Sister Luisa’s Picnic Visitors

First issue of Ursulines Alive from Fall of 2002 featuring Sr. Luisa and Martha.

The cover of the first Ursulines Alive in fall 2002 shows Sister Luisa Bickett taking a pregnant Hispanic woman named Martha to the health department in Hartford, Ky., to translate for her.

Sister Luisa spent much time helping Martha and her family, often driving them to Louisville to help with their immigration paperwork. “We became very close,” Sister Luisa said.

At the 44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic on Sept. 14, Martha and her expanded family came to visit Sister Luisa, and as always when they visit, they came bearing flowers. The baby Martha was carrying is Jose, and she and her husband Amado have added two girls, Adela and the youngest, Luisa, named for the family’s favorite Ursuline Sister.

“Adela named the baby,” Sister Luisa said. “I’m told she wanted to name her ‘Sister Luisa,’ but I think they just settled on ‘Luisa.’”

The family lives near Cromwell, Ky., in Ohio County. Sister Luisa sees them about once a month, but they wanted to make a special trip to see her to help celebrate the picnic, Sister Luisa said. They shared a meal and all the children won prizes at the Hog Wild booth, Sister Luisa said.