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MAY 2010

Angela’s Spirit of Contemplation

Key for Living with Change in the 21st Century By Sister Cheryl Clemons, OSU

This is Ursuline Sister Cheryl Clemons’ outline for her keynote address at Associates and Sisters Day July 10. he need for Saint Angela Merici’s spirit of contemplation has never been more urgent than it is today, both for our church and for our world. However, for members of the Ursuline family — associates and sisters alike — Angela’s contemplative approach to life is absolutely essential if we are to be the daughters and sons she calls us to be. If possible, that essential need for contemplation is even more urgent in light of the increasingly rapid pace of modern life. Chief among the characteristics of the way of life Angela established are these four elements that can help us live more serenely and thus offer our 21st-century world a counter-cultural witness as Angela did for her 16thcentury world: • Members of the Ursuline family are to live as consecrated women and men in the world, that is, we are to be intentionally and noticeably Christian in the midst of our everyday lives. • Members of the Ursuline family are to make allowances for individual circumstances and respect personal uniqueness. • Members of the Ursuline family were not originally founded for a specific ministry or brought together to do a certain thing, but to BE and to live a certain way. • In order to live out these and other elements of Angela’s lifestyle, members of the Ursuline family are encouraged to adapt and change as needed. Living out any of these four elements of Angela’s charism within contemporary Ursuline spirituality seems


ASSOCIATES DAY 2009: Kansas Associate Lu Sheehan, left, of Overland Park, chats with Associates Aubrey Durbin, center, of Radcliff, Ky., and Janice Lawless, also of Overland Park, on June 27, 2009. RIGHT: Michael Ziegler, of Memphis, Tenn., leads the responsorial prayer during Mass.

impossible without a contemplative spirit. As we reflect on what it means to live as consecrated Christians within the heart of the world, we will explore the implications of our chosen relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. We will seek insights into what the vows/virtues of obedience, chastity, and poverty mean for ourselves and for our earth community. We will consider Angela’s call to respect individual circumstances and personal uniqueness, especially in light of today’s cultural stridency and the loss of respectful discourse in both church and society. A further challenge is the need to balance attention to individual uniqueness with responsibility for the common good. In reminding ourselves that Ursulines were not founded for a specific ministry, we accept the call to develop a lifestyle of discernment. Finally, we will talk and pray together about how we might remain grounded in the fundamentals of the Gospel and Saint Angela’s charism while at the same time open ourselves to new needs and insights and claim the freedom Angela gave us to “do something different!” n

Please join us for Associates & Sisters Day Saturday, July 10 You can find the registration form on page 8 (back cover).

Or register at or call 270-229-2006 or e-mail

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Associate Update

Letter from the director...

Dear Sister and Brother Associates, As you plan your summer, here are several dates to keep in mind: Associates and Sisters Day is Saturday, July 10. You’ll find the registration form on the back page. Please return it by June 18. This year we are asking a $10 registration fee to help defray costs. We appreciate your consideration of this request. If you need Friday night accommodations, contact Kathy McCarty at Mount Saint Joseph Conference & Retreat Center (270-229-0200 or kathy. Our speaker this year is Sister Cheryl Clemons, OSU. Her topic is “Angela’s Spirit of Contemplation: Key for Living with Change in the 21st Century.”Be sure to read the front page for a preview of her compelling and inspiring talk. Another feature of Associates and Sisters Day is the Angela in Action presentation. Be sure to document your acts of service. Send to Dan Heckel ( by June 23. Associates and Sisters Day is a special time to be at the Mount, to renew friendships, and to spend a day dedicated totally to our faith journeys. But it’s also our chance to support one another, to open our arms in Ursuline hospitality to new associates and to applaud those who are making their lifetime commitments. One last date to remember: Sister Marietta Wethington will lead us in a retreat based on the writings of Saint Angela Merici on Aug. 21-22. It’s another opportunity for associates, sisters, and friends to pray and study amid the green hills of Maple Mount. Wishing you blue skies and warm sunshine until we meet July 10.

Mrs. Marian Bennett, OSUA Director of Ursuline Partnerships

ASSOCIATE Update is published four times a year for the Associates of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph 8001 Cummings Road Maple Mount, KY 42356-9999 Phone: 270-229-2006 • Fax: 270-229-4953 Web site: E-mail: Director of Ursuline Partnerships: Mrs. Marian Bennett, OSUA Director of Spiritual Formation for Ursuline Partnerships: Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU Director of Mission Advancement/Communications: Dan Heckel, OSUA Communications Specialist/Graphic Design: Jennifer Kaminski Administrative Specialist/Web Site: Tiffany Orth Director of Mission Effectiveness: Sister Rose Marita O’Bryan

May 2010

Associates and Sisters Day Schedule Saturday, July 10, 2010 8:45 a.m. Registration, Mount Saint Joseph Gym 9:00 a.m. Welcome/Introductions/OpeningPrayer 9:30 a.m. Presentation by Sister Cheryl Clemons on “Key for Living with Change” Noon Lunch, Motherhouse Dining Room 1:15 p.m. Presentation continues 4:00 p.m. Liturgy and Commitment Ceremony A New Mount Saint Joseph Cookbook!

“FOOD FOR THE SOUL, MEMORIES FOR THE HEART” A collection of delicious recipes and heartwarming remembrances in a sturdy ring binder, featuring many favorites from “Watermelon and Buttermilk,” plus new recipes and memories from the Mount! Available at Associates & Sisters Day for a suggested donation of

$15 each

A fundraising project of the Mount Saint Joseph Alumnae Association.

Contact the Associates Office for details:

270-229-2006 Note: If you need a book mailed, add $5 for shipping



e, the associates of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, proclaim the Gospel of Jesus through the actions of our everyday lives. We commit ourselves to living the charism of Saint Angela Merici in union with and in support of the Ursuline community of Mount Saint Joseph.

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May 2010

Associate Update

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Associate shares her story of a weeklong trip to Haiti

By Martha Kurre House, a registered nurse and an Ursuline Associate from Owensboro who made her initial commitment in 2009. I was fortunate to be able to travel to Haiti for one week (Feb.13-20) with a medical team of eight to a clinic in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed by the earthquake. Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers, a nurse who ministers in Memphis, Tenn., was part of this team. The clinic was operated by the Mercy Sisters from Pittsburgh, and is called Hospice St. Joseph (HSJ). We could see the destruction of the city, which was unbelievable. Twice during the week we walked through the neighborhood surrounding HSJ. It looks like the pictures on TV, but being there you felt the destruction and death with all your senses. It is hard to imagine how the people live in such destruction. The fortunate people have tents or tarps for living quarters -- many just live outside. We slept in tents and on air mattresses we brought from home. The snacks we traveled with became our breakfast and supper. Lunch was provided, rice and beans. Daily we took a bucket bath and the toilet flushed when you dumped a bucket of water into it. Now where this water went -- I did not ask. We were living in luxury compared to all of Haiti. A group of about eight Haitian men lived at HSJ and worked with us the entire week. A group of Haitian volunteers came to the clinic every day and worked with us. The only compensation they received was lunch, and all lunches were rice and beans. The volunteers arrived before 9 a.m. and the clinic opened soon afterward. People lined up on the street to get into HSJ clinic. The children did not laugh and play as I expected. The people had lived through destruction and death and it showed on their faces. One lady brought her sick mother to HSJ who had nausea, vomiting, and was dehydrated. We took her

mother across a sidewalk to the men’s sleeping area. We laid the mother on a cot and started intravenous fluids. This became our ICU area. At the end of the day the mother felt much better, so we gave her rice and beans for a small family and discharged her. The rice and beans put a smile on their face, a smile I will never forget. Sometimes you do not need words to communicate. Dehydration was a problem for many of the young and old. The children were put in the ICU area and given oral rehydration solution, and by day’s end most were better. Often Sister Jacinta could be seen giving our ICU guests snacks from our personal stash. We only wished we had enough to give all who came. One morning, five of us visited Cite Soleil, the poorest and most dangerous section of Port-au-Prince, where 200,000-300,000 people live. The Daughters of Charity have a mission center within Cite Soleil, feeding and educating families with young children. The living conditions were the worst we saw, a crowded tent city. It is said there is not enough food in Haiti to feed all, so the strong will survive. I saw some of the weak who will not survive. Jesus has to be sad to see His weak starving. What is God’s plan for Haiti? Let us always pray for our brothers and sisters of Haiti and God’s will be done. As we drove back to HSJ a young boy playing along a drainage ditch smiled and waved to us. I often wonder what God’s plan is for this beautiful child. What is God’s plan for me and how will being in Haiti change me? Friday night we went out to eat with all the volunteers. At the end of the meal several shared their thoughts about our week together. We had worked a week caring for God’s poor and we knew we were blessed; God’s love was shining on us. Early the next morning we heard the men talking and laughing. I could not understand a word, but it spoke

Associate Martha House (above and right) and Sister Jacinta Powers worked with Haitian volunteers to provide care to the countless adults and children impacted by the earthquake.

volumes to me. The first time all week I heard any Haitians laugh, it sounded like angels singing and I know Jesus was smiling. To give our work hope, we counted our starfish. The moral of the starfish story* is “it makes a difference to this one.” To the ones we helped, our work made a difference. Another thought often repeated among our team: See everything, overlook a great deal and change a little. This trip will change my life. It will take time to learn of these changes. One change I have experienced is my thoughts when I hear rain. I will always pray for my Haitian brothers and sisters, when I hear rain. It rained hard one night as I lay in my tent wondering how they will make it through the night. I will continue working to help the people of Haiti, sharing their story and possibly returning someday. My most powerful mission will always be prayer. Will you please join me in praying for Haiti? n *Find the starfish story online at Enter the word starfish in the search box.

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Associate Update/M

The Henderson-Union County associates met at St. Margaret’s Chapel, Henderson.

Henderson-Union County associates met April 9. Pictured are Sister Margaret Ann Aull, Louise Leasor, Wanda Gibson, Fr. Tony Shonis, Sister Marietta Wethington, Dotty Liles, Bobby Joe Christian, Marian Bennett, Annette Stokes. (Photographer was Therese Fraize)

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Bishop Medley visits Mount Saint Joseph The Most Rev. William Medley, who was ordained the new bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro on Feb. 10, celebrated Mass at Mount Saint Joseph on Feb. 13. Bishop Medley was taught by the Ursuline Sisters as a boy in St. Francis, Ky. For all the ministries of the Ursulines through the years, Bishop Medley said, “I thank you, and I hope all the Church thanks you.” Grayson County Associates Betty Stone and Jody Ziegler were attending a retreat at Maple Mount on Feb. 13 and came to the Mass celebrated by Bishop Medley. They are pictured at left (Betty in the center, Jody at right) greeting the bishop following Mass.

What One Associate Can Do: Serving the poor in East St. Louis By Joe Hubbard, OSUA

I joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society in 1962. I have been actively involved in helping the poor since that time and am currently the Diocesan president. I started Catholic Urban Programs (in East St. Louis) in 1973. We reach out to help families with food, clothing, medication, emergency housing, and other assistance that may be necessary to help them start or return to work. CUP also administers the Griffin Center, which is in the public housing projects in East St. Louis. This program tutors and offers other activities and after-school programs to children who live in the projects. We offer emergency shelter through our Holy Angels Shelter in East St. Louis, which opened in 1985 and serves about 200 people per year. The shelter is almost always filled to capacity since economic times are so difficult now and

there are so many families in crisis. The Family Center is also one of our programs. It models and acts as a support system to help build family communities in East St. Louis. We also have the Neighborhood Law Office, which works to help clean up neighborhoods, bring about property code enforcement, reduce industrial chemical pollution, and protects and enhances natural resources. It is next door to our Catholic Urban Programs office. Additionally, I am the director of two cemeteries, Holy Cross and Mount Carmel. We have a program which makes it possible for us to help bury the poor who have no other funds. I have very much enjoyed working with the disadvantaged for the past 48 years. I have also enjoyed being an Associate member (Belleville, Ill., group) of the Ursulines for the past 35 years, and have grown much through knowing the works and writings of Saint Angela Merci. n

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Family Fun Ride began with one volunteer, one great idea By Sister Maureen Griner, OSU

Associates Mike Synk and his wife Meg at the first annual Family Fun Ride on March 27 in Memphis, Tenn.

Michael Synk, an Ursuline Associate since 1997, has been a friend of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in Memphis, Tenn., since its opening in May of 2006. No matter the task, Michael is available and willing to help. From moving furniture to befriending a single father with two small sons, Michael has shown interest and concern for homeless families being served by the Dorothy Day House. It is no surprise, then, that Michael not only conceived of the idea of an Annual Bike Ride to raise funds for the Dorothy Day House, but he gathered a wonderful group of people to embrace his idea and organize what has now become the First Annual Family Fun Ride. This year’s ride, held on March 27th, took place in Overton Park in midtown Memphis and included more than 90 bike riders. The beauty of the spring day, the enthusiasm of the participants, the profit of over $5,000 and the wonderful organization of the event under the leadership of Mike Synk made it a day that we want to repeat!



A special presentation for Associates & Sisters Day How do Ursuline Associates live the Gospel guided by Angela’s charism? Tell your group’s story in pictures. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

June 23, 2010

E-mail to Mount Saint Joseph Office of Communications Registration is now open for the 2010-12 Spiritual Direction Training Institute which begins the week of Oct. 18 at Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. For details, call 270-229-0200.

Associate group coordinators met Feb. 27 at Maple Mount. Left to right: Therese Fraize (Henderson-Union County), Sid Mason (Western Ky.), Brenda Semar (Grayson County), Carol Hill (Grayson), Martha Little (Owensboro), Annette Stokes (Henderson-Union), Suzanne Reiss (Louisville, Ky.).

Charism and Core Values

- By Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU

In our February edition of Update we talked about charism and how it is hard to define. Even after our year of study, the charism of Saint Angela Merici as it is lived by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph may seem nebulous to you. Perhaps if we look at the core values we hold as community we will have a better understanding. We name as our core values prayer, service, empowerment, justice, and contemplative presence, all done in the spirit of Saint Angela Merici. As we read Angela’s writings and her biography, we see that she held these values in high esteem in her own life. Angela’s loving relationship with God was so intense that prayer was of primary importance to her. From her prayer life flowed generous service and concern for justice. In Angela’s day, women were not allowed to freely use their gifts and talents outside the home. Angela recognized that as injustice and worked for the empowerment of women and for the reform of family life. It was Angela’s contemplative presence that touched the lives of the people about her and called them to respond in loving ways in their life. Today the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph and Associates seek to embody the charism of Saint Angela Merici as we strive to live the same values in our ministry and in our lives.

NOTE: Kansas City area Associate Recommitment is Sunday, June 6.

LEFT: An Ursuline Associate recommitment ceremony took place April 17 in Belleville, Ill. Sister Dorothy Helbling, bottom right, helped pin (standing, l. to r.) Laurine Scott, Roberta Stone, Mary Ann McGraw, and John and Bobbie Laker. Seated is Associate candidate Doris Lyke.

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Happy Summer Birthday to These Associates! JUNE 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 6 1 17 0 2 21 22 24 6 2 27 28 29


Gary Mesnier Lois Nunnally Ruby White Connie Del Muro, Lina Trujillo, Gertrude Tyrala Nettie Castle, Paula Graves Jeff Goldsmith, Martha Little, Mildred Shrewsbury Ann Collins Bobby Joe Christian, Carol Jo Hogan, Ramona McConnell Martha Ann Matthews Juanita Haskins, Pat Sullivan, Cletus Weidenbenner Rebecca Leonard Helen Pfeiffer Jim Wilkus Jo Morelli, Fr. John Vaughan Perla Pike Phil Dees, Elenita McConnell, Suzanne Reiss Tony Butel, Dee Carroll, Raynell Prado Grace Dell Aquila, Nannette Krasovic, Carolyn Panchyshyn

2 Ione Deken, Sara Scully 4 Donna Karcher, Helen Miles 5 Lela Buettmann, June Fowler, Janice Lawless 6 Philomena Bollinger, David Henderson, Christopher Walls 7 Barbara Boatner 8 Sherry Duer, Fr. Tony Shonis 9 Shirley Eckert, Mary Jo Johnson 10 Harriet Jack, Mary Lowry 11 Fr. Carl McCarthy 13 Loraine Hardy, Gloria O’Hara, Don Speaks 15 Carol Pace 16 Mary Danhauer, Dan Heckel, Chico Irizarry, Daughn O’Neill, Ernestine Sanders, Mary Sandlin 17 Jean Dowdy, Ann Leonard 19 Julie Holt, Trudy Peak, Jean Simpson 20 Sr. Ann Middlebrooks, SEC, Fr. Joe Nangle 22 Judy Krese 23 Raymond Morelli 24 Larry Denton 25 Suzanne Gochenouer 27 Sarah Bowling 30 Marjorie Cook 31 Gloria Adams, Theresa Caffey, Michael Conley, Debby Ludwig, Lorraine Luken, Gustavo Paez, Marilyn Paul

AUGUST 1 Sandy Luz, Marilyn Mischlich 2 Dale Holt 3 Bob Beam, Jim Wilson 5 Barbara Goldsmith, Betty Medley 6 JoAnn Lynch 7 Dotty Liles 8 Dottie Clark, Stephanie George, Fr. Leo Reinhardt 9 Bob Lawrence, Florence Lyon, Ruth Wright-Welzen 11 Ruth Bittel-Nunez, Bonnie Marks 12 Wilma Howard 15 Isabel Crenshaw, Jacinta Garinger, Don Hobbs 16 Shirlene Quinn, Irene Rapier, Marcia Stoller 17 Mary Ann Brown, Michael Bufalini 18 Carol Hill, Meghan Payne 21 Bruce Blandford 24 Sid Mason, Doris Rommelfanger 25 Joyce York 27 Brenda Busick, Mary Leda Rice 28 Juanita Burke, Marty Darst, Pat Riordan, Joanne Thompson 31 Risë Karr

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May 2010

Associate Update

In Loving Memory... LARRY P. DEVOCELLE, 67, died Sunday, March 21 in Springfield, Ill. He volunteered extensively in parish ministry at St. Joseph Church, serving as lector, Eucharistic minister, and mass coordinator, as well as co-chair of the adult education committee, andmemberoftheliturgycommittee, pastoral council, Just Faith group and small faith group. Larry retired as director of the State of Illinois Services for the Disabled. He also volunteered in the Master Gardener program. Larry was a member of the first Spiritual Direction Institute at Mount Saint Joseph in 2006, and made his commitment as an Ursuline Associate in November 2009, with Sister Mary Ellen Backes serving as his contact person. He is survived by his daughter, Amy, and three sons, Michael, Jeremy and Aaron; by his brother, Frank, and his friend, Terry Hogg. ANNA MARIE DYE died March 10 at age 88, in Campbell, Mo. Anna was a registered nurse. She made her lifetime commitment as an Ursuline Associate in December 1990 with her daughter, Sister Diane Marie Payne, as her contact person. She was an active member of St. Teresa’s Church in Glennonville, Mo., teaching faith formation classes, serving on the diocesan Council of Catholic Women, and ministering to those who were ill. JEANNE MILLER of Louisville died March 26 at age 89. The former Sister Anastasia, Jean taught for 35 years in Louisville Catholic schools. She and her husband, Jack, were married for 24 years and enjoyed traveling both at home and abroad. She became a lifetime Ursuline Associate in June 2002, with the late Sister Margaret Joseph Aull as her contact sister.

We Extend Deepest Sympathy To:

• Carol O’Keefe, OSUA, whose father-in-law, Vincent O’Keefe, died March 20. • Carolyn Head, OSUA, whose mother-in-law, Loretta Harris, died March 5. • Ola Higdon, OSUA, whose son, Harold Higdon, died Feb. 10. • Jean Simpson, OSUA, whose mother, Gladys Phelps, died April 4.

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Sister ANITA (Bernard anita) FLAUGHER, OSU, 98, died Feb. 5 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 80th year of religious life. A native of Fairfield, she was an educator for 44 years. Sister Anita was a gentle, prayerfulwoman,wholovedteaching young children. She was faithful to her friends and family, and enjoyed working in the rose garden. Her ministries included St. Anthony, Browns Valley (193637), St. Joseph, Owensboro (1948-49), St. William, Knottsville (1949, 1957-62), St. Martin, Rome (195657), and St. Sebastian, Calhoun (1964-67). She also ministered elsewhere in the Diocese of Owensboro, the Archdiocese of Louisville, and in Missouri. Survivors include one sister, Mary Freda Simpson of Bloomfield, Ky., nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community. NOTE: Gifts in memory of an Ursuline Sister may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

’ I implore this of you by your most sacred Passion and your precious Blood shed for love of us, Saint Angela Merici And by your holy Name, be it blessed above the sands of the seas, above the drops of the waters, above the multitudes of the stars. - Rule, Chapter V (Prayer) CORRECTION: The Sympathy list in the February 2010 Update contained an error. Here is the correct information:We extend deepest sympathy to Molly Jacques, whose sister Delfinita Chavez died April 19, 2009, and another sister, Agapita Abeyta, who died Jan. 9, 2010, both in New Mexico.

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A special retreat experience for Associates and friends

Aug. 21-22, 2010

Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center

Explore the Writings of Saint Angela with Sister Marietta Wethington

• Prayer • Sharing • Quiet reflection

Contact the Associate Office for details




Saturday, July 10, 2010

Name _________________________________________ Address _______________________________________ City, State, Zip __________________________________ Phone _________________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________ Lodging: ____I need overnight accommodations for Friday, July 9 Meals: ____Supper - Friday, July 9 ____Breakfast -Saturday, July 10 ____Lunch - Saturday, July 10 Special dietary needs:_________________________________

Please note: There is a $10 registration fee this year to help cover the cost of meals and other expenses. Please make checks payable to Mount Saint Joseph. Advance registration is required. Thank you.

Return this form by June 18 to: Office of Ursuline Partnerships 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount KY 42356 Or FAX it to: 270-229-4953 Or Register ONLINE at Questions? Call 270-229-2006 E-mail

UPDATE May 2010  

Newsletter for the Mount Saint Joseph Ursuline Associates

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