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 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 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 Margaret Marie Greenwell

Sister Margaret Marie Greenwell felt called to do something special with her life. She’s glad she chose the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph to make that happen. Sister Margaret Marie was born Mary Helen Greenwell in New Haven, Ky., an area of central Kentucky that is so heavily Catholic it is referred to as…

My Vocation Story – Sister Sara Marie Gomez

Thankfully for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, the U.S. Navy lost a recruit in 1961. A woman offering some skin treatment to Evelyn Gomez that year told her that she had returned from a tour in the Navy and received much valuable training. Evelyn thought joining the Navy sounded like a wise career…

My Vocation Story – Sister Judith Nell Riney

Sister Judith Nell Riney grew up just a short hike from Mount Saint Joseph, in an extended family that included several Ursuline Sisters. So it isn’t surprising that she says: “I always had the idea of a religious vocation in the back of my mind.” But one person was very surprised – her boyfriend, when…

My Vocation Story – Sister Angela Fitzpatrick

There’s a song that contains the lyric, “There’s a longing in my heart for God,” which summed up how Ursuline Sister Angela Fitzpatrick felt while growing up. “I was always yearning for something more,” she said. “I felt God near me and calling me.” Sister Angela took the first step toward answering that call when…