Sister Sharon Sullivan celebrates 40 years as an Ursuline Sister

Our final jubilarian of 2022 is another Sister who has devoted much of her life to Brescia University — Sister Sharon Sullivan.

Sister Sharon is celebrating 40 years as an Ursuline Sister. She was born in Austin, Texas, raised in Houston, but her family moved to Owensboro, Ky., when she was 13. Sister Sharon has a passion to serve students with special needs, to care for the earth and to help create the next generation of women leaders through her work with the Girl Scouts.

Prior to entering the community, she earned an associate degree from Christian College in Columbia, Mo. (now Columbia College) in 1967, a bachelor’s degree in history from Maryville (Tenn.) College (1969), an elementary and special education teacher certification from Brescia College (1975) and a master’s degree in education from Western Kentucky University (1982). After becoming an Ursuline, she earned her doctorate in special education from Purdue University in 1993.

Most of her ministry has been in Daviess County, Ky. She served at Brescia College/University as director of residential life (1984-87) and professor of education and special education (1987-90, 1993-2009, 2017-present). From 1990-93, she was missioned to study and teach at Purdue University. She returned to Brescia and became chairwoman of the Social and Behavioral Studies Division (1999-2004), chairwoman of the School of Education (2004-2007) and coordinator of special education (1999-2007, 2017-present). She was academic dean and vice president for Academic Affairs (2007-2010).

From 2010-16, she served as the congregational leader for the Ursuline Sisters. Today, she continues to serve at Brescia.

Congratulations Sister Sharon!

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


  1. Pam Knudson

    I never knew of all of your hard and well earned degrees especially in special education! I really appreciate all educators and special educators! My grandson is on the Autism Spectrum and needs help with Educators who are especially trained for helping all when have special needs! God bless you Sister Sharon, for all that you do!

    Congratulations on your 40 years of serving in the Ursuline Community as your religious service!

  2. Pat Howell

    Congratulations dear Sharon…I’ll always cherish our conversations and especially our encounter with the supposedly UFO during our visit on the river..(never did find out what those 3 lights were though) and your orange/yellow Volkswagon bug, and watching Star Trek…..May you continue going boldly where no one has gone before!

  3. Rebecca White

    Congratulations! I am grateful that you chose to make community with us!

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