Twenty Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are celebrating jubilees of religious life in 2017. Among them are five sisters who were Ursuline Sisters of Paola, Kan., prior to the 2008 merger with Mount Saint Joseph, and two former Ursuline Sisters of Belleville, Ill., who merged in 2005.
Sister Mary Durr, a native of Paul, Neb., is celebrating 80 years. She ministered in education for 34 years, chiefly as a music teacher. She taught music at St. Michael School, Fairfield, Ky. (1939-40), St. Angela Home, Louisville (1940-52), Sacred Heart Academy, Waterflow, N.M. (1952-55, 1956-63), Lourdes Central High School, Nebraska City, Neb. (1963-68), and at Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Maple Mount, Ky. (1968-73). She was principal and teacher at St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph, Ky. (1955-56). From 1973-99, she served as liturgy consultant and AV librarian at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb. She lives at Maple Mount and is dedicated to the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Mildred Katzer, a native of Garnett, Kan., is celebrating 80 years. Sister Mildred taught in Kansas at St. John School, Greeley (1943-45, 1973-85), Holy Name School, Rosedale (1945-54), Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park (1954-58, 1960-73), St. Agnes School, Shawnee Mission (1985-90) and Holy Angels School, Garnett (1990-99). She also taught in Oklahoma at Immaculate Conception School, Tulsa (1940-43) and St. John School, Bartlesville (1958-60). She continues to volunteer at St. Therese Parish in Richmond, Kan., where she has served since 1999.
Sister Rose Marie Craycroft (formerly Sister Mary Clarence) is celebrating 75 years. A native of New Haven, Ky., she served 39 years in education in Kentucky, Nebraska and Missouri. She taught in Kentucky at St. Joseph School, Central City (1944-45), St. Columba School, Louisville (1945-52), St. Bartholomew School, Louisville (1952-55), St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1955-57); Rosary Chapel School, Paducah (1957-58) and St. Martin School, Rome (1958-64). She taught at Seven Holy Founders, Affton, Mo. (1964-69), then was a teacher and librarian at St. Denis School, Louisville (1969-73). She served as librarian at Lourdes Central High School, Nebraska City, Neb. (1973-83). She was a bookkeeper and secretary at St. Christopher Parish, Radcliff, Ky. (1983-88). She helped care for her father in the last years of his life. She is retired at the Ursuline Motherhouse at Maple Mount, where she is dedicated to the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Marie Julie Fecher is celebrating 75 years. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she ministered as a music instructor in Kentucky for almost 50 years. She taught at St. Edward School, Jeffersontown (1944-52), St. Catherine School, New Haven (1952-54, 1959-64), St. Francis School, St. Francis (1954-55), St. Joseph School, Leitchfield (1955-58), St. Bartholomew School, Louisville (1964-68) and St. Columba School, Louisville (1968-76). From 1976-94, she was a music instructor at Brescia College/University in Owensboro. She was the organist at the Ursuline Motherhouse from 1994-2013. Sister Marie Julie lives at the Motherhouse, where she is engaged in the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Jane Miriam Hancock is celebrating 75 years. A native of Waverly, Ky., she was a teacher in Kentucky for 50 years. She taught at St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley (1944-45, 1964-65), St. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro (1945-52), St. Sebastian School, Calhoun (1952-53, also served as principal), St. Brigid School, Vine Grove (1953-56), St. Joseph High School, Mayfield (1956-57, 1958-59), St. Margaret Mary School, Lyndon (1957-58, 1959-62), Holy Cross School, Holy Cross (1962-64), St. Pius the Tenth School, Owensboro (1965-69), St. Francis School, Loretto (1969-70), St. Charles Junior High School, Lebanon (1970-84) and Marion County High School, Lebanon (1984-94). She was a substitute teacher for Owensboro Catholic Schools for nine years after retiring in 1994. Sister Jane Miriam served as assistant sacristan for the Motherhouse Chapel from 1994-2009. She was a top seller of raffle tickets for the Ursuline Sisters’ annual barbecue picnic. She lives at Maple Mount and is a member of the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Martina Rockers, a native of Garnett, Kan., is celebrating 75 years and has been an educator for 71 years. She taught in Kansas at Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park (1946-53), St. Ann, Prairie Village (1953-55), St. Agnes, Roeland Park (1955-56), Ursuline Academy, Paola (1956-57), St. Agnes High School, Roeland Park (1957-58), and Bishop Miege High School, Roeland Park (1958-present). She was elected to the leadership Council in Paola from 1978-82. She currently serves in development, in the science department and the spirit shop at Bishop Miege.
Sister Emerentia Wiesner, a native of Richmond, Kan., is celebrating 75 years. She taught in Kansas at Holy Name School, Rosedale (1945-47, 1950-52), Holy Angels School, Garnett (1947-50, 1963-64 as principal and teacher), Holy Rosary-Wea School, principal and teacher (1955-57), Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park (1957-60), St. John School, Greeley, (principal and teacher, 1960-61, teacher 1966-73), Holy Trinity, Paola, principal and teacher (1961-62, 1964-66, tutor 1987-89) and St. Agnes in Shawnee Mission (1962-63). She taught at St. John School, Bartlesville, Okla. (1952-55). She was a nurse and director of Monica Hall in Paola (1974-87) and involved in community service at the motherhouse (1989-2009), when she moved to Maple Mount, Ky. She is a seamstress and craft maker at Maple Mount.
Sister Joseph Angela Boone is celebrating 70 years. A native of New Haven, Ky., all of her ministry has been in Kentucky. She was a teacher at Sts. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro (1949-51, 1959-61) and St. Denis School, Louisville (1951-59). She was a math professor at Brescia College, Owensboro, where she also served as dean of women (1963-70). From 1970-89, she was treasurer/business administrator for the Ursuline Sisters. During this time, she was also a member of the Ursuline Sisters’ leadership Council (1972-76). She was chancellor and director of administration for the Diocese of Owensboro (1989-2011), followed by being a consultant for finance and administration (2011-14). She lives at the Motherhouse, where she is the daily annalist, an information receptionist and part of the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Dorothy Helbling is celebrating 70 years. A native of St. Anthony, N.D., Sister Dorothy taught at St. James School, Millstadt, Ill. (1952-53) and Holy Rosary School, Fairmont City, Ill. (1953-54). She then became a math teacher at St. Mary High School, Bismarck, N.D. (1954-58) and Bishop Ryan High School, Minot, N.D. (1958-74). She served as provincial superior for the Ursuline Sisters of Belleville (1975-83), and was general superior of that community from 1983-89, and 1995-2005. She also ministered as retreat director at Kings House Retreat and Renewal Center in Belleville (1978-86), and served with Liguori Publications in Liguori, Mo. (1993-2003). She served the Diocese of Belleville on the Liturgical Commission (1988-95) and with Conciliation and Arbitration (1989-92). She served in hospitality at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville (2007-2009) and in outreach in Belleville until 2011. Sister Dorothy lives in Maple Mount, where she is active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Francis Mary (Fran) Wilhelm is celebrating 70 years. A native of Waterflow, N.M., her first ministry was there as a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy (1949-50). She continued to teach in New Mexico at St. Rose School, Blanco (1950-51), Sacred Heart School, Farmington (1951-53 in the classroom, 1953-62 as music teacher) and St. Joseph School, San Fidel (1962-64). She was a music teacher at St. Catherine School, New Haven, Ky. (1964-66) before moving to South America. She taught at St. Thomas More Academy, Caracas, Venezuela (1966-68) and Colegio San Ignacio, Santiago, Chile (1968-73). She served in Charismatic ministries in California, first as a councilor for Charis Missions, La Puente (1975-80) and then as director of Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Orange County (1980-83). She was director of the Jyotiniketan Prayer House at Maple Mount and the first director of the Ursuline Associate program (1983-92). She was an elected member of the Ursuline Council (1984-92). In 1992, she began working in Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Owensboro and the next year founded Centro Latino in Stanley, Ky. (1993-2000). Centro Latino moved to Owensboro in 2000 with Sister Fran as its director, a ministry she continues today.
Sister Catherine Kaufman is celebrating 60 years. A native of Dahlgren, Ill., she worked in internal ministry at the Ursuline Motherhouse in Belleville, Ill., from 1959 to 2005, most of those years as the cook for the sisters. She is noted for her expertise as a baker and canner. She moved to Maple Mount in 2005, where she quilted for many years for the Quilt Club, and continues to care for plants and decorate the dining room.
Sister Rosemary Keough (formerly Sister Thomas Catherine) is celebrating 60 years. A native of Auburn, N.Y., she taught in Kentucky at St. Andrew School, Harrodsburg (1959-62), St. Sebastian School, Calhoun (1962-64) and Mount St. Joseph Academy, Maple Mount (1969-76, 1980-82). From 1964-69, she taught adult religious education in the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb. From 1976-80, she was a consultant in language arts for the Archdiocese of Louisville. She fulfilled her dream of being a missionary when she ministered at Divino Maestro in Chillan, Chile (1982-84). She was coordinator of religious education at St. Charles School, Albuquerque, N.M. (1985-88) before returning to Kentucky. She served at Brescia College, Owensboro, in the Contemporary Woman and Student Support Services programs (1988-93), and at the Ursuline Motherhouse as activity director and director of liturgy (1993-99). Since 2000, Sister Rosemary has been engaged in Hispanic ministry with Centro Latino in Owensboro, with particular focus in the Sebree area.
Sister Lois Lindle (formerly Sister Lawrence Marie) is celebrating 60 years. A native of Louisville, she was a teacher for 44 years. She taught in Kentucky at St. Francis of Assisi School, Loretto (1962-63), St. Peter School, Waverly (1963-64), Blessed Mother School, Owensboro (1964-67) and at St. Martin School, Rome (1969). She taught in Louisville at St. Margaret Mary School (1959-62), St. Columba School (1969-75), St. Denis School (1975-80), St. Bernard School (1980-88) and St. Lawrence School (1988-2003). She also taught at St. Joseph School, San Fidel, N.M. (1967-68). She served on the Catholic Pastoral Care Team at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville (2004-2005). From 2005-2009, she was local community life coordinator at Maple Mount. Since 2009 she has served the sisters at Maple Mount offering transportation.
Sister Grace Simpson (formerly Sister Jean Michael) is celebrating 60 years. A native of Fairfield, Ky., she was a teacher at St. Columba School, Louisville (1959-63) and returned there as principal from 1976-82. She was a teacher at St. Ignatius School, Louisville (1963-68) and principal and teacher at St. Catherine School, New Haven, Ky. (1968-76). She spent a year as a secretary and receptionist at the Mount Saint Joseph Retreat Center, Maple Mount (1983-84). She found her true passion in life serving the poor as a caseworker for 30 years at the Sister Visitor Center in Louisville (1984-2014). She is now a volunteer at the St. John Center for Homeless Men in Louisville.
Sister Mary Elizabeth (Mimi) Ballard is celebrating 50 years. A native of Fairfield, Ky., she was a teacher at Mary Carrico School, Knottsville, Ky., (1971-73), and taught in the Brescia College kindergarten program, Owensboro, Ky. (1973-78). Beginning in 1978, Sister Mimi was engaged in parish ministry in Chile and Guatemala. She served as parish minister at Divino Maestro Parish in Chillán, Chile (1978-86, 1993-97), and as parish minister at San Miguel Acatán, Guatemala (1986-89). She ministered to Guatemalan refugees in Chiapas, Mexico (1990). She was a parish minister at San Rafael Parish in Vina del Mar, Chile (1991-93). In 1997, with a group of Chilean women, she founded the Dianna Ortiz Ursuline Center for Women (Casa Ursulina) in Chillán, Chile, where she continues to serve as director.
Sister Pat Lynch, who spent her youth between Pennsylvania and Kansas City, Mo., is celebrating 50 years. Her ministry was all in Kansas until 2016. Sister Pat was superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Paola from 1994-2002, and served as an elected councilor from 1982-90, and again from 2002-2008. She served 15 years in ministry at the Lakemary Center in Paola, including as a speech therapy aide (1971-72), speech pathologist (1974-81) and education coordinator (1981-86). From 1987-94, she was an outreach minister at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence. She served as director of vocations and formation (2002-06) and added spiritual direction in 2006. From 2009-2016, she served as office manager/campus minister at the Didde Catholic Campus Center at Emporia State University. She is now the elected assistant congregational leader for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph and lives at Maple Mount.
Sister Maureen O’Neill (formerly Sister Charles Maureen) is celebrating 50 years. A native of Louisville, Ky., she was an educator for 35 years. She taught in Kentucky at St. Pius Tenth School, Owensboro (1971-73), served as principal and teacher at St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1973-76), taught at St. Mary High School, Paducah (1983-85), was principal and teacher at St. Joseph School, Mayfield (1985-91), taught at Most Blessed Sacrament School, Louisville (1991-2005) and taught at St. Nicholas Academy, Louisville (2005-06). She was also head teacher at Lourdes Central School, Nebraska City, Neb. (1976-83). Since 2006 she has served as a caseworker for poor families at the Sister Visitor Center in Louisville.
Sister Judith Nell Riney is celebrating 50 years. A native of Owensboro, Ky., she taught at St. James School, Louisville (1971-73) and Angela Merici School, Florissant, Mo. (1973-78) before moving into her ministry of the past 39 years, library science. She was librarian and teacher at Trinity High School, Whitesville, Ky. (1978-79), and in 1980, became librarian at Brescia College, Owensboro. Since 1984 she has served as director of library sciences at the Father Leonard Alvey Library at Brescia University. In 2016 she began a six-year term as an elected member of the Ursuline Council. Sister Judith Nell lives in Owensboro.
Sister Suzanne Sims is celebrating 50 years. A native of Owensboro, Ky., she was a teacher at St. Bernard School, Louisville (1971-75). She was assistant professor of elementary education at Brescia College, Owensboro (1976-87), where she also served as director of campus ministry (1984-87) and assistant to the president (1992-93). She was pastoral minister at St. Mary of the Fields, LaCenter, Ky. (1987-88). She was a member of the leadership Council of the Ursuline Sisters and director of the apostolate (1988-92) and served as assistant congregational leader (2000-2004). From 1997-2000, Sister Suzanne was president of Springfield (Ill.) College. She was director of Mission Advancement for the Ursuline Sisters (2000-2008), and director of Ministry Development (2008-09). She was principal of St. Mary of the Woods School, Whitesville, Ky. (2009-16). Since January 2017, she has served as director of faith formation at St. Pius X Church in Owensboro.
Sister Helen Smith, a native of Bartlesville, Okla., is celebrating 40 years. She served in Kansas as a teacher at Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park (1979-80, 1982-83), and St. John School, Greeley (1981-82). She was principal and teacher at Holy Trinity School, Paola (1983-94), principal at Holy Cross School, Overland Park (1994-2000) and principal at Holy Rosary-Wea School, Bucyrus (2000-2005). She was elected as a councilor from 1990-98 and from 2002-2006. She was assistant superior from 2006-2008, until the Ursuline Sisters of Paola merged with the Ursuline community in Kentucky. Sister Helen handles sacramental preparation work with children at the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, where she has served since October 2010. She was elected as a councilor for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph on Nov. 5, 2016.
Jubilee congratulations can be sent to 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.