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 journey with those who are seeking to know Christ Jesus in a deeper, richer way. She was taught by Ursuline Sisters in grade school and at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. She earned a degree in English from Brescia College (now University) in 1965, and a master’s degree in English: Linguistics from Morehead State University in 1973. She earned a master’s degree in pastoral studies from the College/University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in 1988.

She ministered in Kentucky as a teacher in Louisville at St. James School (1965-67), and St. Margaret Mary (1967-72), and as a teacher at St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph (1972-73), at Christ the King School, Madisonville (1977-78), and at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Owensboro (1978-79). She then served as coordinator of religious education at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (1979-86).

She has served at Immaculate Parish in Owensboro on three instances, first as coordinator of religious education (1986-88), then as pastoral associate (1999-2010) and since 2016, in adult faith formation ministry. She was the director of religious education at Precious Blood Parish, Owensboro (1988-92). She served in the Office of Adult Education for the Diocese of Owensboro and as coordinator of off-campus classes for introductory ministry formation courses at Brescia College/University (1992-99). She was director of the apostolate at the Motherhouse (1973-76). She also taught in Nebraska City, Neb., at Lourdes Central High School (1976-77).

Sister Julia served six years as assistant congregational leader for her Ursuline community (2010-16).

Congratulations Sister Julia!

Friends can write to her at 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Susan Gray Schwerdtfeger

    Congratulations, Sister Julia! You are such a beautiful soul! I shall ever be grateful for the time that we spent together at the Academy and in Community. Sending blessings your way!

  2. Stephanie Render

    Congratulations Sister.
    Always such a loving giving person.
    Myself and daughter enjoyed our time spent with you during picnic time.
    God bless you and thank you again.

  3. Bill and Sally Buford

    Congratulations, Sister Julia Marie,

    What a blessing you have been to so many people who are entering the Catholic Faith. Your knowledge helps deepen their choice in so many ways!

    Your parents were so proud of you and you remind me more of your mom each day!

    Keep sharing your faith with us at Immaculate Parish.

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