Our final jubilarian for 2021 is Sister Marilyn Mueth. Out of the nine Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph being honored for their jubilees this year, she is the only one currently in her 40th year of religious life.
Sister Marilyn, a native of St. Michael’s in Paderborn, Ill., is celebrating 40 years of religious life – first as an Ursuline Sister of Belleville, then an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph after their 2005 merger. Prior to entering religious life, she was a school secretary and a paralegal secretary. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in the 1970s. She also earned a master’s degree in religious studies from St. Louis University in 1991.
All of her ministries, including 30 years and counting as a teacher in Catholic schools, have been in Illinois. Known for her energy and enthusiasm while teaching, Sister Marilyn also uses her musical talents – she plays the guitar, organ and accordion.
She taught at Immaculate Conception School, Columbia (1972-79), and Holy Childhood of Jesus School, Mascoutah (1980-81, 1988-91). She was religion coordinator at Queen of Peace School (1982-85) and a retreat director at King’s House Retreat Center (1985-86), both in Belleville. She served as a pastoral associate at St. George Parish, New Baden (1986-88). From 1991-2012, Sister Marilyn was a teacher at St. James School in Millstadt. She was the librarian and taught religion and math at Holy Trinity Catholic School, Fairview Heights (2012-2014). After a ministry to help her family, she returned to St. James in 2016 as a K-8 resource teacher.
Jubilarian congratulations may be sent to Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.
Congratulations, Sister Marilyn!