Ursuline Sisters of Louisville

The Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Louisville are a congregation of women religious in the Roman Catholic church, rooted in the spirit and tradition of St. Angela Merici. They are committed to a life of prayer, community and participation in the teaching mission of the church.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville have a rich history that dates back to 1858 in Louisville and are in ministry nationwide and in South America. They minister as teachers, healthcare workers, administrators, chaplains and social service workers.

Mission Statement

Teaching Christian living is our corporate ministry, and it cuts across socio-economic, racial and national boundaries to assist women, men and children to live more fully and to develop a personal relationship with God.


The Charism of Angela and the Charism of the Ursulines of Louisville is a contemplative love of God and a resulting openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others.

For event dates or more information about the Ursuline Sisters, please visit our website at: www.ursulineslou.org.

Contact: Sister Ruth Ann Haunz, OSU
3115 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: 502-896-3948
email: rdressman@ursulineslou.org

Would you like to get to know the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville? Come and check out the following events:

  • Every Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m., the Sisters have a Holy Hour with Exposition.
  • There is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on every First Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m..
  • You may want to try attending Mass – the Sunday Liturgy is at 11:15 a.m.; Mass is at 4:15 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday;, 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday.

Volunteer opportunities are listed on the Ursulines’ website: http://www.ursulineslou.org.

All events listed above take place at the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel. The Chapel is in Building #10 on the Ursuline Campus (use entrance door of the building near the circle drive).

Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy are women committed to making a difference by serving the needs of the poor, sick, oppressed and uneducated, especially women and children. Inspired by the Gospel and following the tradition of Catherine McAuley, our foundress, we seek to meet the needs of people who are poor to empower them to achieve lives of dignity. We hold strongly to the following words of the Direction Statement of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas:

Animated by the Gospel and Catherine McAuley’s passion for the poor, we, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, are impelled to commit our lives and resources to act in solidarity with:

  • the economically poor of the world, especially women and children;
  • women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society
  • one another as we embrace our multicultural and international reality

Meet us

We have several opportunities to meet us throughout the year.  You may learn about them at www.mercycincinnati.org/programs.php.


Please visit us on the web at http://www.sistersofmercy.org or http://www.mercycincinnati.org.

Contact: Sister Carolyn Brink, RSM
2335 Grandview Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513-221-1800
email: cbrinkrsm@aol.com


Meet missioners fresh from the field; hear their stories; share your faith and dreams of service with others; enjoy the company of women and men thinking like you!

Come and join us for a gathering of men and women contemplating service with Maryknoll from Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13, 2006 (Friday afternoon to Sunday noon) at Maryknoll, New York on the Hudson. The theme is MISSION in Today’s Global Realities.

For more information, contact:

Fr. Mike Snyder
Maryknoll Fathers/Brothers
Maryknoll, New York 10545
914-941-7636  ext. 2416
Sr. Leonila V. Bermisa
Maryknoll Sisters
Maryknoll, New York 10545
914-941-7575 ext. 5676
Tim or Ellen O’Connell
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Maryknoll, New York 10545

Carmelite Nuns

Carmelite Monastery
1740 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY  40205
Contact Person:  Sister Mary Teresa
Phone: (502) 451-6796

Curious about what goes on in a Carmelite Monastery? Join them for the following events:

  • The Carmelite Sisters will have Vespers and Benediction every Sunday, according to the following schedule:

    -Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent: at 4:45 p.m.
    -Beginning with the First Sunday of Lent: at 5 p.m.
    -From the Feast of Corpus Christi until Fall, the Sisters do not have Vespers and Benediction
    -Fall (around the end of September) until the First Sunday of Advent: 5 p.m.

  • On the First Friday of every month: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from the end of 8 a.m. Mass until Vespers at 4:45 p.m.
  • In July: Annual Novena in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, beginning on July 8th and running through July 16th. The celebration of Mass is at 7 p.m., preceeded by the Rosary at 6:45 p.m. every evening.
  • Daily Mass: At 8 a.m.; is open to the public on every day except Sunday.

All services will take place in the Monastery Chapel, located on Newburg Road between Calvary Cemetery and St. Agnes School.

Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor
St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged
15 Audubon Plaza Drive
Louisville, KY 40217

Foundress: Saint Jeanne Jugan

Charism: Hospitality to the elderly poor

Mission: Our desire as Little Sisters of the Poor is to follow Christ as our one and only necessity so as to make him the centre of our life. Called by Christ to follow him as Little Sisters of the Poor our mission is the care of the elderly, in fidelity to the charismatic inspiration of St. Jeanne Jugan. Her message to the novices of her time was:

“Making the elderly happy, that is all that counts,”
and her message is still timely, if not more so, today.
Some ways and means to introduce you to one of the most beautiful religious vocations:

  • Share in our life of prayer: Holy Mass, Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary and silent times of personal prayer.
  • Minister along with one of our Little Sisters in our multiple services to our elderly Residents.
  • Volunteer some of your time with the elderly and become involved in the life of our Home.
  • Participate in discernment retreats which take place throughout the year in several locations.
  • Come for silent days of personal prayer, reflection and/or consultation with a Little Sister.

Contact Information:
Sr. Erin
Phone: (502)636-2300

Louisville website: www.littlesistersofthepoorlouisville.org
National website: www.littlesistersofthepoor.org

Upcoming Events:
Spring into service!
Would you like to serve the elderly poor with a community of women religious and the opportunity to experience service to our residents? Participate in our prayer and faith-filled community Life? Live-in service opportunities are available with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

See our link below:


Experience Lectio Divina

Thirsting for God? Longing to know His Will?

If you are a young man or woman 18 to 40 years of age you are welcome to join us for an experience of Eucharistic adoration and contemplative listening to the Word of God. Please come to the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

We are located on Audubon Plaza Drive, just down the street from Audubon Hospital.


Lectio Divina
Liturgy of the Hours

Sisters of St. Benedict

Contact: Sister Michelle Sinkhorn, OSB
802 E. 10th Street
Ferdinand, IN  47532
Phone: 1-800-738-9999
email: vocation@thedome.org
website:  www.thedome.org

We are monastic women seeking God through the Benedictine tradition of community life, prayer, hospitality, and service to others. By our life and work, we commit ourselves to be a presence of peace as we join our sisters and brothers in the common search for God. We serve in education, parish ministry, the social services, health care, retreat and spiritual direction, and mission work. We do not identify ourselves with one specific ministry; rather we respect each individual’s gifts as given by God. A college education is helpful but not required. We have 185 members, 11 of whom are in initial formation. We encourage women, ages 20-40, who earnestly seek God and want to live a balanced life of prayer and work to inquire about our monastic lifestyle.

We have several opportunities for women to visit our monastery and experience our Benedictine way of life.  Visit this page for dates and details: www.thedome.org/JoinUs/Begin/MakingAVisit.html.

What’s It All About?

The Women’s Discernment Group is a new group sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Louisville and conducted by representatives of women’s religious orders. Meetings are planned for the last Sunday of each month and are open to women 18 and older who are considering the possibility of a call to the religious life. That’s what it is, and here’s what it’s all about:

Prayer: We recognize the central place that prayer holds in the lives of those seeking to know and live God’s will. Prayer will hold an important place in our gatherings, and all of the meetings will be based on a scriptural theme, taken from the Gospel reading for that particular Sunday.

Exploration: Naturally, participants in the group will be curious about the charisms of the various religious orders. Opportunities to explore these will be provided, and the women religious attending the meetings will always be ready to answer questions or provide information.

Support: This is a key point of the Women’s Discernment Group. It is hoped that the women participating in the meetings will find support in meeting with other women with the same questions and concerns.

Enrichment: Another word one might use here would be “knowledge.” Many women may have questions about the Catholic faith or want to know more about various aspects of it. Time will be provided for discussions along those lines, which will hopefully result in some enrichment in the faith.

Discernment: And here’s the basic point of the Women’s Discernment Group! Through discussion, exploration and experience of the other aspects of the group, we hope that the women taking part in the meetings will arrive at a better understanding – a more thorough discernment – of their particular call, whether it indeed be to the religious life or to some other vocation.

Meeting details: All meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month. They will be held from January through May and September through December at Bellarmine University in the Fireplace Room in Horrigan Hall, and meetings from June through August are held at the Cathedral Undercroft. The plan is to use the Gospel of the day as the basis or theme for each particular meeting. Meetings are open to women ages 18 and older. Any changes in the time, date or location will be publicized well in advance if they become necessary.

For more information about the Women’s Discernment Group, you may contact:

Linda Banker, Associate Vocation Director
Phone: 502-636-0296
email: lbanker@archlou.org
The Maloney Center
1200 South Shelby Street
Louisviille, KY 40203

Or visit us online at: www.archlou.org/archlou/vocationoffice.

Questions of the Heart

How am I to live out my baptism?
Have I considered a call to religious life?

Discernment Brochure

Women in Discernment Brochure