Sister Melissa Tipmore gives the sisters wheels

(Sister Melissa Tipmore stepped down as transportation coordinator in 2016 after 18 years in the ministry. She continues to provide transportation for the sisters and serves as the librarian at the Motherhouse.) When Sister Melissa Tipmore was in her first mission at St. Francis of Assisi School in Loretto, Ky., only one of the sisters…

Sister Angela Fitzpatrick lives a life of service to the elderly

Sister Angela Fitzpatrick's passion has been serving the needs of people in parishes. Today, she continues to serve the elderly in metropolitan Kansas City, helping them stay in their homes by providing service as a CSJ caregiver, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Sister Jane Falke: No time to waste in serving the stranger

(With refugee resettlement coming to an end during Covid-19, Sister Jane Falke began volunteering with TurnStyles Thrift Store in 2020, which is operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.) The quote from Matthew 25:35-36 is stenciled on the chalkboard gray wall behind Sister Jane Falke’s desk at the office of Catholic Charities of Kansas City,…

Sister Michele Morek: Always ready for the next adventure

(Sister Michele Morek left Brescia in December 2011 to become coalition coordinator for UNANIMA International, a nongovernmental organization of the United Nations. She served in that position until December 2016. Since January 2017, she is serving as the North American liaison for the Global Sisters Report, a part of National Catholic Reporter, which is headquartered…

Sister Mary Timothy Bland: A life in teaching God’s little ones

(Sister Mary Timothy Bland retired as a full-time teacher in 2016, but continued to serve as a substitute teacher at the K-3 Campus until 2019. She is now serving as an assistant in the Motherhouse Archives.) In 1969, two years after she began teaching the third and fourth grade at St. Teresa School in Glennonville,…

Sister Ann McGrew: Making people comfortable on their journey with God

(Sister Ann McGrew completed her ministry at the Retreat Center in 2016, and became director of novices. In 2017, she continued in that role, but also became the local community treasurer at the Motherhouse and part-time director of religious education at St. Peter of Alcantara Parish in Stanley, Ky.) Sister Ann McGrew’s mother was beloved…

Sister Marcella Schrant: Sharing her joy of life with unbound energy

(Sister Marcella Schrant completed her ministry at St. John the Evangelist in November 2014, and moved to Maple Mount. She is now active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.) Ursuline Sister Marcella Schrant got more than she bargained for in 2004 when, after 59 years as a sister, she accepted her first parish ministry at the…

Sister Pat Lynch: A presence of joy for college students

(Sister Pat Lynch completed her ministry at Emporia State University in 2016 and began serving in elected Ursuline leadership, first as a councilor and then in November 2016, as assistant congregational leader. She lives in Maple Mount.) Ursuline Sister Kathleen Condry tends to shy away from events with big crowds, yet Ursuline Sister Pat Lynch…

Sister Barbara Jean Head: A life of service “by the numbers”

When Ursuline Sister Barbara Jean Head was a teenager, she and her siblings took turns minding their dad’s service station while he came home for lunch. It was during her turn that she first realized the power of prayer. “I was a shy little girl, I was afraid I couldn’t put gas in correctly,” Sister…

Sister Suzanne Sims: A lifetime of meeting the needs of the day

Sister Suzanne Sims completed her ministry at St. Mary of the Woods in 2016. In January 2017, she began ministering as director of faith formation at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Owensboro, Ky. In January 2021, she returned to the Motherhouse to serve as director of Local Community Life. Before the 1975 spring semester…