Reflective Moments April 2020

Thomas Merton tells us overwork and constant activity is a violence we modern folk do to ourselves. I recalled this as I was thinking about the Coronavirus and what it is doing to us. I believe it is instilling fear into many of us. Is that what we want it to do? No. Maybe we…

An Update for the 2020-2021 Quilt Club Year

The Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming temporarily suspended all charitable gaming licenses as of March 18, 2020, in its attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The 2020-21 Quilt Club year set to begin April 1, 2020 will instead have its first drawing on May 1, 2020, at which time we will draw two winners!…

An Update During the COVID-19 Outbreak From Our Retreat Center Director

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the mandate for social distancing to keep our Sisters and the public safe, we have decided to reschedule or cancel several of our retreats.  Canceled: 4/9 Lenten Day of Quiet 4/9 Focus on Faith Rescheduled: Women in Prayer –moved to May 1-3 (subject to change) Praying Your Dreams -moved…

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The world is a crazy place right now. Fear is everywhere and it seems like we are living each day not knowing what is going to come next. This week, our campus at the Mount has been closed off from visitors and most of the staff for the foreseeable future. We have had to keep…

Start of 2020-21 Quilt Club year is delayed

Following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of a state of emergency to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, Department of Charitable Gaming has temporarily suspended all charitable gaming licenses indefinitely. This means that the 2020-21 Quilt Club year that begins April 1 will have to delay its first drawing, which was scheduled…

Coronavirus Precautions at Mount Saint Joseph

The following is a message from Ursuline Sister Amelia Stenger, congregational leader: The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are praying for you and all who are being affected by the Coronavirus. We offer hospitality in so many ways to people who come to our Motherhouse, but out of concern for the health and safety…

2020 Motherhouse Retreat

Ursuline Sisters who mostly live at the Motherhouse spent the week of March 9, 2020 in a silent retreat led by Ursuline Sister Cheryl Clemons. Here are some photos from March 10.

Reflective Moments March 2020

On Ash Wednesday, we, in our Catholic tradition, were marked with ashes on our forehead and told to repent and believe in the gospel. Earlier wording told us to remember that we are dust and to dust we will return. No matter the wording, Lent is a season for growth, for repentance, for reconciliation and…

Quilting Friends have fun serving the Ursuline Sisters

Jo Anna Pearson grew up as a foster child, so she knows the feeling of arriving at a new home with no possessions. Seven years ago, she began making “quillows” – a quilt that folds into a pillow – to donate to foster children where she lives in Columbus, Ga. “This is something they can…

MSJ Academy alum brings “Praying Your Dreams” program to Retreat Center

The way God uses dreams to “nudge” people toward a deeper spirituality became a fascination with Theresa O’Bryan about 10 years ago when she attended a seminar on spiritual direction with dreams. She realized then that dream counseling was something she wanted to provide. “Dreams are very much a part of scripture,” she said. In…