Reflections Blog

Reflections Blog2022-06-08T15:57:38+00:00

An Earth Day Reflection on our Laudato Si’ Commitment

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 was Me. During this Easter season, we are reminded again that Christ is among us as one we do not recognize: as a gardener or fellow traveler, or just a stranger on [...]

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 time with the episode in the life of Jesus Christ. The description of the sinful woman, accused of adultery, appears in the gospel of John, Chapter 8, verses 2-11. This one [...]

Faithful to the Call

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 her family moved to Louisville, and she felt a call and invitation to have an intimate relationship with her God, desiring to be a Sister, even before she became a Catholic. [...]

Sacred Heart Academy students honor Ursuline Sisters with comic strip art

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 first piece of land on the current Ursuline Campus. Mother Angela Leininger (1860-1940), who oversaw the building of the current Motherhouse in 1917. Mother DeChantal Mulligan (1888-1997), originally a Pittsburgh Ursuline, [...]

Honoring Louisville’s 2023 Victims of Violence

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 victims of violence. The City of Louisville's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods sponsored the event.

Drawing Closer to God with the Gospel of Matthew

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 you! Listen to the words of Jesus, who tells us, according to the words in Matthew’s gospel, how to draw closer to God, His Father. Get comfortable and listen to what [...]

Chapel Renovation is Complete! Thank You, Chapel Fund Donors

          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 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 [...]

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

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 to admit it, but I am guilty of going through the motions. Instead of accompanying Jesus in the desert day by day for six weeks, I find myself wanting to fast–forward [...]

Publications available on Saint Angela by Sister Martha Buser

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

Angela Merici Feast Day Celebrations

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 and a brunch afterwards. The Sisters gifted the students with St. Angela Merici stickers.

St. Angela Merici and Change

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 we see that quote lived out in today’s readings about Jonah and about the first four apostles to be called by Jesus. “When change wants to happen, it looks for people [...]

Naturalization Ceremony on the Ursuline Campus

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 signs.   Also in attendance was SHMS parent Dr. Ansel Tjin A Tam, joined by his wife Lara, who celebrated his own naturalization on the Ursuline Campus in 2017, as well [...]

Ursuline Sisters of Louisville

  • 3105 Lexington Road
    Louisville, Kentucky 40206

  • (502) 897-1811

Go to Top