Current Sisters

Sister Adelaide Mangold, O.S.U. (1867-1941)

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1892, professing her vows in 1895.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Served as Treasurer of the new community when Mother Baptista was elected Superior in 1916.
    First principal of St. Monica School; with three other sisters, started the school.
    Teacher and principal at Nativity School.
    49 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Agnes Reynolds, O.S.U. (1902-1972)

Agnes Josephine Reynolds

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Athenaeum of Ohio.
    Taught at St. Francis de Sales School, St. Monica School, and SUA.
    53 years in religious life.

Sister St. Alban Burns, O.S.U. (1886-1923)

Alice Burns

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1911, professing her vows in 1914.
    Born in London.
    Taught piano at SUA until she went to Rome.
    Fluent French scholar.
    Died in Rome in 1923 at the age of 37, where she is buried.
    11 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Alice Fitzsimmons, O.S.U. (1893-1930)

Mary Alice Fitzsimmons

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1923, professing her vows in 1925.
    Taught at SUA in addition to working on her thesis under the direction of Sir John Fehring at Mt. St. Mary Seminary.
    Died at the age of 30.
    7 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Alice Graser, O.S.U. (1939-2005)

Mary Alice Graser

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1960.
    Taught 6th grade at St. Ursula Villa in its first year.
    Taught and served as Director of the Archbishop's Choir School.
    Teacher and principal at Our Lady of the Visitation School.
    Principal of St. Henry School in Dayton; led its consolidation with Our Lady of Good Hope Schools, as Bishop Leibold School.
    Coordinated merger of St. Monica School and St. George School as Corryville Catholic.
    Worked in the activities department at a local nursing home.
    Business Manager for Our Mother of Sorrows and St. Thomas More parishes.
    45 years in religious life.

Sister Aloysius Bader, O.S.U. (1899-1993)

Alma Anna Bader

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1920.
    Taught for 40 years at St. Monica School and several other years at Nativity School, Holy Name School and SUA.
    Taught religion for 10 summers at the mission parishes in Morrow and Foster, Ohio.
    73 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Anne Tremmel ’45, O.S.U.

Mary Anne Tremmel
Formerly Sister Mary Alphonsus

    Born: October 23, 1927.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on September 2, 1945.
    Served as Chapter secretary and chairperson, Formation Director of temporary professed Sisters and Council members.
    Kindergarten and elementary school teacher at St. Monica School, Holy Name School, Our Lady of the Visitation School, St. Francis de Sales and All Saints School.
    Taught Spanish I and II at SUA.
    1972-1978: Counselor, Director of the Guidance Department, Testing Administrator for SUA.
    1993-1994: Taught English in Iguala, Mexico.
    Social Worker and Counselor for East Walnut Hills Community Outreach programs.
    1972-1978: Principal of Cardinal Parcelli School.
    Developed a program for case aides, working with Older Adult Services.
    In her retirement she helped at the Council of the Aging.
    Celebrated golden jubilee in 1998.

Sister Anastasia Windisch, O.S.U. (1904-1934)

Viola Windisch

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1928, professing her vows in 1930.
    Died at the age of 30.
    6 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Angela Nartker, O.S.U. (1911-1984)

Clara Kathryn Nartker

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1929, professing her vows in 1932.
    Spent 40 years teaching at SUA, St. Francis de Sales Latin School, St. Henry in Dayton School, Our Lady of the Visitation School, St. Monica and Holy Name School.
    Principal of Holy Name School.
    55 years in religious life.

Angela Barone Byrne ’55

(Formerly known as Sister Mary Celeste; Sister Angela Mari)e

    Spent 15 years in religious life, entering October 7, 1954.
    SUA Class of 1955.
    1961: Bachelors of Science, Our Lady of Cincinnati College.
    Taught at St. Francis de Sales School for 1 year.
    Taught at Our Lady of Visitation School for 8 years.

Sister Ann Louis Niermann, O.S.U. (1902-2002)

Regina Louise Niermann

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1923.
    Taught at SUA and St. Francis de Sales Schools in the 1920s.
    Taught and served as principal of St. Monica School 1930-1946.
    Taught grades 7 and 8 at Holy Name School and was principal 1949-1960.
    Served as principal and taught at All Saints School.
    Taught at several other parish schools: St. Henry School in Dayton (1970-1977), St. Stephen School (1977-1980), and Resurrection School (1980-1988). Also taught at St. Ursula Villa (1966-1970).
    In retirement, visited and delivered mail to the residents of St. Margaret Hall nursing home.
    79 years in religious life.

Sister Ann Marie Brockman, O.S.U. (1901-1998)

Eleanor Brockman

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1921.
    Taught at Holy Name School for 4 years and then served as principal for 11 years.
    Taught at SUA starting in 1940.
    Elected Superior of the community in 1961. She served for 12 years leading the community during the turbulent times after Vatican II.
    While Superior, invited the exiled Cuban Sisters to live with the Ursuline Sisters while they learned English and the American system of education.
    77 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Anthony Dalton, O.S.U. (1901-1968)

Bridget Dalton

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1931, professing her vows in 1934.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Used her gifts to serve in the kitchen and perform other household tasks at St. Ursula.
    Became a U.S. citizen on November 7, 1927.
    37 years in religious life.

Mother Mary Antonia Weber, O.S.U. (1876-1964)

Emma Frances Weber

    Entered the Ursulines in Brown County in 1899, professing her vows in 1902.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Taught at St. Andrew Parish in Avondale 1906-1907.
    Mother Superior of the community 1922-1928, 1934-1940, 1946-1949.
    Treasurer of the community and served on the Sisters' Council.
    Teacher and principal of Holy Name and St. Monica schools.
    65 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Augustine Middendorf, O.S.U. (1902-1978)

Blanche Matilda Middendorf

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1925, professing her vows in 1928.
    Received a degree in science from the University of Cincinnati and did further study at Villanova College in Pennsylvania.
    Head of the Home Economics Department at SUA for 20 years.
    Taught Biology at SUA.
    Managed the kitchen and cafeteria services for the convent and the academy.
    In semi-retirement, managed the kitchen for the archbishop and priests residing at St. Louis Church.
    53 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Austin Butler, O.S.U. (1864-1911)

Mary Butler

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County, professing her vows on December 17, 1885.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Helped with household duties for the community.
    26 years in religious life.

Mother Baptista Freaner, O.S.U. (1843-1939)

Susan South Freaner

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1867, professing her vows in 1870
    Nursed soldiers in the Civil War before coming to the community.
    Directress/Principal of the school in Brown County.
    Mistress of Novices for the Ursulines of Brown County.
    Mother Superior for the Ursulines of Brown County.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    1st Directress (Principal) of St. Ursula Academy (1910-1916).
    1st Treasurer of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    71 years in religious life.

Sister Barbara Niehaus, O.S.U.

Barbara Niehaus

    Born: May 18, 1943.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on August 24, 1996.
    Previously married, the mother of two, and a grandmother since her entrance into the Ursuline community.
    The pilgrimage she made to Italy with the Ursulines played an important part in her decision to join the Ursuline community.
    Saint Angela was 60 when she founded the Company and this inspired Sister Barbara to believe that she was not too old to begin a new life.
    Currently Center Director of Santa Maria Community Services, a non-profit agency in Price Hill on the west side of Cincinnati, dedicated to serving families seeking affordable housing.
    Sister Barbara also worked in social services in Sedamsville.

Katherine "Kathy" Ann Beimesche ’62

(Formerly Sister Mary Laboure; Sister Katherine Ann)

    SUA Class of 1962.
    9th Principal of St. Ursula Academy (1988-1994).

Judith A. "Jude" Brown ’54

(Formerly known as Sister Mary Benedict, Sister Judith Anne)

    Spent 17 years in religious life, entering in August 1953 through January 1970.
    SUA Class of 1954.
    1960: Bachelors of Arts, Edgecliff College (Music).
    1968: Masters in Music, University of Notre Dame (Music and Theology). Additional Graduate Studies from Xavier University in Theology; Miami University Oxford and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Music.
    1956-1970: Taught at St. Ursula Academy; Music, Choral Music, Home Economics, World History, English and Religious Studies. Produced and directed yearly Advent Pageants, Chapel Christmas Carol Programs, Variety Shows and sewing class Fashion Shows and Graduation Music.
    Director of Liturgical Music and Organist for Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    1970-1972: Taught at Three Rivers School District; Middle School and High School Choral Music.
    1972-1976: Taught at Mother of Mercy High School; Religious Studies and Choral Music.
    1977-1979: Parish Music Director at St. Joseph of Cold Spring, KY; Taught Music for elementary grades.
    1979-1989: Taught at Ursuline Academy; Choral Music, AP Music.
    1989-2002: Taught at College of Mount St. Joseph; Music History and Music High School Methods. Retired from classroom teaching.
    "During most of the years since 1970, I have been an Organist and Choir Director. In my retirement, I run a Music Studio of some 18 students " children and adults " teaching piano and organ lessons."
    "From my 45 years in the classroom, I have a family of children numbering well over 9500 students!"
    2004: Recipient of St. Angela Merici Distinguished Alumna Award.
    Fall of 2009: "I directed and accompanied the 100-voice Alumnae Centennial Christmas Chorale for the first and original production of this tradition at St. Ursula Academy. The SUA Christmas Carol CD to be released in April 2010."

Sister Bernadette Huck, O.S.U. (1910-2006)

Alma Huck

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1934.
    Taught 1st grade at St. Francis de Sales School, leaving a lasting impression on children as they started on the road to reading. Sister taught for over 60 years.
    After retirement, she joined the Catholic Social Services' Foster Grandparent Program.
    In semi-retirement, she cared for toddlers at a local day-care.
    72 years in religious

Mother Mary Berchmans O'Connor, O.S.U. (1840-1915)

Mary Elizabeth O'Connor

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County 1858, professing her vows in 1862.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Served in a number of leadership roles and on the community council in Brown County.
    Chose a suitable site for an Ursuline Convent and Academy in Santa Rosa, California.
    Celebrated her golden jubilee in 1912.
    56 years in religious life

Sister Mary Bernard Morgan, O.S.U.

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County 1893, professing her vows in 1897.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    2nd Directress (Principal) of St. Ursula Academy (1916-1925).
    The Good Shephard Stained Glass Window in the SUA Chapel was dedicated to Sister's uncle, General Michael R. Morgan, who fought in the Civil War.
    Joined the Roman Union; buried in Santa Rosa, California

Jo Ann Hoffman ’51

(Formerly known as Sister Bernard Marie; Sister Jo Ann)

    Spent 34 years in religious life, entering in 1950.
    SUA Class of 1951.
    1960: Bachelor of Arts, Our Lady of Cincinnati College.
    1954-1962: Career as an Art Teacher started at St. Ursula Academy.
    1966: Masters in Education, Xavier University.
    1968-1978: Principal at St. Ursula Villa.
    1979-1984: Taught as an Art Teacher at St. Ursula Villa.
    1984 -1996: Taught as an Art Teacher at Resurrection School.
    "I am retired and teaching myself to play the piano."

Sister Mary Brendan Ronayne, O.S.U. (1897-1988)

Patricia Ronayne

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1924.
    Received her degree from the Teachers College in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
    Taught at SUA and watched over the younger boys boarding at the school in the 1930s.
    Had a passion for mission work and for many summers taught religion in the rural missions of Ohio. For her work on behalf of the missions, she was recognized by a national award from the Catholic Student Mission Crusade.
    Community infirmarian and a council member.
    Taught at the Archbishop's Choir School and the parish schools of St. Francis de Sales and All Saints.
    Helped the Cuban Sisters establish St. Matthew School in Florida.
    64 years in religious life.

Mary-Cabrini Durkin ’60

(Formerly known as Sister Mary Cabrini)

    Spent 41 years in religious life, entering on August 27, 1959.
    SUA Class of 1960.
    Born Ellen Ames Durkin.
    1965: Bachelor of Arts, Our Lady of Cincinnati College (Latin).
    1967: Master of Arts, Xavier University (English).
    1963-1992: Taught at St. Ursula Academy in English, Latin, journalism, and humanities.
    Extra-curricular moderator for newspaper, yearbook, Black Student Union (founded in 1970 with members of the SUA Class of 1972), Students Against Hunger, Classics Club.
    1988: NEH on Dante in Italy.
    1991-1997: Superior, Ursulines of Cincinnati. "The chapter of 1997 resolved to 'open up in this country St. Angela's original way of life.' A combination of that decision, small-group discussions (1997-1998), my 1998 retreat and discernment with Sister Elizabeth Lang '51, O.S.U. and the community led to my sense that God was calling me to begin the Company of St. Ursula here. In an informal exclaustration I began that life (1998-2000)."
    1991-1994: President of St. Ursula Academy ex-officio.
    Led Handing on Our Heritage Capital Campaign.
    Led transition to governance by a president and board of trustees.
    1993: Led community pilgrimage to Italy.
    1998-Present: Self-employed writer and editor
        Jubilee Journal: A Workbook of Forgiving for the Millennium (Woven Word Press 1998) "My sister Sheila Durkin Dierks '61and I collaborated on this journal."
        "Follow the Spirit": Angela Merici and the Ursulines (English edition 1998)
        Angela Merici's Journey of the Heart: The Rule, the Way (2005)
        Ours: Jesuit Portraits (2005)
        Angela's Story (2007)
        Planted in God's Vineyard: The Story of the Ursulines of Cincinnati (2009)
        A series about cathedrals in the United States
        Devotional and biographical works
    2000: Initiated the Company of St. Ursula (founded 1535 by St. Angela Merici) in the U.S.A.
    2006: Received into the international Federation (Secular Institute of St. Angela Merici) through membership in the Company of St. Ursula of Canada, on the way to developing a full Company in the United States.

Mary Camele Williams ’52

(Formerly known as Sister Marie Fidelis)

    Spent 19 years in religious life, entering on September 8, 1951.
    SUA Class of 1952.
    Attended the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.
    1955-1962: Taught various grades at All Saints School.
    1963-1964: Taught at St. Monica School.

Sister Mary Carmel McLellan, O.S.U. (1858-1955)

Elizabeth McLellan

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1909, among the first to profess her vows at St. Ursula Convent in 1910.
    Postulant in the group that formed the new community of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Prior to entrance in the Ursuline Community taught in private and public schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois and New York. Also served on the faculty of state normal colleges in Alabama, Georgia and Michigan.
    First woman to receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education at the University of Cincinnati (1925.) Also an alumna of Xavier University.
    College teacher and professor who guided programs for the Sisters in improving their teaching methods.
    Greatly influenced raising the educational standards of the Academy, preparing young women for higher education.
    Sketched a design from which the architect, Joseph Steinkamp, drafted the plans for the SUA Chapel.
    46 years in religious life.

Barbara A. Rivers Hite ’66

(Formerly known as Sister Carol)

    Spent 8 years in religious life.
    SUA Class of 1966
    Barbara worked as a nurse’s aide at the Widows and Old Men’s Home (currently the Convocation and Gym property).
    Barbara went to Brown County and taught at Western Brown in Special Education for 9 years.
    She was involved in Reading Recovery Program, an intense one on one reading program.
    In 1998, volunteered in the Guidance Office at St. Ursula Academy.

Sister Sophie Catherine “Mother Catherine” Wathen, O.S.U. (1886-1961)

Mary Ellen Wathen

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1908, among the first to profess her vows at St. Ursula Convent in 1910.
    Postulant in the group that formed the new community of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Taught at SUA (Spanish and Geometry), Holy Name School and St. Francis de Sales School.
    Led the Ursuline staff that assumed responsibility for St. Francis de Sales School when the Sisters of Charity relinquished responsibility in 1920.
    Principal at St. Francis de Sales School.
    Mother Superior of the community for several terms.
    St. Angela Hall was built during her tenure as Mother Superior.
    Treasurer of the community.
    Well known in the city as “Mother Catherine”
    53 years in religious life.

Mary Helen Finkbeiner

(Formerly known as Sister Mary Christopher)

    Spent 10 ½ years in religious life, entering in 1959.
    Teaching at St. Monica School for two years, when she joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati. Lived at the Villa and cut grass and kept the property up.
    1961-1962: Taught 5th grade at Holy Name School.
    1962-1968: Taught at the Villa – 3rd, 6th and 7th grades.
    1963: Bachelors of Arts, Our Lady Cincinnati College.
    1965: Masters from Xavier University.
    1968-1969: Attended Notre Dame University.
    1969-1993: Taught in the Sycamore School district for 24 years.  She was at the Edwin H. Green School teaching 5th and 6th grades.
    1993-Present: Mary Helen is retired after 34 years as a teacher, living in Blue Ash and attends All Saints Church.
    “One thing I can say, the Ursulines truly gave me a well-rounded education and I have always been thankful that I was a part of the Community for my 10 ½ years!”

Sister Claire Gnadinger, O.S.U. (1866-1947)

Emma Gnadinger

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1915, professing her vows in 1917.
    Chiropractor before entering religious life.
    Taught at St. Monica School and SUA.
    32 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Cochran, O.S.U. (1934-1989)

(formerly known as Sister Mary Victoria)

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1952, professing her vows in 1954.
    Received a Bachelor of Science along with teacher certification from Edgecliff College.
    Taught in the kindergarten at SUA.
    Taught for 8 years in the parish schools and St. Ursula Villa.
    Instructor of driver education and business practice at SUA.
    Receptionist at Mt. St. Mary Seminary.
    37 years in religious life.

Sister Columba Hannan, O.S.U. (1886-1962)

Bridget Hannan

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1921, professing her vows in 1924.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Supervised the children on the bus trips and served lunches for the children at the Academy.
    41 years in religious life.

Barbara A. Cooke ’59

(formerly known as Sister Mary David)

    Spent 11 years in religious life, entering in 1958.
    1959-1970: Teacher at All Saints School; Religious Education.
    1962-1967: “As a junior professed Sister, I lived at St. Ursula Villa where I was in charge of mowing the grass using a farm tractor. In the winter, using the same tractor with a snow blade attached, I would plow the driveways of snow very early for Fr. Norbert McCarthy to celebrate daily Mass.”
    1968-1970: Director of Religious Education for All Saints Church.
    1970-1973: Teacher at John Foster Dulles School in Oak Hills School District.
    1973-1975: Teacher at St. Teresa of Avila School and also served as Parish Director of Religious Education.
    1975-2003: Principal of St. Teresa of Avila School; retiring in 2003.
    2003-2005: Part-time Lecturer at Northern Kentucky University in Education.
    2006-Present: Supervisor of Student Teachers at Xavier University.

Marilyn A. Crone Ifcic ’66

(formerly known as Sister Marie Vianney)

    Spent 19 years in religious life, entering on September 7, 1965.
    SUA Class of 1966.
    1972: Bachelor of Arts, Edgecliff College (Music and Theology).
    Masters in Education, Xavier University (Theology).
    Graduate courses at University of Cincinnati College of Music and University of Notre Dame (Liturgical Music).
    1965-1967: Taught CCD at St. John’s in West Chester.
    Taught 5th grade at St. Ursula Villa.
    Taught at St. Ursula Academy: Religion and Music; organized and conducted the traditional Christmas program; Liturgy Groups (players and singers); Glee Club; retreats; musicals; piano lessons.
    Summer 1984: Music Director at St. John’s in West Chester.
    January 1985-Present: Teaches music at John XXIII in Middletown, Ohio in addition to liturgy groups (singers and players); Parable group (dramatization of Parables).
    July 1986- Present: Music Director of Adult Choir at St. Mary Church, Middletown, Ohio (now merged with 3 other churches); Music Makers Children’s Choir; Written original liturgical music for all groups.
    Summer 1984-Present: Teaches private piano and voice lessons; composes music for school and Church (one published).
    “On April 7, 1989 married Stephen J. Ifcic (who is also in choir, cantors, etc) and we enjoy traveling, gourmet cooking, entertaining. We have two adorable dachshunds, Maggie and Mollie, who are wherever we are.”
    June 2005: Marilyn broke her C-2 and was in University and Drake Hospitals for three and half weeks and thought she was never going to walk or play piano/organ again. “But the power of prayer, my own determination and a good surgeon (who still can’t believe in my recovery!) has made me good enough to continue God’s work.”

Cynthia Ann Heinrich ’66

(Formerly known as Sister Cynthia Ann)

    Spent 23 years in religious life, entering on September 6, 1966.
    1966-1973: Bachelor of Science, Edgecliff College (Elementary Education).
    1968-1977: Teacher at St. Francis de Sales School.
    1978: Masters in Education, Xavier University (Elementary Administration).
    1977-1983: Principal at St. Francis de Sales School.
    1983-1984: Assistant Principal at St. Bartholomew Consolidated School.
    1984-1989: Advocate for women in domestic violence situations at the YMCA Alice Paul House Shelter for Battered Women.
    1989: Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.
    1989-2005: Held various positions at Lighthouse Youth Services.
    “Married Nicholas Payne in 1994, a scientist and statistician at P&G, acquiring two step (bonus) children and currently have six grandchildren. My mother Charlotte, has lived with us for the last 10 years. Thanks to mom and my husband, both of whom love to travel, I have had the opportunity to see most of the U.S.A., including Alaska and Hawaii, parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, much of Europe, as well as Russia (USSR), Japan and China (including Hong Kong). I love to travel, but hate to plan it, so I have the perfect scenario going!”
    2007: Established The Diane Holloway Curtis ‘66 Diversity Scholarship Fund in honor of her classmate Diane, the first African-American student at St. Ursula Academy. “The scholarship is awarded to a student who shows academic potential to succeed at SUA and needs financial assistance and who should increase, enhance or maintain the racial, cultural and/or economic diversity at St. Ursula Academy.”

Sister Mary Cyril Clasgens, O.S.U. (1872-1939)

Theresa Clasgens

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1902, professing her vows in 1905.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Taught at Holy Name, St. Francis de Sales and St. Monica schools.
    Taught during the summer months in the vacation mission schools at Morrow and Arnheim.
    37 years in religious life.

Rosemarie Ann D’Amico Henley ’59

(formerly known as Sister Rose Marie)

    Spent 6 years in religious life, entering on August 28, 1958.

Sister Dolores Biehle, O.S.U. (1883-1956)

Philomena Biehle

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1913, professing her vows in 1915.
    One of the Sisters who launched Nativity School in 1921.
    43 years in religious life.

Mary Dolores Meyer Staun

(Formely known as Mary Dolores)

    Spent 10 years in religious life.
    Attended Edgecliff College for two years.
    Taught for 2 years at St. Francis de Sales School, 5 years at All Saints School. Also taught at St. Ursula Academy.
    After leaving religious life, she went to New York and worked with the Grail.
    She married, came back to Ohio, and raised 3 children.
    “I have been teaching for Cincinnati Public for 20 years and am currently at School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and can’t wait to get into the new building!”

Sister Mary Dominic Schwallie, O.S.U. (1913-1998)

Mary Teresa Schwallie

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1932, professing her vows in 1935.
    Graduated from the Teachers College of the Athenaeum of Ohio; attended Xavier University to further her studies in education; also attended art classes at Mt. St. Joseph College and the Cincinnati Art Academy.
    Taught at SUA for 2 years starting in 1935.
    Taught at St. Francis de Sales School for 10 years and Holy Name School for 13 years.
    Served as principal of Our Lady of the Visitation School for 17 years.
    Served as principal of St. Ursula Villa for 3 years. During this time she developed an advisory board of parents who contributed their professional expertise to operations, planning and fund raising.
    Served as principal of Resurrection School for 8 years.
    Provided adult education in the neighborhood schools.
    66 years in religious life.

Sister Dorothea Overberg, O.S.U. (1899-1986)

Florence Overberg

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1921, professing her vows in 1923.
    Served the children of St. Francis de Sales School for 47 years as teacher and principal (1930-1967).
    First principal of the Latin School housed at St. Francis de Sales.
    Director of the SUA summer school for several years.
    Taught at St. Monica School, All Saints School and SUA high school.
    65 years in religious life.

Sister Dorothy Ann Hammer, O.S.U. (1907-1959)

Dorothy Margaret Catherine Hammer

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1935, professing her vows in 1938.
    Taught at SUA.
    24 years in religious life.

Sister Dympna Holmes, O.S.U. (1898-1985)

Bridget Teresa Holmes

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1923, professing her vows in 1926.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Attended Teachers College at the Athenaeum of Ohio and did graduate work at Xavier University.
    Taught at St. Monica, Holy Name, St. Francis de Sales, All Saints and St. Stephen schools in addition to three years at SUA.
    62 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Edward Aull, O.S.U. (1886-1971)

Edna Marie Aull

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1907, among the first to profess her vows at St. Ursula Convent in 1910.
    Novice in the group that formed the new community of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Studied physics and chemistry at Ohio Mechanical Institute 1914-1916.
    Studied at St. Xavier College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922 and Master of Arts in 1929.
    Taught Geometry, English, Latin and Chemistry at SUA for over 40 years.
    Became principal of Nativity Parish School when it was formed in 1921.
    Served as Assistant Superior 1922-1928.
    64 years in religious life.

Sister Eileen Connelly ’84, O.S.U.

Eileen Connelly

    Born: April 7, 1966.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on April 14, 1999.
    Graduated from Wilmington College with a major in Communications. Received a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of Mt. Saint Joseph.
    While attending college she entered the United States Army Reserve. After graduation she decided to go on active duty spending 5 years in communications and military intelligence stationed in Belgium and Pennsylvania.
    After her military career she was a manager for Bob Evans Restaurant and later a claims adjuster for SAFECO Insurance Company.
    Chair of the National Communicators Network for Women Religious in 2008.
    In 2008 she was elected as Treasurer, Board of Directors, for the National Communication Network for Women Religious.
    Community Service Director for SUA.
    Currently Sister is a writer and editor at the Catholic Telegraph.
    She is a member of the choir at Nativity Church.
    Serves as the religious chairperson for the Cincinnati Alumni Club.

Lynda Maxwell ’62

(Formerly known as Sister Elaine)

    Spent 11 years in religious life, entering in 1961.
    Lynda earned a Masters in Education from Xavier and Masters in Counseling from U.C.
    Her career in education began with 5 years at Our Lady of Visitation School, 1 year at the Archbishops Choir School and 10 years at St. Francis de Sales School.
    After leaving the Ursulines of Cincinnati, she taught in the Sycamore School District for 1 year, Guardian Angels School for 4 years and was the Assistant Principal at St. Bartholomew School for 2 years.
    Lynda then worked in the Juvenile Dependency Program at Jewish Hospital for 3 years.
    She has been teaching and counseling at Cincinnati Public Schools for nineteen years, serving at Chasse, Bloom and Aiken schools and is currently at Walnut Hills.

Sister Elizabeth Lang ’51, O.S.U.

Betty Louise Lang
(Formerly Sister Helen Charles)

    Born: September 8, 1933.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on September 8, 1950.
    1954-1960: Teacher at Our Lady of the Visitation School.
    1960-1973: Math, Religion and Latin teacher at St. Ursula Academy; founding Guidance Department Chair and Counselor.
    1973-1979: Superior who helped to launch an Advisory Board for the Ursuline Sisters and the Academy.
    First Assistant Director of the Permanent Diaconate of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
    1979-1985: St. Ursula Academy Business Manager and St. Ursula Convent Treasurer.
    1985-1994: St. Ursula Academy Alumnae and Annual Fund Director.
    1995-1997: Launched the SUA Campus Ministry office.
    1997-2003: Superior for second term.
    2005: Received the Boys Hope Girls Hope Opportunity Maker Award for her support and guidance.
    Currently retired from her many years at St. Ursula Academy, supporting Campus Ministry both at SUA and at her residence Mercy St. Theresa. “Resident Grandmother” at SUA.

Sister Elizabeth Sarvo, O.S.U. (1889-1974)

Elizabeth Magdalena Sarvo

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1916, professing her vows in 1920.
    Born in Hungary.
    Served in the kitchen and laundry.
    Hobby was to garden at the convent and later at the Villa.
    58 years in religious life.

Sister Elizabeth Catherine Weigand, O.S.U. (1913-1997)

(formerly Sister Mary Thomas)

Elizabeth Catherine (Elsie) Weigand

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1934, professing her vows in 1947.
    Taught at various parish schools: St. Francis de Sales. St. Monica, All Saints, Our Lady of the Visitation, and St. Henry in Dayton. Additionally, taught at St. Ursula Villa.
    In retirement, joined the staff of the community’s resale shop.
    63 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Evangelista Joerger, O.S.U. (1886-1988)

Ann Louise Joerger

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1930.
    Attended the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
    Taught kindergarten and French, Music and Art to the primary grade children at SUA for 40 years.
    Continued her teaching ministry at the Villa when it was established in 1962.
    58 years in religious life

Mother Fidelis Coleman, O.S.U. (1851-1918)

Elizabeth Cecilia Coleman

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1888, professing her vows in 1891.
    Educated by the Ursulines of Brown County.
    Treasurer and Mother Superior of the Ursulines of Brown County prior to forming the new community, Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Foundress and first Mother Superior of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Gifted leader and renowned educator.
    30 years in religious life.

Ann Louise Flick Lampe ’55

(Formerly known as Sister Mary Frederick)

    Spent 16 years in religious life, entering on September 8, 1954.
    SUA Class of 1955
    1962: Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Science from Our Lady of Cincinnati College.
    1962-1970: Taught Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics at St. Ursula Academy. Received National Science Foundation Grant to study at Notre Dame University for summers of 1963-1967.
    1967: Masters degree in Chemistry at the Grotto.
    In the 1970s, taught at Mother of Mercy High School.
    July 4, 1975: “I married my high school sweetheart, Gerald Lampe.”
    “Family is the joy of my life. God has blessed me with a good and loving family.”
    Ann has two daughters, Debbie and Cathy, both married with children.

Sister Mary Francis Mooney, O.S.U. (1899-1960)

Agnes Josephine Mooney

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919, professing her vows in 1922.
    Born in Ireland, one of the Ursulines who emigrated from Ireland.
    Taught for a number of years at SUA.
    Spent 26 years teaching at Holy Name School and several years at St. Francis de Sales School.
    41 years in religious life.

Sister Gabriel Grimes, O.S.U. (1906-2006)

Ellen Grimes

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1920.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Taught at Holy Name School, SUA, and Our Lady of the Visitation School. She placed many children on a solid foundation of reading and writing and prepared many for their First Communion.
    Helped the Cuban Sisters establish parish schools in Florida.
    On the inaugural faculty of Our Lady of the Visitation School in 1950.
    Celebrated her 100th birthday in March 2006.
    86 years in religious life.

Sister Genevieve Glassmeyer, O.S.U. (1878-1953)

Mary Grace Julia Glassmeyer

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1898, professing her vows in 1900.
    Taught at the first Ursuline Academy, of the Ursulines of Brown County, at Oak and Reading in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Taught at St. Andrew Parish in Avondale 1906-1907.
    Taught 7th and 8th grades at SUA.
    Principal and teacher at Holy Name School for 10 years.
    In 1930s, returned to SUA to teach history and religion in the high school.
    Celebrated her golden jubilee in 1950.
    Served as annalist, secretary of the chapter and director of the kitchen, which served the Sisters and the students.
    55 years in religious life.

Claudette Geraci Farone ’53

(formerly known as Sister Marie Goretti)

    Spent 14 years in religious life, entering on August 15, 1953.
    1955: Associates degree, Our Lady of Cincinnati College.
    1956-1959: Taught at Our Lady of Visitation School in Mack, Ohio.
    1959-1962: Taught at All Saints and St. Monica Schools.
    1983: Ordained a Minister of the Unity Church.
    1983-1991: Had temporary ministries in Indiana, California and Florida.
    1991: Minister of the Garden Park Unity Church in Colerain Township.
    Called to Eternal Life in 2005.

Sister Gerard Roth, O.S.U. (1880-1934)

Magdalena Roth

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1912, professing her vows in 1915.
    In charge of guimpes and bandeaux, the linen that was part of the head dress of the Ursuline Sisters.
    21 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Germaine Thorburn ’58, O.S.U.

    Born: March 21, 1940.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on August 28, 1957.
    Attended Our Lady of Cincinnati College (later known as Edgecliff College – Xavier University), where she received a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Latin and Math in 1963.
    1964: Won an NSF grant to study math at Catholic University of America where she received her Master’s degree in the Teaching of Mathematics in 1969.
    1974: Attended Fordham University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Spirituality. Her thesis was “The Similarities in the Spiritualities of Francis of Assisi and St. Angela Merici”; since Saint Angela was a Third Order Franciscan, this gave new insights into both of them.
    1960s-1980s: Taught Latin, Math and Religion at SUA, McNicholas High School, and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, Illinois.
    Taught in the Permanent Deacon Program of the archdiocese for 7 years, giving retreats to the candidates and their wives in preparation for ordination. Sister Mary Germaine has been a spiritual director since 1975, and currently serves the Cursillo Movement of Cincinnati in that role.
    Taught at Terrace Guild in Winton Terrace preparing welfare recipients for the GED test, leading to 8 years at the Hamilton County Justice Center where she was a Deputy Sheriff and prepared inmates for the GED test.
    1997-2003: Member of the community’s Executive Council.
    Currently she tutors young people and adults to improve their math and writing skills. She also wrote and published the Woman’s Aglow for the Eastern Hills Women’s Aglow.
    She presents talks on spirituality in parishes and at her residence, Mercy Franciscan West Park. She served as Resident Council President there and was elected to the Resident Council for several terms.

Sister Gertrude “Mother Gertrude” Creamer, O.S.U. (1882-1953)

Elizabeth Creamer

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1907, among the first to profess her vows at St. Ursula Convent in 1910.
    Novice in the group that formed the new community of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Attended school at Brown County, converting to Catholicism as a student.
    Served the community as First and Second Assistant Mother Superior.
    3rd Directress/Principal of St. Ursula Academy (1925-1940).
    Helped the Academy grow by increasing the enrollment dramatically.
    Taught English, French and Spanish at SUA.
    46 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Grace Joerger, O.S.U. (1892-1984)

Theresa Maria Joerger

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1931, professing her vows in 1933.
    Served the community by working in the cafeteria and laundry doing whatever she was asked.
    53 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Helen “Mother Helen” Sanker, O.S.U. (1909-1995)

Evelyn Elizabeth Sanker

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1929, professing her vows in 1931.
    Attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy ( high school) and College; Received a Masters in Arts, Notre Dame University (English).
    Taught exclusively at SUA for 62 years. She is best remembered for being a wonderful English teacher and for her ability to be forward-thinking in seeing women cross new thresholds.
    4th Directress/Principal at St. Ursula Academy (1940-1955). During this time she worked with others to spearhead the development of a new gymnasium for the Academy and additional bedrooms for the St. Ursula Convent.
    Was elected Mother Superior of the community in 1955 and served for 6 years.
    Also served as Treasurer, council member, and was in charge of the young professed Sisters for a period of time.
    In 1960, led the effort to purchase the LeBlond estate in Mt. Lookout allowing for continued increased enrollment at the high school and development of St. Ursula Villa.
    66 years in religious life.

Anne L. Helmick Werdel ’60

(formerly known as Sister Mary Theresa)

    Spent 10 years in religious life, entering in 1959.
    Class of 1960.
    “St. Ursula was a part of my family’s life long before I was born and its graceful threads – a holy web of relationships – have been an important part of the web of my own life. I never met my grandfather, but he was the attorney for the Sisters and loved them and served them in many ways. My best friend of many years, Mary Cabrini Durkin, and I were freshman together at St. Ursula and we were seldom seen apart.”
    Bachelor of Arts, Our Lady of Cincinnati.
    “My art degree was more than earned by days and nights and weeks and months of silk screening Christmas cards in the basement of the Villa. My artwork continued and culminated in the sculpture of St. Angela still hanging on the outer wall of the Villa.”
    Taught kindergarten and 1st grade at St. Ursula Villa.
    Masters in Montessori Education, Xavier University.
    1970: Second Masters Degree in Theology, St. Michaels College at the University of Toronto.
    “Through a friend I met my wonderful husband, Bill Werdel. We spent the first 10 years of our life on a 5th floor walk-up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NY. One of our windows looked directly into Dorothy Day’s window and we daily celebrated Eucharist with her and with other young Catholic Workers.”
    Has five children and returned to teaching after a “15 year maternity leave” and ending her career 10 years later as lead teacher for curriculum at a public Montessori Magnet in Raleigh, NC.
    “Bill and I both retired 6 years ago and serve now on the staff of our downtown Cathedral parish as Social Concerns Ministers. We have been richly blessed. St. Ursula is a major part of the web of grace and God’s presence.”

Sister Mary Henry Bernard, O.S.U.

Helen Marie Bernard

    Born: May 26, 1926.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on August 28, 1944, along with her twin sister, Margaret Mary Bernard, the future Sister Matilda.
    Received her Bachelor’s degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio.
    Spent 50 years in teaching and library work.
    Sister Mary Henry taught 1st grade children. “In 1947, some of the children entering 1st grade could not count to 10 or know one color from the other.”
    Taught at St. Ursula Villa, Holy Name, Our Lady of the Visitation, St. Henry, All Saints, St. Monica and St. Francis de Sales schools.
    1986: Sister Mary Henry joined the SUA library staff, directed by Sister Matilda.
    Taught reading to special needs children.
    Continues to serve the Sisters of St. Ursula as librarian for the St. Ursula Convent.

Sister Mary Herman Huseman, O.S.U. (1905-1984)

Alma Henrietta Huseman

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1926, professing her vows in 1928.
    Taught at St. Monica School for 33 years.
    Also taught at the parish schools of Holy Name, Our Lady of the Visitation, St. Stephen in Cincinnati, Oh; St. Henry and Bishop Leibold in Dayton, and St. Matthew in Miami, Florida (where she also served as Principal).
    Engaged in catechetical programs at St. John School in West Chester, St. Henry School in Dayton, and St. Monica School.
    During the summers (from 1938-1955), she worked at the mission schools in Arnheim, Georgetown and Morrow.
    Taught in SUA’s summer school for 15 years.
    During retirement, she tutored at St. Ursula Villa and Resurrection schools.
    58 years in religious life.

Sister Ignatius Gieske, O.S.U. (1922-2007)

Lorraine Gieske

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1943.
    Received a degree in Education from the Athenaeum of Ohio and a Masters in Educational Administration from Xavier Education. Received education in health care and gerontology at St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana and Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati.
    6th Principal at St. Ursula Academy (1968-1974); also taught Spanish.
    Managed the Mother Baptista Health Care Center (St. Ursula Convent).
    Acted as chaplain at Hospice of Cincinnati.
    64 years in religious life.

Sister Immaculata Thompson, O.S.U. (1880-1967)

Elizabeth Cody Kelly Thompson

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1907. Among the first to profess her vows at St. Ursula Convent.
    Novice in the group that formed the new community of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Teaching certification obtained at the Teacher’s College, Athenaeum of Ohio.
    Taught kindergarten and 1st grade at SUA, Holy Name and St. Francis de Sales schools.
    60 years in religious life.

Sister Irene Telhester, O.S.U. (1919-1992)

Irene Catherine Telhester

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1939, professing her vows in 1941.
    Taught in parish schools for 33 years. She was one of the Sisters who helped the Cuban Sisters establish parish schools in Florida.
    Began social work for the Archdiocese by operating, with other Sisters, an adult high school equivalency program.
    An advocate for better housing and improved public education through her work at the Walnut Hills Redevelopment foundation and on the board of Merry Middle School, a Cincinnati Public School in Walnut Hills.
    Served on the Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.
    Received numerous awards for her social advocacy including an award from Xavier University for her volunteer community service and a designated day, SISTER IRENE DAY, from the City of Cincinnati.
    53 years in religious life.

Sister Jane Frances Steiner, O.S.U. (1893-1969)

Christine Bertha Steiner

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1921, professing her vows in 1924.
    Received her degree from the Teacher’s College of the Athenaeum of Ohio.
    Taught at SUA for 22 years and St. Francis de Sales School for 14 years (primarily teaching 2nd graders and preparing them for First Communion).
    Spent her retirement years at St. Louis Church preparing meals for the archbishop and the priests who lived there.
    48 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Jean Constable, O.S.U. (1909-2006)

Gertrude Constable

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1929.
    Taught for 57 years in the parish schools of St. Monica, Holy Name, St. Francis de Sales, and Our Lady of the Visitation.
    Recognized by the Archdiocese for her contributions as a “Minister of Education” on her 50th anniversary as a teacher.
    77 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Jerome Buchert ’63, O.S.U.

Mary Claire Buchert

    Born: August 4, 1945.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on August 27, 1961.
    1964-1972: Began her educational ministry as a junior high school teacher at St. Francis de Sales School.
    1972-1977: Principal of St. Francis de Sales School.
    1977- 1980: Director of Adult Religious Education at St. Francis de Sales, where she began one of the first adult RCIA programs in an archdiocesan parish.
    Co-founder and President of the Catholic Urban School League, organized to help the urban parochial schools respond to the educational needs of African American Students and deal with the social and economic issues of the Civil Rights era. Currently called CISE – Catholic Inter-city Schools Education.
    1979: Director of Alumnae for St. Ursula Academy and began the first Development Office raising funds for the needs of the Convent and the Academy.
    Community Outreach Program, through a CETA government grant, was initiated. This program, under the direction of Sally Hinds and Sister Mary Jerome, provided employment counseling, GED tutoring, youth recreational activities, and arts and crafts programs for low-income residents of Walnut Hills.
    Member of the Executive Council of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    1982-1983: Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year and member of Leadership Cincinnati.
    1985-1991: Superior of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Instrumental in co-founding North American Ursuline Educational Services.
    1992: Pastoral Associate of St. Agnes Parish in Bond Hill.
    1995: Pastoral Administrator of the parish when the Archbishop decided not to assign a resident pastor because of the growing priest shortage. Sister was one of only three pastoral administrators in the archdiocese at that time. As a pastoral administrator she performed all the duties of a pastor except celebrating the sacraments.
    Since 2003, Sister Mary Jerome has been Director of the Virginia Noll Starfish Project for Women and the General Minister of the Ursulines of Cincinnati.

Sister Joan Marie Boehle, O.S.U. (1920-2001)

Florence May Christina Boehle

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1939, professing her vows in 1942.
    Taught English Literature, French, Religion and Music for over 50 years at SUA.
    Educated at the Teachers’ College of the Athenaeum, Notre Dame University, Xavier University, and Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
    Oversaw the library at SUA and in her later years took care of the audio-visual equipment and supplies.
    Director of Music for the Ursuline Community and organist for liturgies.
    Taught at the Archbishop’s Choir School.
    62 years in religious life.

Sister Mary John Phythian, O.S.U. (1893-1967)

Laura Gertrude Phythian

    Attended nursing school before entering St. Ursula Convent in 1920. She professed her vows in 1923.
    Boarded at Brown County School and converted to Catholicism while she attended school there.
    Taught at St. Francis de Sales School for over 15 years.
    Taught at SUA prior to her time at St. Francis de Sales.
    Helped to care for the sick in the community infirmary.
    Taught at St. Monica School for 4 years.
    47 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Joseph Hageman, O.S.U. (1890-1972)

Bernardine Josephine Hageman

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1914, professing her vows in 1916.
    Taught grades five and six at St. Monica School for over 25 years.
    She also taught at St. Francis de Sales School and SUA.
    Served as the receptionist at St. Ursula after retiring from teaching.
    58 years in religious life.

Judith A. Wimberg ’58

(Formerly known as Sister Joseph Marie and Sister Judith)

    Spent 31 years in religious life, entering in 1958.
    SUA Class of 1958.
    1962: Bachelors in Arts, Our Lady of Cincinnati College (Latin).
    1967: Master of Arts, Xavier University (History).
    1962-1963: First teaching assignment at Our Lady of Visitation School.
    1963-1974: Taught Latin, Social Studies and Religion at St. Ursula Academy. Especially enjoyed teaching the senior course, Government and Economics, following in the footsteps of Sister Rose Angela whom Judy admired very much.
    7th Principal of St. Ursula Academy (1974-1986): “It was an exciting time at St. Ursula and with a dedicated faculty and staff we were able to strengthen the school. I loved the job! We also undertook significant renovations which were showcased at the Academy’s 75th anniversary.”
    1984-1985: Participated in Global Spirituality Program at Mt. St. Joseph College.
    1986-1997: Taught Religion at St. Xavier High School. “Teaching those young men was fun and challenging and I made some very good friends there. It was quite a change from being with all girls! It was a very hard decision to make when I was asked to come back to St. Ursula to be President.”
    1998: Master of Arts in Theology from Xavier University.
    1997-Present: President of St. Ursula Academy. “Even though I am no longer a member of the Community, I am grateful that my ministry continues the work started here by the Ursuline Sisters in 1910. Having been part of the 50th anniversary celebration as a novice and the 75th anniversary as principal, I am looking forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Ursula Convent and Academy in 2010.”
    2004: Honored with the St. Ursula Academy Community Service Award for 30 years service: Teacher, Principal and President.
    2007-2008: Member of Leadership Cincinnati.
    2008: Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year.

Phyllis Welch Sweeney ’56

Formerly known as Sister Mary Jude Welch ’56

    Spent 13 years in religious life.
    SUA Class of 1956.
    Taught various grades during her career as a teacher.

Ruth Lambers Molloy ’58

(formerly known as Sister John Nicholas; Sister Ruth)

    Spent 14 years in religious life, entering in 1957.
    SUA Class of 1958.
    1963: Bachelors in Education, Our Lady of Cincinnati College.
    1966: Masters in Education, Xavier University.
    1962-1967: Taught 1st grade at St. Ursula Villa.
    “August 16, 1974: I married Edmund J. Molloy and in 1975 became a mother to Theresa Marie. Theresa and David Wirth married in 2000 and I became “Grandma” to Hannah Rose (2002) and Rebecca Marie (2005).”
    1995: Won first prize in the Wearing Apparel Category for a sweatshirt celebrating the Riverboat Festival that occurs in Cincinnati every four years. In other years, Ruth won Best Night View and Best Day View in Cincinnati Postcards in the competition sponsored by International Postcard Distributors Association.
    1996-1998: President of the International Postcard Distributors Association (owner of Molloy Postcard and Souvenir Services.)
    Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, KY.
    Currently the Assistant Director of the Pro-Life Commission, Diocese of Covington, KY and Coordinator of the Project Rachel Program.

Sister Mary Lawrence Hartmann, O.S.U.

Loraine Theresa Hartmann

    Born: February 23, 1927.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on February 2, 1945.
    Bachelors of Science, Athenaeum of Ohio (Elementary Education).
    Masters of Education, Xavier University.
    Taught 1st grade at SUA, St. Ursula Villa, and St. Henry School.
    Principal of St. Henry School.
    1st Principal of St. Ursula Villa, when Academy divided into St. Ursula Academy (High School continued in original building located in Walnut Hills) and St. Ursula Villa (Elementary School located in Mt. Lookout).
    Sister celebrated 50 years at the St. Ursula Villa at the time of her retirement.
    “I tutored children and enjoyed gardening, after leaving St. Ursula Villa in 1968.”

Sister Lee Ann Trimnell O.S.U. (1932-1985)

Lee Ann Trimnell

(formerly Sister Ruth Adelaide)

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1955.
    Earned her degree at Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati.
    Taught at SUA and St. Ursula Villa for 7 years and at the parish schools of St. Monica, All Saints and St. Henry in Dayton for 12 years.
    Missionary in Zambia establishing the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Course in the diocese fulfilling her longtime desire to be a missionary.
    Director of religious education and principal of St. Michael School in Ripley.
    Coordinator of mission programs for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
    30 years in religious life.

Audrey E. Liebel Broomall

(Formerly known Sister Mary Louis)

    Spent 18 years in religious life, entering in February 2, 1953.
    Principal of All Saints School for many years.
    After leaving religious life, taught 3rd grade at Montgomery Elementary School for the next 24 years.
    1973: Married Bill Broomall.
    1976: Adopted Patty at nine days old. “This was truly the biggest thrill of my life and certainly a prayer and a dream that came true.”
    Called to Eternal Life on May 3, 1995 at the age of 62.

Mother Ligouri Hammer, O.S.U. (1836-1916)

Magdalene Hammer

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County, professing her vows in 1861.
    Greater part of her religious life was spent teaching at Brown County Academy.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Teacher of German and branches of philosophy, such as, ethics, logic and psychology.
    Assisted Brown County’s foundation of a new community in Santa Rosa, California.
    55 years in religious life.

Sister Loretta Glassmeyer, O.S.U. (1892-1951)

Adele Glassmeyer

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1913.
    Taught at SUA for 20 years.
    One of the Sisters who launched Nativity School in 1921.
    Also taught at St. Francis de Sales, Holy Name and St. Monica schools.
    38 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Louise Crowther, O.S.U. (1869-1941)

Josephine Crowther

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1916, professing her vows in 1919.
    Served as receptionist for many years.
    24 years in religious life.

Mary Louise Schlasinger Haglage ’57

(formerly known as Sister Mary Louise)

    Spent 13 years in religious life, entering on August 15, 1956.
    SUA Class of 1955.
    1961: Bachelors of Arts, Our Lady of Cincinnati College and began teaching 1st and 2nd grades at Holy Name School.
    1962-1965: Taught at All Saints School.
    1965-1966: Partnered with three Spanish speaking Sisters of the Sisters of the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to establish a primary school in Miramar, Florida.
    1966-1969: Returned to All Saints School as Teacher and Assistant Principal under Sister Mary Louis Liebel, O.S.U.
    1970: Began teaching at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School and finishing up requirements for Masters in Education.
    1971: “As fate would have it, I met Robert J. Haglage at a New Year’s Eve dance and married him on June 3, 1972.”
    1971-1975: Worked in education in Grant County, Kentucky.
    1976-1983: Moved to Maderia, Ohio and worked in education in Cincinnati. Mary Louise began her career as Principal in elementary schools that were in trouble and “needed to be put back on the right track. This I did very successfully.”
    1984-1988: Principal at St. James of the Valley School in Wyoming Ohio.
    1988-1992: Principal at St. Andrew’s School in Milford, Ohio.
    1992-retirement: Principal at St. Cecilia School in Independence, Kentucky.
    “After retiring from education, three courses away from a double Masters in Education, I decided to work for the Kentucky cities of Lakeside Park and Crestview Hill.”
    “In 2007, my husband Bob and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with a trip to Yellowstone National Park and other western states.”

Sister Lucy Roberg, O.S.U. (1867-1956)

Lucy Roberg

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1915, professing her vows in 1917.
    Taught at St. Monica and St. Francis de Sales schools.
    Taught private music lessons to students at SUA.
    41 years in religious life.

Sister Lucy Ward, O.S.U. (1839-1914)

Mary Ward

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County, professing her vows in 1869.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Served as a lay Sister, making the household duties of St. Ursula Convent her career.
    47 years in religious life.

Linda Olinger Limin ’59

(formerly known as Sister Robert Marie)

    Spent 17 years in religious life.
    SUA Class of 1959
    1964-1972: Taught at St. Ursula Academy and All Saints schools.
    1966-1969: Linda earned her Masters in Biology from Michigan State during the summers.
    In 1972, she moved to Canada and married.
    Taught Biology, Chemistry and General Science at Burlington Central High School for 23 years.
    “I remember a kitten living in the Biology classroom at St. Ursula during my time there.”

Sister Mary Oliver “Mother Oliver” Devane, O.S.U. (1899-1982)

Bridget Devane

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919, professing final vows in 1922.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Novice Mistress for 26 years starting in 1935.
    Assistant Mother Superior 1961-1967.
    Taught in the grade school at SUA for 52 years.
    63 years in religious life.

Sister Patricia Meisner, O.S.U.

Patricia Meisner

    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on August 4, 2007.
    Four-decade career in teaching and educational administration.
    Sister Pat’s degrees are from Ohio University and the University of Hawaii.
    Her work has been primarily in Catholic schools with special focus on early childhood education and organizational leadership.
    2002: Assistant Principal at St. Ursula Villa, serving on the Villa’s Ursuline Identity Committee and Ursuline Educational Services Board of Trustees.
    Sister Pat views her years at the Villa as the most wonderful time of her career, saying “each child, each parent and each member of our staff is valued. The family atmosphere, care of the individual, commitment to service, development of the whole child, spirit of optimism and focus on diversity in all its forms support the traditions of academic excellence that make St. Ursula Villa a very special place.”
    Sister Pat’s passion for travel has taken her to many of the fifty states as well as to Canada, China, Scandinavia, Ireland, England, the Caribbean and Western Europe. She has been especially inspirited by pilgrimages to St. Angela’s home places in Italy in 2006 and 2007.
    Currently Co-Director of Ursuline Educational Services, partnering with Sister Patricia Homan of the Brown County Ursulines.

Sister Mary Patrick Geraghty, O.S.U. (1892-1982)

Anne Geraghty

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1921, professing her vows in 1924.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Her religious life was one of service to her community (managed the laundry department and cleaned the SUA Chapel which she regarded as a labor of love).
    61 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Paul Gieske, O.S.U. (1920-2007)

Ruth Marie Gieske

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1935, professing her vows in 1938.
    Served as the 3rd grade teacher at SUA. Also taught French to the grade school and high school students.
    In 1954, served as the 1st Principal of All Saints School. Partnered with Sister Rosemary Winkeljohann (then Sister Mary Xavier) in starting this school.
    Also taught at Holy Name School.
    Directress of the Alumnae Association.
    As Archivist for the Ursuline community, visited other Ursuline convents in Europe and the United States.
    Sister wrote short articles about the early history of the Ursuline Order.
    72 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Peter Cullinan, O.S.U. (1897-1984)

Alice Columba Cullinan

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Spent 42 years as a teacher and principal at St. Monica School.
    Spent 10 years teaching at St. Francis de Sales School, St. Henry School in Dayton and the Archbishop’s Choir School .
    In semi-retirement she taught at SUA.
    At the request of Archbishop John T. McNicholas, she began to hold Catholic Information Classes in November 1933.
    Organized the Our Lady of Light Club for the purpose of giving converts fuller knowledge of their faith, of increasing their personal sanctification and encouraging one another.
    65 years in religious life.

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Rittmeyer ’45

(Formerly known as Sister Philip Neri)

    Spent 24 years in religious life, entering on September 2, 1945.
    1951: Bachelor of Arts, Our Lady of Cincinnati College.
    1959: Master of Arts, Notre Dame University.
    1954-1968: Taught at St. Ursula Academy.

Sister Raphael Grimes, O.S.U. (1905-1994)

Rose Elizabeth Grimes

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1920, professing her vows in 1923.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Athenaeum of Ohio; continued her studies at Notre Dame, Xavier University, Dayton University and the University of Cincinnati.
    Taught at SUA, 25 years at Holy Name School, 10 years at St. Francis de Sales School, 8 years at All Saints School, 5 years at St. Ursula Villa, and concluded her teaching career at Our Lady of the Visitation School.
    Through Cincinnati Restoration, Inc. she tutored adults in math and reading. She was 85 when she began this work.
    74 years in religious life.

Sister Regina Germann, O.S.U. (1920-2008)

Mary Elizabeth Germann

    Entered St. Ursula Convent on September, 15, 1940.
    Received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio.
    Taught at St. Monica School, St. Henry School, All Saints School, Our Lady of the Visitation School, and St. Ursula Villa, spending 33 years teaching grade school students.
    One of the first women in parish ministry, helping to make preparations for the new baptismal rite.
    After Vatican II, engaged in helping in the publication of liturgical books through the National Liturgy Society.
    48 years in religious life.

Sister Rita “Mother Rita” McDonough, O.S.U. (1900-1993)

Margaret Monica McDonough

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919, professing her vows in 1922.
    Received a degree in education from Xavier University and attended Notre Dame University for graduate work.
    Taught at St. Francis de Sales School.
    Taught eighth grade and served as principal for 5 years at St. Monica School.
    Spent 40 years as a devoted teacher at St. Ursula Academy.
    Served the community for 12 years as a community council member.; known to many as “Mother Rita”
    74 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Roberta Glassmeyer, O.S.U. (1905-1958)

Emily Mary Glassmeyer

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1942.
    Taught kindergarten for 15 years at St. Monica School.
    Taught typing at the high school level at St. Ursula Academy.
    16 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Rose Waldbillig, O.S.U. (1908-1947)

Gertrude Waldbillig

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1929, professing her vows in 1931.
    Watched over the younger girls boarding at the school in the 1930s.
    Taught fourth grade at St. Ursula Academy.
    Served as Directress of the primary grades at St. Ursula Academy.
    18 years in religious life.

Sister Rose Angela Boehle ’36, O.S.U. (1918-1993)

Rosemary Boehle

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1938, professing her vows in 1941.
    Attended the Athenaeum of Ohio studying Mathematics, Chemistry and Social Studies; Masters Degree, Xavier University (History).
    5th Directress/Principal of St. Ursula Academy (1955-1968).
    During Sister’s time as Principal, she introduced many innovations including educational television, student tours to Europe, a “Prep Careers Day” for seniors and expansion of the Academy’s enrollment to be both larger and more diverse.
    1969: Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
    Taught in the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati while working on her Doctorate in Educational Administration.
    Teacher and Chair of the Education Department at St. Gregory Seminary.
    Coordinator of Social Studies curriculum for the Archdiocesan School Office.
    Taught religion at All Saints School in 1953.
    Director of Religious Education at St. John Parish in West Chester 1972-1981.
    In retirement, she tutored at SUA and helped prisoners with academic skills.
    Wrote and published Maria, a biography of Maria Longworth Nichols Storer.
    55 years in religious life.

Sister Rose Ellen Palmer, O.S.U. (1874-1952)

Rose Palmer

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1915, professing her vows in 1917.
    Born in Canada.
    Taught at St. Monica School and SUA.
    37 years in religious life.

Sister Rose Mary Miller, O.S.U. (1909-1982)

Eva Miller

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1935, professing her vows in 1938.
    Taught 2nd grade for 23 years at SUA and 13 years at various parish schools. (Her greatest joy was preparing little children for their First Communion.)
    After her teaching career, she offered her services as secretary to St. Ursula Villa and later to St. Francis de Sales.
    47 years in religious life.

Sister Rosemary Winkeljohann ’47, O.S.U. (1929-2009)

Rosemary Winkeljohann
(Formerly Sister Mary Xavier)

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1947.
    Bachelor of Arts, Edgecliff College
    Masters in Education, Xavier University.
    Post Graduate Studies at Bowling Green, Miami University and University of Cincinnati.
    Doctorate, University of Illinois (Elementary Education and Reading Language Arts.)
    Started All Saints School with Sister Mary Paul Gieske in 1954.
    Taught for 16 years at several parish elementary and secondary schools: St. Veronica, St. Francis de Sales and SUA.
    Principal of St. Ursula Villa and of St. Michael School, Ripley.
    Served for 5 years in the Archdiocesan School Office as Reading Curriculum Coordinator.
    Taught Education at several universities, including Xavier University and North Dakota University.
    Associate Director of the Education Research Information Centers, a national organization on reading and communication skills.
    Director of Member Services for the National Council of Teachers of English.
    Published “Contribution of Linguistics to the Teaching of Reading” and a number of articles on topics of reading, English and education.
    Consultant for many national educational organizations.
    Received Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
    Sister’s legacy gift: developing the Archives of the Ursulines of Cincinnati on 3rd floor of St. Ursula Convent.
    62 years in religious life.

Sister Ruth Ann Hartmann ’49, O.S.U.

Mary Agnes Hartmann

    Born: December 16, 1929.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on February 11, 1949.
    Bachelors of Science, Our Lady of Cincinnati (Education).
    Masters in Education, Xavier University.
    Taught for over 25 years at St. Francis de Sales School, St. Henry School, St. Monica School, Our Lady of the Visitation School and St. Ursula Villa (in addition to after school care).
    1979-1985: Mother Superior
    Served as a house coordinator for the community for 10 years.
    2006: Celebrated her golden jubilee.

Sister Sarah Ann Germann, O.S.U. (1921-2001)

Sarah Germann

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1941.
    Received a Bachelor of Education from the Athenaeum of Ohio.
    Taught History, English and Home Economics at SUA 1947-1957.
    Taught at Our Lady of the Visitation School for several years and 3 years at St. Francis de Sales School.
    Directed the food service for both the Sisters and the students.
    Worked in the library at SUA.
    House coordinator for the community 1980-1992.
    Had a passion for landscaping and craft work. She sold her crafts throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Kit Rettig Overbeck ‘61 remembers Sister Sarah Ann saying, “If you don’t have children, you need to have flowers.”
    60 years in religious life.

Mother Mary Sebastian Collins, O.S.U. (1844-1923)

Ellen Collins

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1866, professing her vows in 18691870.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    One of the Ursulines who emigrated from Ireland (County Waterford).
    Served as Assistant Mother Superior and Zelatrice for the community.
    56 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Teresita Wolf, O.S.U. (1909-1964)

Magdalina Helen Wolf

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1928, professing her vows in 1931.
    Taught at St. Francis de Sales for 26 years.
    Directress and teacher at the Archbishop’s Choir School.
    36 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Theodosia Keidel, O.S.U. (1904-1977)

Wilhelmina Keidel

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1925, professing her vows in 1927.
    Taught for 45 years at St. Francis de Sales School, Holy Name School, St. Monica School, Our Lady of the Visitation School, the Latin School and SUA.
    In semi-retirement, helped with secretarial work at St. Francis de Sales.
    52 years in religious life.

Sister Theresa Connaughton, O.S.U. (1899-1979)

Mary Connaughton

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Known as the “Little Flower” of St. Ursula.
    Served in the kitchen and cafeteria the dining room all her religious life.
    60 years in religious life.

Sister Elizabeth Catherine Weigand, O.S.U. (1913-1997)

Elizabeth Catherine (Elsie) Weigand
(Formerly Sister Mary Thomas)

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1934, professing her vows in 1947.
    Taught at various parish schools: St. Francis de Sales. St. Monica, All Saints, Our Lady of the Visitation, and St. Henry in Dayton. Additionally, taught at St. Ursula Villa.
    In retirement, joined the staff of the community’s resale shop.
    63 years in religious life.

Sister St. Ursula Snively, O.S.U. (1880-1962)

Ella Bull Snively

    Entered the Ursulines of Cincinnati in 1911, professing her vows in 1914.
    Taught for 37 years in various parochial schools: St. Monica, Holy Name, St. Francis de Sales and SUA.
    51 years in religious life.

Sister Veronica Wolf, O.S.U. (1914-2007)

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1930.
    Taught primarily 1st and 2nd grade at Holy Name School, St. Monica School, All Saints School, St. Henry School, Our Lady of the Visitation School and SUA. She prepared many children for their First Communion.
    Taught religious education classes at Rothenberg School mission on Vine Street, and at St. John in West Chester.
    Also taught religious education in rural areas of Ohio: Arnheim, Morrow and Russels Point.
    In retirement, she took Communion to the elderly in nursing homes.
    77 years in religious life.

Sister Victoria Bluett, O.S.U. (1892-1919)

Anna Bluett

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1911.
    Died shortly after leaving for the new convent at Holy Name School in Mt. Auburn.
    8 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Vincent Mangold, O.S.U. (1869-1925)

Laura Mangold

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1905, professing her vows in 1907.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Taught at SUA and in various parochial schools in Cincinnati.
    Oct 1919 actively secured the generous help of Mrs. Lucile Joyce Hagerty to fund a trip to Ireland to bring back young women to join the Ursuline Convent.  At this time, she was the Mother Assistant and Directress of St. Ursula Academy.
    Had charge of the Ladies of Sodality.
    20 years in religious life.

Sister Mary William Luxford ’49, O.S.U.

Adele Margaret Mary Luxford

    Born: January 6, 1931.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on February 11, 1949.
    1952-1960: Teacher at Our Lady of the Visitation School in second and third grades.
    1960-1966: Teacher at St. Ursula Academy and St. Ursula Villa.
    1966-1971: Principal at St. Francis de Sales School.
    1971-1978: Principal at All Saints School.
    1978-1980: Taught at St. Gregory Seminary.
    1978-2001: St. Louis Parish pastoral minister, including RCIA program.
    Volunteer at Christ Hospital and Bethesda Base Hospital.
    2001-2008: Religious Educator at St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Morrow, Ohio.
    2008-Present: Pastoral Minister at St. Philip the Apostle.

Sister Mary Wortkoetter, O.S.U. (1875-1948)

Adeline Wortkoetter

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1910, the 1st postulant after the Ursulines of Cincinnati was formally established.
    First-grade teacher at St. Monica School for over 25 years.
    38 years in religious life.

Sister Margaret of the Sacred Heart Lockwood, O.S.U. (1867-1914)

Helen Lockwood

    Entered the Ursulines of Brown County in 1886. , professing her final vows in 1889.
    Studied summers at Catholic University.
    Member of the group that formed the new community of Ursulines of Cincinnati.
    Instrumental in helping to establish Sodalities at the Academy and at the parishes of the Assumption and Holy Name.
    She was a teacher of literature and contributed several essays to the Catholic Education Review.
    28 years in religious life.

Sister Margaret Mary Fox, O.S.U. (1890-1984)

Margaret O’Rourke Fox

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1919.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Taught for 42 years in the parish schools of Holy Name (34 years), St. Monica and St. Francis de Sales.
    Tutor at St. Ursula Villa.
    65 years in religious life.

Sister Margaret Mary “Margie” Efkeman ’64, O.S.U.

Margaret Mary Efkeman

(formerly Sister Marguerite)

    Born: December 7, 1945.
    Joined the Ursulines of Cincinnati on September 9, 1964.
    Received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Our Lady of Cincinnati in 1972; received a Master of Arts in Education from Xavier in 1977.
    Taught at various parish schools - Our Lady of the Visitation, All Saints and St. Francis de Sales.
    1970s and 1980s: Community Vocation Director.
    1976-1987: School counselor and Director of Guidance at SUA. During this time she represented SUA for a 5 year term on the College Entrance Examination Board and the College Scholarship Service Assembly.
    1987-2003: School counselor for Catholic Social services of Northern Kentucky.
    2000 –Present: School counselor for St. Ursula Villa.
    Worked in the Rural Outreach Ministry in Carlisle, Kentucky.
    1990s: Spiritual companion to new members of the community.
    1992-1998: Member of the community’s Council.
    Teacher in the Summer Peace Camps for Children. This ministry is sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center and Center for Peace Education. Formerly sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center and Center for Peace Education, this ministry is now under the auspices of BRIDGES for a Just Community.
    In addition to her career as school counselor at St. Ursula Villa, Sister Margie is dedicated to volunteering in support of local immigrants.

Sister Mary Magdalen O’Brien, O.S.U. (1898-1970)

Amelia O’Brien

    Entered the Ursulines of Cincinnati in 1919.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Athenaeum of Ohio and also attended Xavier University.
    Taught at Holy Name School, St. Francis de Sales School, Our Lady of the Visitation School, All Saints School and SUA.
    51 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Martha Wagner, O.S.U. (1901-1986)

Martha Mary Wagner

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1920, professing her vows in 1930.
    Taught for 31 years in the parish schools of St. Francis de Sales, St. Monica, All Saints and Holy Name.
    Principal of Holy Name School. .
    Taught for 14 years in the junior high department of SUA.
    Served the community as a council member 1967-1973.
    In charge of novices for several years.
    66 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Matilda Bernard, O.S.U. (1926-2001)

Margaret Mary Bernard

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1944.
    Received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio and a Masters in Education in Library Science from the University of Cincinnati.
    Taught at St. Monica School 1947-1957, St. Francis de Sales School 1957-1961, All Saints School 1961-1963 and Our Lady of the Visitation School 1964-1966.
    Taught at SUA and served as the librarian for 31 years from 1966 until her retirement in 1997.
    Managed the SUA gardens and created materials for the Sisters’ gift shop.
    Organist at liturgies for the Sisters.
    57 years in religious life.

Sister Mary Monica Foltzer, O.S.U. (1909-2001)

Clara Catherine Foltzer

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1927, professing her vows in 1930.
    Received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the Athenaeum of Ohio and a Masters degree from Xavier University.
    Wrote Professor Phonics Gives Sounds Advice, a book and instructional program for teaching a system of phonics of the English language.
    Taught grades one through twelve. She taught at SUA in the grade and high school levels. She taught at Holy Name School and St. Francis de Sales School.
    1st principal of Our Lady of the Visitation School.
    Taught in the graduate program of Xavier University to help teachers understand the teaching of reading through phonics.
    74 years in religious life.

Sister Mercedes Wolf, O.S.U. (1911-1996)

Evelyn Wolf

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1930, professing her vows in 1933.
    Received a bachelor’s degree from the Teachers College of the Athenaeum of Ohio; continued her studies at Xavier University and attended Mt. St. Joseph for art lessons.
    Began her teaching career at SUA; taught at Holy Name School for 14 years.
    Assisted with the opening of Our Lady of the Visitation School, teaching at Our Lady of the Visitation School for 14 years.
    Also gave religious instruction on Saturdays at St. John in West Chester and to public school children in released time.
    Taught at the summer religion programs in rural Ohio: Foster, Morrow, St. Mary’s in Arnheim and Russels Point and Rothenberg School Mission.
    66 years in religious life.

Sister Michael Grimes, O.S.U. (1907-1998)

Katherine Grimes

    Entered St. Ursula Convent in 1923, professing her vows in 1926.
    Born in Ireland, one of many Sisters who emigrated from Ireland.
    Skillfully managed the laundry and mechanical tasks and other household duties of the Convent and Academy.
    75 years in religious life.
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