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Music at Maple Mount rekindles emotions 50 years after it began

Kellie Ashby McClanahan grew up in Owensboro, but now lives in Helena, Montana. She drove 1,700 miles in two 12-hour days to return to Maple Mount on June 9, 2024, to attend the Music at Maple Mount reunion. “It was the call to come back,” she said. “This was my childhood. I was here from…

Sister Susanne Bauer, OSU: October 24, 1933-June 5, 2024

Sister Susanne Bauer, 90, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 5, 2024, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 73rd  year of religious life. A native of Louisburg, Kan., she was born Anna Mae to George Gustiv Bauer of Louisburg and Marie Auberger, who was from Linz, Austria. Sister Susanne earned a bachelor…

Reflective Moments with Angela

By Sister Michele Morek I love the post-Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles. I can just imagine the disciples discussing with each other what the new church should be like; for example, what Jesus really meant for them to do when he said, “go out to all the world and proclaim the Good…

St. Elizabeth Parish honors their religious sisters and priests

St. Elizabeth Parish in the tiny community of Curdsville, Ky., is only 3 miles from Mount Saint Joseph, and the church was built just 13 years after the Ursuline Sisters arrived in western Daviess County. Yet it was a surprise to Laquita McCarty to discover just how many young women who grew up in the…

Sisters brighten up the Villa courtyard with new flowers

One of the courtyards in Saint Joseph Villa became brighter and more colorful on the morning of May 16, 2024. Several Ursuline Sisters planted flowers in a raised bed under the direction of Villa Activities Director Ashley Wilkerson. The array of flowers included petunias, geraniums, yellow calibrachoa (known as million bells), and red vincas. Here…

Pioneer women religious leaders can teach us a lot today

(This reflection by Ursuline Sister Nancy Liddy also appears in the May issue of Ursuline Associate Update.) By Sister Nancy Liddy Walking out of the front doors of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, I was struck by the statue directly in front of me of Mother Catherine Spalding with two orphans in tow.…

Father Volk’s personal items on display in Motherhouse Chapel

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph may have never come to Maple Mount in 1874 if not for Father Paul Joseph Volk. While serving as pastor of St. Alphonsus Church, Father Volk oversaw the building of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and requested Ursuline Sisters of Louisville to come operate the school. Ursuline Sisters have…