Sister Ruth Gehres, a native of Evansville, Ind., is celebrating 70 years as an Ursuline Sister. She is a great lover of teaching, music and languages, an excellent editor, and is devoted to telling the stories of the Sisters and the people they serve. In 1962, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from Brescia College, Owensboro, Ky., and in 1968 she received her doctorate in English from St. Louis University.
Sister Ruth taught at St. Joseph School in Paul, Neb. (1954-57), was teacher and principal at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hodgenville, Ky. (1957-58), and then taught and led the choir at Sts. Joseph and Paul School in Owensboro (1958-62).
She served as an English professor at Brescia College (now University) from 1967-86, while also serving as alumni director (1979-81). She was president of Brescia from 1986-95. She also taught English at the Gymnasium der Ursulinen in Straubing, Germany (1984-85).
Sister Ruth served at St. Meinrad (Ind.) College (1996-98), where she taught English and assisted in liturgy and spiritual direction. She then served as an associate in communications for the Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Ind. (1998-2000). She was director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters (2000-2002), and then associate director (2002-2007).
From 2007-13, she was an assistant and website manager at Casa Ursulina, the Ursuline ministry in Chillán, Chile. She continues to serve as a liaison with Casa Ursulina.
Today, she is an English tutor for Vietnamese sisters, and continues to serve as a proofreader and occasional writer for Ursuline publications, and to offer transportation to the Ursuline Sisters.
Congratulations Sister Ruth!
Friends can write to her at 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.