My Vocation Story – Sister Joan Riedley

Joan Riedley’s favorite teachers the first 12 years of her life were Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. Of course, all of her teachers were Ursuline Sisters. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that when it came time for her to choose a religious community, the Ursuline Sisters were the obvious choice. Sister Joan, who…

My Vocation Story – Sister Michael Ann Monaghan

When Barbara Nell Monaghan was in high school, she took an aptitude test that told her she would make a good inspector. Following her graduation, she moved from her home in Central City, Ky., to Hammond, Ind., where two of her sisters lived. She got a job working at Inland Steel, inspecting large sheets of…

My Vocation Story – Sister Francis Louise Johnson

The school year had just ended on June 2, 1954, when Jane Louise Johnson made an appointment with Ursuline Sister Jean Claire Ballard, who was the principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Mayfield, Ky. The sisters at the school were leaving for Maple Mount the next day, but Sister Jean Claire told Jane Louise…

My Vocation Story – Sister Dorothy Helbling

Not many people would be expected to follow through on a promise they made in the second grade. Sister Dorothy Helbling did just that, and she’s never regretted it. “On my First Communion day, I made the promise that I would become a sister,” Sister Dorothy said. “I felt so high from having first Holy…

My Vocation Story – Sister Catherine Kaufman

Sister Catherine Kaufman knew she had a calling to religious life. She just wasn’t sure which community was best for her. She was born Helen Marie Kaufman on the hottest day of 1931 in the tiny town of Dahlgren, Ill., southeast of Mt. Vernon. She was the second child of Charles and Gertrude Kaufman, following…

My Vocation Story – Sister Jane Falke

Ursuline Sister Jane Falke had to grow up fast as the oldest of eight children. With her mother often pregnant with a new sibling, Sister Jane did much housework and gained adult skills at an early age. She’d also learned from her father what it was like to make life-changing decisions at an early age.…

My Vocation Story – Sister Rita Lavigne

(Sister Rita Lavigne went to heaven on Sept. 17, 2015.) Rita Lavigne had attended Mass at Assumption Church in Topeka, Kan., since she was a little girl. At age 28, she was going to Mass every morning before work at an insurance agency. One day in 1950, the pastor, Monsignor Eugene Vallely, suggested she drive…

My Vocation Story – Sister Mary Jude Cecil

Martha Elizabeth Cecil was known as “Marty” by her family, but when she became an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, she chose “Mary Jude” as her name because of her mother’s great devotion to Saint Jude, “the saint of the impossible.” Whenever the family had tough times – and there were many – her…

My Vocation Story – Sister Pat Rhoten

Ursuline Sister Patricia “Pat” Rhoten grew up in a home with no running water in the tiny farming community of Palmyra, Neb. There was a well about 30 steps from the house, and along that path her mother decorated with a white picket fence and rose moss. Along another flower bed her mother put rocks,…

My Vocation Story – Sister Rosalin Thieneman

(Sister Rosalin went to heaven on March 29, 2017.) Sister Rosalin Thieneman’s long life as an Ursuline Sister proves that God’s insistence can be stronger than human resistance. From childhood, Mary Margaret Thieneman heard God’s call early and often. Her usual response was: “I’ll check it out later.” At age 27, already convinced that she…