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1506, 2024

Joining Jesus on the Journey

By |June 15th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Jean Anne Zappa, Ursuline Sisters of Louisville president, at the Missioning ceremony for Sisters, Associates, and co-workers on June 7, 2024. I am sure you notice that many of the TV ads are about medicine for various conditions. One such ad is for heartburn. As we hear the gospel about the disciples on their journey, it seems they had heartburn before they [...]

1306, 2024

What is Joy?

By |June 13th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection that Sister Clara Fehringer, OSU, gave at the Jubilee Mass at the Ursuline Motherhouse on June 7, 2024. “You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings. You will know.” —Dorothy Day What is joy? Joy is what Mary was longing for as she bypassed the kitchen and went to sit at the feet of Jesus. She seized the moment. She had Jesus’ [...]

2005, 2024

A Reflection on Pentecost

By |May 20th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection that Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, gave at St. William Church on Pentecost Sunday: May 19, 2024. I know what it’s like to be under the influence of alcohol. In my younger years, I was known to have been there. It loosened my tongue and made me braver than I usually was. It made me seem to speak in a language that wasn’t my real [...]

1605, 2024

Pax Christi Letter on Israel–Palestine War

By |May 16th, 2024|Categories: Social Concerns|

       The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Leadership are deeply troubled by the ongoing violence and atrocities of the current war in Israel-Palestine. We join the call for an immediate end to this devastating situation, which is why we have signed on to the Pax Christi letter. While the roots of the conflict are complex, the human suffering and loss of life must stop.         Israel [...]

1305, 2024

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Present Sacred Heart Academy With St. Angela Merici Relic

By |May 13th, 2024|Categories: News|

A precious relic of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline order, will be an integral part of the Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville presented Sacred Heart Academy students and faculty with the gift of a priceless relic of St. Angela Merici. The holy relic belonged to the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, but they graciously gifted the relic to [...]

3004, 2024

The Most Fruitful Branch

By |April 30th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection by Associate Bonnie Chester based on the Gospel reading from Sunday, April 28, 2024: Jn 15:1-8,  The parable of the Cine and Branches. Some of the most intimate and rewarding conversations happen around the dinner table with family and friends. This was true for Jesus and His twelve disciples during the Last Supper in the Upper Room on the night before His crucifixion. Though we [...]

2304, 2024

An Earth Day Reflection on our Laudato Si’ Commitment

By |April 23rd, 2024|Categories: News, Reflections Blog, Social Concerns, Social justice|

The following is a reflection on the 2023-24 year of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville's Laudato Si' commitment. Sister Carol Curtis, social concerns coordinator, presented this at the Earth Day Prayer service held on Monday, April 22, 2024. During our Community Days last year, we engaged the theme of Matthew 25 – Lord, when did we see you? And Christ responds, in those most overlooked and in need ...it was [...]

2503, 2024

By |March 25th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a Lenten reflection by Bonnie Chester, Ursuline Associate. Have you ever read of or saw a picture and imagined yourself in the scene? What would be your reaction to the event? Would you participate or would you be a bystander? Would you support or condemn the action taking place? As I read happenings in the gospels, I like to place myself into a scene and spend some [...]

1203, 2024

Faithful to the Call

By |March 12th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection that Ursuline Sisters of Louisville President Sister Jean Anne Zappa gave at the funeral liturgy of Sister Denis West, OSU on March 8, 2024. There was a young girl who was born in Oolitic, Indiana, about 75 miles from Louisville, a small town, population 1,200. Many people who lived there knew each other and would support each other and help each other. Ruby Mae and [...]

503, 2024

Sacred Heart Academy students honor Ursuline Sisters with comic strip art

By |March 5th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Just in time for Catholic Sisters Week (March 8–14, 2024), sophomores from Emily Jarboe’s art class at Sacred Heart Academy created comic strips featuring the lives of several Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. On Feb. 27, the students had an informal showing of their art in the Ursuline Motherhouse with several of the Ursuline Sisters. The comics feature nine different Ursuline Sisters of Louisville: Mother Martina Nicklas (1839-1936), who purchased the [...]

2802, 2024

Honoring Louisville’s 2023 Victims of Violence

By |February 28th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

A group of Sisters of Louisville attended the "Night of Remembrance" on January 5, 2024, at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville for the 150 victims of violence killed in Louisville this past year. Their names were read, and candles lit for each one. The more than 100 suicides were also acknowledged (not named). The musical group "Linkin' Bridge" performed the concluding song; one of their members was among the [...]

2602, 2024

Drawing Closer to God with the Gospel of Matthew

By |February 26th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Associate Bonnie Chester Do you have a comfortable chair, one that you can kind of nestle into? One that you can settle into for a time of prayer, maybe for watching your favorite TV show, even a chair in a choice spot, or right in front of a teacher in your favorite class? Take a seat and get comfortable, for the Great Teacher has a few choice words for [...]

2602, 2024

Chapel Renovation is Complete! Thank You, Chapel Fund Donors

By |February 26th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

          In November 2022, restoration began on the interior of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in the Ursuline Motherhouse. Built in 1917 as part of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville’s Motherhouse, the chapel has been the spiritual center of the campus. The renovation was funded by the Chapel Preservation Fund Campaign, which ran from 2017–2022. Sacred Heart Academy alumnae Amy Montgomery Bergeron (SHA ’94) and [...]

1002, 2024

Being Ready: The Small Moments along the Way—A Lenten Reflection

By |February 10th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Associate Lisa Steiner Every year as I approach Lent, I reflect on my desire to grow closer to the Holy One. How can I approach this sacred time with a clean and open heart? Lent is a time to be in solidarity with Jesus; to feel what He felt, to pray as He prayed. Yet over the years, my Lenten experience has not always been very meaningful. I hate [...]

202, 2024

Publications available on Saint Angela by Sister Martha Buser

By |February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

You can order In Your Midst and Lover of Us All, books on Saint Angela Merici by Sr. Martha Buser here: https://ursulinesisterslouisville.org/books-on-saint-angela-merici/   You can order DVDs of Sr. Martha Buser discussing her books here: https://ursulinesisterslouisville.org/dvds-on-the-life-and-spirituality-of-saint-angela-merici/   You may view videos of Sr. Martha Buser discussing her books here: https://ursulinesisterslouisville.org/videos-on-saint-angela/   New! A compilation of Sr. Martha’s writings and reflections Please email Kim Bradley for a copy: [email protected]  

2901, 2024

Angela Merici Feast Day Celebrations

By |January 29th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

We had a beautiful Mass on Friday, January 26, to honor St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines. Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Associates of Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, USAE staff and SHS staff came together to worship and afterward, enjoyed a lovely lunch.   On Monday, January 29, Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) kicked off Catholic Schools Week with a Mass honoring Saint Angela Merici and several Sisters attended the Mass [...]

2301, 2024

St. Angela Merici and Change

By |January 23rd, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sr. Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, at a student Mass at Bellarmine University on January 21, 2024, honoring St. Angela Merici with the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville as invited guests. “When change wants to happen, it looks for people to act through.” This is a line from author Joanna Macy. When I read it, it caused me to stop and pay attention. I believe [...]

2301, 2024

Naturalization Ceremony on the Ursuline Campus

By |January 23rd, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

On January 23, 2024, Sacred Heart Schools hosted the Naturalization Proceedings of the United States District Court today, helping to welcome 78 new American citizens to our great country. Planned by SHA senior Lena Fultz and presided over by The Honorable Benjamin Beaton, the welcomed candidates hailed from 28 different nationalities. SHA's Madrigals sang the Star-Spangled Banner to begin the ceremony, and Sacred Heart Preschool students welcomed guests with beautiful [...]

2101, 2024

St. Angela Mass at Bellarmine University

By |January 21st, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sunday, January 21, several of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville joined Bellarmine University students at an evening Mass honoring St. Angela Merici at the beautiful Our Lady of the Woods Chapel. Sister Janet Peterworth gave a wonderful reflection on St. Angela at Mass. Bellarmine’s Campus Ministry hosted the students and Sisters afterward for pizza and lively conversation ensued, with connections made!

501, 2024

Simeon and Anna

By |January 5th, 2024|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following reflection is by Associate Bonnie Chester. “You are never too old.” I remember this phrase from a good friend (who also was my mother) when I contemplated returning to college at age 42 to earn an associate degree in physical therapy. Could I learn again and read a textbook? Could I understand Physics 101? Are you kidding? After all, cookbooks and light novels were the extent of my [...]

1612, 2023

Sister Brendan Appalachian Gift Drive

By |December 16th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Can you send love over 200 miles away? Can you keep the legacy alive of the Louisville Ursulines who ministered at Able families and Christian Help for twenty years? Can you put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning, whom you will never, see? The answer, is yes, you can.   In 1995 Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Mary Brendan Conlon and Sister Janet had the idea for a [...]

1112, 2023

Saying “Yes” to God

By |December 11th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following Advent reflection is by Associate Bonnie Chester. Say, “Yes.” I read this statement during Advent last year: God can do amazing things through one person who will say, “Yes.” If the writer was referring to Mary, the Mother of God, I would say, “Yes, indeed.” Wouldn’t you? However, I think there is more than one person saying yes in this amazing story. Mary was an ordinary teen living [...]

612, 2023

Sister Martha Buser, in the flow

By |December 6th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is the homily given by Father Bob Ray at the Mass of the Resurrection for Sister Martha Buser, OSU, on November 28, 2023. First of all, Martha told me a couple of years ago, “When I die, tell them I’m happy.” From Martha’s lips to our ears, “She’s happy!” Martha believed the end result of living in Christ, is genuine and lasting happiness. The readings Martha chose for [...]

2811, 2023

Sr. Paula inducted into Nativity Academy Hall of Fame

By |November 28th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Paula Klein-Kracht, OSU, was inducted into the Nativity Academy at St. Boniface Hall of Fame last night at their annual auction night, along with Libbye and Guy Montgomery. They are the very first recipients of this award. Sister Paula was the very first director of Nativity Academy, which is celebrating its 20th year, serving urban youth and transforming lives.

1911, 2023

I am looking for new possibilities, new horizons

By |November 19th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Martha Buser, OSU, wrote this reflection on November 9, 2023. It was her last blog post she wrote before her death on November 18, 2023. She is now in the arms of her loving God, looking to new horizons. What can I do? People often ask that question. Maybe it's because it's an important question and maybe it's because it has so many answers, you can get tired of [...]

1911, 2023

Newly Restored Motherhouse Chapel Opened

By |November 19th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

After months of restorative work, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in the Ursuline Motherhouse opened for the public in August, 2023. Sacred Heart Academy alumnae Amy Montgomery Bergeron (SHA ’94) and Anna Cristofoli Tatman (SHA ’78) were chosen to complete the renovation. Amy Bergeron owns Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting and was named lead project manager for the renovation. Anna Tatman, of Rosa Mosaics & Tile Company, served as [...]

3110, 2023

October 31, Founders Day

By |October 31st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sacred Heart Schools administration hosted a luncheon and beautiful prayer service today for their staff, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and the USAE staff. It was a lovely way to celebrate Founders Day and the Ursuline charism that we all share. Oh, and some of us may have been dressed up for Halloween! "As we carry the Ursuline Charism forward, may our hearts be like a piazza, open to serving [...]

2810, 2023

Louisville Ursulines Receive Peacebuilders Award

By |October 28th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

At its annual fund-raising gathering, Interfaith Paths to Peace (IPP), a Louisville-based organization, recognizes both individuals and organizations as peacebuilders in the Louisville community. On October 26, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville were recognized as a faith-based peace building organization. Over the last several years the Sisters have supported IPP through Ministry Grants and through participation in IPP conferences and workshops on stopping gun violence in the city. Sr. Carol [...]

2810, 2023

Peruvian Students Spread the Seeds of Love

By |October 28th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The students and staff of Santa Angela Merici School in Callao, Peru, celebrated the 58th anniversary of the school in October by taking to the streets with signs, songs,  and greetings of care and love for their neighbors. The seeds sown in 1965 continue to bear fruit in our Ursuline-founded, coed school that serves prek-high school.

2410, 2023

Fun Day

By |October 24th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The Sisters and Associates were invited to a "Fun Day" on October 24 aboard Captain's Quarters Princess yacht, which included a delicious lunch, thanks to a generous donor who designated funds for the occasion. The two-hour tour of the Ohio River included views of the Walking Bridge and downtown Louisville. The weather was perfect, and the company was outstanding!

2310, 2023

Do You See Me?

By |October 23rd, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following reflection is by Bonnie Chester, Ursuline Associate. Do you see me? These words might very well have been the ones that came to the mind of the victim in the parable of the Good Samaritan. This story is the gospel for Monday in the 27th week of ordinary time. Luke is the only evangelist to pen this story. He writes this narrative when Jesus  responds to a question [...]

1010, 2023

Being Naked Before God

By |October 10th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection by Sister Martha Buser, OSU Noah is a two-year-old.  He is my  great-great-nephew, and he has a lot of wisdom, as apparently some children do. They express it in wonderful ways and are most often oblivious to what they know, until later, when they find out what they said. I was reflecting about something that he said some time ago. Noah enjoyed and still enjoys not [...]

610, 2023

DO justice. LOVE goodness. WALK humbly with God.

By |October 6th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is the reflection given by Sister Barbara Bir, OSU, at the funeral Mass for Sister Anne Mary Lochner, OSU on September 30, 2023. Micah 6: 8,9  2 Timothy 1: 1-7 John 4:4-41 You… You…You…We…have been told what is good and what God requires of you…of us.  Did you hear it? DO justice. LOVE goodness. WALK humbly with God. Micah, the prophet, was telling the people what religion is. [...]

410, 2023

Soli Deo Gloria—Be Glory to the only God

By |October 4th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection at Sr. Anne Mary Lochner’s Vigil Service given by Sr. Rita Ann Wigginton, OSU The Song we listened to was Daughter of God by Sarah Hart. The first reading was taken from the Last Counsel of St. Angela Merici to her daughters. The Gospel was Matthew 5:1-12 Sr. Anne Mary is a daughter of God, along with all of the women sung about in the [...]

1709, 2023

Saint Peter, Best Supporting Role

By |September 17th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Bonnie Chester, Associate And The Oscar For Best Supporting Role Goes To… If you think about this title as you read the gospels and journey with Jesus during the last three years of His life, this award will have to go to Peter. I always think of him as Jesus’s “side kick.” The website bible.knowing-jesus.com counts 67 appearances of Peter in the gospels. John, the apostle, is called the [...]

1509, 2023

It’s All About Love

By |September 15th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Martha Buser, OSU, age 92, who had falls at home in March and June that resulted in a broken cheek in March, a broken hip in June, and a lengthy recovery, recently reflected on how this injury, along with her loss of eyesight due to severe glaucoma and the effects of the fall, has affected her in her relationship with God and others.  In reflecting on my life experience, [...]

1209, 2023

Seeking Peace After 9-11

By |September 12th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sr. Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, at a Mass for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville on September 11, 2023, in the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel. As we pray about peace on this 9/11 day, we most likely remember where we were when we heard the horrible news on September 11, 2001, 22 years ago and the many feelings we had that day and many days [...]

109, 2023

Celebrating our sister Phoebe

By |September 1st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, and Kevin Karl at St. William Church in Louisville, Kentucky on September 3, 2023. Janet Peterworth: Remember Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof?  Remember how he argues with God? “Dear God,” he says, “was that necessary? Did you have to make him lame just before the Sabbath? That wasn't nice. It's enough you pick on me. Bless me [...]

3008, 2023

Videos on Saint Angela

By |August 30th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Also In Your Midst Also in Your Midst Entire Video: https://youtu.be/6khAlAwOHZo Also In Your Midst Chapter 1 https://youtu.be/194eOwE6I2s https://youtu.be/ymmEbsMa3vc https://youtu.be/UGiol-jbbZ8 https://youtu.be/nZIJULcfk6I https://youtu.be/ejp_yjRWpog     Lover of Us All https://youtu.be/DSTe27YTmPk?si=y01YEb6usy1LZY6u https://youtu.be/U0V8NFniOGA?si=o4KFx91cmjs-oVeT https://youtu.be/J8_W3oAJKrc?si=JX2bAbIPf5U7CsJ- https://youtu.be/4NoRXXTm2IM?si=c4ryRxBm0wKyvKHA https://youtu.be/uNuXE9KiDKQ?si=qcEKKurk-yzsXvH4 https://youtu.be/sBHcoEW0k3U?si=c6cwQvyhaOPodf4R

2208, 2023

Crossing the Bridge

By |August 22nd, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is the reflection that Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, gave at the funeral Mass of Sister Judith Rice, OSU, on August 10, 2023. I do not know how many of you knew that Judy did not like things to last too long—a meeting, a lecture, a homily, obviously not even her funeral liturgy. She chose short readings. I also don’t know if you knew Judy was directionally challenged. [...]

1708, 2023

A Leap of Faith

By |August 17th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection by Ursuline Associate Bonnie Chester: The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses. Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant to come to a halt in the Jordan when you reach the edge of the waters." So Joshua said [...]

808, 2023

The One Vine

By |August 8th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU, at the Jubilee Mass on July 28, 2023, in the Ursuline Motherhouse. Deuteronomy 6:3-9;  Philippians 4:4-9; John 15:1-17. I have pondered these readings more times than I can count. On the one hand, they are so familiar. On the other, they are entirely new, bringing forth in me new images and memories, and challenges. The other, border crossings, women [...]

308, 2023

By |August 3rd, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection that Ursuline President Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, gave at the missioning of Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, coworkers and Associates on Friday, July 28, 2023: When I was teaching high school, there was a section in the textbook on grace describing sanctifying, actual and sacramental grace. The students were trying to make some applications of grace to their own lives. So, when it was test time, [...]

108, 2023

Louisville Ursulines Celebrate Community Days

By |August 1st, 2023|Categories: News|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville celebrated Community Days the week of July 24–28.  They gathered every day for prayer, reflection, business, and friendship, and on Friday, July 28, had a Mass to celebrate our Jubilarians: Sister Lee Kirchner, 75 years; Sister Helen O'Brien, 70 years; Sister Rita Joseph Jarrell, 60 years; and Sister Martha Jacob, 60 years. They also held a missioning ceremony for Sisters, coworkers and Associates. The theme [...]

2107, 2023

By |July 21st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Take Off Your Shoes By Ursuline Associate Bonnie Chester A couple of days ago, this question was posed by someone on social media: “When you get to Heaven, whom would you search for first?” Believe it or not, who came to my mind was Moses. You might think that was a strange answer compared to whom you would seek out. I credit Moses with getting the show on the road, [...]

3006, 2023

The Universal Call to Discipleship

By |June 30th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection written by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, for Sunday, July 2, 2023: 68 years ago today, I was a bride. I wore a beautiful bridal dress with a long, flowing lacy veil. I was so nervous about what this was all going to mean for my future, but I walked up that aisle with my head held high. However, underneath all that bridal attire I [...]

2806, 2023

From Sinner to Saint

By |June 28th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection by Associate Bonnie Chester: “From terrible sinner to saint, from persecutor to persuasive preacher, Paul gives us all hope: no matter what kind of life we have lived, we can change. Indeed, we can be welcomed back into the fold,”1 a quote I read a few years ago on his and St. Peter’s feast day, June 29. When we first meet Saul in the Acts of [...]

506, 2023

St. Joseph Children’s Home Honors the Ursulines of Louisville and Sister Loretta Guenther

By |June 5th, 2023|Categories: News|

Sister Loretta Guenther received not one, but two surprises, on Friday, June 2, 2023, when she toured the newly renovated west wing of the Landmark Building of St. Joseph Children’s Home, where she ministered for 36 years as a live-in house parent and was the last Ursuline Sister of Louisville to serve there. The first surprise was seeing a plaque in a hallway off the reception area dedicated to the [...]

2505, 2023

A Reflection on John:17 and Making Disciples

By |May 25th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection by Associate Bonnie Chester. Could I interest you into sitting down with your Bible, opening it to the Gospel of John and slowly, prayerfully, begin reading Chapter 17. There are numerous times that Jesus’ prayer to God, His Father, are recorded in the Gospels. The words that are probably the most familiar are those He says on the cross: “Father forgive them, for they know [...]

2105, 2023

Feast of the Ascension

By |May 21st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Janet Peterworth has written a beautiful reflection for the Feast of the Ascension: “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up to the sky?” Here they are again! These two men dressed in white asking obvious questions. We first met them in the tomb in Luke's account of the resurrection. Their question? "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" The question implies that the followers [...]

905, 2023

Be Still and know that I am God

By |May 9th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Bonnie Chester, Ursuline Associate “Be still and know that I am God.” These biblical words from Psalm 46 have become an oft-repeated phrase. I have seen it on bumper stickers, posters and even coffee mugs! When you read it, you immediately think of becoming quiet before God in prayer, don’t you? Slowing down from the busy pace of your life, maybe picking up your Bible, or in my case, [...]

305, 2023

Going The Distance Together In Real Love and Harmony

By |May 3rd, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Rosella McCormick, OSU As I sit down to write this perspective, Derby week in Louisville is getting into full swing—balloons and boat races; fancy hats and the latest “hot and not so hot” fashions; mint juleps and chow wagons; famous faces and fine horses; and of course, WIN, PLACE, and SHOW bets. Most of us will enjoy watching THE Kentucky Derby. Recently, I was reminded of the Derby [...]

305, 2023

Ursuline Sisters communications team in the news

By |May 3rd, 2023|Categories: News|

Archdiocesan News May 2, 2023 Ursuline Sisters communications team wins award By The Record The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville communications team recently won several awards for its video, writing, design and social media work from the Associated Church Press and Religion Communicators Council.During an April 19 award ceremony sponsored by The Religion Communicators Council, Kathy Williams won three DeRose-Hinkhouse Category Awards, honoring her work in design, logo design and branding. She [...]

105, 2023

“And they’re off!” Human Trafficking and the Kentucky Derby

By |May 1st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog, Social Concerns, Social justice|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU “And they’re off!” These are important words in horse racing. But nowhere are they more important than on the first Saturday of May in Louisville, Kentucky, because these words start the Kentucky Derby, the fastest two minutes in sports and the race that begins the journey toward the coveted Triple Crown. “And they’re off” are words that also echo in the world of human [...]

2104, 2023

Calling For Action in the Wake of the April 10 Shooting in Louisville

By |April 21st, 2023|Categories: Social Concerns, Social justice|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, along with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team, Dominican Sisters of Peace, and the Loretto Community, issued a joint statement about the April 10 mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky. Together, they decried the latest mass shooting and called for the passing of new legislation aimed at curbing gun violence. Read more from Global Sisters Report: https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/monday-starter-after-kentucky-mass-shooting-congregations-call-tougher-gun-regulations AND The Record Newspaper: https://therecordnewspaper.org/women-religious-call-for-action-in-wake-of-shooting/

1504, 2023

Seeing Is Believing

By |April 15th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

An Easter Reflection by Bonnie Chester, Ursuline Associate If you believe in the old adage “Seeing is Believing,” well, in the Bible, immediately after the Resurrection, there are inspiring stories of exactly this saying. The gospel writer, John, devotes two entire chapters to the events following Jesus' rising from the tomb. In total there are four episodes in chapter 20 where sight was needed to result in belief. The first [...]

804, 2023

Allowing Christ To “Easter In Us”

By |April 8th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.” ― Gerard Manley Hopkins Gerard M. Hopkins’  lovely phrase presents a poignant challenge each spring. Yes, it is spring—that time of year when all the world turns into love; buds hurry to blossom; jonquils and dandelions dot the landscape; baby calves and colts are frisky in newly green meadows; and the birds go spastic. Richer [...]

604, 2023

The Women At The Cross

By |April 6th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

A Good Friday Reflection by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU: They did not think it was going to end this way. The women did not dream they would be standing at the foot of a cross. But death is women’s work. Blood is women’s mark. While the other Evangelists mention women at a distance, it is John alone who notes that the women—Mary, his mother; her sister, Mary the wife [...]

104, 2023

Jesus, the teacher of nonviolence

By |April 1st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection for Palm Sunday by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU:  A couple of years ago, I made a weekend retreat with John Dear, former Jesuit and longtime peace activist. He was discussing nonviolent demonstrations and their value in the struggle for justice. What Fr. Dear said fits well with Palm Sunday and so I share. Picture this. A large crowd of the people of Jerusalem were [...]

1003, 2023

The Transfiguration and Spreading The Word

By |March 10th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, at St. William Church, Louisville, Kentucky on March 5, 2023 Did you know that transfiguration is a core class and subject taught in year two at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Did you know that this class teaches the art of changing the form and appearance of an object or person? Did you know that transfiguration is [...]

903, 2023

Celebrating Catholic Schools and Sisters

By |March 9th, 2023|Categories: News|

Former Kentucky state Representative Bob Heleringer wrote a guest column that appeared on March 8, 2023, in the Courier Journal  and mentioned three Ursuline Sisters of Louisville by name: Sisters Joselyn Hynes, Anthony Wargel and Rosalita Wuersch. What a nice surprise for Catholic Sisters Week! Below is the text of the article: Celebrating the mission of the Catholic Education Foundation Thomas Jefferson once said in a letter to John Adams, [...]

2802, 2023

Catholic Sisters Week: “Celebrating Traditions, Changing the World”

By |February 28th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

URSULINE SISTERS OF LOUISVILLE EVENTS FOR CSW: LIVING OUT LAUDATO SI’ IN GLOBAL SOLIDARITY Our Ursuline Charism In Action SUNDAY, MARCH 12 3–4 pm ET Ursuline Motherhouse Heritage Room 3115 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40206 RSVP by March 7 to: [email protected] This event will be livestreamed: https://vimeo.com/event/2877803 No rsvp necessary for the livestream A presentation on the intersection of race, forced migration and climate change by Sister Carol Curtis, OSU, [...]

902, 2023

Sr. Mary Lee Hansen Saw God through Nature

By |February 9th, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is the reflection that Sr. Janet M. Peterworth gave at the funeral Mass of Sr. Mary Lee Hansen on February 8, 2023. Our readings today are so Mary Lee. She mixed and matched, spliced and patched the scripture pieces until she had exactly what she wanted us to hear on this occasion. “Be so full of God that you shine like the full moon, open up your petals [...]

202, 2023

Catholic Schools Week Thank You Letters

By |February 2nd, 2023|Categories: News|

We received thank you's for Catholic Schools Week! Below are letters from Dr. Karen McNay, president of Sacred Heart Schools, and Sacred Heart Academy senior Grace Davis, Student Council president, expressing greetings and gratitude to the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville during Catholic Schools Week. From Dr. McNay's letter: "One group I’d like to call special attention to is our Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. It is hard to convey our deep [...]

102, 2023

A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols

By |February 1st, 2023|Categories: Social Concerns, Social justice|

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville stand in solidarity with our Black Sisters as they speak publicly about his death and the urgent need for systemic reform.   A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols The New Year is barely a month old. We have just celebrated the national holiday honoring the life and legacy of [...]

3101, 2023

Perseverance— Reflection for the Feast of St. Angela

By |January 31st, 2023|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Ursuline President Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, gave the following reflection at the Mass celebrating the feast of St. Angela Merici on January 27, 2023. Sirach 2: 7-13; Colossians 3: 12-17; Matthew 5:13- 16 One word that seems to connect all three of the readings today is perseverance. In the first reading, we hear of the God of compassion who is in the midst of ambiguity and uncertainty in human [...]

1912, 2022

Angela Merici Center for Spirituality to Close

By |December 19th, 2022|Categories: News|

Effective December 31, 2022, the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, started by Sister Martha Buser in 1997, will close. Ginny Schaeffer, who has served as director for 21 years, is retiring, and with her retirement, the Ursuline Sisters have made the decision to close the center. The Ursuline leadership team and Ginny have been in conversation with Bellarmine University to determine how [...]

1912, 2022

International Migrants Day and Roses in December

By |December 19th, 2022|Categories: News, Reflections Blog, Social Concerns, Social justice|

By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU Envio los cielos el rocio de lo alto y las nubes derramen la justicia: Abrase la tierra y brote el Salvador. [Is 45,8] Heavens distill dew from on high and clouds rain down justice: Let Earth open and bud forth the Savior. This year, the familiar Advent antiphon resonated with deeper prophetic urgency as I heard it sung in El Salvador at the site of [...]

1212, 2022

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Who is With Us

By |December 12th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Kathy Williams Ursuline Associate and Director of Communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Right in the middle of Advent, we find two feast days devoted to Mary—the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, which celebrates Mary being born without sin, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrate Mary’s “yes” to God—confused as she [...]

912, 2022

Hope

By |December 9th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Barbara Bir, OSU Our present world can seem like the end of time that Matthew tells us about.  “So it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For [...]

812, 2022

Sister Carol Curtis Embarks on Roses in December 2022 Pilgrimage

By |December 8th, 2022|Categories: News, Social Concerns, Social justice|

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Carol Curtis, OSU, went to El Salvador in early December, 2022, participating with “The Roses in December” delegation of SHARE with Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to mark the 42nd anniversary of the martyrdom of the four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador. The delegation will walk with women religious and the communities they accompany to El Salvador and Honduras. On December 2, they visited Chalatenango [...]

312, 2022

The Small Greatness of Advent

By |December 3rd, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

I think Advent is perhaps the most underrated season of the liturgical year. It seems that try as we might, Advent with its soft whispers is drowned out by the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Advent with its muted colors of purple and dark blue is overcome with Christmas and its bright colors of red and green. Lent comes in with a bang, with its populist holy day of Ash [...]

2311, 2022

When will it end?

By |November 23rd, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

When will it end? How will it end? So far this year, there have been 606 mass shootings in our country. There has not been a single week in 2022 without at least four mass shootings in the United States. 67 Americans, including children, died during mass shootings this year. This does not count the number of victims injured, often permanently, the family members left to grieve forever or the [...]

2211, 2022

Statement on Colorado shootings

By |November 22nd, 2022|Categories: News, Social Concerns, Social justice|

Together with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are committed to working towards a world free from violence, with respect for all living beings. Our hearts are broken for family members, friends, and members of the LGBTQ+ community as they grieve the tragic loss of those killed and those wounded in the Colorado Springs shooting on Saturday, November 19. There can be [...]

1411, 2022

November is a Season of Remembrance and Gratitude

By |November 14th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following was a reflection given by Sister Carol Curtis, OSU, at a Mass held in the Motherhouse Chapel on November 1, 2022, All Saints Day with Ursuline Sisters, staff and Sacred Heart Schools administrative staff in attendance. It was the last event for the chapel until the summer of 2023, due to the chapel being closed temporarily for repairs and painting. Our gathering today is itself a convergence of [...]

711, 2022

Changing the Face of the Mountain

By |November 7th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is the reflection given by Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU, at the Mass on October 23, to celebrate the Angeline Award given to Joy Green of Cumberland, Maryland, and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel of Callao, Peru.  I would like to share a story. Very possibly you will recall it from some years back. But it bears repeating today. Once upon a time in a very remote unfriendly village [...]

211, 2022

All Souls

By |November 2nd, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, at St. William Church in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 2, for All Souls Day. “We die the first time when the last breath leaves our bodies. We die a second time when the last person speaks our name.” —The Lost Book of Friends by Lisa Wingate There is something haunting about that thought, isn’t there. And so here [...]

2610, 2022

Joy Green and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel, both Ursuline Associates, receive the 2022 Angeline Award

By |October 26th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Every two years, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honor a woman whose life reflects the Ursuline charism that is inspired by Saint Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursulines: "A contemplative love of God resulting in an openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others." On Sunday, October 23, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honored Joy Green and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel, both Ursuline Associates, with [...]

1609, 2022

A Homecoming for Ursuline Academy Pittsburgh Alumnae October 21-22, 2022

By |September 16th, 2022|Categories: News, Reflections Blog|

Ursuline Academy Pittsburgh celebrated an All–Class Reunion October 21-22, 2022.   The Academy was established in 1872 as the Ursuline Young Ladies Academy. In 1894, it moved to a former estate bounded by Winebiddle Avenue and Coral and Evaline Streets. In its middle years, Ursuline Academy offered classes from elementary through 12th grade, but later focused on grades 9 through 12 for young women. In 1958 the Ursuline [...]

1509, 2022

A Story of Amazing Grace…what was lost has now been found!

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: News|

When our operations manager, Austin Raderer, notified Ursuline President Jean Anne Zappa on September 13 that he had received an email from Todd Abell about finding the historical marker for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville’s first home at Shelby and Chestnut Streets in Louisville, Sister Jean Anne was simultaneously surprised that the marker was missing and relieved that he had contacted us. Todd found the marker abandoned behind [...]

1409, 2022

Child’s Play

By |September 14th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Agnes Coveney, OSU Two weeks ago, I saw a photo with a three-year old boy hard at work, mowing the lawn with a play lawnmower. He is turned to face the photographer and it is as if he is saying: Can’t you see, I’m busy! I understand from early childhood experts, my Ursuline Sisters, that children’s play is learning. It’s probably true to say that for children most [...]

609, 2022

Floods: Ever old, ever new

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Janet M. Peterworth shares a reflection  in Global Sisters Report on ministering to and counseling victims of the recent flooding in eastern Kentucky, and looking back on her doing the same in Tug Valley in Mingo County, West Virginia after a 1977 500-year flood. "Victims of disasters need to tell their stories. They need to express their feelings to someone who will listen." On April 2, 1977, a so-called [...]

1908, 2022

Choose Life

By |August 19th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

“It is I who bring both death and life,” our loving God reminds us in Deuteronomy 32, but still five states (Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia) have executions scheduled from August to December of 2022. This is the bad news. But the good news is that we have many dedicated people working diligently to bring an end to the death penalty, as those of Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) [...]

1108, 2022

Walk In Faith

By |August 11th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by President Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, at the annual Missioning service held on August 5, 2022 in the Motherhouse Chapel. Sisters, Associates and staff were invited to attend. The theme of this year's missioning is "Walk In Faith." “Walk in faith”— is that a command or an invitation? In the readings today, Isaiah is more of an invitation and Romans is more of a [...]

2707, 2022

Happy Independence Day, Peru!

By |July 27th, 2022|Categories: News|

July 28 is Independence Day for Peru. The day is also known as 'Fiestas Patrias' in Peru. This holiday is always celebrated on July 28 and marks the declaration of independence from Spain in 1821.   Sister Yuli Oncihuay invites you to enjoy a poem, "Danza mi pais" and these photos from Santa Angela Merici school.  As Sr. Yuli says, “Today, we all say: ‘Que viva el Peru [...]

2707, 2022

Celebrating Peru on July 28

By |July 27th, 2022|Categories: News|

July 28 is Independence Day for #Peru, and we are celebrating with Sr. Yuli Oncihuay this week! Enjoy this music video of "Patria" with Luis Enrique Ascoy and song translation below: https://youtu.be/EvoBWvlf7h4 PATRIA What is it about my homeland? that keeps it standing after so much violence of so much misery of so much bad faith Judas attacked her from behind, Judas sold her to another. In the face of [...]

2607, 2022

Carrying Christ—Jesus in a Knapsack

By |July 26th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Rita Ann Wigginton, OSU, reflects on her experiences in Peru thirty-five years ago, describing carrying Jesus in the Eucharist to those on the margins in Peru with her fellow Ursuline Sisters. She notes that Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutierrez, OP, was present at a funeral liturgy she attended in Lima. One of the key post-Vatican II leaders in liberation theology, Gutiérrez’s foundational text, Teología de la liberación, perspectivas (1971), reached [...]

507, 2022

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sr. Janet M. Peterworth at St. William Church in Louisville, Kentucky on July 3, 2022. “And the Lord said, go. And I said who me? And he said, yes, you. And I said, but I am not ready yet And there is company coming, and I can't leave the kids, And you know there's no one to take my place. And he said, [...]

507, 2022

June 2 Synod Listening Session

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Social Concerns|

Date of Session             June 2, 2022                              Location of Session Ursuline Campus                    Estimated No. of Attendees 30                            Person Completing Form Sr. Janet M Peterworth   #1 Describe the listening session experience (attendees’ attentiveness, engagement, openness, etc. (This group answered the following themes:  Listening/Speaking Out & Authority/Participation & Discerning/Deciding.  The facilitators picked these for consideration.)  All present were excited about having an opportunity to talk about the topics.  [...]

2906, 2022

Lessons Learned from “Braiding Sweetgrass”

By |June 29th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following was published by Global Sisters Report in a series by guest writers who are Catholic sisters, called The Life. This excerpt was written by Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU. An educator, she ministered in rural Mississippi and for the last 42 years has been with the people in the coastal region and the Central Sierra of Peru. Her ministry has been with circles and communities of women around issues of empowerment, nonviolence [...]

206, 2022

Leaning In To Pentecost

By |June 2nd, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Agnes Coveney, OSU The following is a reflection given by Sister Agnes Coveney, OSU, at Mass on June 2, 2022 in the Motherhouse Chapel on the Ursuline Campus. Here we are on our journey in the 7th week of Easter, between the celebrations of Jesus’ Ascension and his sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. There is something to the times we are living in now, that makes [...]

2705, 2022

Six religious communities speak together against gun violence

By |May 27th, 2022|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

May 26, 2022   As we mourn the loss of more than 30 lives in 10 days, our hearts break. In conversations with each other and in our prayers to God, we must ask, “How long?” “How many?’ “How can we end this violence?” How long will we continue to accept mass shooting after mass shooting? How many more small coffins will be wept over, and how many more families [...]

1305, 2022

Ursuline Communications Team Win Awards

By |May 13th, 2022|Categories: News|

  The Associated Church Press and Religion Communicators Council recognized the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville communications team, Bernie Mudd-White and Kathy Williams, with several awards, including an Award of Excellence and Category Winner, for their work in video, writing, design and social media. For the "Creation" video prayer service, Bernie Mudd-White received a Category Award Winner Award in the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards sponsored by The Religion Communicators Council, held on May [...]

205, 2022

Ecampaign to support LGBT youth

By |May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Social Concerns|

Background: In February 2021, we were the first religious community of sisters to issue a statement in support of the statement, “God Is On Your Side,” by twelve U.S. Catholic Bishops in support of at-risk LGBT youth and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Some of the campus ministry staff at the schools sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters wanted to start an outreach program for LGBTQ students at the high [...]

205, 2022

“They Have Threatened Us With Resurrection”

By |May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection written by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, for the third Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2022. “It is something within us that doesn’t let us sleep,that doesn’t let us rest,that won’t stop poundingdeep inside. . . No, brother,it is not the noise in the streetswhich does not let us sleep. . . Join us in this vigiland you will know what it is to dream!Then [...]

1304, 2022

Holy Thursday: Lessons in Love, Peace and Joy

By |April 13th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality …love one another as I love you.Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.I have told you these things so that my joy mightbe in you and your joy might be wholly mature. John 15:12, 14:27, 15:11 Jesus was not blind or stupid. Unlike the religious leaders he once busted for not being able to read [...]

2903, 2022

Connecting Generations

By |March 29th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Tandem, an organization founded by twins Arianna and Lorenzo Martinelli of Louisville, matches and facilitates interaction between seniors and high schoolers. They are currently developing an app, Tandem, that will have its third release in April. They state that their mission is to create a safe and accessible environment for high schoolers to benefit from seniors’ mentorship while seniors stay connected with the younger generation. Several Ursuline Sisters of Louisville [...]

2503, 2022

The Annunciation and Listening

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU In a Face Time visit with my niece, she shared her frustration with her 3-year-old daughter, Ellie. “She doesn’t listen,” she exclaimed. In response to her dad’s attempt to talk to her about her aversion to listening to her parents, she declared that her batteries were dead! She just could not hear. In further conversation, she admitted that her imaginary batteries were turned off. [...]

2503, 2022

Could We Start Again, Please?

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU   Fourth Sunday of Lent “Could we start again, please?” You may recognize this line as a title of a song in the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. Mary Magdalene and Peter want to start over with Jesus and His mission. They were both having second thoughts. It had gone too far for them. They were not sure anymore. I suggest that the title [...]

2303, 2022

Leadership from six religious communities speak together on Ukraine and democracy

By |March 23rd, 2022|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

March 22, 2022 We, the undersigned leadership of women religious, walk in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are suffering from the invasion by Russian forces. Vladimir Putin is attacking democracy in Ukraine with military might and misinformation. We stand with all who support the people of Ukraine and the preservation of its democracy. As we see the young democracy of Ukraine under attack, we are mindful of threats to democracy within our own [...]

2103, 2022

Help Ukraine

By |March 21st, 2022|Categories: Social Concerns|

To donate to religious communities whose Sisters serve in Ukraine, Poland, and other border nations, please visit: Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union: https://www.osucentral.org/donate-now/ (and select Ukraine relief from the pull down menu) Sisters of Charity of Nazareth The Loretto Community has sent humanitarian aid in support of Ukraine to these organizations: Mennonite Central Committee, https://mcc.org/ World Central Kitchen,  https://wck.org/ International Rescue Committee, https://www.rescue.org/ Additionally, financial donations can be made online to either Caritas Internationalis or Catholic [...]

1603, 2022

Returning… Regresando…

By |March 16th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU, left, holding gate door for students returning to in-person classes at Saint Angela Merici School in Callo, Peru, March 7, 2022.     On March 7, Saint Angela Merici School in Callao, Peru, reopened to in-person learning after TWO YEARS of being closed due to the pandemic. The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville founded St. Angela Merici School in 1965, which currently serves students preK-high school. Sister [...]

1103, 2022

A Different Kind of Lent

By |March 11th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality What if we view this desert time of Lent as not just a time to reflect or to lament or to confess or to fast, but a time where we learn to be free. Megan Westra Two years ago, we lived through a different kind of Lent. In order to keep ourselves and each other safe from a virus [...]

803, 2022

Challenging Ourselves This Lent

By |March 8th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sr. Agnes Coveney, OSU By this time in Lent, Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday are past. We are settling into the pattern of Lent—the Scripture readings, the spareness of this liturgical season, and the Lenten practices that we all do our best to adopt in these weeks. I remember a friend who worked with me when I was a newly vowed Ursuline Sister. My friend asked, since I was [...]

503, 2022

Following in the Steps of Jesus through Lent

By |March 5th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality   You are my beloved. —Mark 1:11 We spend most of Advent preparing for Christmas – decorating, buying gifts, baking, wrapping gifts. We spend most of Holy Week preparing for Easter – shopping, coloring eggs, baking. All of this for just one day. Granted, these are the two great feast days of the Church and should be celebrated with [...]

103, 2022

Update from the Roman Union Ursulines on Ursuline Sisters in Ukraine

By |March 1st, 2022|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

A Message from Sister Iwona Skorupa, OSU Provincial of the Province of Poland  (Poland, Netherlands, Ukraine) Ursulines of the Roman Union  Dear Sisters, Thank you very much for your prayer and support for our sisters in Ukraine. For today, all of them are alive, the two who are in Kiev cannot leave because it is not safety even if they want to go to the parish and stay [...]

2402, 2022

Prayer for the People of Ukraine and Russia

By |February 24th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

  We ask you to join us in praying for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia. If you do not pray, then please join us in sending thoughts for peace, reconciliation and healing. Lover of us all, Our hearts are so heavy and breaking with the news that Russia has invaded Ukraine. We come to you as your children praying for our brothers and sisters, holding them [...]

1102, 2022

Pope Francis says progress must never trump care in World Sick Day message

By |February 11th, 2022|Categories: Reflections Blog|

by Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service   Although scientists have made great strides in the field of medicine, genuine care and listening to those who suffer must always be at the forefront of any therapy, Pope Francis said. “Patients are always more important than their diseases, and for this reason, no therapeutic approach can disregard listening to the patient, his or her history, anxieties and fears,” the pope wrote in his message for the 2022 World Day [...]

802, 2022

Welcome, Archbishop Fabre

By |February 8th, 2022|Categories: News|

We would like to extend greetings to Bishop Shelton Fabre, whom Pope Francis has named as the next Archbishop of Louisville. We welcome his joyful message to open our hearts wide to injustice and suffering in our world, and to continue to build on the good works performed daily in our archdiocese by so many. We wish to thank Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz for his many years of service to our [...]

2701, 2022

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville transferred Chapel Preservation Fund to Sacred Heart Schools

By |January 27th, 2022|Categories: News|

THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL DONORS! Following the Mass to celebrate St. Angela Merici’s feast day on January 27, 2022, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville officially transferred the $4.2 million Chapel Preservation Fund to Sacred Heart Schools, which are sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters. Ursuline President Sister Jean Anne Zappa presented Dr. Karen McNay a check for the full amount of the fund, which is donor restricted. The [...]

1312, 2021

Pray for Kentucky

By |December 13th, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

The news of the devastating tornadoes in Western Kentucky makes us all have the desire to do something to help. Please continue to pray for our fellow Kentuckians—we know that prayer works. If you feel moved to donate, here are some ways that you can give: You can give online to help Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro help those impacted by the recent devastation in our communities. Please visit https://owensborodiocese.org/give/ and [...]

1212, 2021

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Who is With Us

By |December 12th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Kathy Williams, Ursuline Associate and director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Our Lady of Guadalupe by Jen Norton, used with permission   Right in the middle of Advent, we find two feast days devoted to Mary—the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, which celebrates Mary being born without sin, and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. With the Immaculate Conception, [...]

712, 2021

The Small Greatness of Advent

By |December 7th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU   When I wrote this reflection, I was looking out the window of my hotel in New York City at the Freedom Tower. It is the one that was built on the same grounds where the Twin Towers stood. It is indeed an awesome structure. I suppose it is a tribute to what we human beings can do with our 21st century engineering and [...]

212, 2021

On the 41st anniversary of martyrdom, we fast

By |December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU This article was first published in Global Sisters Report on December 3, 2020 Cemetery where Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke are buried in El Salvador, pictured in 2015 (Janet M. Peterworth) My thoughts today come from Isaiah (58:1-9a) on the kind of fast that our God wants. I was musing about this in the context of my trip to El Salvador in [...]

2811, 2021

A Time of Waiting

By |November 28th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, president of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville   Waiting seems to be the hardest thing to do for many of us—waiting in doctors’ offices, at the drive-thru at the bank or fast-food place. Then, there is waiting for that package you ordered or waiting for when you could get the COVID vaccine or booster. Today begins a different kind of waiting—a waiting at Advent [...]

2411, 2021

Our Need for Gratitude

By |November 24th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville     Gratitude turns what we have into enough. —Anonymous It seems that we are living under a whole new threat this season. At this time last year, we were struggling to get the pandemic under control, too many families were mourning the loss of loved ones and difficult decisions were [...]

1111, 2021

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Among Several Religious Congregations in Kentucky To Join Laudato Si’ Action Platform, Commit To Journey Toward Integral Ecology

By |November 11th, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

As the world’s leaders are gathering in Scotland for the U.N. Climate Change Conference, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Loretto Community, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are among several groups of women religious in Kentucky committing to a community and personal effort to address today’s pressing environmental problems by participating in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP). The Laudato Si’ Action Platform brings together the [...]

411, 2021

Hearing to Understand

By |November 4th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at St. William Church in Louisville, Kentucky.   “Why do I hear, but do not understand? If you hear, but are having trouble understanding, take advantage of the complimentary demonstrations offered  this week. Call Acute Hearing Center to schedule your no-obligation appointment.” When I saw this ad in the Courier-Journal, I thought of [...]

311, 2021

Advent Vespers

By |November 3rd, 2021|Categories: News|

Please join us every Sunday of this event for virtual Vespers! WEEK 4 https://youtu.be/xHvvdeNMVCg   WEEK 3 https://youtu.be/kFDpjwRKrto   WEEK 2 https://youtu.be/37BmIb4tuzU   WEEK 1 https://youtu.be/WRYdN8ckQlg

2910, 2021

Sacred Heart Model School Dedicates The Sister Dominica Hettinger, OSU, Science Lab

By |October 29th, 2021|Categories: News|

On October 28, 2021, Sacred Heart Model School (SHMS) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new state-of-the-art science lab donated by an anonymous donor for junior high students. The lab was dedicated as the Sister Dominica Hettinger, OSU Science Lab. The school's new lab is similar to labs found in high schools and universities. Ursuline Sister of Louisville Dominica Hettinger, OSU, held a Ph.D. in Biology. As the [...]

1510, 2021

Letting Go

By |October 15th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville   It’s that time of year, one that I look forward to and then dread its passing. The cooler temperatures are a reprieve from summer’s oven. Skies deepen in their blue with less humidity. Trees change their colors as they prepare for winter’s slumber. What a wonderful season; but it can [...]

1210, 2021

Remembering Sister Brendan

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Friends of Sister Brendan Conlon at her memorial service in Kermit, West Virginia on September 24, 2021 By Sister Janet Peterworth, OSU They gathered one by one, carrying chairs and heavy, but grateful hearts, as they gathered to remember their friend, mentor, and associate, Sr. Brendan Conlon. The people of Kermit, West Virginia, in Mingo County, could not let her pass without saying what they wanted to say to pay [...]

410, 2021

Louisville Ursulines sign 7-year commitment to Laudato Si’ Action Platform

By |October 4th, 2021|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

The Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, of Louisville, Kentucky, USA, in our Congregational Meeting on August 28, 2021, agreed to participate in the 2021 cohort of the Laudato Si' Action Platform 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology. We have expressed our commitment in the following public statement: Laudato Si’ Action Platform Commitment The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, in solidarity with the global Laudato Si' Action Platform, and consonant with our [...]

2409, 2021

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville receive the 2021 Religious Partner in Ministry Award from Shively Area Ministries

By |September 24th, 2021|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville received the 2021 Religious Partner in Ministry Award from Shively Area Ministries (SAM) at their 12th annual banquet and concert held on Sept. 23 at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville. Sponsors, donors and volunteers are recognized at the banquet each year. Ursuline President Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, was one of a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who received the "Enthusiasm for Mission' award. This [...]

2009, 2021

Live In Joyful Hope

By |September 20th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by President Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, at the annual Missioning ceremony held in the Motherhouse Chapel on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The theme for this year's missioning is "Live in Joyful Hope/Vive Con Gozosa Esperanza."   I hope she will be ok. I hope he is not upset with me. I hope it is alright. I hope Jean Anne doesn’t t talk too long. [...]

1309, 2021

For There is Always Love

By |September 13th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection that Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU, gave at the Jubilee Mass on Sunday, August 29, 2021 in the Motherhouse Chapel, celebrating the 2020 and the 2021 jubilarians.   Who of us was not in awe of that young girl with the yellow coat and red hat who stood before the country, before President Biden and Vice President Harris and recited The Hill We Climb.  Since then, [...]

1109, 2021

9/11, Twenty Years Later

By |September 11th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU Do you remember? I remember. Do you know where you were? I know exactly where I was. Can you recall your feelings? I can. I am not talking about the day you made your first vows or the day you got married or your first day on a new job or ministry. No, I am talking about Sept 11, 2001. I am talking about [...]

2708, 2021

Breaking Open Your Heart

By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

At the sight of them, his heart broke open [with compassion]…—Mark 6: 34 As the tragic events of yesterday begin to settle into your heart, take a moment to ponder what yesterday must have been like for all the families of the service men and women who are currently stationed in Kabul. Use the gift of your imagination to put yourself in their shoes. Get a sense of their worry, [...]

408, 2021

Sister Lorna Wins the Francesconi Award of Integrity

By |August 4th, 2021|Categories: News|

Congratulations to our own Sister Lorna Weiler who received the the Francesconi Award of Integrity yesterday at Sacred Heart Academy - Official Page Commissioning Day! According to Sacred Heart Academy, “She is a true Valkyrie legend who has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students over the course of five decades at SHA. This prestigious award named in honor of former Sacred Heart Schools President, Charlie [...]

308, 2021

A Lifelong Map for Living

By |August 3rd, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Artwork by Jen Norton, used with permission. The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth at the funeral Mass for Sister Mary Brendan Conlon on July 26, 2021. Many years ago, our congregational leaders asked all of the Ursuline Sisters to plan their funerals and wakes. So being the good Sisters that we were, Brendan and I sat down one night in our living room (somewhere among [...]

2907, 2021

The Faithfulness of God

By |July 29th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, at the funeral Mass of Sister Dolorita Lutsie, OSU on July 21, 2021. Did you know that the Appalachian Mountain range starts in Canada and ends in Alabama? And of course, the two most beautiful places it runs through are Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mountains are majestic, and beautiful, and they can also be dangerous and daunting. They [...]

2307, 2021

Sisters Kathy Neely and Yuli Oncihuay share their experience on the Border in El Paso

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

        July 21, 2021 In the true spirit of friendship, Sisters Kathy Neely and Yuli Oncihuay began their presentation in the Motherhouse library with the song Letra A que tü sabes (Oh, you don't know).  They encouraged all present, Sisters, Associates and friends, to join in. With photos and song, and in both English and Spanish, they demonstrated the powerful impact that their month of service in [...]

1406, 2021

Life Breaks Through

By |June 14th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU, at the Mass on June 10, 2021 in the Motherhouse chapel to celebrate the lives of Sisters Lorraine Maginot, Isabel Lehmenkuler, Jane Stuckenborg, Bernadine Nash and Jamesetta Defelice, who all passed away during May and June, 2020.   My great nephew Zachary was born in February during Covid and a snowstorm. Life broke through. When he came home [...]

1206, 2021

We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight

By |June 12th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU at Saint William Church in Louisville on Sunday, June 13, 2021.   I live in the Chatsworth Apartments just off Frankfort Avenue and Ewing in Louisville. Frequently, as I am waiting for traffic lights to change, I see men and women who are partially sighted or completely blind walking along Frankfort Avenue, or crossing that street, using either [...]

806, 2021

Waste A Little Time

By |June 8th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is the reflection written by Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU, for the funeral Mass of Sister Raymunda Orth, OSU.   “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” The wisdom of The Little Prince opens for us an understanding of time. And of relationships. The scripture today tells us there is time for everything. But neither the scripture nor the Little [...]

2105, 2021

DVDs on The Life and Spirituality of Saint Angela Merici

By |May 21st, 2021|Categories: News|

Also in Your Midst and Lover of Us All book discussion video series with Sister Martha Buser, OSU, is now available on DVD in both English and with Spanish subtitles! Spanish version English version The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville have produced a video series of Sister Martha Buser, OSU, and friends discussing each chapter from her books Also in Your Midst and Lover of Us All. [...]

2105, 2021

Wind and Fire

By |May 21st, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality   Pentecost – What a fantastical story! There’s a mighty, rushing wind that is localized in one building in Jerusalem where tongues of fire just happen to hover over the heads of those “praying and waiting” in one room of that building. Jews from sixteen countries miraculously hear the story of God’s wonderous works and revelation through Jesus Christ [...]

1905, 2021

Feast of the Ascension

By |May 19th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet Peterworth, OSU   “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up to the sky?” Here they are again! These two men dressed in white asking obvious questions. We first met them in the tomb in Luke's account of the resurrection. Their question? "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" The question implies that the followers of Jesus are looking in the wrong place. [...]

1805, 2021

Reflection from the border

By |May 18th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The pilgrims! The following is a reflection from Ursuline Sisters Yuli Oncihuay, Kathy Neely: Louisville and Carol Reamer: Toledo, Ohio, from their month-long mission in El Paso, Texas with the Casa del Refugiado of Annunciation House.   Three of us Ursuline Sisters (Yuli Oncihuay, Kathy Neely: Louisville and Carol Reamer: Toledo, Ohio) traveled together on April 29th to begin volunteering in the Casa del Refugiado of Annunciation House (founded in [...]

2304, 2021

An Earth Day Confession

By |April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

She holds life within herShe breathes, she sings, she criesYet I use her and step on herAs if she were already dead. Forgive me, God, for moving so far away from EarthFor eating food from packagesDrinking water from cansConsuming and discarding too muchAnd giving back too little. Forgive me, God, for forgetting that I am a guest in her houseFor not cleaning up after myselfNot minding the sacrifice of her [...]

2104, 2021

Our Response to the Derek Chauvin Verdict

By |April 21st, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

Mural at 11th and Main Streets, Louisville, Kentucky of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, David McAtee and George Floyd, photo by WAVE 3 News       Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd. We believe that justice has been served regarding the facts of Mr. Floyd’s death. [...]

204, 2021

The Women at the Cross

By |April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Three Marys: Crucifixion by Dawn Williams BoydUsed with permission. https://www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com/   By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU They did not think it was going to end this way. The women did not dream they would be standing at the foot of a cross. But death is women’s work. Blood is women’s mark. While the other Evangelists mention women at a distance, it is John alone who notes that the women [...]

2603, 2021

The Black Madonna

By |March 26th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Black Madonna by Katherine Skaggs, used with permission.www.katherineskaggs.com By Lisa Steiner, Associate and Social Concerns Liaison Today I pray to the Black Madonna, the mother of all creation. I pray that she will care for all the children of Earth, especially those who look like her. I pray that she can rescue our brothers and sisters who struggle against racism all over the world. And I pray especially that she [...]

2503, 2021

Our Lady of Chains

By |March 25th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Thank you to Nic Phillips for the use of his artwork. Please see link below for his new book, Breaking Chains:www.avaloniabooks.com/product-page/breaking-chains By Lisa Steiner, Associate and Social Concerns Liaison On this International Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Slave Trade, I reflect on the Black Madonna in Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees. Every country must confront its sins, and the dehumanizing injustice of slavery is [...]

2303, 2021

’’I am the One who loves you.”

By |March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Martha Buser, OSU Here we are, almost through Lent, and many of us are still asking ourselves or others, “What can I do for Lent? What can I give up? Should I give up candy? Watching TV? What other thing can I give up that would be a penance for me?” I realized that this year, due to the pandemic, we don’t have anything we can give up [...]

2203, 2021

Moved to Tears by Love

By |March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU I am sure we all have had the experiences of being “moved to tears.” News of a baby born, or the child’s first steps could bring that tear. It may be the passing of a loved one or remembering a special anniversary date of a significant occasion or experience. A tear or two may flow when you hear a special song or attend a [...]

2203, 2021

We Decry Killings in Atlanta and Stand With Asian Americans and Call for Action on Gun-Control Bill

By |March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

       We join with the Loretto Community and all those mourning the recent killing by a white male in Atlanta of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. This horrible tragedy touches us deeply, as it does all who decry violence of any kind. The awful act of violence targeting Asian-Pacific Americans speaks to the reality this past year of the growing tension and outright hatred in [...]

1503, 2021

An Eternal Lent

By |March 15th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU Did you have that experience on Ash Wednesday on February 17? They said Lent was beginning. To me, it felt more like a prolonging of what we had been living for a year now. Prayer, penance, almsgiving. Nothing new, really. I struggled to find meaning in this “new” season of Lent. I think I felt fortunate not to have to receive ashes. (Ash Wednesday is [...]

903, 2021

Catholic Sisters Week: Thinking Ahead for Me—and for Others

By |March 9th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Joan DiLeonardo Leotta attended Ursuline Academy in Pittsburgh from grades one through eight. This is her story of how Sister Mary Anne Murkowsky, OSU, encouraged her to become a writer, beginning in the 6th grade with the school newspaper. Sister Mary Anne Murkowsky, OSU, taught at Ursuline Academy from 1936-1962. She died on September 25, 1990. Joan did become a writer and also performs stories on stage—often these are tales [...]

803, 2021

2021 Catholic Sisters Week: Memories of Our Sisters

By |March 8th, 2021|Categories: News|

We are celebrating 2021 Catholic Sisters Week with videos we are sharing of Sacred Heart School for the Arts students reading memories of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. These are memories sent to us from alumni of the many schools that our Sisters founded or taught in! Special thanks to Megan Ward and the students of Sacred Heart School for the Arts for sharing their time and talent. #UrsulinesLou #Sistersrock [...]

703, 2021

It’s Time to Cleanse the Temple

By |March 7th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

"NT030.Jesus Cleanses the temple" by pcstratman is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, at St. William Church in Louisville on Sunday, March 7, 2021. OK, folks, listen up. There is a new sheriff in town! And this sheriff is no namby-pamby. This sheriff means business. He is upset with what is going around town. He means to clean it up! He means to [...]

2302, 2021

The Great Women’s March

By |February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

The following is a speech made by Kathy Williams on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at The Great Women’s March. She was invited to speak at the event by organizer Ruby Hyde, a fellow Ursuline Associate and longtime civil rights advocate. Kathy is also Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Mural at 11th and Main Streets, Louisville, Kentucky of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, George Floyd [...]

1202, 2021

God Heals the Broken-Hearted

By |February 12th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU on the readings for Sunday, February 7, 2021. Seems to me that all the main characters in this past Sunday’s readings on February 7th are a bit testy. Job is really in a bad mood. Hasn’t been sleeping, sees life as drudgery, and thinks he will never see happiness again. He is definitely crabby. Along with Alexander, in the [...]

902, 2021

Co-signed Statement in Support of “God Is On Your Side” and LGBT Youth

By |February 9th, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

We support the recent statement, “God Is On Your Side,” by twelve U.S. Catholic Bishops in support of at-risk LGBT youth and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. We respect the intrinsic dignity of all human life, including the lives of LGBT youth, who face many challenges, including bullying, harassment and violence, as well as being at higher risk for suicide. As followers of Christ, we are called to [...]

502, 2021

Statement in Support of “God Is On Your Side” and LGBT Youth

By |February 5th, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

We, the leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, support the recent statement, “God Is On Your Side,” by twelve U.S. Catholic Bishops in support of at-risk LGBT youth and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. We respect the intrinsic dignity of all human life, including the lives of LGBT youth, who face many challenges, including bullying, harassment and violence, as well as being at higher risk for suicide. [...]

502, 2021

Exploring An Alternative

By |February 5th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Sue Scharenberger, OSU Fairly certain that I was not alone in my “angst” since the elections in November, I began looking for support for my concerns for our country and what would come with January 20th and the inauguration of a “new era”, I thought. Then came January 6th. I felt frozen in fright! “Can’t be,” I thought. Again, knowing I could not be alone in what I [...]

2901, 2021

Zoom Prayer Service to End Human Trafficking

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Social Concerns|

Monday, February 8th marks the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita and the International Day of Prayer to End Human Trafficking. The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are collaborating with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to present a virtual prayer service. It will be held at 7:00 pm ET, Monday, February 8th, on Zoom. All are welcome to join this 30-40 minute service. Please contact Lisa Steiner, Social Concerns Liaison at [...]

2801, 2021

Books on Saint Angela Merici

By |January 28th, 2021|Categories: News|

The lectures, workshops, homilies, retreats on Angela Merici, conducted over the years by Martha Buser, OSU, are the rich soil from which this book has grown. As Martha breaks open the know facts of Angela's life and gives us an understanding of Angela's spirit...she invites each of us to break open the particulars of our own life to discover the Spirit's energy and grace within it, as Angela did. —Claire [...]

701, 2021

Statement in Response to the Violence in the Capitol

By |January 7th, 2021|Categories: News|

The Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville issued the following statement in response to the events of January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.: Together with many other Americans across the country, we were horrified by the tragic events that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. We grieve for the loss of life that occurred and condemn the violence and lawlessness of those involved. We applaud the service [...]

601, 2021

A Reflection on Epiphany

By |January 6th, 2021|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet Marie Peterworth, OSU Epiphany is God’s day for show and tell. Really, it’s true—it’s God’s day for show and tell and it is our day—at least it was my day for recognition. Just as surely as Matthew needed to write this story of the Magi for his early Jewish/Christian community, I needed to hear it again. This time, as I reflected, I tried not to hear it [...]

1412, 2020

Climb the Mountain

By |December 14th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU Advent Reflections from Peru Probably every year they appear in Advent. But this time I noticed them more, or I paid better attention. I refer to the number of times the biblical texts invite us to go up to a high mountain, a holy mountain (Isaiah 11:9), where sadness and mourning will be taken away (Isaiah 25:7), and from where justice and peace will flow [...]

1112, 2020

Making a West Virginia Four-Lane

By |December 11th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU Mountains moved--slashed, gashed. Valleys smoothed--smashed, smothered. O mountains, I have seen water as blood Pouring from your side, And mud like pus oozing from your wounds. O valleys, I have felt you shift Under your heavy load And heard you gasp and groan as though for life. It is Progress, they prate; Progress is the name. It opens the way in for golden arches, [...]

1012, 2020

“Comfort, give comfort to my people says the Lord.”

By |December 10th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Clara Fehringer at Historic Saint Paul Catholic Church in Lexington, Kentucky, at Mass on December 7, 2020, the second Sunday of Advent. “Comfort, give comfort to my people says the Lord.” This statement from the Prophet Isaiah gives us blessed assurance as we navigate through this pandemic that God is on our side—what a comfort! We look around us and see so [...]

312, 2020

Walking in Love video series

By |December 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

We are pleased to bring you a video series that features a few of our Sisters walking their neighborhoods in love. Wherever they live, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville bring joy and "walk in love." And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. —Ephesians 5:2 https://youtu.be/B37f5ZZyEsw https://youtu.be/X3US0wjn3t4 https://youtu.be/VODkvCFjKG8    

212, 2020

On the 40th anniversary of Martyrdom

By |December 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Cleveland Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Maryknoll Sister Ita Ford My musings today come from Isaiah (58:1-9a) on the kind of fast that our God wants. I was musing about this in the context of my trip to El Salvador in 2015. The background of that trip started many years ago. A brutal civil war was [...]

212, 2020

On the 40th anniversary of Martyrdom

By |December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Maryknoll Sister Ita Ford By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU My musings today come from Isaiah (58:1-9a) on the kind of fast that our God wants. I was musing about this in the context of my trip to El Salvador in 2015. The background of that trip started many years ago. A brutal civil war was raging in that [...]

2911, 2020

Advent Vespers

By |November 29th, 2020|Categories: News|

Please join us every Sunday of this event for virtual Vespers! WEEK 4 https://youtu.be/z6m3Oy14Q7g   WEEK 3 https://youtu.be/f0082PyXRXo   WEEK 2 https://youtu.be/YW6r5nzTKDc   WEEK 1 https://youtu.be/y3acrfVx-C4

2511, 2020

Prayer Service Honoring the Four El Salvador Martyrs in Prayer Forty Years Later

By |November 25th, 2020|Categories: News|

Jean Donovan, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford were brutally raped and murdered in El Salvador on Dec.2, 1980, while traveling back from the San Salvador airport. From 1980 to 1992, over 70,000 innocent people were murdered during the Civil War in El Salvador. Many were killed by Salvadoran soldiers, many of whom received training at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (now known [...]

2211, 2020

My “Kindom” Is Not of This World

By |November 22nd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection written by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, for the Feast of Christ the King, 2018. If Jesus were a politician what would His signature policies be? Apparently he would favor the poor, after all, He called them blessed. No doubt He would be concerned about the homeless. He did say,” birds have nests and foxes have dens, but I have nowhere to lay my head.” [...]

1911, 2020

Announcing the Sister Brendan Appalachian Gift Drive!

By |November 19th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

For 25 years, the community of Sacred Heart Schools has been sharing our hearts with the people of Mingo County, West Virginia, through a Christmas Gift Drive. In reaching this milestone, this year Sacred Heart Schools officially named it the "Sister Brendan Appalachian Gift Drive" in honor of Sister Mary Brendan Conlon, OSU, who created the partnership so long ago during the time she served in Mingo County with Christian [...]

411, 2020

We Repeat What We Don’t Repair

By |November 4th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Cory Lockhart The original title of this essay was "Domination, Dismissal, and Dehumanization." I decided that might feel too intimidating for an essay title, but I'm still going to share a few reflections on these things. We live in a culture of domination, dismissal, and dehumanization. Regardless of our religion, political or ideological leanings, race, age, or other qualities, most of us fall into these patterns at some point or [...]

211, 2020

If this desk could talk…

By |November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By President Jean Anne Zappa, OSU Today as I sit at my desk and ponder two significant days in the church year of All Saints and All Souls, I noticed the desk. It is the same desk I sat on the other side of 50 years ago when I was being interviewed by Sister Adelaide for first vows in 1970. It is the very same desk where Sisters Mary Lavinia, [...]

2809, 2020

Transfiguration and Transformation: Five Years Later

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Icon by Theophanes the Greek (14th c. Russia). By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU (formerly Mother John Baptist, prioress of the Discalced Carmelites of Louisville) Five years ago, August 6, 2015, on the Feast of the Transfiguration, our Carmelite community closed the doors of our Monastery. The icon of the Transfiguration still hung in the nuns’ choir as we crossed the cloister threshold onto an uncharted path. The liturgical calendar places this [...]

2409, 2020

Sept. 23 Grand Jury Decision in Breonna Taylor Case Leaves Ursulines of Louisville, Other Louisville Area Congregations with ‘Feelings of Great Sadness and Injustice’

By |September 24th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Concerns|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, the Sisters of Loretto/Loretto Community and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth join together to release the following statement: The grand jury announcement on Sept. 23 in the Breonna Taylor case of three counts of wanton endangerment for Officer Brett Hankison and no charges for the other officers involved, has left us with feelings of great sadness and injustice for her family, friends and our [...]

2109, 2020

The Parable of the Vineyard, Revisited

By |September 21st, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection written by Sister Janet M. Peterworth for the Gospel of Matthew: 20:1-16A on Sunday, September 21, 2020, the Parable of the Vineyard.   The "Kindom" of God is like a landowner who had a vineyard in central California. She needed workers for her vineyard because the fires (caused by climate change) were getting closer to her property. So, she went out at 6:00 a.m. and [...]

409, 2020

Walk the World with Love: Angela’s Way of Life

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU Pax et Bonum – Peace and Good. This Franciscan blessing expresses at once both praise for God’s goodness in creation and a prayer for God’s peace in all the earth.  The beauty of Desenzano, Angela’s birthplace, manifests this goodness, with heaven’s peace reflected in serene Lake Garda.  From her early years, the harmony of her natural surroundings and the warmth of her family circle seem [...]

3108, 2020

Look Again

By |August 31st, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville's mission statement proclaims in part: “Our mission…cutting across socio-economic, racial and national boundaries, assists [all] to live more fully and develop a personal relationship with God.” At our Chapter in August, 2020, we renewed our commitment to work for peace and justice for all. In consonance with this statement, we offer the following reflection by Reverend Ron Bell, a Black United Methodist Minister and lead [...]

1908, 2020

Maybe

By |August 19th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Photo of participant in Black Catholics for Justice Peace March, August 15, 2020, Louisville, Kentucky By Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp, Ursuline Associate and Retreat Director at Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, Kentucky Maybe if Jesus were here on earth he would start the chant of Black Lives Matter with the protestors, release the immigrants from detention centers, free those enslaved in the system of mass incarceration, destroy all guns, talk to the homeless, [...]

1008, 2020

Hiroshima and the Transfiguration

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection written By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, on August 6, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which is also the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. It is the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb. I was nine years old when it happened. I do not remember every detail, but I remember that we were just [...]

906, 2020

Listening with my broken heart for His answer

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU As I write this, I am sitting on the balcony of my apartment. It is peaceful here, even pastoral. But my soul is not peaceful. My heart is breaking! Breaking over all the things going on in our country and city and community. My heart breaks for the loss of four of our sisters. My heart breaks because we cannot celebrate their lives as [...]

206, 2020

Say Their Name: A Call for Reform to End Racism

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Social Concerns|

Racism is the original and persistent sin of the United States. Unarmed black people are killed by police authorities and armed members of the public. Say their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin. So many others. We know this. We see this. We grieve. We are angry. We move on. It happens again. Our racist system targets people of [...]

2905, 2020

A Pentecost Reflection with Saint Angela Merici

By |May 29th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU After the Feast of the Ascension remain together in prayer with as much strength of spirit as possible until Pentecost, the day of the sending of the Holy Spirit, beseeching that great promise made by Jesus Christ to his well-disposed people. [Rule 4:15-16] Attending together the sending of the Holy Spirit, Angela gathers the Company, strong in prayer, at the source of its charism. We [...]

2805, 2020

Feast of the Ascension

By |May 28th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, on the Feast of the Ascension in 2011. “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up to the sky?” Here they are again. These two men dressed in white asking obvious questions. We first met them in the tomb in Luke's account of the resurrection with their question, "Why do you seek the living among the [...]

2205, 2020

The Canticle Of The Sun

By |May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The Canticle of the Creatures by Franciscan Sister Mariella Erdmann   Laudato Si' Week 2020 To You, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name. Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,especially through my lord Brother Sun,who brings the day; and You give light through him.And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness. [...]

1905, 2020

“I will not leave you orphans…”

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Reflection by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020St. William Church, Louisville When I was in 6th grade many years ago, I had a teacher who made us memorize poetry. I remember part of this one: Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' [...]

1405, 2020

Pope Francis Endorses a Day of Prayer on May 14 to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merici Center for SpiritualityLet us be of one heart and will as we join believers of all religions imploring God to help humanity to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.  Pray as you can. Fast as you can. Perform an act of charity as you can.  If you do not pray then send forth thoughts of love, compassion, hope, healing and comfort. https://youtu.be/Z8JhiYqzjgU A Prayer [...]

705, 2020

In Your Midst e-newsletters

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: In Your Midst|

    Spring 2023 Dear Friends, We hope you enjoy this roundup of recent stories about our Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Associates, and our sponsored schools. We honor the memory of Sisters Maria Goretti Lovett and Mary Lee Hansen. We said goodbye to the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality, celebrated Angeline Award winners Joy Green and Carmen de la Cuba Laurel, shared in the joy of the Sacred Heart Schools’ [...]

705, 2020

Surprised By Grief

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality Spring has been in all its glory these last few weeks. As I have gone for my daily walks, I have relished how brilliantly white the Dogwood blooms have been and, when it has not been raining, how blue the skies are. Tulips and azaleas have shown off in their coats of many colors and jonquils have stood straight [...]

2504, 2020

During the Last Pandemic, Ursulines Answered the Call

By |April 25th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Laurel Wilson, Archivist for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville   “Schools in the city were closed. Even church services were banned. No public gatherings of any kind were allowed.” [1] No, this is not a description of the current conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is what life was like in October 1918 during the influenza pandemic. It was during this crisis more than 100 years ago that 15 [...]

2304, 2020

The Source of True Hope

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merci Center for Spirituality It is the second week of the great Easter feast and we still proclaim, “Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!” We have heard the stories of the risen Christ showing himself to Mary Magdalene and the two travelers to Emmaus and how he made his way through locked doors to reassure and bless his fearful disciples. It is still Easter [...]

2204, 2020

In Your Midst Spring 2020 e-newsletter

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: In Your Midst|

Dear friends, We created this photo e-newsletter to share the many creative ways Sisters, Associates, staff and others from our Ursuline family are finding to stay connected, support one another and help their communities during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please know of our continued prayers for each one of you during this time.

2204, 2020

Earth Day at 50 and God’s Grace

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Lisa Steiner, Coordinator of Social Concerns for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and Ursuline Associate   April 22, 2020 Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. I do not remember the first Earth Day even though I was 10 years old at the time. However, our school celebrated Arbor Day each year, and so I do recall the spring that every student received an evergreen sapling to plant. [...]

1404, 2020

Mary Magdalene and Alleluia

By |April 14th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth on April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday Mass via Zoom to Saint William Parish in Louisville, Kentucky. It wasn’t natural…a woman going out early in the morning without a man while it was dark. It wasn’t natural for a woman to be walking in this darkness in a cemetery toward a tomb. It wasn’t natural to see a large stone [...]

1404, 2020

Anthem

By |April 14th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sister Judy Rice, OSU, submitted these lyrics by Leonard Cohen for reflection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wRYjtvIYK0 The birds they sangAt the break of dayStart againI heard them sayDon't dwell on whatHas passed awayOr what is yet to beYeah the wars they willBe fought againThe holy doveShe will be caught againBought and soldAnd bought againThe dove is never free Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a [...]

904, 2020

Finding Peace in the Middle of a Pandemic

By |April 9th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merici Center for Spirituality First it was toilet paper swooped off the shelves by the cart-full. Shortly after that, other food items became hard to find. Despite the assurances of government officials and food supply spokespeople, panic had gripped the hearts and minds of a population preparing for a siege. Anxiety, fear and panic do not let go easily, especially when they are [...]

704, 2020

History Will Remember When The World Stopped

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Donna Ashworth History will remember when the world stoppedAnd the flights stayed on the ground.And the cars parked in the street.And the trains didn’t run. History will remember when the schools closedAnd the children stayed indoorsAnd the medical staff walked towards the fireAnd they didn’t run. History will remember when the people sangOn their balconies, in isolationBut so very much togetherIn courage and song. History will remember when the [...]

604, 2020

A Simple Gift

By |April 6th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Mary Lee Hansen, OSU I am sitting in chapel trying to keep focused on Christ. My thoughts wonder and wander. For some unknown reason I put my hand out in front of me. Stretch one of your hands out in front of you. Turn it upward. Yes, there are probably some crooked fingers and a number of lines of life in the palm no doubt. I ask myself: [...]

404, 2020

A God Who Gives Us Hope

By |April 4th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU The governor has asked us to light a green light for all the Kentucky citizens who have died from the Coronavirus as a sign of grief for the deceased as well as a sign of hope and compassion. The mystery of grace and our Christian faith enables us to cope with deep feelings of fear, pain and grief. Our faith does not provide a [...]

2803, 2020

What is God Doing?

By |March 28th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Look instead for what God can do. -John 9: 4 (The Message) Watch what God does, and then you do it… -Ephesians 5: 1 (The Message)   By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of the Angela Merici Center, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Some would say that God is doing nothing but allowing one more plague to run rampant around the globe killing hundreds-of-thousands, if not millions. This is [...]

2403, 2020

A Message of Hope During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: News|

https://youtu.be/9cxn68RnWoc   Dear Sisters, Associates and friends, Last night, as I walked across the now-empty campus where our Motherhouse and Sacred Heart Schools sit, I pictured in my minds’ eye the little preschoolers, the jostling model school students on the playground, and the young women of the Academy dashing from one building to the next. It is so quiet on campus, you can only hear the birds and of course, [...]

1903, 2020

Our Coronavirus Precautions

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: News|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are keeping everyone in prayer during this time of urgency in dealing with the Coronavirus. Out of concern for the health and safety of the staff who work on our campus and due to the serious and escalating nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are taking the following steps to protect our Sisters, staff and those who would visit. These steps are also being [...]

2502, 2020

That Nothing Be Lost

By |February 25th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

by Sister Mary Brendan Conlon, OSU I have always been a saver, not a hoarder, but a saver of things that may be useful to me or someone else in future. My friends have kidded me that it was because I was a Depression baby. There may be something to that. My mother was frugal and hated waste—"take what you can eat and eat what you take” —and my father [...]

2202, 2020

Choices

By |February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Károly Ferenczy: Sermon on the Mountain, Hungarian National Gallery Collection The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, at St. William Church in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, February 16, 2020 What are we going to choose? Are we going to choose fire or water? Life or death? Are we going to pretend that we know what God has in store for us or are we going [...]

1402, 2020

This is no Ordinary Time

By |February 14th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU I remember growing up where neighborhoods were places where people knew each other. The older children of the neighborhood watched out for you when you crossed the street. Baseball and sometimes football were played in the back yard with makeshift bases and goals. “Neighbor” had a special ring to it. There was a connection. We took homemade cookies to the new “neighbors who moved in [...]

502, 2020

Sister Mary Theresa Burns transfers her vows to become an Ursuline Sister of Louisville

By |February 5th, 2020|Categories: News|

In 2015, the Discalced Carmelites made the decision to move out of their monastery on Newburg Road in Louisville and sell the building to the Archdiocese of Louisville. Ursuline President Sister Janet Marie Peterworth recalls that, “I received a call out of the blue one day in 2015 from Sister Carol Curtis, then Mother John the Baptist, who explained that, ‘The Carmelites were moving out of their building, [...]

2801, 2020

Saint Angela and the Ursulines

By |January 28th, 2020|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection that Sister Mary Jo Gramig, OSU, gave to the Sacred Heart Model School students on January 27, 2020, at their Mass celebrating the feast day of Saint Angela Merici. Sacred Heart Model School is a coeducational Catholic school for children from Kindergarten through Eighth grade and is sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.   I thank Father Burke for asking me to say a [...]

601, 2020

Celebrating fifty-five years of Saint Angela Merici School in Callao (Carmen de la Legua), Peru

By |January 6th, 2020|Categories: News|

By Kathy Williams As Director of Communications, I was privileged to visit the two ministry sites of the Ursuline Sisters in Peru in October 2019, with my daughter, Elizabeth Williams, accompanying me. The two sites are San Miguel in the Andes mountains, and Callao in the Carmen de la Legua area of Lima, Peru. The purpose of my trip was to document the work the Sisters are doing [...]

2412, 2019

Making Room for Joy

By |December 24th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU   It’s Christmas, and I love the season. I want to write about “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night;” however, I am blocked! I want to experience the joy, decorate not only the halls but every room, and encounter the peace of silent nights. Joy to the world—I look at the news and I hear national leaders calling others [...]

2012, 2019

Our Lady of the O: The Expectation of Mary

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU O Virgin above virgins high thine, Expectation’s joy is nigh:The Word of God made flesh in thee: Behold! Divine the Mystery!Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!   Advent is a maternal season, a time of hidden gestation. Some devotees christen their new calendar by penciling in the coming year’s Advent retreat: the winter cold and long nights seem to deepen their sense [...]

1612, 2019

No Longer Waiting

By |December 16th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU   It’s been many years ago that during the first week of Advent I wrote an Advent song. We used it in our liturgies, and the words were something like:  Waiting, waiting, we are waiting for your coming Lord, O come Lord Jesus come. And while the song comes back to me at this time of year it no longer speaks to me of what [...]

1212, 2019

”Also in Your Midst“ and ”Lover of Us All“ book discussion video series with Sister Martha Buser, OSU is now available!

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

          The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville have produced a video series of Sr. Martha Buser, OSU discussing each chapter from her books: Also in Your Midst  and Lover Of Us All. Cost is $15.00 mail by check please, if you would like to purchase them. Here’s how to get one: 1. Make check payable to: Ursuline Sisters of Louisville 2. AND mail to: Ursuline Sisters of [...]

1212, 2019

Sister Carol Curtis transfers her vows to become an Ursuline Sister of Louisville

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

On Friday, November 15, 2019, Sister Carol Curtis made her final profession of vows to become an Ursuline Sister of Louisville during Mass in the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel. Sister Carol had previously been a nun with the Discalced Carmelites in Louisville. She lived a cloistered life for 25 years, along with her fellow nuns behind the walls of their monastery—a life devoted to simplicity and prayer. Sister Carol, formerly [...]

512, 2019

A Season of Hope

By |December 5th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU, on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at a Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary for Sacred Heart School for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky on the Ursuline Campus.   So much for the good news of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Here is some more good news. “The Amazon is burning, storms are raging, islands are drowning, Jakarta is sinking, aquifers [...]

212, 2019

Advent Vespers offered every Sunday this Advent

By |December 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|

Solemn Advent Vespers will be offered every Sunday of Advent at 4:30 pm in the Motherhouse Chapel, 3175 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206. Prepare for Advent with song and prayer in our beautiful chapel. December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2019

1811, 2019

Life, Faith and Love Are Stronger than Death

By |November 18th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Image https://voice.ons.org/ The following blog post is a reflection that Sister Jean Anne Zappa gave at our Mass of Remembrance on Sunday, November 10, 2019. 32nd Sunday Ordinary TimeMaccabees 7:1-2,9-14; II Thessalonians 2;16-3:5; Luke 20: 27-28 Last year, on October 27, I was in Pittsburgh visiting my family. That morning we just found out that a mass shooting was taking place in real time at a Jewish synagogue while three [...]

2510, 2019

Adios, Peru

By |October 25th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This is the ninth and last in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, Director of Communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019. Posted by lizzyonthemoveOctober 13, 2019 Well, the day has finally come that we had to return back to the U S of A. We [...]

2410, 2019

La Punta!

By |October 24th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This is the eighth in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019. Posted bylizzyonthemoveOctober 11, 2019Posted inUncategorized Ok, I am finally getting around to writing about our Tuesday holiday adventure…3 days later. Please forgive me. There was no [...]

2310, 2019

Huaca Pucllana!

By |October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019. Posted bylizzyonthemoveOctober 11, 2019Posted inUncategorized Today was another adventurous day. We went to see some Inca ruins that are older than Manchu Picchu!! The name: Huaca [...]

2210, 2019

Two Peruvians and Two Americans walk into Lima…

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019. Lizzy in Peru Posted bylizzyonthemoveOctober 10, 2019Posted inUncategorized Oh. My. Goodness. What a couple of wonderful days we have had the past two days. I’m soooo [...]

2110, 2019

San Miguel, the Beautiful Town in the Mountains

By |October 21st, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019.  Posted bylizzyonthemoveOctober 9, 2019Posted inUncategorized Yesterday, we returned from the mountains. Can I just say how very sad I am to have left that beautiful place. [...]

1910, 2019

A Day Full of Adventure

By |October 19th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019.    A Day Full of Adventure Posted bylizzyonthemoveOctober 3, 2019Posted inUncategorized We woke up to a cute note from Sue at the kitchen table. Well, we didn’t [...]

1810, 2019

Elisabet and Katy Visit the School

By |October 18th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Posted bylizzyonthemoveOctober 2, 2019Posted inUncategorized This is the third in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019.  Hola mis amigos. Where do I even begin? Today seemed like a long day. But, an amazing day!! I absolutely loved [...]

1610, 2019

Día 1 en Peru

By |October 16th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Posted by lizzyonthemoveOctober 1, 2019 Posted inUncategorized This is the second in a series of blog posts written by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019. Hola! The first day in Peru was wonderful and everything I hoped for. If you remember last, I said [...]

1510, 2019

Lizzy and Mom take on Peru

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

We will be publishing a series of blog posts by Elizabeth Williams, the daughter of Kathy Williams, who is director of communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Elizabeth provides a fresh and witty travelogue of their trip to Peru September 29–October 13 2019.

110, 2019

Reflection for The Care of God’s Creation Mass

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection given by Associate Lisa Steiner at a Creation Mass on September 23, 2019 in the Motherhouse Chapel. Lisa also serves as the Coordinator for Social Concerns for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.   We hear from today’s readings that God loved us into being. We were created in the likeness of God and called by the Holy Spirit to be in communion with God. We [...]

409, 2019

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

By |September 4th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Catholic leaders and advocates protest the Trump administration's handling of detained immigrant children during a "Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children" July 18, in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn) By Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSUDuring this past Labor day holiday weekend when our country was focused on the beginning of college football season, and watching a hurricane in the Atlantic, the president of our country [...]

2908, 2019

Touching the stars in Peru

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Schoolchildren at El Colegio de Santa Angela Merici School with their fish art project on plastic Sister Carol Curtis is in Peru for six weeks, staying with our Ursuline Sisters of Louisville there who minister in Callao and San Miguel, Peru. She recounts some of her experiences in this blog entry: I am at the midpoint of my six-week stay in Peru. I had been forewarned about the reversed seasons [...]

2208, 2019

North American Ursuline Convocation 2019

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|

This article was written by Ursuline Sr. Michele Morek for Global Sisters Report. To view the original article please click here. It was the most life-giving and exciting convocation I have ever attended. Oh, yes, we celebrated. The North American Ursuline Convocations have been celebrated every three years for about 30 years, so we are really good at them! There were 182 of us from Canada, Mexico and all over the United [...]

2208, 2019

Community Days 2019

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|

Community Days 2019 was kicked off with a talk by Sister Kathy Neely, OSU, on Migration Causes in Honduras on July 16 at 7 pm in the library. Her reflections on her participation in the reverse caravan this past spring were eye-opening and revealed many insights on the plight of our brothers and sisters in much of South America. Due to construction in the east wing, all of the remainder [...]

2208, 2019

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog, Social justice|

Sister Clara Fehringer, OSU, serves as the Parish Life Director at Historic Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Their mission statement reads: “We are Catholics making a difference in downtown Lexington. A diverse and inclusive community welcoming everyone with open arms!” The following is her reflection on the Gospel of Saint Luke, from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 18, 2019. Jesus came to set the earth [...]

208, 2019

Gospel Women and Men, Disciples All

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The following is a reflection Sister Janet M. Peterworth, Ursuline Sisters of Louisville President, gave at the missioning ceremony for the Ursuline Sisters and Associates on July 21, 2019. She refers to Lydia from the Acts of the Apostles, who is depicted in this image by Mary Lou Sleevi. A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. As they passed a church, they notice that a potluck charity [...]

1207, 2019

A Call to Stop the Inhumane Treatment of People at Our Borders

By |July 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

A Statement from the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville’s Leadership We, the Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, are heartbroken that people seeking asylum in the U.S. are being subjected to inhumane treatment at our country’s borders. We cannot bear to see families torn apart and young children detained like criminals. Our country was built on the value of human rights and the inherent dignity of all people. Yet today, [...]

207, 2019

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville gift Sacred Heart Schools with property transfer 

By |July 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville announced “A Gift of the Heart to The Heart” with their lease transfer of all buildings and land on the 48-acre Ursuline Campus on Lexington Road in Louisville, Kentucky to Sacred Heart Schools (SHS). The Sisters will remain the sponsors of SHS, which are Catholic schools founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, beginning in 1877 with the establishment of Sacred Heart Academy. Ursuline Sisters [...]

207, 2019

“Root Causes of Migration in Honduras” presentation on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 pm

By |July 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|

Save the date: July 16 7 pm Ursuline Motherhouse Library 3115 Lexington Road 40206 Sister Kathy Neely, OSU, will give a presentation about the March 2019 Interfaith Pilgrimage she participated in to learn about the The presentation will be on Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. in the library at the Motherhouse. This pilgrimage was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Movement for Human Solidarity, SHARE El Salvador, the Leadership Conference of Women [...]

2406, 2019

Blessing for our building project

By |June 24th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

The Motherhouse is undergoing a renovation to add a new, handicapped accessible front entrance. The construction workers, supervisors, Ursuline Sisters and staff gathered on June 21, the summer solstice, for a blessing by Sister Janet M. Peterworth, president of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.   O God, please bless this building project that we begin today. It will provide a home for Sacred Heart Schools and the Ursuline Sisters. Let [...]

2905, 2019

Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

This reflection is reprinted with permission from the editor of The Laurel, a publication of the Sacred Heart Schools. How appropriate it is that the Jean Frazier Leadership Institute at Sacred Heart Schools on the Ursuline Campus in Louisville will foster future leaders. Leadership is in our genes, so to speak. Our Sacred Heart Schools’ ancestors were leaders. There are the many Ursuline Sisters who founded, formed, led and encouraged education. [...]

1505, 2019

A Heritage Day Tour of Louisville

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: News|

The staff of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville were treated to a “Heritage Day Tour” on Monday, May 13. They were picked up outside the Motherhouse that morning by a small tour bus, and Sister Martha Jacob and Sister Janet Marie Peterworth served as tour guides. The group visited just a small sample of the sites where the Ursulines have ministered since they arrived in Louisville in 1858. [...]

705, 2019

On speaking to each other with love

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Sr. Janet M. Peterworth, OSU Reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter: When I was a teenager and my mother and I would get into tussles over something, she would usually say, “It is not what you said, young lady, it is how you said it.”  I thought about that line as I reflected on today’s readings because they are all about speaking, aren’t they? Peter and the others spoke [...]

105, 2019

Prayer Vigil to Protest Human Trafficking

By |May 1st, 2019|Categories: News|

Ursuline Sisters, Associates and Sacred Heart Academy students gather downtown at the Anti-Human Trafficking Protest and Prayer Vigil. On April 30, 2019, many concerned citizens gathered in prayerful protest for victims of Human Trafficking. The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and Associates were there, along with students and faculty from Sacred Heart Academy in solidarity with PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans) who organized this 7th annual prayer vigil and rally. [...]

2904, 2019

Participation in a “Reverse Caravan” to Honduras

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

by Kathleen R. Neely, OSU After receiving the invitation to the Interfaith Root Causes Pilgrimage to Honduras, March 18–25, 2019, I felt called to participate. The Leadership of my community—the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, fortunately affirmed my request. I became one of 75 delegates to walk for a week in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of this beautiful, but challenged, Central American country. The pilgrimage was organized [...]

2204, 2019

Motherhouse Road Trip Podcast

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|

The Motherhouse Road Trip from A Nun's Life Ministry was a great success! Sister Maxine (Max) Kollasch, IHM, Sister Julie Myers, OSF, and Kelly Zlatic of A Nun’s Life Ministry/Motherhouse Road Trip, visited our Motherhouse to do a special school edition of the “Motherhouse Road Trip” live video podcast from Sacred Heart School’s library on March 21. Sisters Jean Anne Zappa and Janet Marie Peterworth were interviewed by Sister Max. [...]

2503, 2019

Dr. Cindy Crabtree receives the Angeline Award

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: News|

posted on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Every two years, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honor a woman whose life reflects the Ursuline charism that is inspired by Saint Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursulines: "A contemplative love of God resulting in an openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others." On Sunday, October 21, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honored Dr. Cynthia Crabtree with the Angeline Award at [...]

1203, 2019

The Ursuline Sisters’ Social Concerns committee and PATH sponsored “Act Justly,” a workshop on Human Trafficking on January 19

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Social Concerns|

Sponsored by: PATH (People Against Trafficking of Humans) and our Social Concerns committee, "ACT JUSTLY" was Facilitated by: Sister Joetta Venneman, PBV, and held in the Ursuline Motherhouse library on January 19. The workshop explored the following: What is human trafficking and what is its impact on our world, including the citizens of Kentucky? How are women religious responding both globally, locally and within Kentucky? Examine these topics and reflect upon practical opportunities for addressing [...]

1203, 2019

Ursuline Leadership Joins LCWR in Call for Protection of Immigrants

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Social Concerns|

We, the Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, denounce the Trump administration’s policies that continue to restrict immigration and punish immigrant families. We oppose the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation. The regulation would force parents to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and the prospect of future citizenship. Implementing this new rule will create barriers to obtain lawful status [...]

1203, 2019

Gratitude for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville’s commitment to the Catholic Climate Declaration

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Social Concerns|

Dear President Peterworth, On behalf of Catholic Climate Covenant’s episcopal liaison, Bishop Richard Pates, and our board, staff, and partners, I thank you for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky’s endorsement of the Catholic Climate Declaration. The Declaration announces your support for the Paris Climate Agreement and affirms our shared commitment in prayer, word and deed to meet its goals for the sake of the one human family and Our [...]

1203, 2019

Our Leadership affirms the following statement on sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests issued by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Social Concerns|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in being left sickened and ashamed of the church we love, trusted, and have committed our lives to serve by the recent news detailing the extensive and sometimes brutal sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the United States. We weep and grieve with all who over the decades have been victimized by sexual predators within the [...]

1203, 2019

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville strongly denounce the decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Social Concerns|

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as together we strongly denounce the decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with [...]

1203, 2019

Sister Janet Marie Peterworth to attend UNANIMA Board of Directors meeting

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Social Concerns|

Sister Janet Marie Peterworth will be attending her first meeting as representative of the Ursuline Charism Family in the United States on the board of directors of UNANIMA International. The Ursuline Charism Family is made up of independent Ursuline Communities and two Roman Union Provinces across the USA. UNANIMA International describes itself as "a non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants [...]

703, 2019

Sr. Regina M. Bevelacqua, OSU ’64 UC & Mary Jo Payne, OSU-A ’72 inducted into Bellarmine’s Gallery of Distinguished Graduates:

By |March 7th, 2019|Categories: News|

Co-Founders of St. Mary’s Center in Louisville St. Mary's Center is a Louisville nonprofit that has served intellectually challenged members of the community since 1993. St. Mary’s Center enhances the lives of its clients through its adult day training, teen after-school program and athletic activities for all ages. For more info visit our Facebook post or the Bellarmine University website.

703, 2019

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville receive Bellarmine’s Monsignor Horrigan Distinguished Service Award

By |March 7th, 2019|Categories: News|

Bellarmine University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the merger between Bellarmine and Ursuline College in the 2018-19 school year. This award celebrates the rich history of the Ursuline Sisters and the many benefits Bellarmine University gained from the merger. The current president of the Ursuline Sisters, Sr. Janet Marie Peterworth, OSU ’61 UC, acceptedt on behalf of the organization. For more info visit our Facebook post or the Bellarmine [...]

203, 2019

A Reflection on Cosmic Awareness

By |March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU I saw a short video recently about a blind man sitting on the sidewalk with a tin cup and a sign that said, “I am blind, help me.” Needless to say, many people walked right on by him; a few put money in the cup. Then a woman stopped, took out a pen and wrote on the man’ sign. Shortly after she walked on. [...]

2801, 2019

A letter to Angela Merici

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Martha Buser OSU Dear Mother, sister and friend, Angela Merici, Your feast day was January 27 and I failed to write then. But here I am now, a tardy daughter, to thank you and to wish you a happy feast day First, I am grateful to you for giving us a way of life. Slowly we realize you never founded an order of nuns nor wanted us to [...]

1201, 2019

“Come, and you will see.”

By |January 12th, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Martha Buser, OSU The call by Jesus to his first disciples has been our reading from the Gospel recently. Andrew and another friend approached Jesus and he asked them what they wanted. "Teacher, where are you staying?"  "Come and see," he replied. What an open dialogue! Come and see. On a Wednesday some of us went to distribute food and items with The Forgotten Louisville, an organization that sets [...]

101, 2019

One Wild and Precious Life: A Reflection for the New Year

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Sue Scharfenberger, OSU Recently I was reminded of one of my favorite poems of Mary Oliver where the last line says: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —Mary Oliver When I heard this question, I heard it asked of me, of all of us, of women and men, of youth and aged: what did you do with your [...]

2012, 2018

A Prayer for Peace this Christmas

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

I treasure the experience of hanging ornaments on my Christmas tree each year. I have a couple of nostalgic ornaments from our family tree of many years ago – a plastic icicle and an angel standing on a glittery grey plastic bell. There are the cute ones I made (sometimes with Mom) out of matchsticks, yarn or pipe cleaners, peanuts or soldier clothespins…then there are the fancier ones made of [...]

1712, 2018

The Unexpected Love of Our Mother Jesus

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

By Sister Martha Buser, OSU Mothers often enjoy talking to their babies while they bathe them. A friend once told me about the time her baby looked at her while she was washing the baby's feet in a way that was true recognition. She said to the baby, "Hi there. Yes, I'm the one who takes care of you, cleans and feeds you and loves you no matter what." She [...]

1012, 2018

Looking to the young

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

A vigil for the victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, on Oct. 27, 2018. (Reuters) By Sister Martha Buser, OSU As a season of hope and joy approaches, I look to the young. In October 2018, at the time of the mass shooting in one of Pittsburgh's synagogues, it was the students from a nearby high school who initiated the first prayer response. Over 2,000 gathered in the [...]

612, 2018

The Little Shoot: An Advent Reflection

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Already, with the first reading for the First Sunday of Advent, we hear of the little shoot – in Jeremiah it is a just little shoot. It is most familiar to us from Isaiah: a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. (Isaiah 11.1)  It is most dear in this season as we softly sing of its fulfillment, Lo, how a [...]

312, 2018

Bellarmine names Ursuline Terrace in honor of bond with Ursuline Sisters

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Bellarmine University and the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville dedicated a new reminder of the university's enduring Ursuline roots on November 27, 2018. The terrace's naming as Ursuline Terrace is part of a yearlong commemoration of Ursuline College's merger with Bellarmine College 50 years ago, forming a co-educational college that is now Bellarmine University. The following are Sister Janet M. Peterworth's remarks at the dedication of Ursuline Terrace.  Over the 50 years since each of our [...]

2811, 2018

Bellarmine names Ursuline Terrace in honor of bond with Ursuline Sisters

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: News|

Bellarmine University and the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville dedicated a new reminder of the university's enduring Ursuline roots this afternoon, as a patio on Bellarmine's quad was named Ursuline Terrace. The terrace's naming is part of a yearlong commemoration of Ursuline College's merger with Bellarmine College 50 years ago, forming a co-educational college that is now Bellarmine University. Sr. Janet Peterworth, president of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, speaks at the [...]

2711, 2018

The Tale of Two Widows

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: News|

6th Century mosaic, Left side of nave, Church of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy   This reflection was given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth OSU, at a Mass of Remembrance on November 11. The Mass readings are below the reflection. You have heard of the Tale of Two Cities?  Well today’s readings can be titled the Tale of the Two Widows. It was the best of times.  It was the worst [...]

2611, 2018

The Tale of Two Widows

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

6th Century mosaic, Left side of nave, Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy This reflection was given by Sister Janet M. Peterworth OSU, at a Mass of Remembrance on November 11. The Mass readings are below the reflection. You have heard of the Tale of Two Cities?  Well today’s readings can be titled the Tale of the Two Widows. It was the best of times.  It was the worst of [...]

2011, 2018

Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht receives Award

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: News|

Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht receives Honorary Alumnus Award from Holy Cross High School Congratulations to Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht, OSU, who received an Honorary Alumnus Award from Holy Cross High School on Saturday, November 10 at their Hall of Fame banquet. Sister Paula was principal of Angela Merici High School from 1978-1984. Angela Merici merged with Bishop David High School for young men the following school year, creating a new co-educational high [...]

2011, 2018

Sisters and Students Featured on WLKY News

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: News|

Sister Janet Peterworth and Sister Brendan Conlon were on WLKY News last night, with students from SH for the Appalachian Gift Drive This year marks the 23rd year the students at Sacred Heart have collected gifts for the Appalachian Gift Drive. In between packing and loading, they got a chance to sit down with Sisters Mary Brendan Conlon and Janet Peterworth, the women who created this project 23 years ago [...]

1311, 2018

Celebrating Our Legacy

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: News|

50th Anniversary of Ursuline and Bellarmine College Merger is Focus of Year-Long Celebration posted on: Friday, June 15, 2018 Fifty years ago this month, Ursuline College and Bellarmine College merged to form a co-educational college that is now Bellarmine University. The university and the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville have launched a year-long celebration of the merger's anniversary, featuring events celebrating the legacy of Bellarmine's enduring Ursuline bonds. Information about the [...]

3010, 2018

Dr. Cindy Crabtree receives the Angeline Award

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: News|

posted on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Every two years, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honor a woman whose life reflects the Ursuline charism that is inspired by Saint Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursulines: "A contemplative love of God resulting in an openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others." On Sunday, October 21, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville honored Dr. Cynthia Crabtree with the Angeline Award at [...]

3010, 2018

Ursuline Leadership Joins LCWR in Call for Protection of Immigrants

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: News|

posted on: Thursday, September 27, 2018 We, the Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, denounce the Trump administration’s policies that continue to restrict immigration and punish immigrant families. We oppose the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation. The regulation would force parents to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and the prospect of future citizenship. Implementing this new rule will [...]

2409, 2018

Walking With Jesus

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Reflections Blog|

Reflection given by Sister Jean Anne Zappa, OSU on Sunday, September 23, 2018 Chapel Donor Mass, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Ursuline Motherhouse On retreat a few years back, I had an encounter that still touches my heart in a profound way. Walking around the lake in front of me was a young boy with a teenager, presumably brothers. They were chatting and the boy was feeding the ducks. The [...]

1506, 2018

He Seems to Have Forgotten

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Social justice|Tags: |

PHOTO CREDIT: RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN By Ginny Schaeffer, Director of Angela Merici Center for Spirituality While speaking to a group of law enforcement personnel on June 14th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a passage from the Bible (Romans 13: 1-2) in an attempt to garner some divine stamp of approval on the  administration’s “zero policy” towards  refugees and asylum seekers crossing our southern border. This is the same immoral [...]