December 22, 2023 | Local News
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

The diocesan staff line one of the hallways for a rousing rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” COURTESY OF DAN HECKEL

Diocesan staff brings carols and joy to the Ursuline Sisters


The Diocese of Owensboro staff spent Dec.6, 2023 – the feast of St. Nicholas – at Maple Mount, visiting the Ursuline Sisters in Saint Joseph Villa and singing Christmas carols in the hallway.

Charlie Hardesty, director of youth and young adult ministry, and Danny May, director of marriage and family life, have been coming to the Mount monthly since the spring to visit with Sr. Margaret Ann Aull and Sr. Elaine Burke, OSU. Hardesty worked with Sr. Margaret Ann at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Henderson, Ky., and May has known Sr. Elaine since he began coming to the Mount for retreats 20 years ago.

Michelle Roberts, manager of internal audit and accounting systems for the Diocese of Owensboro, talks with Sr. Kathleen Dueber, OSU, in her room. COURTESY OF DAN HECKEL

“We could listen to their stories all day,” Hardesty said. “It dawned on me, we need to get everyone out here to learn these stories.”

About 25 staff members from the McRaith Pastoral Center visited all three hallways in Saint Joseph Villa, singing a handful of carols and then visiting with the sisters. Afterward, they joined the sisters for the rosary, and then for Mass in the Motherhouse Chapel. Bishop William F. Medley joined Fr. Ray Goetz, the chaplain, to celebrate the Mass.

Sr. Sheila Anne Smith, OSU, asks Danny May to play a few chords on his guitar. COURTESY OF DAN HECKEL

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