Five Ursulines of Louisville Celebrate Jubilees

Published May 13, 2022

80 years
Sister Shirley Ann Simmons, a native of Heartwell, Nebraska, taught for 55 years at Catholic parish grade schools in Louisville, and St. Elizabeth, where she served as principal.

Sister Shirley also taught in Cumberland, Maryland and Omaha, Nebraska. She served as principal at St. Patrick school and St. Luke parish school in Ogallala, Nebraska.


75 years

Sister Antonine Biven, a native of Louisville, is an accomplished musician, and taught music for 24 years. She also served as a pastoral associate and minister of music at several parishes.

She served on two Ursuline Sisters’ leadership teams.


70 years

Sister Loretta Guenther, a native of Louisville, Sister Loretta served as a cook at several schools and the Motherhouse’s infirmary kitchen.

Sister Loretta then found her calling as a houseparent at St. Joseph Orphanage (now Children’s Home) and ministered there for 36 years, from 1974-2010.


60 years

Sister Mary Jo Gramig, a native of Louisville, taught at several grade schools and the Louisville Ursuline Montessori School and served in parish formation.

Sister Mary Jo currently ministers as an assistant teacher in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program to preschoolers at St. Louis Bertrand Church and at Sacred Heart Preschool.  


40 years

Sister Agnes Coveney, a native of Chicago, worked as a clinical dietician, then after earning a doctorate in health care ethics, she served in hospital mission integration, ethics and outreach.

Sister Agnes has served on two leadership teams.


Ursuline Sisters of Louisville
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