Catching Up with the Mission – Sister Mary Ellen Backes

Sister Mary Ellen Backes has been a pastoral assistant at St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, Ill., since 1995 – the longest tenure of any Ursuline Sister serving in a parish. And yet, it’s not just the changes brought about by Covid-19 that has been a big change in the past year. “My routine follows what…

Reflective Moments with Angela May 2021

By Sister Marietta Wethington May is traditionally a month dedicated to Mary. Mary brought new life to the world when she consented to being the Mother of Jesus. May is also a month when we see a lot of new life in nature. The grass that has often been brown and dead-looking from the winter…

Sister Marilyn Mueth celebrating her 40th year as an Ursuline Sister

Our final jubilarian for 2021 is Sister Marilyn Mueth. Out of the nine Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph being honored for their jubilees this year, she is the only one currently in her 40th year of religious life. Sister Marilyn, a native of St. Michael’s in Paderborn, Ill., is celebrating 40 years of religious…

Sister Betsy Moyer celebrates 50 years as an Ursuline Sister

Among our nine Ursuline Sisters celebrating jubilees in 2021 is Sister Elizabeth Mary “Betsy” Moyer. Sister Betsy is celebrating her 50th jubilee. A native of Nebraska City, Neb., she was the oldest of nine children (one sibling died at birth) and learned added responsibility as a teenager while living with and caring for her grandmother.…

Sister Rosanne Spalding celebrates 60 years as an Ursuline Sister

Sister Rosanne Spalding is the next of nine Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph celebrating a jubilee of religious profession in 2021. Sister Rosanne, a native of Springfield, Ky., is celebrating her 60th year of religious life. She met the Ursuline Sisters as her teachers at Fredericktown High School. Her life has been devoted to…

Sister Nancy Murphy celebrates 60 years as an Ursuline Sister

Sister Nancy Murphy is our next of the nine Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph celebrating a jubilee of religious life in 2021. She is a native of Curdsville, Ky., and is celebrating her 60th year as an Ursuline Sister. She was taught by the Ursuline Sisters in grade school and at Mount Saint Joseph…

Sister Kathleen Kaelin celebrates 60 years as an Ursuline Sister

Sister Kathleen Kaelin, a native of Louisville, is celebrating her 60th year of religious life as an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph. She was taught by Ursuline Sisters in grade school and at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Her ministry has been committed to helping others uncover their own wholeness and holiness and radiate that…

Sister Julia Head celebrates 60 years as an Ursuline Sister

Sister Julia Head, a native of Stanley, Ky., is our next Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph who is celebrating a jubilee of religious profession in 2021. Sister Julia, a great lover of books, is now in her 60th year of religious life. In her ministry she especially appreciates the privilege of walking the faith…

Sister Helena Fischer celebrates 60 years as an Ursuline Sister

Our celebration of the nine Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who are celebrating jubilees of religious profession in 2021 continues with Sister Helena Fischer, who is celebrating her 60th year of religious life. Sister Helena is a native of Owensboro, Ky. She embodies Saint Angela Merici’s message to adapt to the signs of the…

Sister Clarence Marie Luckett celebrates 70 years as an Ursuline

The next of our nine Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who are celebrating jubilees of religious profession in 2021 is Sister Clarence Marie Luckett, who is celebrating 70 years. Sister Clarence Marie is a native of Marion County, Ky., where she was born Agnes Mayola, the seventh of 10 children. In her primary education,…