Former Academy student returns to Maple Mount after 61 years

Jean Sites Oerther enjoyed telling her sons and grandchildren about how she attended a convent school during her first two years of high school. Since leaving Mount Saint Joseph Academy following her sophomore year in 1958, Oerther had never returned to Maple Mount, even though since 1979 she has lived in Louisville. “I’m not a…

Father John Dear brings ‘Jesus the Peacemaker’ to Maple Mount

One of the nation’s leading activists for nonviolence is coming to the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center in November to share his insights on peacemaking. On Nov. 1-2, 2019, Father John Dear, author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is leading “Jesus the Peacemaker: Following Jesus on the Path of Peace and Nonviolence.” Father…

Sister Cheryl Clemons to present “Following Jesus” retreat

As familiar as budding flowers and warming temperatures, a sure sign of spring each year in Maple Mount is a women’s retreat led by Ursuline Sister Cheryl Clemons. This fall, Sister Cheryl will share her wealth of spiritual knowledge in another retreat, this one for men and women. On Oct. 18-20, 2019, at the Mount…

Quilts for Sale!!!

We still have some quilts left over from our Escape to the mount weekend and we would like to give our supporters an opportunity to still purchase these amazing pieces of art! To buy a quilt, you can call Maggie at (270) 229-2009 or email her at to reserve which one you want then…

Escape to the Mount Weekend–Quilt Bingo

The gym was packed to the gills on Sunday for our Quilt Bingo event! Beautiful quilts, both big and small were arranged so that people could browse and admire such amazing works of art! There was a lot of laughter heard throughout the three hours we were there, so we are guessing that everyone had…

Escape to the Mount Weekend–Trivia Night

To kick off the first event of our Escape to the Mount weekend, we held a trivia night in the gym! Ten teams competed for restaurant gift cards while they enjoyed food prepared by the Retreat Center. There was also quilts, jams, jellies and items that were handmade by the Sisters for sale during the…

Sister Helen Smith, OSU: Aug. 6, 1946-Sept. 2, 2019

Sister Helen Smith, 73, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 42nd year of religious life. She was a native of Bartlesville, Okla.

Sister Helen was a creative woman, from her beautiful knitting to developing spiritual programs for the children who she loved to lead into the mystery of God. She was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger with Mount Saint Joseph. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in educational administration.

Sister Helen served in Kansas as a teacher at Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park (1979-80, 1982-83), and St. John School, Greeley (1981-82). She was principal and teacher at Holy Trinity School, Paola (1983-94), and principal at Holy Cross School, Overland Park (1994-2000) and Holy Rosary-Wea School, Bucyrus (2000-2005). She was elected as a councilor for the Ursuline Sisters of Paola from 1990-98 and from 2002-2006. She was assistant superior from 2006-2008, until the merger with the Ursuline community in Maple Mount. Sister Helen was director of sacramental preparation for children and youth at the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, Kan., from 2010 until moving to Maple Mount in 2018. She was property manager in Paola from 2009-2018. She was elected as a councilor for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 2016, and this year began serving as manager of the Mount Saint Joseph Gift Shop.

Survivors include the members of her religious community, her brother James D. Smith of Jenks, Okla., and four nephews.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Thursday 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 Helen may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

more: Sister Helen Smith, OSU: Aug. 6, 1946-Sept. 2, 2019

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A map showing where the Ursuline Associates live always has one star in Africa. That one star came to visit the Ursuline Sisters on Aug. 17-19, 2019. Sister Agnes Ijoko, a Sister of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, made her lifetime commitment as an Ursuline Associate in 2004. She was completing three years…