Ursuline Sisters rememembered as part of Rhodelia church history

The Ursuline Sisters were invited to a Catholic church in Meade County, Ky., which is preserving its history with a new Family Life Center – which includes five Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who came from the parish.

The original St. Theresa Church in Rhodelia was built in 1818, and its school began in 1866. On Oct. 15, 2022, the parish celebrated the blessing of its Family Life Center, which will serve to share the long history with future generations. Ursuline Sisters Suzanne Sims, Ann Patrice Cecil and George Mary Hagan represented the Ursuline Sisters.

The Sisters of Charity ran St. Theresa School from 1870-2002, a total of 122 years. The center honors all the sons and daughters of the parish who became religious sisters, religious brothers or priests, as well as their ancestors in faith. There was no Catholic high school in Rhodelia, so some of students attended St. Romuald High School in Hardinsburg, where they met the Ursuline Sisters.

The five members of the parish who became Ursulines were Sister Mary Amadeus Pike, Sister Geraldine Jarboe, Sister Elizabeth Ann Ray, Sister Ruth Helen Flaherty and Sister Marita Greenwell.

Two priests who came from the parish – Father Ron Knott and Father Bob Ray – spearheaded the project. Father Ray is the nephew of Sister Elizabeth Ann Ray. He came to Maple Mount to do research work in the Archives for this center.

Here are some photos from the event:


  1. Michele Morek

    Nice to see all those sweet gals! Elizabeth Ann taught me in 7th grade in Farmington, so that means she is a SAINT. Marita taught me all I know about Solfege, in Ward I II III and IV so she is in heaven for sure….

  2. Michele Morek

    And I forgot to say that Ruth Helen gave me my first “C” grade in Physical Education (I talked during volleyball, and hit Sister Mary Sharon Yeager in the face with the basketball.

  3. Fr. Bob Ray

    Our parish of St. Theresa is so grateful and indebted to the Ursuline sisters of the Mount for the education we received at St. Romuald in Hardingsburg and Brescia College in Owensboro. I am so proud to be Sr. Elizabeth Ann’s nephew and also a cousin to Sr. Rosaria, from St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Payneville, Ky. Thanks to the sisters from the Mount who attended our celebration. You added so much to the joy of the occasion.

    Fr. Bob

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