Sister Teresa Riley, OSU: September 24, 1936-November 24, 2020

Sister Teresa Riley, 84, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Nov. 24, 2020, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 65th year of religious life. She was a native of Mayfield, Ky. Sister Teresa was a gentle and affirming woman with a keen sense of the needs of others, especially those who were sick…

Sister Rosemary Keough, OSU: December 11, 1938-November 21, 2020

Sister Rosemary Keough, 81, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Owensboro Health, in her 63rd year of religious life. She was a native of Auburn, N.Y. Her former religious name was Sister Thomas Catherine. Sister Rosemary had a missionary’s heart, and though she loved all of her ministries,…

Sister Diane Marie Payne, OSU: July 9, 1945-November 19, 2020

Sister Diane Marie Payne, 75, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Nov. 19, 2020, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 56th year of religious life. She was a native of Glennonville, Mo. Sister Diane Marie loved to put a smile on the face of all those she met, and to share her life…

Man honors his Ursuline aunts with grotto in New Mexico

Four years ago, youth group members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos, N.M., began traveling the 70 miles to San Fidel to complete projects at St. Joseph Mission School. Bill Inkret is a member of the parish and organizes the teens doing the work. Little did he know that his Ursuline Sister…

Sister Helen Leo Ebelhar, OSU: January 17, 1933-November 10, 2020

Sister Helen Leo Ebelhar, 87, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Nov. 10, 2020, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 68th year of religious life. She was a native of Sorgho, Ky. Sister Helen Leo was a devoted teacher, but best known for her compassion shown to family members and her Ursuline Sisters.…

Sister Fran Wilhelm, OSU: January 7, 1929-November 5, 2020

Maple Mount — Sister Fran Wilhelm, 91, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Nov. 5, 2020, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 73rd year of religious life. Ever joyful and untiring, people often said, “I wish I had her energy” when they spoke of Sister Fran. She graduated from St. Joseph Junior College…

Reflective Moments November 2020

Recently I read about Pope Francis addressing a group of prison chaplains. Our Holy Father asked the chaplains to let the prisoners know he prays for them. He also reminded the chaplains that they were a sign of God’s presence to those in need.  As I reflect on those words, I am convinced we all…

Buried Prayers 2020

Each year, the Diocese of Owensboro receives numerous cards requesting prayers as people participate in the Disciples Response Fund. The cards are given their due reverence, collected in a small wicker basket and placed before the altar in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Pastoral Center. This year, Tom Lilly, chancellor of…

Sister Dorothy Helbling, OSU: June 17, 1928-November 1, 2020

Sister Dorothy Helbling, 92, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Nov. 1, 2020, the feast of All Saints, at Mount Saint Joseph. She was in her 73rd year of religious life. A native of St. Anthony, N.D., she was an Ursuline Sister of Belleville, Ill., before the merger of that community with the…

Sister Jacinta is still needed at the Mexican border

Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers expected to spend the first six months of 2020 serving migrants at the Mexican border. Her year – like everyone else’s in 2020 – took an unexpected turn. Sister Jacinta continues to serve in Matamoros, Mexico, with Global Response Management, where she expects to remain at least through December. “I was…