Shrine Meditation Walk

A Visit to the Shrines

Come to Maple Mount and take part in the Shrine Meditation Walk on the grounds of the Motherhouse for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. No appointment is necessary, just come share in the beauty at the Mount.

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Christ the King

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Feast Day: Last Sunday of the Liturgical Year

This is a medieval feast, using the metaphor “King” for describing Christ. Today, the implications of such a metaphor are harder to understand. Though there remains a fascination for royalty and royal families, most cultures have moved toward a more participatory form of governance. The kingdom that Jesus preached was the Kingdom of his Father: a kingdom of forgiving love with no royal trappings. The scepter of this kingdom is righteousness, justice, abundant peace, and love. Christ is King in hope and faith that Jesus hasn’t gone away.

Saint Joseph

Northwest Corner of the Campus

Feast Day: March 19th

Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, was an honorable man who trusted the mysterious ways of God; heeded the voice of an angel and went into exile to protect Mary and the Baby; provided his family security through his daily labors as a carpenter and stone cutter. He is the special guardian of the universal Church, and the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph; the patron of married couples, carpenters, bursars, house hunters and seller, doubters, housewives, the dying.




Father Paul Joseph Volk: 1841-1919

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Missionary priest to North and Central America Father Volk came from Fulda, Germany to Louisville, Kentucky in 1869, became pastor of Saint Alphonsus in 1870, and built Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1874 He was a tireless missionary: built a total of 27 churches in Central America and Kentucky; worked, incognito, as a common laborer in the building of the Panama Canal to finance the construction of churches in Panama. Resulting from his deep faith and devotion to Saint Joseph, he is credited with three local miracles: a) hardening of clay for the bricks used in the original Academy building (still-standing); b) safely crossing the dangerously flooded Green River on horseback, without even getting wet feet, to attend a dying person in Reed; c) curing a severely crippled young man in Beech Grove.

The Five Pioneer Ursuline Sisters

Northwest Corner of the Campus

These pioneer women, on whose shoulders we stand, through their undaunted courage and perseverance planted seeds of faith in the wilderness of western Kentucky, in 1874.They were women filled with the spirit of simplicity trusting their own love of God; growing their own garden, harvesting grain and fruit; cleaning, cooking, sewing, doing laundry; building furniture; creating a life of prayer and community.They were women of hospitality sharing life and home; caring for the earth; networking with neighbors.They were women serving the families, rich and poor alike, in an academy of high standard. They continue to inspire this Ursuline Community to be the face of Jesus to all peoples who hunger for God in their lives.

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Northwest Corner of the Campus

Deep within the human heart is the desire to immortalize heroes and heroines. The circle of names enclosing this garden attempts to express that longing to celebrate those special persons who gave us life and nurtured our dreams.

Saint Agnes: 291-303

Center Campus East

St.AgnesstatuenearchapelFeast Day: January 21st

Agnes, the daughter of a noble Roman family, became a Christian and was martyred at the age of 12. Her persecutors tried to force her into prostitution. When their attempt to burn her naked body failed, they decapitated her. She is depicted holding a lamb and a palm branch. Since the 9th century, on the feast of Saint Agnes, two lambs are slaughtered at the Church of Saint Agnese, San’t fuori le Mura, France. From the wool of these lambs is made the pallium (a strip of white wool with black crosses woven into the fabric) given by the Pope to an archbishop as a sign of his office.


Our Lady of Fatima

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Feast Day: May 13th

Throughout the Old Testament, God chose prophets to call His people back to Him. In recent times, God is sending His Mother. One of the apparitions of Mary in the 20th century took place at Fatima, Portugal. She appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917. Our Lady’s message warned of the harm that we inflict upon ourselves because of greed and lust for power, lack of love among nations, and rejection of the Gospel. Her plan of hope for the world called for daily devotion would bring about the conversion of Russia, the end of World War I and peaceful reconciliation among nations.

Saint Theresa of Lisieux: 1873-1897

Center Campus East

Feast Day: October 1st

Patron of the Missions Many Catholics have admired this young saint known as Saint Theresa, the Little Flower. She was born in France in 1873, entered the cloistered Carmelite monastery at age 15, and died when she was 24. Martyrdom was the dream of her youth. She also felt called to be a priest. She arrived at peace by accepting that “my vocation is love.” Her secret is called The Little Way: no act is without meaning when done within the awareness of God’s abiding presence. Soon after her death, public demand was so great that this young woman, who had spent only 9 years as a Carmelite nun doing dishes, laundry, scrubbing floors, cleaning, praying for the missions purely out of love, was canonized and named a Mystical Doctor of the Church. The national shrine of the Little Flower is in Detroit, Michigan.

Saint Anthony of Padua: 1195-1231

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Feast Day: June 13th

Anthony became a Franciscan friar in the hope of shedding his blood for Christ. In France and Italy, he was the most renowned preacher of his day. Upon exhumation, some 336 years after his death, his body was found corrupted, but his tongue was totally uncorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it. Saint Anthony is known to have moved with ease in the realm of minor and major miracles: raising the dead, exorcising the devil, and having a special power of restoring lost things. Saint Anthony is usually depicted holding the Infant Jesus, who on one occasion, miraculously appeared to him and rested in his arms. Sometimes the Infant is shown holding keys and glasses that Anthony is looking for.

Saint Jude Thaddeus, Apostle

Center Campus East

Feast Day: October 26th

Jude was a blood relative of Jesus (nephew of Mary) and reported to look much like him. He was the only apostle who joined John comforting Mary at the crucifixion scene. He planted the seeds of faith in Libya and was martyred in 1st century Persia, beaten to death with a club and beheaded post-mortem. The Letter of Jude, shortest book in the New Testament, is attributed to him. He is advocate in desperate situations and lost causes. The national shrine of St. Jude is in Chicago.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor

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Feast Day: January 15th

Devotion to Our Lady of Prompt Succor, (Our Lady of Quick Help), was planted in this country by the Ursulines who came from France to New Orleans in 1727. It remains characteristically an Ursuline legacy. The recognition of Our Lady as patron of the state of Louisiana is supported by the miracles that, on two separate occasions, saved the city of New Orleans from peril: the victory of the Americans over the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, and escape from the catastrophic fire of 1815. In each of these dangers, the Ursulines were asked to pray for a safe deliverance. Both times, Our Lady of Prompt Succor came to the rescue: America was saved from British rule; wind changed course and the fire out to sea. New Orleans boasts of the national shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Our Lady of Prompt Succor shrine here at Maple Mount was built to fulfill a promise made by two Ursulines of Mount Saint Joseph who were on a cruise in the Caribbean with relatives when a hurricane threatened the destruction of everything in its path. The sisters asked Our Lady of Prompt Succor to spare their ship, and the lives of its passengers and crew. Their ship was among the few that safely reached shore.

The Cemetery

The Crucifix

This cross is not made of wood as was the cross of Jesus. Rather, the craftsman used non-perishable marble to best preserve its outdoor presence. No matter the medium, the cross always symbolizes the Tree of Life. In the cross, there is no good and evil, as in the tree of paradise. A tree once caused our death, now a tree brings life. This tree does not cast us out of paradise, but opens the way for our return. The wonders of this tree were foreshadowed by the figures that existed in the Old Testament. The wood of a tree enabled Noah to build the Ark and escape the great flood. The wooden rod of Moses prefigured the Cross when it changed water to blood, swallowed up the false serpents of Pharaoh’s magicians, divided the sea with one stroke, then restored the waters to their normal course, to save God’s people. Aaron’s wooden rod, blossoming one day in proof of his priesthood, was a figure of the Cross. Abraham’s action foreshadowed the Cross when he bound his son, Isaac, and laid him on the pile of wood.

The Cemetery

CemeteryrowsIn the Communion of Saints, we remain united with our loved ones who have died. When a sister dies, we come here to bury her as if it were a wedding feast, knowing that Love is forever hers! Walking in the shadow of such holiness, we feel no need to be lonely or afraid. The priests who, at their request, are buried here (including our founder, Farther Paul Joseph Volk) give witness to the love and friendship that so gracefully and generously bound us together in ministry over the years.