Maple Mount Ursulines mark jubilees

Five Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph who served here in the Archdiocese of Louisville are celebrating significant anniversaries of religious life this year.

Sister Pauletta McCarty, a native of Curdsville, Ky., is celebrating her 75th year as a religious. She served as an educator for more than 36 years in Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska.

In the Archdiocese of Louisville, she taught at St. Catherine School (now St. Catherine Academy) in New Haven, Ky., from 1943 to 1944 and at the former St. Bartholomew School from 1952 to 1958. She also served as her community’s sacristan, assistant local superior and director of transportation before retiring in 1998.

Sister Mary Irene Cecil, a native of Louisville, is celebrating 70 years in religious life. Sister Cecil spent many of her teaching years in the Archdiocese of Louisville, serving as a teacher at the former St. Brigid School in Vine Grove, Ky., from 1950 to 1955 and at the former Holy Cross School in Holy Cross, Ky., from 1955 to 1959. From 1969 to 1976, she served as a supervisor in the old Office of Catholic Schools for the archdiocese.

She served as the superior of her community from 1980 to 1988 and has held other leadership roles in her community and the Diocese of Owensboro. She currently serves as a seamstress for her community in the St. Joseph Villa infirmary at the motherhouse in Maple Mount, Ky.

Sister George Mary Hagan, a native of New Haven, is celebrating 60 years of religious life. She taught at St. Andrew School in Harrodsburg, Ky., which was then part of the archdiocese, and at schools in the Diocese of Owensboro. She served as director of religious education in the Office of Chaplains at Fort Knox from 1984 to 2003. She now serves in various ministries at the motherhouse.

Sister Ruth Mattingly, a native of Loretto, Ky., is also celebrating 60 years in religious life. She taught in Kentucky, Missouri and New Mexico. In the Archdiocese of Louisville, she taught at St. Bartholomew from 1958 to 1966 and the former St. Denis School from 1972 to 1984. She also served in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Owensboro and in pastoral care, among other ministries, at the motherhouse.

Sister Rita Scott, a native of Louisville, is celebrating her golden jubilee. She served as an educator for more than 20 years, from 1970 to 1990, including at schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville — St. Brigid, Vine Grove; the former Mother of Good Counsel School; and St. Andrew in Harrodsburg.

She served as associate business administrator for her community from 1990 to 2001 and currently serves as plant administrator at Mount St. Joseph and as an elected councilor on the community’s leadership council.

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