Ursuline sisters celebrate jubilee years

A dozen Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who have served in the Archdiocese of Louisville are celebrating anniversaries of religious profession in 2014. They are:

Sister Jean Madeline Peake is celebrating 80 years in religious life. At 98, she is the oldest member of her Ursuline community. She has been an educator for nearly half a century and is a native of Holy Cross, Ky.

She taught at Holy Name of Mary School in Calvary, Ky., and was a teacher and principal at St. Andrew School in Harrodsburg, Ky. She was also a teacher and principal at St. Bartholomew School and has served in the Diocese of Owensboro and in Missouri.

Sister Clarentia Hutchins is celebrating her 75th year of religious life. The Louisville native was an educator for 46 years and taught in 14 Kentucky schools. Among the schools in which she served are St. Denis and St. Bartholomew schools in Louisville; Holy Cross School in Holy Cross, Ky.; St. Catherine School in New Haven, Ky.; Our Lady of Mercy School in Hodgenville, Ky.; and St. Francis of Assisi School in Loretto, Ky. She also taught in the Diocese of Owensboro, and was engaged in outreach ministry with the American Red Cross and a soup kitchen in Louisville.

Sister Marie Montgomery has been a religious for 70 years and is a native of St. Lawrence, Ky. In Louisville, she taught at St. Columba School and also taught at St. Charles School in Lebanon, Ky. Sister Montgomery served for 55 years as a teacher, principal and parish minister in Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona. Since retiring in 2007, she has been a mail distributor and a switchboard receptionist at the Motherhouse in Maple Mount, Ky.

Sister Susan Mary Mudd, a native of Lebanon, Ky., is celebrating 60 years of religious life. In Louisville, she served as a teacher and principal at St. James School and also taught at St. Margaret Mary and St. Ignatius Martyr schools. Sister Mudd has been an educator for 53 years in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Virginia, Venezuela, Chile as well as in Kentucky. She was also on the faculty of Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.

At Brescia University, her roles have included being a member of the faculty, working as director of institution research and currently, she is administrative assistant in the Brescia School of Business.

Sister Mary Matthias Ward is celebrating 60 years as an Ursuline Sister. She served as principal of St. Denis School in Louisville and as associate director of the St. Thomas Center here. She has also served as major superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, and since 2009, she has served as the director of local community life at the Motherhouse in Maple Mount, Ky. She is a native of Clementsville, Ky.

Sister Mary Timothy Bland is celebrating a half-century as a religious. She is a native of Greenbrier, Ky., and taught at St. Christopher School in Radcliff, Ky., as well as in Bowling Green, Ky., and in Missouri. Since 1986, she has taught at the Owensboro Catholic School’s kindergarten to grade three campus.

Sister Lisa Marie Cecil is also celebrating 50 years as a religious. She is a native of New Hope, Ky., and was a teacher at St. Brigid School in Vine Grove, Ky.; St. Francis School in Loretto, Ky.; St. Leonard School in Louisville and St. Christopher School in Radcliff, Ky. She also served as a pastoral minister at St. Christopher Church.
Sister Cecil has served in Missouri and New Mexico as well as in Kentucky, and since 2010 she has been the librarian assistant at the Ursuline Motherhouse.

Sister Karla Marie Kaelin is celebrating 50 years of religious life. She is a native of Louisville and attended St. Denis School. She was a teacher at St. James and St. Matthias schools in Louisville and at St. Catherine School in New Haven, Ky. Sister Kaelin has also served in Missouri and since 2013 she has been the director of religious education at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Louisville.

Sister Diane Marie Payne is celebrating her 50th year as a religious. She is a native of Glennonville, Mo., and was a teacher’s aide at St. Charles School in Lebanon, Ky. She also served elsewhere in Kentucky and in Alabama and is currently the coordinator of the St. Angela Oratory at the Motherhouse.

Sister Joan Riedley is celebrating 50 years as a religious. She is a native of Louisville and attended St. Denis parish. She was a teacher at St. Matthias School and then a minister at the parish there until 2008. She also served as a minister at St. Denis Church from 2008 until the merger with St. Helen Church to form Mary Queen of Peace Church, where she continues to serve today. She has also ministered in Missouri and New Mexico.

Sister Laurita Spalding is celebrating 50 years as a religious. She is a native of Springfield, Ky., and has ministered as a teacher in the Diocese of Owensboro for 46 years. Since 2000 she has been a teacher at Holy Name School in Henderson, Ky.

Sister Melissa Tipmore is celebrating 50 years as a religious, too. She is a native of Owensboro, Ky., and taught at St. Francis of Assisi School in Loretto, Ky.; Holy Name of Mary School in Calvary, Ky., and Sts. Simon and Jude School in Louisville. She also taught in the Diocese of Owensboro and in Missouri and Nebraska.

Sister Tipmore has served in internal ministry at the Ursuline Motherhouse since 1998 as coordinator of transportation.

Jubilee congratulations can be sent to the sisters at 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, Ky., 42356.

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