Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14

We celebrated CSW with several events, including a presentation by Sister Carol Curtis titled, “Living Out Laudato Si’ in Global Solidarity—Our Ursuline Charism in Action,” on March 12. You may view the talk and other videos here:

Catholic Sisters Week Video

We also held encounters between Sisters and the students, faculty and general community of Sacred Heart Schools, sponsored by the Ursulines, that will bring forward the areas of ministry important to the Sisters within the lens of tradition and change. The topics covered were:

  • Building Solidarity through Peruvian Missions
  • Traditions of Ursuline Discipleship
  • Ministry to the Migrant Community

The Record Article About Catholic Sisters Week

WE TOOK THE PLEDGE! We refused to use single-use plastic during Catholic Sisters Week, joining other congregations in their resolution to focus on the intersection of racism, migration, and climate change.

Sweet Treats!
The Sisters also visited with the Level 2 students at Sacred Heart Model School – Official Page for cookies and lemonade! What a “sweet treat” with these bright, inquisitive and fun-loving students! They had a lot of questions for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and staff who attended.

Sr. Carol Curtis presentation on Laudato Si’

Sisters Mary Jo Gramig, Lee Kirchner, Kathy Neely and Ruth Ann Haunz visited with Sacred Heart Schools students during Catholic Sisters Week.

Sisters Anne Mary Lochner and Agnes Coveney have cookies and lemonade with Level 2 Sacred Heart Model School students.

Nativity Scholarship in honor of Sr. Paula Kleine-Kracht

To celebrate Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, and the 20th Anniversary of Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, a scholarship fund has been created by Nativity Academy in honor of Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Paula Kleine-Kracht, the first executive director.

The Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht scholarship will help sponsor a student to attend Nativity Academy and provide a scholarship for a Nativity Academy 8th grader to attend a Catholic high school.


Nativity Academy celebrates Sr. Paula

Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht Scholarship for Nativity Academy.

Motherhouse Chapel Restoration

In November 2022, restoration began on the interior of the 106-year-old Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in the Ursuline Motherhouse. Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting, owned by Sacred Heart Academy alum, Amy Bergeron, was contracted to handle the much–needed restoration. The project includes repairs in the main parts of the chapel, including the sanctuary.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville transferred ownership and stewardship of the Chapel Preservation Fund on January 27, 2022, St. Angela’s Feast Day, to ensure that the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the chapel will continue into perpetuity. Sacred Heart Schools are now the primary caretaker of the Immaculate Conception Chapel, which remains a vital, sacred center for the schools, Sisters and Associates on the Ursuline campus.

Sister Jean Anne Zappa and Dr. Karen McNay

Wall detail.

Chapel ceiling.

Ursuline Academy Historical Marker Was Lost, Then Found!

In September, 2022, Todd Abell, a volunteer with Louisville Outreach for the Unsheltered (LOU) discovered our Ursuline Academy historical marker abandoned behind a Goodwill store on East Broadway Street. Some of the unsheltered folks he serves helped him put the sign in his truck, and he contacted us.

Metro Councilman Bill Hollander was instrumental in putting the wheels in motion to get the sign repaired and reinstalled. The Kentucky Historical Society determined that the sign was beyond repair, so a new sign was ordered, and it was installed in April, 2023, at its proper location at Shelby and Chestnut. We are so thankful to everyone who stepped up to help preserve our history that started in 1858 at this location, and the grace of everyone working together.

Historical Marker at the former Ursuline Academy location

Ursuline Communications Team Win Awards

Congratulations to our Communications team for awards won at the Religion Communicators Convention in Chicago April 19–21.

Kathy Williams received three DeRose-Hinkhouse Category Awards, honoring her work in design, logo design and branding, and an award of Merit for writing:

2022 Heritage Room Timeline

2022 Spring Dome

Angela Merici Center for Spirituality

2022 Winter Dome

During the Associated Church Press Award ceremony on April 20, Kathy Williams received an award of merit for the Ursuline Sisters’ 2021-2022 annual report, which she designed and edited. Bernie Mudd received an honorable mention from the press group for a video series, Journeying with St. Angela Virtual Prayer Series.

2021-2022 Annual Report

St. Angela Virtual Prayer Series

DeRose–Hinkhouse Category Award Winners.