Sister Philomena Cox, OSU, March 9, 1926 – March 9, 2017

Sister Philomena Cox, 91, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died on her birthday, March 9, 2017, at Mount Saint Joseph. She was a native of Owensboro, serving in her 72nd year of religious life.

“Sister Phil” loved a challenge and was handy with tools like her patron, Saint Joseph the Worker. A teacher or principal for 29 years, she was happy to roll up her sleeves and work as director of building services at Brescia College/University from 1976-91.

All of her ministry was in Kentucky. She was a teacher at St. Catherine School, New Haven (1947-54) and was principal in 1959-62; a teacher at St. Charles School, Lebanon (1955-56), principal of St. Bernard School, Clementsville (1954-55) and teacher and principal at St. Columba School, Louisville (1969-76). She was principal at St. Alphonsus School, St. Joseph (1956-59) and St. Mary Magdalene School, Sorgho (1963-69), and taught at St. Pius in Owensboro (1962-63).

After leaving Brescia, she ministered at the Motherhouse, first as a business office secretary (1991-2000), then as local community treasurer from 2000 until her retirement in 2008.

Survivors include a brother-in-law, Louis Taylor, a niece, Mary Lou Nolan, and members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation begins Monday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Philomena may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.



  1. Br. Joesph Gabriel Blackwell FSC

    Sister was a great friend and role model for me when I discerning back in the late 1970s. Sister’s greatest insight – that was a practical side to being a religious, and to use those gifts as well.

  2. Liz Coomes

    Sister Phil was a dear friend of my aunt, a fellow sister, Sr. Rosalin. As Sr Phil rolled down the hallway to the Rainbow Room, she would check on her beloved sisters and do her best to shepherd each of them. I will miss her welcoming and caring presence. I did not realize we shared the same birthday. Thank you, Sr Phil, for your years of loving service.

  3. Brother Gabriel Monarch, O.H.

    I was in the fifth grade at Sts. Joseph and Paul when Sister Jane Irvin started to teach there (1955…what fond memories of the late 40’s and 50’s)

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