Eight Ursuline Sisters of Louisville will be honored today, July 26, during a ceremony marking jubilees ranging from 50 to 80 years in religious life.
Sister Mary Anthony Wargel, who joined the Ursuline community in 1932, taught in elementary schools and served as a tutor for 81 years in Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina and Pittsburgh.
She resides at the Ursuline Motherhouse and serves in the ministry of prayer, leads the rosary with different groups, assists the sisters at the motherhouse and makes and repairs rosaries.
Sister Andrea Callahan recently retired from parish senior ministry in South Carolina and has moved to the Ursuline Motherhouse, where she plans to volunteer.
She served as principal of Catholic schools in South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and Nebraska and taught at St. George, St. Helen and St. Elizabeth schools in Louisville. She also served as a curriculum consultant and on the Ursuline leadership team from 1972 to 1976.
Sister Mary Yvonne Moran serves in the ministry of prayer and presence at Mercy Sacred Heart Village, where she lives. She served as a teacher at elementary schools in Kentucky, Mississippi and Indiana. She also has written poems, plays and activity books for young children and worked in the Ursuline Motherhouse.
Sister (Joanella) Shirley Ann Simmons is pastoral minister at a parish in Ogallala, Neb., where she also serves as a volunteer visiting families in the area.
She also taught in schools in Kentucky, Nebraska and Maryland and served as a principal in Kentucky and Nebraska.
Sister Loretta Guenther volunteers at the Ursuline Motherhouse, at Mercy Sacred Heart Village’s Marian Community and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen.
She cared for children at St. Joseph Children’s Home from 1974 to 2010. She also had domestic and dietary duties at convents of St. Raphael, St. Anthony and St. Vincent de Paul parishes; Sacred Heart Academy and in Nebraska.
Sister Helen Marie Lutz serves in the ministry of prayer and presence as a resident of Mercy Sacred Heart Village. She previously taught at Ursuline Academy and Sacred Heart Academy in the Louisville and at schools in Nebraska, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.
Sister Sarah Stauble, who currently volunteers at the Open Hand Kitchen, served as the general superior of the Ursuline Sisters from 1992 to 2002 and as general councilor from 1968 to 1972. She also taught music at Sacred Heart Academy, the Ursuline School of Music and Drama and at elementary schools in Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi. She served as director of the Associate Call from 2003 to 2011.
Sister (Joseph Marian) Mary Jo Gramig serves as the director of family religious formation at St. Frances of Rome Church. She also volunteers as a “sister-friend” at Mercy Sacred Heart Village, in the intercessory prayer ministry and in the Befriender Hospital Ministry program.
She also taught at St. Rita, Holy Trinity, St. Therese, St. Helen and Immaculate Conception schools and at Ursuline Montessori and Sacred Heart Model School.