Reflective Moments July 2020

Recently I came across a saying that tells us the poor have much to teach us. As I thought about that I asked myself what the poor can teach us. Dependence is one thing. Most of us like to be independent. I remember when one of my nephews was little and his mother wanted to…

A letter to the editor of the Courier-Journal and The Record about the DACA ruling

To the Editor:   Together with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), we celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court’s ruling safeguards the right of 700,000 DACA recipients to live and work in the country that is their home. DACA…

The First 12 Keys Class at St. Stephen

After two months of cancellations or postponements due to the coronavirus, the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center was able to start a new program on June 3, 2020. “12 Keys to Spiritual Vitality: Powerful Lessons to Living Agelessly” is being presented by Center Director Maryann Joyce. The program consists of six morning sessions…

Sister Delores “Dee” Long, OSU: May 19, 1939-June 7, 2020

Sister Delores “Dee” Long, 81, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 7, 2020, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 45th year of religious life. She was a native of Kansas City, Mo. Sister Dee was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., until the merger of that community with Mount Saint Joseph in…

Reflective Moments June 2020

The writer of Saint Matthew’s Gospel tells to love our enemies as well as our friends. It is easy to love my friends. My enemies? That’s more challenging. Psalm 145 tells us that God is good to one and all. God makes no distinction. As I look at what is happening in our country, I…

Every person is a precious child of God

Racism is the original and persistent sin of the United States.  Unarmed black people are killed by police authorities and armed members of the public.  Say their names:  George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin.  So many others.   We know this.  We see this.  We grieve. …

Reflective Moments May 2020

Someone, unknown to me, tells us the purpose of words is to teach, inspire and motivate. Someone else, also unknown to me, gives us the word, THINK, to help us reflect on our words. T – are they true? H – are they helpful? I – are they inspiring? N – are they necessary? K…

Ten Emotional and Spiritual Survival Tips during the Pandemic

Maryann Joyce, director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, offers some suggestions for our heart and mind to stay grounded in God one moment at a time, as we bear through the suffering of this pandemic.   Stay in the Moment – Our minds spend much of their time in the future…

Ten Ursuline Sisters celebrate jubilees of religious life

Nearly 700 years of service to God’s people is represented in the 10 Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who are celebrating significant anniversaries of religious profession in 2020. Sister Mary Angela Matthews was the 11th jubilarian this year, but she went to heaven on April 5.   Sister Marcella Schrant, a native of Walker,…

Sister Mary Angela Matthews, OSU: November 18, 1929-April 5, 2020

Sister Mary Angela Matthews, 90, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died April 5, 2020, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 70th year of religious life. She was a native of Hardinsburg, Ky. She graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1949, and from Brescia College in 1965. She also earned master’s degrees from…