Catching up with the Mission – Sister Betsy Moyer

One of the biggest efforts at the “new normal” during the Covid pandemic is helping students to continue learning. This is certainly true at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., where Sister Betsy Moyer serves multiple roles in the School of Education – office manager, data collector, networker with the local schools for student placements, and…

Catching Up with the Mission – Sister Vivian Bowles

The Covid-19 pandemic may have shut down much of Kentucky in 2020, but Sister Vivian Bowles was adamant the children of St. Alphonsus Parish were going to receive the sacraments they prepared so hard to achieve. It looks like nothing is going to stop her this year either. Sister Vivian is the director of Faith…

Catching Up with the Mission – Sister Kathleen Kaelin

Sister Kathleen Kaelin’s ministry is all about being present to people. For the past 11 months, she’s had to learn how to do that without being physically present. Sister Kathleen is a therapist and spiritual guide and leads meditation classes at the Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville. “Like everyone else, since March of 2020,…

Sister Dianna Ortiz, OSU: Sept. 2, 1958-Feb. 19, 2021

Sister Dianna Ortiz, 62, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph for 43 years, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington, D.C., after a brave battle with cancer. She was raised in Grants, N.M. Sister Dianna called on God to help her survive a traumatic event in her life to become an advocate for torture…

Catching up with the Mission – Sister Joan Riedley

Covid restrictions have played havoc with Sisters whose ministries involve visiting the sick or elderly. That is the case with Sister Joan Riedley, who is a parish minister at Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Louisville, Ky. “I’m playing guitar at the 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. weekend Masses, along with someone on the piano,”…

Catching Up with the Mission – Sister Suzanne Sims

Sister Suzanne Sims started the new year leaving one ministry where she had deep roots and exchanging it for the place that has been her “home” for 54 years. Sister Suzanne served as director of Faith Formation at St. Pius Tenth Church in Owensboro, Ky., since December 2016. Her family were charter members of the…

Sister Alfreda Malone, OSU: April 18, 1924-Feb. 13, 2021

           Sister Alfreda Malone, 96, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 71st year of religious life. She was a native of Raywick, Ky.             Sister Alfreda was a prayerful woman with an unceasing energy to serve wherever she was needed. She graduated from…

Catching up with the Mission – Sister Jane Falke

Adapting one’s ministry during a pandemic is difficult. How about starting an entirely new ministry during that time? But that’s what Sister Jane Falke did, after serving from 2008 to 2020 for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. “From 2008 to 2016, many refugees were allowed to come to the United States,” Sister Jane said. “Refugee resettlement…

Catching up with the Mission – Sister Marilyn Mueth

Sister Marilyn Mueth has had to adapt to the signs of the times in her role as a K-8 resource teacher at St. James School in Millstadt, Ill. But like any good teacher, it’s the students who she is most concerned about. “This pandemic is making all work more difficult and dispositions less willing to…

Catching up with the Mission – Sister Michele Morek

Sister Michele Morek was used to working with people remotely even before Covid-19 struck. As the North American Sister Liaison for Global Sisters Report, which covers news about women religious around the world, she works with contributors all over the planet, usually from her office in Kansas City, Mo. Now, even she’s working from home.…