Hope and Firm Faith Book

Ursuline history book is now available for sale

“Hope and Firm Faith: The Story of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph” is a book that brings to life the amazing women who have served God’s people from their humble beginnings at Maple Mount, Ky. Readers will learn how Saint Angela Merici founded the Order of Saint Ursula in Brescia, Italy, and following her death, convents spread across Europe. Eventually Ursulines found their way to North America, and in 1858, to Louisville, Ky. Just 16 years later, five brave Ursuline Sisters boarded a flatboat on the Ohio River to come to the wilderness of Daviess County and open Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

The community grew and eventually became independent in 1912 — the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. Meet the women who have adventured through the changing times in American culture and the Catholic Church. You will learn about the events that unfolded for the Ursuline Sisters through the eyes of the women who lived them. This book is required reading for anyone who loves the Ursuline Sisters, as well as those who recognize the importance of the Sisters to the numerous communities and states in which they served.

What people are saying:

“This book is a blessing. Full of exciting things.” Stephanie Render

“The book is wonderful!” Carolyn Sue Cecil

“I love this book. It’s hard to put down!” Debbie Walker

Upcoming book presentations

  • For people in the central Kentucky area, a program will be offered from 2-4 p.m., (ET) Dec. 17, 2022, at City Hall in Raywick, Ky., 200 Main St. The Ursuline Sisters played a prominent role in educating thousands of students in Marion County for 100 years.
  • People in the Owensboro area can join in a conversation on the history of the Ursuline Sisters at the Daviess County Public Library from 2-3 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2023.

The book cost is $37.10 ($35 for the book, $2.10 for sales tax.) Add $10 for shipping and handling if you need the book shipped. Please let us know if you would like the book signed by the author (at no extra charge).

Make checks out to “Ursuline Sisters” and mail to:

Book order
8001 Cummings Road
Maple Mount, KY 42356

You can order the book online here:

Order “Hope and Firm Faith”

If you wish to purchase a copy of the book in person, contact Dan Heckel at 270-229-2007 or [email protected].