Ursulines of Mt. St. Joseph mark jubilees

Thirteen Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who ministered in the Archdiocese of Louisville are celebrating jubilees this year. They are:

Sister Mary Durr, a native of Paul, Neb., is celebrating 75 years of religious life. She taught music at St. Michael School in Fairfield, Ky., and at St. Angela Home in Louisville. She also taught in the Diocese of Owensboro, in Nebraska and in New Mexico.

Sister Rose Marie Craycroft, a native of New Haven, Ky., is celebrating her 70-year jubilee. Sister Craycroft, formerly Sister Mary Clarence, taught at St. Columba, St. Bartholomew and St. Denis schools in Louisville. She was a bookkeeper and secretary at St. Christopher Church in Radcliff, Ky., and taught in Missouri and served as a librarian in Nebraska as well.

Sister Marie Julie Fecher is celebrating 70 years as an Ursuline Sister. She was a music teacher and organist at St. Edward, St. Bartholomew, and St. Columba schools in Louisville, and also served in the same capacity at St. Catherine School in New Haven, and St. Francis School in St. Francis, Ky. She was a member of the music faculty of Brescia College in Owensboro for 18 years.

Sister Jane Miriam Hancock is also celebrating her 70th jubilee. She taught at St. Brigid School in Vine Grove, Ky., and at St. Margaret Mary School in Louisville. She also was a teacher at Holy Cross School in Holy Cross, Ky., and at St. Francis School. She served for 24 years in Lebanon at St. Charles Junior High School and at Marion County High School.

Sister Jean Richard Stukenholtz is also celebrating 70 years as an Ursuline Sister. For 60 of those years she was a teacher in Kentucky, Nebraska and New Mexico. She taught at St. Paul and St. Francis of Assisi schools in Louisville, and at Holy Cross School in Holy Cross, Ky., and at Lourdes Elementary School in Nebraska City, Neb.

Sister Eva Marie Boone is celebrating her 60th year as an Ursuline Sister. She taught at St. Columba and St. Edward schools in Louisville and at St. Christopher School in Radcliff and St. Andrew School in Harrodsburg, Ky. She was director of religious education at St. Mary Church in Hillview and served at Emmanuel Church in Albany, Ky., and Holy Cross Church in Burkesville, Ky. She is a native of Howardstown, Ky.

Sister Helen Leo Ebelhar is celebrating her 60th jubilee. She taught at St. Columba and St. Martha schools in Louisville and at St. Catherine School in New Haven. She also served in the Diocese of Owensboro, and is a native of Sorgho, Ky.

Sister Michael Ann Monaghan, a native of Central City, Ky., is celebrating her 60th anniversary as a religious. She taught at St. Ignatius School in Louisville and also served as a teacher and principal in schools in Missouri and New Mexico, and throughout the state of Kentucky. Since 2009 she has been engaged in family ministry in Central City.

Sister Marian Powers, a native of Cloverport, Ky., is also celebrating her 60th anniversary. Formerly known as Sister Rose Marian, Sister Powers has taught at St. Edward and St. Bernard schools in Louisville, St. Francis Xavier School in Raywick, and at the Flaherty Public School. Sister Powers also taught and was principal at St. Brigid School in Vine Grove.

Sister Mary Diane Taylor is also celebrating her 60-year jubilee. She is a native of Fredericktown, Ky., and taught at St. Bernard High School in Clementsville and in other schools in Kentucky and Missouri. Since 1967, she as been an art professor at Brescia University in Owensboro and is chair of the school’s Fine Arts Division.

Sister Sara Marie Gomez is celebrating her 50-year jubilee. She taught for 30 years in Kentucky and New Mexico, including two years at St. Denis School in Louisville. She taught special education at St. Charles School and St. Charles Junior High School in Lebanon. She has been director of religious education for St. Joseph parish in Aztec and Holy Trinity parish in Flora Vista, both in New Mexico, since 1990.

Sister Michele Morek is celebrating 50 years as an Ursuline Sister. She has been an educator for 33 years and taught at St. Margaret Mary School in Louisville. She has also served as a professor of biology and academic dean at Brescia University and was congregational leader of the Ursuline Sisters from 2004 to 2010. Since December of 2011, she has been director of UNANIMA International in New York City, a nongovernmental organization associated with the United Nations.

Sister Katherine Gertrude Stein, a native of St. Louis, is celebrating her 50-year jubilee. She taught at St. Leonard School in Louisville and at other schools in Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska. She provided transportation at the Ursuline Motherhouse and St. Boniface Convent intermittently for nearly 20 years. Sister Stein also provided pastoral care at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville.

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