Sisters are “all ears” as they gather with friends and staff for corn shucking

The first day of 2021 corn shucking, cutting and blanching occurred on July 20 in the Motherhouse small dining room, as Ursuline Sisters, staff and friends joined together to tackle 1,000 ears harvested from the Mount farm. The following day was expected to be even heavier, said Melody Payne, manager of Food Services. “Last year…

Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center will be deconstructed

Acknowledging that all things eventually reach the end of life, the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph have decided to deconstruct the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. The Retreat Center has operated since August 1983, when it took over the buildings that occupied Mount Saint Joseph Academy, the all-female high school that opened…

Sisters celebrate each other during Community Days

Since 1917, the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph have set aside time in July for Community Days, when all the Sisters who are able, return to Maple Mount to discuss community business and enjoy each other’s company. This year’s Community Days meetings took place in the Mother Aloysius Room. Sister Ruth Gehres once again…

Sisters participate in Summer Retreat for Women Religious

Each July, the Ursuline Sisters take part in the Summer Retreat for Women Religious. For the week of July 11-16, 2021, the Sisters were listening to Father Eugene Hensell, a Benedictine priest from St. Meinrad, Ind., as he discussed “The Parables of Jesus: Paradigm for Religious Life.” Here are some photos from the July 13…

Reflective Moments with Angela for July 2021

By Sister Marietta Wethington I grew up in a very hospitable home. My parents always welcomed anyone who stopped by. If it happened to be at mealtime, they were invited to eat with us. As I reflect on that, I am reminded that Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God is like a banquet…

Sister Mary Diane Taylor, OSU: Oct. 19, 1932-June 28, 2021

Sister Mary Diane Taylor, 88, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 28, 2021, in Maple Mount, Ky., in her 69th year of religious life. She grew up in a large family in the small town of Fredericktown, Ky., one of 11 children born to the late William and Eliza Diane Taylor. She…

Smiles and hugs were plentiful on Associates and Sisters Day 2021

The 2021 Associates and Sisters Day brought many smiles and hugs on June 26, the first event inviting the public to Maple Mount since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Sister Larraine Lauter led an interesting discussion on Saint Angela Merici’s original vision for her Ursuline family, and two people made their commitments as Ursuline Associates. Associates…

Sisters in Saint Joseph Villa get back to nature with animal visit

Saint Joseph Villa employee Jenny Lageson provided a treat for the Ursuline Sisters on May 27, 2021 – a visit from some of her daughter’s farm animals. Maddison Blakeley brought two dwarf goats – Elvis and Flower – as well as a silkie chicken, a duck and a white rooster. (They don’t name the fowl,…

Sister Larraine Lauter honored for her role in Water With Blessings

Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter was recognized in May 2021 for the work she does with Water With Blessings, earning a Louisville high school’s prestigious award. Sister Larraine received the 2021 Trinity Peace Medal, which has been given by Trinity High School for 51 years to someone recognized for their efforts that promote peacemaking, justice building,…

Sister Cheryl Clemons welcomes 25 to women’s retreat on Julian of Norwich

Ursuline Sister Cheryl Clemons proved some things can return to normal following a pandemic, as she welcomed 25 people to her annual women’s retreat on May 22, 2021. The retreat – “Hope and Healing in Julian of Norwich” – was moved to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish hall because the Mount Saint Joseph Conference…