New Exercise Equipment Arrives

Sister Amelia cuts the ribbon as the sisters look on.

The Ursuline Sisters cut the ribbon on their new room of exercise equipment Dec. 5, and got their first lessons on how to use it.

The Ursuline Sisters learned on Sept. 9 they would receive a grant of $4,555.98 from Owensboro Medical Health System for a fitness and nutrition project for the targeted senior population. Sister Amelia Stenger, the director of development for the Ursuline Sisters, purchased new treadmills, stationary bicycles, an elliptical machine and a tread climber, plus got a lightly used treadmill donated. As part of “Project: Sisters Stay Active,” 20 sisters who live at the Motherhouse have agreed to exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes each time, or a total of 90 minutes a week, Sister Amelia said.

At the beginning, each sister will have her blood pressure, weight and body mass index measured, and those same indicators will be retested every four months, Sister Amelia said when the grant was announced.

Sister Amelia and Sister Elaine Burke demonstrated the exercise equipment to numerous sisters who filled the exercise room on the basement level of Lourdes Hall. Here are some photos.

Sister Elaine Burke works the tread climber as Sister Amelia, left, explains its usage. Sister Kathleen Dueber, rights, looks on.

There are two treadmills, this one that Sister Elaine is trying out was donated. Sister Marie Carol Cecil, right, studies the control board.

Sister Elaine works out on the elliptical machine.


Sister Amelia shows a couple of ways to use exercise bands for strength building.


Sister Amelia tries out an exercise bike similar to the ones used in spinning classes, as Sister Alfreda Malone, right, and Sister Marie Goretti Browning look on.


Sister Amelia tells the sisters that the recumbent bike allows for a more comfortable exercise experience.


Sister Amelia shows the sisters how to take their own blood pressure, as Sisters Luisa Bickett, center, and Annalita Lancaster look on.

Among the many sisters in attendance were, from left, Sister Ann Patrice Cecil, Sister George Mary Hagan, Sister Catherine Barber and Sister Marie Montgomery.