Sr. Lee Kirchner, who co-founded St. Angela Merici school in Peru in 1965, leads a spiritual exercise at Centro Latino in Shelbyville, KY, where she currently ministers.


The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are a dynamic group of women who respond in various ways to needs of today’s society. Following in the tradition of our foundress, Saint Angela Merici, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we choose ministries that help others to live more fully and develop a personal relationship with God.

Teaching Christian living is our corporate ministry, which cuts across socio-economic, racial and national boundaries. Our sisters minister in two states and in Peru, South America, serving in education, healthcare, pastoral service, spiritual direction, retreat ministry and parish ministry.

We also work with refugees, the deaf community, persons with disabilities, and the poor in both urban and rural areas. Read more about our Sisters in ministry:


Ministry With The Deaf

Sister Rita Ann Wigginton has a long history of ministry in the deaf community and currently serves as Director of the Ministry Formation Program (MFP). The Ministry Formation Program for Catholic Deaf Persons is a four-year program of education and formation for Catholic Deaf and hard-of-hearing women and men to acquire and develop ministerial skills necessary to serve as active Catholic lay ministers in a Deaf community.

For Sister Rita Ann, it is a great privilege to be able to communicate her faith with this linguistic minority and to be able to hear what the deaf want to tell her. “The deaf community is a culture, not a handicap or disability.”

Contact: Sister Rita Ann Wigginton 
(502) 416-0126


Shively Area Ministries

Shively Area Ministries responds to persons in poverty or crisis, in the spirit of Christ, in the 40216 zip code by uniting the community for service. They provide emergency assistance by helping clients with partial payment for rent or utilities or prescriptions. They also offer 3 day supply of emergency food through their food pantry as well as deliver meals on wheels, counseling, advocacy and referrals to other agencies.

Contact: Sister Jean Anne Zappa
Shively Area Ministries
4415 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216
(502) 447-4330, ext.23


St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen

St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen serves two free meals a day, 365 days a year, to anyone in need. They have a team of volunteers who help serve meals to the poor and homeless at the Open Hand Kitchen one or two times a month. Anyone is welcome to join their team. They are affiliated with St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide, Catholic lay charitable organization that serves the poor and homeless. The organization has been in Louisville for the past 159 years, making it one of the oldest charitable groups in the area.

Contact: Sister Rita Dressman
St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen
1026 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 584-2480