Ask Sister

AS219 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky

Podcast Recorded: March 21, 2019

Sister Maxine with guests Sisters Jean Ann Zappa and Janet Marie Peterworth of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Students from Sacred Heart Academy join us for podcast! Topics: finding God, advice from foundress Angela Merici, what everyone should know about nuns, joy and vocation. 

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Show Notes

High school students from Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville join us for the livestreaming podcast. 

Family and faith in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Louisville, Kentucky.

S. Jean Ann’s service with Shively Ministries, helping people in crisis and poverty.

S.Janet’s ministry with young mothers near the W. Virginia coalfields, and parish administrator in Indiana.

“Where did you find God today?” How to become more aware of God’s presence in your life.

Advice from Saint Angela Merici, 16th century foundress of the Ursulines.

Associate life with the Usulines

Saint Angela’s “third way” for women to make a difference in the world.

What everyone should know about nuns.

Connection between your vocation and joy.

How the charism of Saint Angela has endured over centuries.

An Ursuline associate describes how she lives out her commitment.

The sisters’ blessing for students as they move forward.

Drawing inspiration from the Ursulines’ values: community, leadership, reverence, service.

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Intro/outro music by Wild Carrot  

About our Guest

Left: Sister Janet Marie Peterworth is president of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky. She has been a member of her community both before and after Vatican II and has seen many changes in a nun’s life. Before returning to Louisville to take on administrative responsibilities, Sister Janet served 25 years in West Virginia—20 of those years in the southern coalfields of that state where she ran a non-profit agency that worked primarily with mothers and children. Over her time in ministry, she has served as a middle-school teacher, a principal, a pastoral administrator in a parish without a resident priest, and a hospital chaplain. Sister Janet, who comes from a small family, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She is an animal lover and misses the dogs and cats she had in West Virginia.​

Right: Sister Jean Anne Zappa is a self-described “Italian extrovert” who grew up in a large Catholic family in Pittsburgh. She credits the influence of the Sisters at Ursuline Academy in Pittsburgh with her decision to join the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. She entered the community in 1967, during a period of great change in the Catholic Church and her community as a result of Vatican II. Sister Jean Anne has been a teacher, director of mission effectiveness for the Ursuline Campus Schools in Louisville, president of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, an intern at Network in Washington, DC, and has been Mission Advancement Coordinator of Shively Area Ministries since 2009. Sister Jean Anne is passionate about life, relationships and people and believes the point of religious life is to share the charism with others, spread the gospel and serve the marginalized.

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