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Sister Amelia Stenger to be named Brescia Distinguished Alumna

Ursuline Sister Amelia Stenger will be honored as one of three Distinguished Alumni of Brescia University on Oct. 22, 2022, the highest honor given to graduates of the Catholic university that was founded by the Ursulines in 1950.

“I am very honored to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Brescia University,” Sister Amelia said. “The education I received at Brescia prepared me for the positions I have held over the years. The classes were challenging and gave me the tools I needed to teach and be an administrator. Many of my teachers were Ursuline Sisters and I am very grateful for their dedication to the University.

“Many of the students who were in classes with me became strong teachers and principals in the schools in Owensboro and beyond,” Sister Amelia said. “They also became strong civic leaders. Brescia prepares leaders. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to share my educational experience with them. Brescia has been and always will be a special place for me.”

Since the inception of the Distinguished Alumni recognition, Brescia University has awarded more than 50 alumni with the title. The award was created to honor graduates who exemplify the elements that encompass “The Brescia Difference: Respect for the Sacred, Devotion to Learning, Commitment to Growth in Virtue, and Promotion of Servant Leadership.”

Because of the breadth and scope of their life’s work, the magnitude of their impact on the regional, national and often international scene, and their examples of service and leadership, alumni who receive this honor have distinguished themselves among their peers.

Sister Amelia is the 11th Ursuline Sister to receive the Distinguished Alumni honor, joining current Sisters Cheryl Clemons, Sharon Sullivan, Mary Matthias Ward, Larraine Lauter, Vivian Bowles, Ruth Gehres and Michele Morek. Three Ursulines who are now deceased also received the award – Sisters Joseph Angela Boone, Rose Marita O’Bryan and Dianna Ortiz. Ursuline Associate Mary Danhauer also received the honor.

Sister Amelia is a native of Glennonville, Mo., and a 1967 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy. A 1974 Brescia graduate, she began teaching at Precious Blood School in Owensboro the semester before she graduated. By the next year she was named principal at Immaculate Conception School in Earlington, Ky., then became principal of the newly opened Christ the King School in nearby Madisonville in 1977.

She was principal of St. Joseph School in Bowling Green, Ky., from 1982-84, when she was named the first woman to be Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Owensboro. It was during her tenure that the Rainbow Mass began – an opportunity to bring all the schools in the diocese together at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

In 1991, she was named Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville – also the first woman in that role – which she filled until 1997. That year she was asked to return to Maple Mount to lead the newly renovated Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center.

In 2010 she became Director of Development for the Ursuline Sisters, which included leading the Mount Saint Joseph Picnic and the Quilt Club. She served in that role until she was elected as Congregational Leader for her community in 2016. One of her duties as the community leader was serving on the Brescia Board of Directors.

Sister Amelia completed her term in office in July 2022. She is now pursuing efforts for the future of the Mount Saint Joseph Archives and Museum, while assisting in the Development office and overseeing all quilting for the community.

The Distinguished Alumni Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies on the Brescia campus. Joining Sister Amelia in being honored are Greg Merimee, a 1972 graduate, and Keith Wells, who graduated in 1996.

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