Community Days 2019

One of the most enjoyable weeks of the year at Maple Mount is when the Ursuline Sisters come home for Community Days. The 2019 Community Day were July 10-13, with all but two of the sisters making it back to Mount Saint Joseph. Here are photos from the days, shot by our intrepid photographer, Sister…

Gift Shop Ribbon Cutting

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph Gift Shop officially reopened on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, as Sister Amelia Stenger cut the ribbon and switched the “closed” sign to “open.” The Gift Shop has been closed for several months to refurbish and restock its merchandise. Sister Helen Smith and Sister Rose Jean Powers are now…

Associates and Sisters Day 2019

Associates and Sisters Day 2019 brought a wonderful amount of sharing and reflection about ministering to others and how we share “love in action.” The all-day event on June 22 included welcoming three new Ursuline Associates who made their commitments. Here are photos from the day.

Creative Arts retreat is first of its kind at the Center

For the first time, a creative arts retreat took place from June 14-16, 2019, at the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. “Awakening the Soul with Creative Arts” showed participants how to stimulate their right brain for creativity and to deepen their spirituality. Activities included making objects with clay, writing poetry, coloring mandalas, creating…

Sister Rose Marita O’Bryan, OSU: Oct. 28, 1941-June 10, 2019

Sister Rose Marita O’Bryan, 77, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 10, 2019, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 58th year of religious life. She was a native of Owensboro and was the only daughter born to Marion and Elizabeth O’Bryan. She had three brothers.

Sister Rose Marita had a smile awaiting all those she met. She was known for her leadership skills and her deep love of the Ursuline charism of Saint Angela Merici.

She graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in German from Brescia College (now University) in 1965, and a master’s degree in religious education and theology from St. John’s College, Cleveland, in 1973.

She was a teacher at Seven Holy Founders School in Affton, Mo., (1965-72), then was the religious education coordinator at the school and parish (1972-76). She was a pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Hickman, Ky. (1991-96). She served in several internal ministries for her community. She was an elected councilor on the Leadership Council from 1976-84 and was elected major superior from 1996-2004. She was director of vocations, postulants and the contact program (1984-90), and coordinator of Mission Effectiveness (2005-2016). She was director of the Contemporary Woman Program at Brescia University (2005-16).

Survivors include the members of her religious community; two brothers, Joe (Maggie) O’Bryan of Owensboro and David (Trafta) O’Bryan of Louisville; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.

Donations in memory of Sister Rose Marita may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

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Burmese ministry teaches Sister Suzanne about family

It’s 6:30 p.m. on May 30, 2019, and Sister Suzanne Sims is meeting Deacon Stephen Van Lal Than on Dixiana Court in Owensboro, Ky. The street is full of apartment houses, and over the past several years, more of those apartments have become homes for Burmese immigrants. About a half dozen of the families in…

Sister Larraine Lauter receives honorary degree from Providence College

Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter was awarded an honorary doctorate in Divinity from Providence (R.I.) College on May 19, 2019, for her work in bringing clean water to impoverished nations with her ministry Water With Blessings. As Sister Larraine said on her Facebook post, “I used to dream of a Masters in Divinity, but never imagined…

Storm Damage–Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Strong winds, thunderstorms and some hail that spread across Kentucky came through St. Joseph on Sunday afternoon, May 26, toppling two historic trees at Mount Saint Joseph, and causing limb damage to several other trees.