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2018 Jubilarians

Fifteen Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are celebrating jubilees of religious life in 2018. We offer our sincere gratitude for their many years of ministry.


Sister Naomi Aull
75 Years

Sister Naomi Aull is native of Knottsville, Ky. and is celebrating 75 years. She was formerly Sister Mary Benigna Aull. Sister Naomi taught at Sacred Heart School, Farmington, N.M. (1945-48), Blessed Mother, Owensboro, Ky. (1948-52), St. John, Plattsmouth, Neb. (1952-53), St. Teresa, Glennonville, Mo. (1953-54), Holy Trinity, Fredericksburg, Ky. (1954-57), St. Charles, Lebanon, Ky. (1957-58), St. Thomas More, Paducah, Ky. (1958-61) and Holy Cross, Loretto, Ky. (1961-62). In Louisville, Ky., she taught at St. Margaret Mary (1962-69), Mother of Good Counsel (1970-71), St. Ignatius (1971) and St. Leonard (1972-77). For 25 years in Louisville, beginning in 1977, she served in outreach ministry to the poor at St. Boniface Parish and then at St. Martin of Tours’ Schuhmann Social Service Center. While at St. Martin, she helped low-income elderly residents at the Hillebrand House fill out their paperwork. She retired to Mount Saint Joseph in 2002 and helped distribute mail for three years and was a volunteer caregiver for the Ursuline Sisters in Saint Joseph Villa. Today she is a member of the Powerhouse of Prayer.


Sister Emma Cecilia Busam
75 Years

Sister Emma Cecilia Busam is native of Owensboro, Ky and is celebrating 75 years. For 38 years she was a teacher in Kentucky schools, including St. Joseph, Central City (1945-46), St. William, Knottsville (1946-51), St. Charles, Bardwell (1958-60), Blessed Mother, Owensboro (1960-61), Sts. Joseph and Paul, Owensboro (1961-66) and St. Anthony, Axtel (1966-70). She taught art at Owensboro Catholic High School (1971-82), Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1982-83), and part time at Brescia College from 1960-66 and 1970-82. She also taught adult education part time for the Owensboro Public Schools from 1971-83. She began serving as an archivist in 1983, first for the Ursuline community and then for the Diocese of Owensboro. She was certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists in 1989, is a founding member of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) and a member of the Society of American Archivists. When she retired from the diocese in 2011, Bishop William Medley renamed it the “Sister Emma Cecilia Busam Archives.” Afterward, she assisted in archives at Mount Saint Joseph for several years. Today she is a member of the Powerhouse of Prayer.


Sister Marie Bosco Wathen
75 Years

Sister Marie Bosco native of Finley, Ky and is celebrating 75 years. She taught at St. Catherine School, New Haven, Ky. (1945-53), Seven Holy Founders, Affton, Mo. (1953-59, 1970-73, principal 1973-74), St. Bartholomew, Buechel, Ky. (1959-60), Mother of Good Counsel, Louisville (1960-66) and Immaculate, Owensboro, Ky. (1966-70). She was a professor of education at Brescia College (now University) from 1974-1997 and institutional research assistant from 1997-2005. Also during that time, she was co-director of the Ursuline Associate program for seven years. In 2004, Sister Marie Bosco was presented with a 30-year Brescia Service Award. She retired to the Motherhouse in 2005. From 2011-2014, she assisted in the Mount Saint Joseph archives. She became a resident of Saint Joseph Villa in 2012, where she visited and helped the sisters until 2017. She now helps when she’s able.


Sister Luisa Bickett
70 Years

Sister Luisa Bickett is celebrating 70 years of religious life. A native of Roseville, Ky., her family moved to Daviess County when she was 5. She was an educator for 24 years. She was a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Farmington, N.M. (1950-61), St. Edward in Jeffersontown, Ky. (1961-62), Colegio San Ignacio in Santiago, Chile (1965-71) and Colegio Padre Hurtado in Chillan, Chile (1972-74). She was principal and teacher at St. Joseph, San Fidel, N.M. (1962-63), Sacred Heart in Farmington, N.M. (1963-65) and St. Elizabeth, Curdsville, Ky. (1965). She was a pastoral minister at Poblacion Vicente Perez Rosales in Chillan (1975-83). She served in pastoral outreach at Holy Redeemer Church in Beaver Dam, Ky. (1984-87), and in outreach to mostly Hispanic populations in the Horse Branch, Ky., area (1987-2013). Since 2013 she has been a quilter for the Ursuline Sisters Quilt Club and is active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.


Sister Clarita Browning
70 Years

Sister Clarita Browning is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. She is a native of Calvary, Ky. A teacher for 39 years in Kentucky, Sister Clarita taught at Sts. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro (1950-51), St. Thomas More, Paducah (1951-55), St. Margaret Mary, Lyndon (1955-59), St. Christopher, Radcliff (1959-65) and Immaculate, Owensboro (1965-66). She was a professor of education at Brescia College, Owensboro (1967-89). She was associate director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center at Maple Mount (1989-90). She was a pastoral associate and director of religious education in Kentucky at Immaculate Parish, Owensboro (1990-96), St. Mary of the Woods Parish, Whitesville (1996-2000) and St. John the Baptist Parish, Fordsville (2000-2002). From 2002-2009, she was co-director of pastoral care at Saint Joseph Villa at the Mount Saint Joseph Motherhouse. She is retired at the Motherhouse and active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.


Sister Grace Swift
70 Years

Sister Grace Swift is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. A native of Bartlesville, Okla., she was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. She was a teacher in Kansas at St. Patrick School, Paola (1949), Holy Name, Kansas City (1950-55), Holy Angels, Garnett (1955-57) and Bishop Miege High School, Shawnee Mission (1958-62, 1965). She taught one year at Bishop McGinnis High School, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1957-58). She served as a history professor at Loyola University in New Orleans from 1966-98. During her time at Loyola she wrote four books and more than 30 articles, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Russia in 1993. She was elected to the Ursuline Council (1998-2002) and served at the Paola motherhouse until 2009, when she moved to Maple Mount. She now cares for grapevines and blackberries at the Motherhouse.


Sister Vivian Marie Bowles
60 Years

Sister Vivian Marie Bowles native of Jeffersontown, Ky and is celebrating 60 years. All her ministry has been in Kentucky. She taught at St. Pius Tenth (1960-64) and Immaculate (1971-73) schools, Owensboro; St. Joseph, Leitchfield (1964-66) and St. Thomas More, Paducah (1966-71). Her tenure at Brescia University in Owensboro began in 1973 and included roles as professor of psychology, counseling center director, and president from 1995-2007, during which the college became accredited as a university. She was elected to serve on the Leadership Council for the Ursuline Sisters (1992-96). After spending three years in family ministry, she was director of the St. Mary School System in Paducah (2010-11). Sister Vivian was a member of the Owensboro Diocesan Marriage Tribunal (1983-2008) and other diocesan committees. Since 2012, she has served as director of faith formation at St. Alphonsus Parish, St. Joseph, Ky.


Sister Ann Patrice Cecil
60 Years

Sister Ann Patrice is celebrating her 60th year of religious life. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Sister Ann Patrice was a teacher at St. Denis School in Louisville (1960-67), Lourdes Elementary School in Nebraska City, Neb. (1967-74) Sts. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro (1974-78) and Cathedral School, Owensboro (1978-82). She was secretary to the Mount Saint Joseph Leadership Council for 21 years. She was secretary and bookkeeper at the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (1989-91), and serials librarian and receptionist at Brescia College, Owensboro (1992-96). Since 2013 she has been the postmaster at the Maple Mount Community Post Office.


Sister Rose Karen Johnson
60 Years

Sister Rose Karen is native of St. Lawrence, Ky. and is celebrating 60 years. She was a teacher at St. Bartholomew School, Louisville (1960-66), St. Joseph, Leitchfield, Ky. (1966-69), Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff, Mo. (1985-86) and St. Brigid School, Vine Grove, Ky. (1986-89). She was teacher and principal at Mary Carrico School, Knottsville, Ky. (1969-70, 1971-81), St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley, Ky. (1981-82), and St. Mary Magdalene, Sorgho, Ky. (1983-85). She was principal of Precious Blood School, Owensboro (1982-83). She was a parish minister at St. Michael Parish, Georgetown, Ind. (1989-91). From 1992-95, Sister Rose Karen was assistant local superior and director of transportation for the Ursuline Sisters. She ministered as a pastoral associate and healing touch therapist at St. Joseph Catholic Center, Greenville, Ky. (1995-2015). She is retired at the Motherhouse and active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.


Sister Mary Elizabeth Krampe
60 Years

Sister Mary Elizabeth is native of Owensboro, Ky. and is celebrating 60 years of religious life. She turns 100 on June 21, 2018. Sister Mary Elizabeth sought a smaller community and became an Ursuline Sister of Belleville, Ill., from 1958 until that community merged with the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 2005 and she moved to Maple Mount. All her ministry was in community service at the convent in Belleville, including sewing, needlework and making afghans and quilts. She is retired at the Motherhouse and active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.


Sister Claudia Hayden
50 Years

Sister Claudia Hayden is celebrating 50 years of religious life. A native of Beech Grove, Ky., she has served in the nursing field for over 40 years. At the Mount Saint Joseph Infirmary (now called Saint Joseph Villa), she started as a nursing assistant in 1976 and ministered as a registered nurse intermittently for 20 years. She was a staff nurse at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, Ky. (1984-85) and an oncology staff nurse at Norton Hospital, Louisville (1989-90). She served as a dialysis staff nurse at Owensboro Mercy Health System (1993-2000) and at the Dialysis Center of Owensboro (2000-05). Prior to entering nursing, Sister Claudia taught at St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley, Ky. (1971-73) and St. Angela Merici School, Florissant, Mo. (1973-76). Today, she assists in Saint Joseph Villa and takes care of her nephew.


Sister Amelia Stenger
50 Years

Sister Amelia Stenger is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. A native of Glennonville, Mo., she has ministered solely in Kentucky. She was a teacher at Precious Blood School, Owensboro (1971-74), and principal/teacher at Immaculate Conception, Earlington (1975-77), Christ the King, Madisonville (1977-82) and St. Joseph, Bowling Green (1982-84). She served as superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Owensboro (1984-91) and the Archdiocese of Louisville (1991-97). She was director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, Maple Mount (1997-2010). Sister Amelia was director of development for her Ursuline community from 2010 until she was elected congregational leader in 2016, a position she will hold until 2022.


Sister Dianna Ortiz
40 Years

Sister Dianna Ortiz is celebrating 40 years as an Ursuline Sister. A native of Grants, N.M., she taught at Immaculate Conception School, Hawesville, Ky. (1983-85) and Blessed Mother School, Owensboro (1985-87) before doing mission work with Mayan children in Guatemala. She was a grassroots organizer for the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission in Washington D.C. (1994-2000). In 1998, she founded the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the abolition of torture and to support its victims. Her book, “The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth” (written with Patricia Davis), about her experience of abduction and torture in Guatemala, was published in 2002. In 2010 she joined Pax Christi USA in Washington, D.C., as interim director and then deputy director. She has been ministering with the Education for Justice Project at Center of Concern, Washington, D.C., since 2012. Sister Dianna has given numerous presentations in the U.S. and abroad and has provided testimony before Congress on issues related to human rights and torture. She is the recipient of many awards and recognitions.


Sister Carol Shively
40 Years

Sister Carol Shively is a native of Lebanon, Ky. and is celebrating 40 years. In Kentucky, she taught at St. Pius Tenth School, Owensboro (1985-87); St. Romuald, Hardinsburg (1982-83) and St. Paul, Leitchfield (1983-85). In Missouri, she was principal and teacher at St. Teresa School, Glennonville (1987-90); principal of Immaculate Conception, New Madrid (1990-94) and principal of Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff (1994-96). From 1996-99, she was superintendent in the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas. Since 1999, she has been superintendent in the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Shreveport, La., where she presides over four elementary schools and two high schools (Loyola College Prep, Shreveport, and St. Frederick, Monroe). She has been an educator for 36 years.


Sister Nancy Liddy
25 Years

Sister Nancy Liddy is a native of Coral Gables, Fla., and Brooklyn, N.Y. She is celebrating her 25th jubilee. She served in the Diocese of Owensboro, Ky., from 1994 to 2004 and the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., from 2005 to 2014. Sister Nancy’s ministry has been dedicated to faith formation through the liturgical life of the parish. Other ministries have included development and grant writer for the Ursuline Sisters and Brescia University, Owensboro. Sister Nancy currently ministers at the Seminary Scholar Shop at St. Meinrad, Ind., and is a member of “Brothers and Sisters,” an a capella singing quartet, which serves at the St. Meinrad Archabbey Church.

Congratulations to the Ursuline jubilarians may be addressed to 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.