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Diocesan staff brings carols and joy to the Ursuline Sisters

The Diocese of Owensboro staff spent Dec.6, 2023 – the feast of Saint Nicholas – at Maple Mount, visiting the Ursuline Sisters in Saint Joseph Villa and singing Christmas carols in the hallway.

Charlie Hardesty, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Danny May, director of Marriage and Family Life, have been coming to the Mount monthly since the spring to visit with Sister Margaret Ann Aull and Sister Elaine Burke. Hardesty worked with Sister Margaret Ann at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Henderson, Ky., and May has known Sister Elaine since he began coming to the Mount for retreats 20 years ago.

“We could listen to their stories all day,” Hardesty said. “It dawned on me, we need to get everyone out here to learn these stories.”

About 25 staff members from the McRaith Pastoral Center visited all three hallways in Saint Joseph Villa, singing a handful of carols and then visiting with the Sisters. Afterward, they joined the Sisters for the rosary, and then for Mass in the Motherhouse Chapel. Bishop William Medley joined Father Ray Goetz, the chaplain, to celebrate the Mass.

Here are some photos from the day, and a video of the caroling.


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