Mt. St. Joseph Ursulines mark jubilees

Fifteen Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph with ties to the Archdiocese of Louisville are celebrating jubilees of 50, 60 and 70 years this year. They are:

70 years

Sister Philomena Cox, a native of Owensboro, Ky., has retired to the Motherhouse. She served as an educator at St. Catherine School in New Haven, Ky., as a teacher (1947-1954) and principal (1959-62); at St. Charles School, Lebanon, Ky., (1955-56); principal of St. Bernard School, Clementsville, Ky., (1954-55); and teacher and principal at St. Columba School, Louisville, (1969-76). Sister Cox also ministered in Owensboro.

Sister Marie Brenda Vowels, a Louisville native, has retired to the Motherhouse. She taught at St. Charles in Lebanon (1954-56), St Catherine School in New Haven (1963-64) and St. Martin School in Flaherty, Ky., (1974-75). She also ministered in Owensboro, Ky., and New Mexico.

60 years

Sister Margaret Marie Greenwell, a native of New Haven, served as a receptionist at Catholic Charities’ Sister Visitor Center from 1993 until she retired earlier this year. She also taught at St. Brigid School in Vine Grove, Ky., and at St. Denis and St. Columba schools in Louisville. She also ministered in the Diocese of Owensboro.

Sister Marie Michael Hayden, a native of Owensboro, retired from teaching. She taught at St. Columba School in Louisville from 1957 to 1959 and at St. Catherine School in New Haven from 1959 to 1964. Sister Hayden also served in the Diocese of Owensboro and the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb.

Sister Francis Louise Johnson, born in Waverly, Ky., has served  as coordinator of the Guest House at Mount Saint Joseph since 2003. She also served as a teacher in Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Kentucky.
In the Archdiocese of Louisville, she taught at St. Edward School (1957-58), St. Catherine in New Haven (1958-59), St. Margaret Mary (1971-72), St. Ignatius in Louisville (1972-73) and St. Brigid in Vine Grove (1981-83). She was principal of Holy Cross School in Holy Cross, Ky., (1970-71). From 1989 to 2002, she served as a pastoral associate at St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky.

Sister Catherine Marie Lauterwasser, a native of Owensboro, Ky., served as a teacher at St. Margaret Mary from 1957 to 1958 and from 1964 to 1971. Sister Lauterwasser also served in Owensboro, Nebraska and Missouri. She now serves as treasurer at the Motherhouse.

Sister Teresa Riley, a native of Mayfield, Ky., serves in outreach ministry in Benton, Ky. She also taught at St. Leonard School from 1957 to 1967. From 1981 to 1986, she served as an administrative assistant in the education department at Bellarmine College, now university. She also served in Missouri.

Sister Marietta Wethington, a native of Clementsville, Ky., served as a teacher at St. Columba from 1964 to 1967 and at St. James in Elizabethtown from 1967 to 1969. She also taught in Missouri and served as pastoral associate at Holy Spirit Church in Jamestown, Ky., from 1993 to 2000. Sister Wethington has served her community in vocations, formation and spiritual direction. She also served three terms in leadership. She is now retired at the Motherhouse and volunteers with the Mission Advancement Office.

50 years

Sister Marie Joseph Coomes serves in housekeeping, presence and support for the Ursuline Sisters in Owensboro. She also served as a teacher at St. Martin School in Flaherty, St. Francis of Assisi School in Loretto and St. Francis Xavier School in Raywick, all in Kentucky. She also ministered in the Motherhouse Infirmary.

Sister Michael Marie Friedman, a native of Glennonville, Mo., retired this year after serving for 25 years as principal of St. James School in Elizabethtown, Ky. She spent most of her career in education and in the Diocese of Owensboro.

Sister Maureen Griner, a native of Louisville, has served as co-director of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in Memphis, Tenn., since 2006. She also served as a music teacher in Missouri, Nebraska and Kentucky and served her community as director of novices, liturgist and elected counselor.

Sister Barbara Jean Head, a native of New Haven, Ky., serves as senior accountant at Brescia University in Owensboro. She also served as a principal and a teacher in Harrodsburg, Ky., and taught in the Diocese of Owensboro. She also served as treasurer and business administrator for the Ursuline Sisters and served on the Ursuline Leadership Council from 2004 to 2010.

Sister Mary Henning, a native of Axtel, Ky., has served as director of worship and liturgy at the Motherhouse and as director of postulants since 2013.
She also served as a teacher at St. Edward School in Jeffersontown from 1969 to 1976, in Daviess County and at Brescia College, where she served as an associate professor of music from 1981 to 1995 and from 1997 to 2013.

Sister Ann McGrew, a native of Clarkson, Ky., is the director of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center.
She also served as a teacher at St. Denis School in Louisville from 1969-1975 and as a teacher and principal at St. Brigid School in Vine Grove, Ky. Sister McGrew also served in parish ministry in Western Kentucky.

Sister Emma Anne Munsterman, a native of Mount Vernon, Ind., serves as a licensed massage therapist and certified natural health practitioner and currently provides care for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
She also served as a teacher at St. Bernard, St. Margaret Mary and St. James schools in Louisville and taught in the Diocese of Owensboro. Sister Munsterman also served as assistant local superior and director of transportation at the Ursuline Motherhouse.

Congratulations may be sent to the jubilarians at Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, Ky., 42356.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

What is 3 + 3 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is: