For the first time, a creative arts retreat took place from June 14-16, 2019, at the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. “Awakening the Soul with Creative Arts” showed participants how to stimulate their right brain for creativity and to deepen their spirituality. Activities included making objects with clay, writing poetry, coloring mandalas, creating…
Sister Rose Marita O’Bryan, 77, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 10, 2019, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 58th year of religious life. She was a native of Owensboro and was the only daughter born to Marion and Elizabeth O’Bryan. She had three brothers.
Sister Rose Marita had a smile awaiting all those she met. She was known for her leadership skills and her deep love of the Ursuline charism of Saint Angela Merici.
She graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in German from Brescia College (now University) in 1965, and a master’s degree in religious education and theology from St. John’s College, Cleveland, in 1973.
She was a teacher at Seven Holy Founders School in Affton, Mo., (1965-72), then was the religious education coordinator at the school and parish (1972-76). She was a pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Hickman, Ky. (1991-96). She served in several internal ministries for her community. She was an elected councilor on the Leadership Council from 1976-84 and was elected major superior from 1996-2004. She was director of vocations, postulants and the contact program (1984-90), and coordinator of Mission Effectiveness (2005-2016). She was director of the Contemporary Woman Program at Brescia University (2005-16).
Survivors include the members of her religious community; two brothers, Joe (Maggie) O’Bryan of Owensboro and David (Trafta) O’Bryan of Louisville; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.
Donations in memory of Sister Rose Marita may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.
A lovely gray dove has taken up residence on a window ledge outside the dining room in Saint Joseph Villa. It is a real meditation to watch her. First, she sat quietly on her eggs until they hatched. Now, she lovingly feeds her young. It reminds me of Jesus saying, in the gospel of Saint…
It’s been awhile since I have written a blog post. Between our Quilt Club sales, planning my wedding and launching a new website, it’s been super busy!!!! We have some very exciting things going on here at the Mount that I would like to share: –Yes, you read that correctly—we launched a BRAND-NEW WEBSITE! We…
It’s 6:30 p.m. on May 30, 2019, and Sister Suzanne Sims is meeting Deacon Stephen Van Lal Than on Dixiana Court in Owensboro, Ky. The street is full of apartment houses, and over the past several years, more of those apartments have become homes for Burmese immigrants. About a half dozen of the families in…
Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter was awarded an honorary doctorate in Divinity from Providence (R.I.) College on May 19, 2019, for her work in bringing clean water to impoverished nations with her ministry Water With Blessings. As Sister Larraine said on her Facebook post, “I used to dream of a Masters in Divinity, but never imagined…
Strong winds, thunderstorms and some hail that spread across Kentucky came through St. Joseph on Sunday afternoon, May 26, toppling two historic trees at Mount Saint Joseph, and causing limb damage to several other trees.
More than 100 women who attended Mount Saint Joseph Academy returned for the annual Alumnae Weekend on May 18-19, 2019. The alums shared plenty of smiles and stories, and elected a new vice president in Jennifer Speaks McGee, A70. In the 20th anniversary year of the Maple Leaf Award, Judith Calhoun Ward, A60, and Betty…
Sister Mildred Katzer, 100, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died May 19, 2019, in Richmond, Kan., in her 82nd year of religious life. She was an Ursuline of Paola, Kan., prior to their merger with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. A native of Garnett, Kan., she liked making nun dolls and teaching Vacation Bible School.
Sister Mildred taught for 59 years in Kansas and Oklahoma. In Kansas she taught at St. John School, Greeley (1943-45 and 1973-85); Holy Name School, Kansas City (1945-54); and Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park (1954-58 and 1960-72). She also taught at Immaculate Conception School in Tulsa, Okla., (1940-43), where she also helped cook, and at St. John School, Bartlesville, Okla., (1958-60).
Sister Mildred was a remedial teacher for St. Agnes School, Shawnee Mission, Kan., (1985-90), and a religion teacher/tutor for Holy Angels School, Garnett, (1990-99). From 1999-2019, she visited the sick in St. Teresa Parish in Richmond.
Survivors include the members of her religious community; a sister, Rita Jackson of Ottawa, Kan., and nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at St. Teresa Church, Richmond. Visitation and a vigil service will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Ursuline Cemetery in Paola, Kan.
Donations in memory of Sister Mildred may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.