Nearly 700 years of service to God’s people is represented in the 10 Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who are celebrating significant anniversaries of religious profession in 2020. Sister Mary Angela Matthews was the 11th jubilarian this year, but she went to heaven on April 5.
Sister Marcella Schrant, a native of Walker, Kan., is celebrating 75 years as an Ursuline Sister. She was previously an Ursuline of Paola, Kan., prior to the 2008 merger with Mount Saint Joseph. She is a 1957 graduate of Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College) in Atchison, Kan. All of her ministry was in Kansas until retiring to Maple Mount in 2014. She was a teacher for 43 years at Holy Name, Kansas City (1947-54, 1961-69), St. Agnes, Roeland Park (1954-57, 1969-90) and St. Patrick/Holy Trinity, Paola (1957-61). She was elected superior of her community (1990-94). She was a receptionist at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, (1994-2004) and office assistant at St. John the Evangelist Parish (2007-14), both in Lawrence, and pastoral associate at Holy Family Parish, Eudora (2004-07). She now volunteers with the office of Mission Advancement at the Motherhouse.
Sister Marie Goretti Browning, a native of Calvary, Ky., is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. She is a 1966 graduate of Brescia College in Owensboro, Ky., and earned a master’s degree in psychology in 1970 from Xavier University. She taught at St. Bartholomew School, Buechel, Ky., (1952-59), Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo., (1959-64) and was principal of St. Leonard School, Louisville (1964-68). She returned to the Motherhouse to serve as director of novices (1970-80) and then assistant superior (1980-84). She served as administrative assistant at Brescia College, Owensboro (1984-85), then parish coordinator for Immaculate Parish, Owensboro (1985-88). She was the director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (1988-94). She was a pastoral associate for St. Thomas More Parish, Paducah, Ky., (1995-99), and St. John the Baptist Parish, Fordsville, Ky., (1999-2000). She was an elected Council member and director of temporary professed (2000-2004). She was director of faith formation for St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Sorgho, Ky., (2004-07) and served in outreach in Benton, Ky., in 2008. She was director of pastoral care at Saint Joseph Villa in 2009. She is now active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Elaine Burke, a native of Louisville, is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. She is a 1965 graduate of Brescia College, and earned her master’s degree in religious education from Catholic University of America in 1971. She was a teacher at St. Benedict School, Nebraska City, Neb., (1952-57), principal, teacher, organist and choir director at St. Paul School, Louisville (1957-64) and principal and teacher at Holy Trinity School, Fredericktown, Ky. (1964-68). She was supervisor of religious education for the Diocese of Owensboro from 1968-73. From 1973-75, she was director of religious education at St. Stephen Cathedral, and religion teacher at Cathedral School. From 1975-80, she was principal and teacher at Immaculate Conception School, Hawesville, Ky., and co-director of religious education at the parish. She was director of religious education and parish minister at St. Martin of Tours, Flaherty, Ky., (1980-83), St. Mary Parish, Bloomfield, N.M., (1983-88) and St. Teresa Parish, Grants, N.M. (1988-91). From 1991-2007, she was associate director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, where she also served as a team member for Catholic Engaged Encounter, for the Spiritual Direction Training Program (2004-2018) and as spiritual advisor for Cursillo (2002-15). From 2005-2009, she was coordinator of the spiritual component of the ministry formation program at Brescia University, and served as a spiritual presence in the Department of Theology from 2010-15. Today she serves on the Motherhouse Liturgy Committee and is active in a variety of ministries at the Motherhosue. She continues to volunteer at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, which she has done since 1992.
Sister Marie Carol Cecil, a native of Howardstown, Ky., is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. She is a 1966 graduate of Brescia College. She was a teacher for 45 years, beginning with St. Paul School, Louisville (1952-53), St. Paul School, Princeton, Ky. (1953-55), St. Joseph School, Raywick, Ky., (1955) and St. Mary School, Nebraska City, Neb., (1955-64). She taught at St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg, Ky., (1964-70), St. James School, Louisville (1970-79), St. Angela Education Center, Louisville (1979-80), St. Angela Merici School, Florissant, Mo., (1980-84) and Blessed Mother/St. Angela Merici School, Owensboro, Ky., (1984-97). Sister Marie Carol was an AmeriCorps worker in Owensboro from 1997-2000 and provided clerical assistance and transportation at the Motherhouse in Maple Mount until 2016. She is active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.
Sister Amanda Rose Mahoney is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. She is a 1966 graduate of Brescia College. A native of Louisville, she taught in Owensboro at Sts. Joseph and Paul School (1952-57) and Blessed Mother School (1963-67), in Glennonville, Mo., at St. Teresa School (1957-63), at St. Anthony School in Peonia, Ky., (1967-70) and Holy Trinity School, Fredericktown, Ky. (1970-75). She ministered to retired sisters in Louisville at St. Ignatius Retirement Center (1975-77) and St. Boniface Retirement Center (1977-82). She served in healthcare at the Motherhouse in Maple Mount (1982-88). From 1988-2016, she provided outreach to the elderly in Louisville. She is now active in the Powerhouse of Prayer at the Motherhouse.
Sister Alfreda Malone, a native of St. Joseph in Marion County, Ky., (better known as “Little St. Joe” to the Ursuline Sisters) is celebrating 70 years of religious life. She is a 1965 graduate of Brescia College. All of her ministry was in Kentucky other than a year she served as a religious education secretary at St. Charles Borromeo School in Albuquerque, N.M. (1976-77). She taught at St. Bartholomew School, Buechel (1952-55) and St. Pius X School in Owensboro (1964-65). She was principal and teacher at both Peonia Public School, Clarkson (1955-58) and St. Thomas More School, Paducah (1958-64). She was registrar at Brescia College (1965-68, and 1978-90). She was secretary to the Leadership Council at Maple Mount (1968-76). She was administrative assistant to J.C. Malone Associates in Louisville (1990-2004) and ministered to her family and others in the Hodgenville area from 2004-2009. She served at Maple Mount in health care (1977-78), as an information receptionist (2009-10) and assistant to the archivist (2010-18). She is retired and assists the Ursuline Sisters in Saint Joseph Villa.
Sister Anne Michelle Mudd, a native of Peonia, Ky., is celebrating 60 years of religious life. She is a 1964 graduate of Brescia College and has been an educator for 56 years. She taught at St. Joseph School, Central City, Ky., (1964-67), Flaherty Public School, Flaherty, Ky., (1967-70), St. Peter of Antioch School, Waverly, Ky. (1970-73), Immaculate School, Owensboro, Ky., (1973-75) and Lourdes Elementary School, Nebraska City, Neb., (1975-77). She taught at St. Paul School, Leitchfield, Ky., (1977-85) and was principal from 1983-85. She taught at Mary Carrico School, Knottsville, Ky., (1985-97), and then returned to St. Paul in Leitchfield as principal and teacher from 1997-2013. She continues at St. Paul as religion teacher.
Sister Cheryl Clemons, a native of Wax, Ky., in Grayson County, is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She is a 1974 graduate of Brescia College. She earned a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dayton in 1984. She earned her doctorate in historical theology-systematics in 1994 from Catholic University of America. She taught at St. Romuald High School in Hardinsburg, Ky. (1973-75), Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1975-79, where she was also liturgist, sacristan and organist), Lourdes Central High School, Nebraska City, Neb. (1979-80) and Trinity High School, Whitesville, Ky. (1980-83). She was director or co-director of the Office of Social Concerns for the Diocese of Owensboro from 1983-88. Much of her ministry has been at Brescia College/University in Owensboro. She was an instructor at Brescia from 1983-85, professor from 1995-2004 and academic dean and vice president for academic affairs from 2010-19. She taught during the summers at the University of Dayton from 1992-2003, and as an adjunct professor at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She served on the Ursuline Leadership Council from 1992-97, and again as assistant congregational leader from 2004-10. She is completing a sabbatical in 2020 and preparing for her next ministry.
Sister Pam Mueller, a native of Owensboro, Ky., is celebrating her 50th year of religious life. She is a 1974 graduate of Brescia College. She earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Louisville in 1981, and master’s degree in deaf education in 1990 from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She taught at Precious Blood School, Owensboro, in 1973-74, and was a speech-language pathologist for the Diocese of Owensboro from 1974-79. She was director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at St. Louis University (1992-94), and from 1994-2000, director of the university’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program. She was an assistant professor at Brescia College (now University) from 1981-92, director of Women’s Discernment from 2004-07, and since 2005, she has been director of campus ministry at Brescia. She was director of vocation ministry at the Ursuline Motherhouse from 2000-2006. She is currently an elected member of the Ursuline Leadership Council, Director of Formation and the Director of Mission Effectiveness for the Ursuline Sisters.
Sister Michele Ann Intravia, a native of St. Louis, is celebrating her 40th year as an Ursuline Sister. She is a 1983 graduate of Brescia College. She was a teacher at St. Mary High School, Paducah, Ky., (1983-85), St. Joseph School, Mayfield, Ky., (1985-91) and St. Christopher School, Florissant, Mo. (1991-92). She was a teacher then principal at St. Aloysius School, St. Louis (1992-2002). She was assistant local community life coordinator at Maple Mount (2002-03) and served at Casa Ursulina in Chile (2003-05). Since 2005 she has served at the Sister Visitor Center in Louisville, first as a caseworker, then as director since 2011.
Congratulations to the jubilarians may be sent to 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.