Ursuline Sisters of Louisville  
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Sisters in Ministry
Pray that God enlighten you, direct you, and teach you
what you are to do.
– Angela Merici

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are a dynamic group of women who respond in various ways to needs of today's society. Following in the tradition of our foundress, Saint Angela Merici, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we choose ministries that help others to live more fully and develop a personal relationship with God.

Teaching Christian living is our corporate ministry, which cuts across socio-economic, racial and national boundaries. Our sisters minister in five states and in Peru, South America, serving in education, healthcare, pastoral service, spiritual direction, retreat ministry and parish ministry. We work with Hispanics, the deaf community, persons with disabilities, and the poor in both urban and rural areas.

In addition to their formal ministries, many Ursuline Sisters are involved in personal ministries throughout the communities where they live. Some of these ministries are described below:

35th Star Award

Sister Mary Brendan Conlon (left) and Sister Janet Marie Peterworth were honored with the 35th Star Award upon retiring from their ministries in Mingo County, West Virginia. For 15 years, Sister Brendan directed the work of Christian Help, an emergency assistance agency, and Sister Janet Marie directed ABLE Families, an agency devoted to life-long education programs.

The 35th Star Award (West Virginia was the 35th state in the union) is given to a West Virginia citizen who provides outstanding service to the State of West Virginia. The award was given to the sisters by Governor Joe Manchin III.

Shively Area Ministries


Shively Area Ministries responds to persons in poverty or crisis, in the spirit of Christ, in the 40216 zip code by uniting the community for service. They provide emergency assistance by helping clients with partial payment for rent or utilities or prescriptions. They also offer 3 day supply of emergency food through their food pantry as well as deliver meals on wheels, counseling, advocacy and referrals to other agencies.

Contact: Sister Jean Anne Zappa
[email protected]
Shively Area Ministries
4415 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40216
(502) 447-4330, ext.23

St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen


St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchenserves two free meals a day, 365 days a year, to anyone in need. They have a team of volunteers who help serve meals to the poor and homeless at the Open Hand Kitchen one or two times a month. Anyone is welcome to join their team. They are affiliated with St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide, Catholic lay charitable organization that serves the poor and homeless. The organization has been in Louisville for the past 159 years, making it one of the oldest charitable groups in the area.

Contact: Sister Rita Dressman
[email protected]
St. Vincent de Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen
1026 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 584-2480

Heavenly Scents

Heavenly Scents Homemade Soaps was born in Sister Margaret Ann Hagan’s kitchen and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall. Making soap is a contemplative experience for Sister Margaret Ann. The mystery of science (mixing oil and water), the essential oils and fragrance oils used for scents, and the process of mixing and waiting, all support a prayerful, reflective experience. Sister Margaret Ann’s soaps are made of all natural ingredients which are gentle to the skin (olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, vegetable oil, shea butter.) Most of her soaps are scented with essential oil and some have exfoliates added. She has added unscented soap to her inventory for those who are sensitive to fragrances. Her soaps sell for $4.00 per bar or 4 bars for $15.00.

Contact: Sister Margaret Ann Hagan
[email protected]
Heavenly Scents Homemade Soaps