Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph sign statement on Gun Control with Four other Religious Communities

On May 26, 2022, the Louisville and Mount St. Joseph Ursulines co-signed a statement with four other religious communities to call for action from elected representatives on gun control:

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Louisville Ursulines Participate in June 11 March For Our Lives Rally

“Enough is Enough” was the common theme at today’s March For Our Lives rally and march from Metro Hall to the offices of Senator McConnell. The Ursulines joined fellow Kentuckians to demand action on common sense gun legislation.

Sign reading: Protect Kids not Guns

LCWR Subregion 6 Fun Day

Who says Sisters can’t have fun? The leadership teams from our subregion 6 of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) got together on June 23 at our Motherhouse for a relaxing day of fellowship, food and Catholic Trivia!

LCWR Sub Region 6 gathers
Sub Region 6 Fun Day

Student-made mural at Santa Angela Merici School in Peru

All of the students from our Ursuline-founded school, Santa Angela Merici parish school in Carmen de la Legua (Callao), Peru, participated in making this beautiful mural from recycled materials. This mural is a visual reminder of how important it is to protect the environment by recycling.

Student-made mural -- Peru

Louisville Ursulines Gather in-person for Community Days

Most of our Sisters were able to gather in-person for our Community Days on August 2–5 at the Motherhouse. Our theme this year was “Walk In Faith/Camina Con Fe” and the community explored that theme through prayer and reflection, small groups, and reports. A special presentation was made by our Sisters who have ministered in Peru, and who knew Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP. One of the key post-Vatican II leaders in liberation theology, Gutiérrez’s foundational text, “Teología de la Liberación, Perspectivas” (1971), reached its 50th anniversary in 2022.

The newly installed Archbishop, Shelton Fabre, met all the Sisters and had a Q&A session with us. We were able to celebrate our 2022 jubilarians with a special Mass. We also held our missioning ceremony at both the Motherhouse chapel and Nazareth Home-Clifton for Sisters, staff, and Associates.

Leadership team with Archbishop of Louisville
Leadership Team and Archbishop Fabre

Archbishop Fabre with Leadership, L to R: Sr. Rita Ann Wigginton, Sr. Agnes Coveney, Sr. Jean Anne Zappa, Sr. Anne Mary Lochner and Sr. Yuli Oncihuay

Sisters renew vows
Sisters Renew Vows at Missioning

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville renew their vows at Missioning.

Panel of sisters discuss Peru ministry
Panel of Sisters Peru Ministry

Panel on L to R: Sr. Sue Scharfenberger, Sr. Mary Martha Staarman, Sr. Kathleen Neely, Sr. Clara Fehringer and Sr. Yuli Oncihuay

2022 Jubilarians
Sisters Celebrate Jubilarians

Our five Jubilarians: Seated, L to R: Sr. Antonine Biven (75 years), Sr. Loretta Guenther (70 years), Sr. Shirley Ann Simmons (80 years). Standing: Sr. Agnes Coveney (40 years), Sr. Mary Jo Gramig (60 years)

News from San Miguel, Peru

The village of Nitisuyo, just outside of San Miguel, Peru, in the Andes Mountains, had experienced heavy rains which had washed out the system they used to provide water for their crops. Sister Sue Scharfenberger, who ministers in Peru, learned of their need for an updated system to include permanent pipes. Our leadership and Sister Sue Scharfenberger coordinated the funding for the pipes from the Peru Fund, and the villagers came together to install the pipes as volunteer labor. Juan Jhony Ruiz Peña wrote to Sister Sue, “Dear Sister Sue, I am sending you the photos we took in Nitisuyo. They are from the project with which you supported us to improve the Nitisuyo irrigation canal. The community is very grateful for this valuable support, and they were also very happy.” We thank the donors to the Peru Fund who made this possible.

Peru: Volunteers lay pipe for water
Peru: Volunteers lift pipe into place.
Peru: Volunteers install pipeline
Group of volunteers install water line in San Miguel