Ursuline Sisters of Louisville co-signed statement on Ukraine

On March 22, 2022, the Louisville Ursulines co-signed a statement with five other religious communities in support of Ukraine and the Freedom to Vote Act, to preserve democracy within our own country.

Prayer Service for the People of Ukraine

The Leadership of the Louisville Ursulines held a prayer service on February 28 for peace and the people of Ukraine. Sisters, USAE staff and staff from Sacred Heart Schools attended.

“Gracious God, in the days to come, we ask you to comfort the suffering, heal the wounded and accept the departed into your kingdom. we also ask that our holy Mother of God extend her protection and blessing over the Ukraine people and their country. We ask this in Christ’s name.” Amen.

Sister Yuli Oncihuay ministers in Juarez, Mexico

Sister Yuli traveled to Mexico in April-May to minister to refugees with the IHM Sisters. She reflected: “The roads of Juárez are very deserted—these days it is very hot and there are strong winds on some days. Here in Juárez there are 24 shelters that are run by our Christian brothers.Only four shelters are Catholic, which means that there are not many Catholic volunteers. The good news is that there is only one God who collaborates with God’s plan to give bread to the hungry and a place where each migrant who arrives in Juárez can rest.”

I visited the “Hope for All” shelter that is in Anapra, Juárez. Puerto de Anapra is a neighborhood within the city of Ciudad, Juárez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Anapra is west of the Rio Grande, on the border of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is one of the poorest communities within the city.

There are 190 people in the shelter, including adults, youth and children from different countries. They organize themselves to cook and thus everyone assumes responsibility in the house. On the outside of the shelter in ANAPRA, there is a motto that states, “We are neither criminals nor legal, we are international workers.”

Sisters Yuli, Carmen and Antonia

Kentucky Derby Fun!

On May 4, Leadership and USAE staff had a very festive potluck lunch on Wednesday to celebrate Derby week. Hats were worn, bets were placed, and the odds were ever in our favor!

On May 7, the actual day of the Kentucky Derby, several of the Louisville Ursulines got together for some fun at a Derby party! Sister Julia Davis reports: “We had our own Derby party with a fun time together cheering for our favorite horse, but no one had Rich Strike and didn’t “Strike it Rich.” The winning jackpots went to second place “Epicenter” bettors. The food and drinks were delicious. Thank you to Sisters Ruth Ann and Sara D for hosting.” It looks like a good time was had by all in attendance.

Staff member wearing large derby hat
Staff at Derby Party
Hat winners at Derby Party
Ursuline Sisters gather on Derby Day at home.

Congratulations to Our Communications Team!

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually by the Religion Communicators Council for excellence in religious communications and public relations. The following were announced as winning entries for work done in 2021 at the awards presentation on May 11:

  • The “Creation” Video Prayer Service produced by Bernie Mudd-White received a Category Winner Award
  • The DOME magazine article, “Called to Be Prophetic Women of Hope, Part Three: Asian Advocacy”, by Kathy Williams, received an Award of Merit
  • The DOME magazine article, “Accompanying Those At The Border”, by Kathy Williams, received an Award of Merit


The Associated Church Press, whose origins date to 1916, gives awards annually in its Best of The Church Press Awards. The following were announced as winning entries for work done in 2021 at the awards presentation on May 12:

  • The campaign to support “God Is On Your Side” in support of at-risk LGBT youth and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, by Kathy Williams, received an Award of Excellence in the Awareness/Advocacy Campaign in Social Media category
  • The 2020-21 Annual Report, “Change • Challenge • Creativity” by Kathy Williams received an Award of Merit

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