December 1, 2021 | Local News
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

The sisters celebrating jubilees who were present at the Oct. 23 diocesan celebration at St. Martin Parish gather with Bishop William F. Medley after the ceremony. (Left to right) Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph Julia Head, Pam Mueller, Nancy Murphy, Betsy Moyer, Rosanne Spalding, Elaine Burke and Helena Fischer. COURTESY OF MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH

Diocese celebrates jubilees for women religious


Ursuline Sister Julia Head, celebrating 60 years of religious life in 2021, is congratulated by Bishop Medley during the Oct. 23 diocesan celebration of women religious. COURTESY OF MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH

Each fall, the Steering Committee of the Council of Religious for the Diocese of Owensboro sponsors a celebration of the jubilees for the women religious in the diocese. This year’s event was held Oct. 23 at St. Martin Parish in Rome, Ky. Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, a Glenmary Sister and a Carmelite Sister were honored, although not all jubilarians could attend. The celebration was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so jubilarians from both 2020 and 2021 were recognized. Bishop William F. Medley presided over the event.

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