Sister Helena Fischer was honored on Sept. 30, 2023, by the Alumni Association of Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., with the 2023 Outstanding Alumnus Award, presented to an alumnus or alumna who has given outstanding service to the Association and/or the University.
Sister Helena is serving in her 62nd year as an Ursuline. She is a 1965 Brescia graduate, and spent 22 years as a teacher or principal, before returning to minister at Brescia in 1987 as director of institutional research (1987-97), assistant registrar (1987-90), and registrar (1990-present). She embodies Saint Angela Merici’s message to adapt to the signs of the times, constantly changing to meet the needs of college students for the past 36 years.
Her 33 years as registrar is the second longest tenure in the same ministry of the current Ursuline Sisters, behind only Sister Judith Nell Riney’s 43 years as director of library services at Brescia.