Sister Cecelia Joseph Olinger hits the road for Jesus

Being on the road for the Lord is nothing new for Sister Cecelia Joseph, who almost everyone calls “C.J.” She spent 15 years ministering in New Mexico, first as a teacher and then serving three Native American churches in a pueblo. She’s ministered in Clinton and Benton, Ky., which are areas with few Catholics where…

Sister Clarita Browning’s impact felt in many classrooms

(Sister Clarita Browning is retired at the Motherhouse and active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.) When the Owensboro (Ky.) Catholic K-3 Campus invited the Ursuline Sisters to a Mass on Feb. 21, Sister Clarita Browning had no idea of the gift she would receive. Several of the school’s kindergarten and first-grade teachers came to greet…

Sister Rose Jean shares a lifetime of caring with all those she meets

(This article was written in 2013. Sister Rose Jean is now the sacristan at the Motherhouse Chapel at Maple Mount, and helps in the Mount Saint Joseph Gift Shop.) Ursuline Sister Marian Powers was a student at Mount Saint Joseph Academy when she received a letter from her mother telling her about her elementary school…

Sister Michael Ann Monaghan was born to teach

Ursuline Sister Michael Ann Monaghan taught first grade for 25 years, a direction that may well have begun with her first teaching assignment from Ursuline Sister Mary Ophelia Raley. What made it unique was that Sister Michael Ann was a first-grader herself.

Sister Catherine Kaufman brings a background in creativity to the Mount

(This article was written in 2013. Sister Catherine continues to serve at the Motherhouse caring for plants, decorating the dining room and participating in the Powerhouse of Prayer.) When Ursuline Sister Catherine Kaufman’s mother was in her final days in 1993, she lamented that none of her daughters quilted. “I said, ‘Mom, I can quilt,’”…

Sister Marie Bosco Wathen has always made learning fun

(This article was written in 2012. Sister Marie Bosco continues to assist the Ursuline Sisters in Saint Joseph Villa and is active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.) When Sister Marie Bosco Wathen was 6 years old, her paternal grandmother died of a heart attack. A month later, her mother died of pneumonia at 46 years…

Sister Marie Goretti Browning has always been where God wanted her

(This article was written in 2012. Sister Marie Goretti remains active in the Powerhouse of Prayer at the Motherhouse.) During the seven years of her first teaching assignment from 1952-59, Sister Marie Goretti Browning taught the first, third, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. “Other sisters would say, ‘Oh I just love to teach first grade,…

Sister Mary McDermott shares her life of hospitality

(This article was written in 2012. Sister Mary now serves as Motherhouse information receptionist, an assistant in Mission Advancement, and in the Powerhouse of Prayer.) Ursuline Sister Mary McDermott wasn’t supposed to be here. When her mother was pregnant, her doctor told her it was a choice between saving her life or the life of…

Sister Michele Ann Intravia finds a new classroom with the poor

Ursuline Sister Michele Ann Intravia thought she would be a teacher all her professional life. Even in her job as manager of operations for the Sister Visitor Center in Louisville, Ky., she’s still teaching. “I try to talk to as many people as possible. Our clients lack education,” Sister Michele said. The Sister Visitor Center…

Sister Margaret Marie Greenwell brings a giving heart to her ministry

(Sister Margaret Marie retired in 2016 and now lives at the Motherhouse, where she is active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.) Ursuline Sister Margaret Marie Greenwell was an educator for 35 years when she heard a voice from the Holy Spirit telling her to go work with the poor. For the past 19 years, she…