assistant at the Motherhouse.
Sister Marie Bosco Wathen
- Sister Marie Bosco Wathen, a native of Marion County, is celebrating 70 years. She taught at St. Catherine School, New Haven, Ky., (1945-53), Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo., (1953-59, 1970-73, principal 1973-74), St. Bartholomew School, Buechel, Ky.,(1959-60), Mother of Good Counsel School, Louisville (1960-66) and Immaculate School, Owensboro (1966-70). She was a professor of education at Brescia College (now University) from 1974-1997 and their institutional research assistant from 1997-2005. Also during that time, she was co-director of the Ursuline Associate program for six years. She retired to the Motherhouse in 2005 and is an archives assistant at Mount Saint Joseph.
Sister Margaret Ann Aull
- Sister Margaret Ann Aull, a native of St. Lawrence, is celebrating 60 years. She was a teacher, principal and parish minister in Kentucky at St. Bartholomew School, Buechel (1955-59), St. Joseph School, Mayfield (1959-65), Immaculate School, Owensboro (1968-71) and religion teacher at Owensboro Catholic High School (1978-81, 1982-86); principal at St. Paul School, Princeton (1965-68), St. Pius Tenth School, Owensboro (1971-74), St. Peter of Alcantara School, Stanley (1976-78) and Precious Blood School, Owensboro (1981-82). She was parish minister at St. Anthony Parish, Peonia (1974-76) and pastoral associate at St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro (1986-96) and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Henderson (2000-2010). She was assistant superior of the Ursuline Sisters from 1996-2000. Since 2010 she has served as coordinator of pastoral care at Immaculate Parish in Owensboro.
Sister Catherine Therese Barber
- Sister Catherine Therese Barber, a native of Springfield, is celebrating 60 years. She taught in Kentucky schools in Louisville at St. Columba School (1955-59), St. Leonard School (1964-65), and St. Denis School (1975-77), as well as in St. Francis School, St. Francis (1959-64), Immaculate School, Owensboro (1965-67) and St. Thomas More School, Paducah (1970-75). She was principal of St. Christopher School, Radcliff (1968-70). She served in health care and pastoral care at the Ursuline Motherhouse (1977-86), as a patient representative at Mercy Hospital and Owensboro Mercy Health System (1987-97), and as a receptionist at Brescia University (1999-2002). Her Motherhouse ministries include serving on the archives staff (1997-98), in hospitality at the Conference and Retreat Center (1998-99), information receptionist (2002-04), chapel sacristan (2004-08), and since 2008, assistant in Mission Advancement. She also served in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Sister Paul Marie Greenwell
- Sister Paul Marie Greenwell, a native of New Haven, is celebrating 60 years. She was a teacher at the Kentucky schools of St. Benedict School, Wax (1955-62), St. Denis School, Fancy Farm (1962-63), St. Michael School, Fairfield (1963-68) and St. Peter of Antioch School, Waverly (1968-70), as well as at Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo., (1970-86). She was secretary at the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (1986-89) and served in Kentucky parishes at St. Mary Magdalene Parish (1990-91), in outreach in Marshall County (1989-90), and served as administrative assistant to St. William and St. Lawrence parishes, Knottsville (1991-2006). Since 2008 she has been an assistant to the archivist at the Ursuline Motherhouse.
Sister Rita Lavigne
- Sister Rita Lavigne, a native of Topeka, Kan., is celebrating 60 years. She was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger of that community with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008, and ministered solely in Kansas. She was a teacher in the business department of Ursuline Academy, Paola (1956-58) and at Bishop Miege High School, Shawnee Mission (1962-69); a teacher at Holy Name School, Kansas City (1958-62) and later secretary/bookkeeper there (1987-92). She was business administrator of the Lakemary Center, Paola (1969-87), and served at the Motherhouse on the Ursuline leadership Council (1990-94), as coordinator/hostess of outside retreats (1992-1999) and organist (1988-2009). She was coordinator of the Paola Association for Church Action Food Pantry (1999-2008). She moved to Maple Mount in 2009, where she continues to serve as assistant to the archivist.
Sister Mary Gerald Payne
- Sister Mary Gerald Payne, a native of Knottsville, Ky., is celebrating 60 years. She taught in Kentucky at St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1955-56), St. Benedict, Wax (1956-59), St. Paul, Leitchfield (1959-64), St. James School, Louisville (1964-67, including the summer remedial reading program), St. Brigid School, Vine Grove, where she also worked in faith formation (1967-68, 1986-87), Holy Cross School, Loretto (1968-72), Flaherty School, Flaherty (1972-80), St. Denis School, Louisville (1984-85, 1987-88), Christ the King School, Madisonville (1989-97) and Mary Carrico Memorial School, Knottsville (1997-2000). She also taught at St. Charles Borromeo School, Albuquerque, N.M., and was a Eucharistic minister in the parish (1980-84) and at St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1988-89). Since 2003 she has ministered in transportation and as a craft maker at the Motherhouse.
Sister Mary Agnes VonderHaar
- Sister Mary Agnes VonderHaar, a native of Vine Grove, is celebrating 60 years. She served in Kentucky as a teacher at St. Thomas More School, Paducah (1955-60) and Trinity High School, Louisville (1981-88); principal of St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph (1960-64), St. Ann School, Howardstown (1964-67)) and St. Joseph Inter-parochial School, Bowling Green (1975-81); principal and teacher at St. Charles High School, Lebanon (1967-69); assistant superior and director of retirement for the Ursuline Sisters (1988-96); pastoral associate, Sacred Heart Parish, Hickman (1996-2004); apostolic minister (2004-08) and now ministry of presence (2008-present), St. Mary of the Woods, McQuady, and St. Anthony Parish, Axtel.
Sister Kathleen Dueber
- Sister Kathleen Dueber, a native of Shawnee Mission, Kan., is celebrating 50 years. She was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger of that community with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008, and ministered in Kansas. She was a teacher at St. Philip Neri School, Osawatomie (1965), at Holy Trinity School, Paola (1967-68) and at St. Agnes School, Roeland Park (1966, 1969-74, 1978-84); assistant principal (1984-85) and principal (1985-89) of Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park; and she served in Motherhouse ministries in Paola as bookkeeper (1974-78), director of Monica Hall (1989-96), massage therapist (1997-2009), sacristan (2000-2009), medical claims handler (2002-09) and vocation director (2006-08). She served on the Ursuline leadership Council (2002-08) and corporation board (2002-09). She now lives at Maple Mount, where she serves as a member of the Ursuline leadership Council and provides transportation for the sisters.
Sister Patricia (David Clare) Rhoten
- Sister Patricia Rhoten, a native of Palmyra, Neb., is celebrating 50 years. She taught at St. Martin School, Flaherty, Ky., (1967), St. Michael School, Fairfield, Ky., (1967-68), St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Francis, Ky., (1968-69), St. Thomas More School, Paducah, Ky., (1969-72), Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo., (1972-74), St. John Berchmans Catholic School, Shreveport, La., (2005-2009) and St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg, Ky., (1980-83), serving as principal there from 1982-83; was the principal and taught at St. Pius Tenth School, Owensboro, Ky., (1974-79), at Lourdes Elementary School, Nebraska City, Neb., (1983-93) and at Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff, Mo., (1996-99); was vice principal of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Maple Mount (1979-80). She was assistant to the president of Brescia College/University (1993-96). She served as the Motherhouse local community life coordinator from 1999-2005. Sister Pat now serves as an archives assistant at Mount Saint Joseph.
Sister Mary Lois Speaks
- Sister Mary Lois Speaks, a native of Henderson, Ky., is celebrating 50 years. She taught at St. Ignatius School, Louisville (1966), St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph, Ky., (1966-67), Blessed Mother School, Owensboro (1967), St. John School, Plattsmouth, Neb., (1968-70); was principal and taught at Sacred Heart School, Russellville, Ky., (1970-72) and St. Leonard School, Louisville (1976-79); was parish coordinator at St. Pius Tenth, Owensboro (1972-76) and St. Columba Parish, Louisville (1979-82); served as Charismatic Renewal Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville (1982-89) and provided parish outreach for St. Pius Tenth Church, Calvert City, Ky., (1997). While in Louisville, she was also in residency at St. Bernard Parish. She was director of the Ursuline Associate program for the Ursuline Sisters from 1991-96, and ministered as a district instructional assistant at Marion County (Ky.) High School in Lebanon (1997-2011). She now provides spiritual direction and outreach in the Raywick, Ky., area.
Sister Mary Celine Weidenbenner
- Sister Mary Celine Weidenbenner, a native of Glennonville, Mo., is celebrating 50 years. She was a teacher in Kentucky at St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley (1967-71), Holy Cross School, Holy Cross (1971-73), Calvary School, Calvary (1973-76), St. Joseph School, Mayfield (1985-89) and St. Mary Middle School, Paducah (1991-2006); principal of St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph (1976-85); and a day care worker at Precious Blood Day Care, Owensboro (2006-07). Since 2007 she has been a teacher at Mary Carrico Memorial School, Knottsville.
Sister Jacinta Powers
- Sister Jacinta Powers, a native of Curdsville, is celebrating 40 years. She taught at Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1977-79), St. Augustine School, Lebanon, Ky., (1979-80), Lourdes Central High School, Nebraska City, Neb., (1980-82) and Mary Carrico Memorial School, Knottsville (1983). She briefly provided parish ministry in Chile. She was a health care administrator for the Mount Saint Joseph Infirmary (1986-88 and 2003-04); a dialysis nurse at the hospital in Owensboro (1990-2000), an oncology nurse at Norton Hospital, Louisville (1988-90) and director of the AmeriCorps and Bridge to Health Programs for the Owensboro Diocese (2004-08). She was also a member of her community’s leadership council (1996-2004). She taught and provided health care in Jamaica (2008-09). Sister Jacinta has been a nurse for the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn., since 2009.
Jubilee congratulations can be sent to 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.