Father Volk and all the departed souls remembered at Mass

The 100th anniversary of the death of legendary priest Father Paul Joseph Volk brought Ursuline Sisters and guests to Maple Mount on Nov. 2, 2019, to join Bishop William Medley for a Mass to celebrate a Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.

The All Souls’ Day Mass, in which the Church prays for all who have died, was made extra special this year as those gathered remembered Father Volk, the priest who welcomed the Ursuline Sisters to Mount Saint Joseph from Louisville in 1874. He oversaw construction of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and though his travels took him as far as South America, Maple Mount was where he felt at home. He died on Nov. 2, 1919 and is buried in the Mount Cemetery. Following the service, Ursuline Sisters were encouraged to light at candle at Father Volk’s grave, where they would be allowed to burn until sunset.

Here are photos from the day.


  1. Brother Gabriel Monarch, O.H.

    My growing up years (1943 to present) has always been involved with the Ursulines…my great aunt was Sister Mary Florence Monarch and my first cousin is Sister Jacinta Powers…as I grew up I remember Fr. Volk’s name mentioned many times…I could go on and on as I lean on my memory to bring back my childhood.

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