Congregational Leader Sister Amelia Stenger
Sister Amelia Stenger, a native of Glennonville, Mo., was elected as congregational leader on Dec. 30, 2015. She was installed on July 17, 2016, as the 16th canonically elected leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.
From August 2010 to July 2016, Sister Amelia served as director of development for the Ursuline Sisters. From 1997 to 2010 she was director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center.
She was an educator from 1971 to 1997, beginning as a teacher at Precious Blood School in Owensboro, Ky., from 1971-75. She then served as principal and teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Earlington, Ky., (1975-77), Christ the King School, Madisonville, Ky., (1977-82) and St. Joseph School, Bowling Green, Ky. (1982-84). She was superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Owensboro from 1984-91, then served as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1991-97, when she was asked to return to Maple Mount to lead the Retreat Center.
She has served on numerous boards dealing with education and the environment. Sister Amelia is a 1967 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and was taught by the Ursuline Sisters while growing up in Missouri. She became an Ursuline Sister in 1968.
Assistant Congregational Leader Sister Pat Lynch
Sister Pat Lynch was elected as a councilor. During a special election on Nov. 5, 2016, she was approved as assistant congregational leader, replacing her longtime friend Sister Kathleen Condry, who died Sept, 5, 2016. Sister Pat was an Ursuline Sister of Paola prior to the 2008 merger, and was superior of that community from 1994-2002.
From 2009-2016, she served as office manager/campus minister at the Didde Catholic Campus Center at Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kan.
Sister Pat spent her youth between Pennsylvania and Kansas City, Mo. She met the Ursuline Sisters when she began attending Ursuline Academy in Paola, and she entered the novitiate with the Ursuline Sisters there in 1967.
She served her first 15 years in ministry at the Lakemary Center in Paola, a residential facility for children with developmental disabilities. She was a speech therapy aide (1971-72), speech pathologist (1974-81) and education coordinator (1981-86). She was elected as a councilor in community leadership in 1982, and for a second four-year term in 1986.
From 1987-94, she was an outreach minister at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence, Kan., on the campus of the University of Kansas. She left there when she was elected superior of the community. She was elected again as a councilor in 2002, and also served as director of vocations and formation (2002-06) and added spiritual direction in 2006.
Councilor Sister Pam Mueller
Sister Pam Mueller was elected as a councilor. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Sister Pam served as director of campus ministry at Brescia University in Owensboro from 2005-2016, and continues to serve part-time at Brescia while serving on the Council.
She began her ministry as a teacher at Precious Blood School, Owensboro, in 1973-74, and was a speech-language pathologist for the Diocese of Owensboro from 1974-79. She was a professor of speech language pathology at Brescia from 1981-92.
From 1992-94 she was Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at St. Louis University, and then director for the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program at the university. The program allowed qualified high school juniors and seniors to begin taking college course work while still in high school.
In 2000 she returned to Maple Mount to become director of vocation ministry for the Ursuline Sisters. During that time she was also director of the contact program for her community and was among the first graduates of the Spiritual Direction Training Program at the Mount. She was director of women’s discernment at Brescia from 2004-07. She is a 1968 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and joined the Ursuline Sisters in 1970.
Councilor Sister Judith Nell Riney
Sister Judith Nell Riney was elected as a councilor. She has served as director of library services at Brescia College/University in Owensboro, Ky., since 1987, and continues in that role while serving on the Council. She was staff librarian at Brescia from 1980-87.
She began her ministry as a teacher at St. James School in Louisville (1971-73) and then at St. Angela Merici School in Florissant, Mo. (1973-78). She was librarian at Trinity High School in Whitesville, Ky., from 1978-79 before leading the library at Brescia, which was renamed for the Rev. Leonard Alvey.
Sister Judith Nell grew up a short distance from Maple Mount and was taught by Ursuline Sisters in grade school and at Mount Saint Joseph Academy, where she graduated in 1965. She joined the Ursuline Sisters in 1967.
Councilor Sister Helen Smith
Sister Helen Smith was elected as a councilor during a special election on Nov. 5, 2016. Sister Helen was an Ursuline Sister of Paola prior to the 2008 merger, and was assistant superior of that community from 2006-2008.
Sister Helen moved to Maple Mount in 2018. In 2019 she will take over the running of the Mount Saint Joseph Gift Shop.
From 2010-2017, Sister Helen handled sacramental preparation work with children and teenagers at the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City. She also served as property manager of the former convent in Paola during that time.
Sister Helen grew up in Bartlesville, Okla., just across the Kansas state line. She met the Ursuline Sisters when she attended St. John Catholic School, which the Ursulines of Paola started in Bartlesville. She is a 1964 graduate of Ursuline Academy in Paola.
She entered the novitiate for the Ursuline Sisters in 1965, but left the community in 1967. She returned in 1979, and will celebrate 40 years as an Ursuline Sister in 2017.
She was a teacher or principal at five Kansas schools from 1979 to 2005. Those schools were Queen of the Holy Rosary, (Overland Park), St. John (Greeley), Holy Trinity (Paola), Holy Cross (Overland Park), and Holy Rosary-Wea (Bucyrus).
She was an elected Council member from 1990-98, and again from 2002 until the merger in 2008.