Women and Men Religious in the Diocese of Covington

Sr. Fran Moore, CDP

Sr. Fran Moore, CDP

Vicar for Religious

Meet the Vicar for Religious

In her role as vicar of religious, Sister Fran Moore, CDP, coordinates the happenings with religious communities on a diocesan level as well as a national level. Sister Fran also helps coordinate school visits for women and men religious to help promote religious life and vocations to religious life. Her office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact Sister Fran at (859) 392-1500, ext. 1569.

Did You Know …

… there is a difference between Sisters and Nuns?

Though the terms are often used interchangeably, nuns historically take solemn vows and live a life of prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent, while sisters take simple vows and live an active vocation of prayer and charitable works in areas such as education and healthcare.

Both nuns and sisters are women religious and constitute a most beautiful way of serving Jesus Christ and all souls in the Church. They both fulfill essential tasks in the Church. While a nun is not a sister, both are addressed as “Sister.”

In all cases, nuns and sisters, orders and congregations, are manifestations of the charisms of the Holy Spirit to enrich the people of God.

Autumn — ‘a visual gift’

… A reflection by Sr. Fran Moore, CDP

Fall is my favorite season; I love the beauty of the trees, the clear blue skies and the crisp sunshine-filled days. This year, fall seems especially lovely to me; the trees seem brighter, the colors of fall flowers more brilliant and, finally, cooler weather has arrived! Turkish author, Mehmet Murat ildan, said it best when he said, “Autumn is a visual gift given by nature to raise the morale of human beings who are worried as they enter the dark days of winter!”

The year 2020 has probably been the most challenging year in recent memory. We have witnessed a pandemic, claiming more than 220,000 U.S. lives; a great number of jobs and businesses lost; wildfires out west; tornados, hurricanes and flooding; people dying without the comforting presence of their loved ones; racial discord; and an increase in violence — just to mention a few things that come to mind. In times like these, one could easily become mired in the sadness of so much tragedy. But just when there seems to be darkness all around us, the fall season comes and the trees become magic! “Autumn,” poet John Howard Bryant reflected, is “the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

This time of year always reminds me that everything is passing. The trees spend a good half of the year growing and offering shade and comfort, yet, in the fall, they let go of all they’ve worked to attain and their leaves fall to the ground to be gathered and taken away — fodder for next year’s growth. In some ways, it seems like a metaphor for life itself. We spend the years of our life growing, learning, stretching, surrounding ourselves with memories and treasures. Yet, in the end, we are called to let go of everything. Trees shed their leaves to make room for new growth; we can learn much from this.

As faith-filled people, we are called to share freely of the beauty and the gifts that have been ours, and not get mired in the chaos and sadness around us. So, as followers of Christ, may we strive to “Let our joys and sorrows fall like dead leaves and turn with a simple look of love toward God” (Anonymous).

Unfortunately, this year’s in-person diocesan women religious Jubilee celebration has been canceled due to the pandemic. “During this month of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to the Lord for calling these women and for their answering His call to religious life. We especially thank these jubilarians for the many years of faithful service to the Lord and to His people,” said Bishop Roger Foys. “Their dedicated ministry has touched the lives of countless people in our diocese. Congratulations to each one of the jubilarians and may the good Lord continue to bless you.”

Bishop Roger Foys sent a gift bag to each Religious celebrating a 50th or 60th Jubilee this year; the gift was in lieu of the Diocesan Celebration scheduled for November 7th. The Jubilarians are generally taken to lunch after the Jubilarian Celebration Mass. The Sisters were delighted and very honored!

Congratulations Jubilarians of 2020!


Sr. Mary Ruth (Rose Emma) Riehle, SND


Sr. Mary Ruth Agnes (Mary Angela) Delaney, OSB

Sr. Mary Magdelyn Strittholt, SND


Sr. Rita Brink, OSB

Sr. Mary Rabe, OSB

Sr. Andrea Vasquez, OSB

Sr. Mary Carol Baglan, SND

Sr. Mary Michyl Habermehl, SND

Sr. Mary Reinette Kroeger, SND

Sr. Ann Marie Pflum, SND

Sr. Mary Juanelle Thiel, SND

Sr. Mary Karen Bahlmann, CDP

Sr. Ellen Marie Eckerle, CDP

Sr. M. Martha Garlich, CDP

Sr. Dolores Ann Gohs, CDP

Sr. Bernadette Claire Kramer, CDP

Sr. M. Emerita McGann, CDP

Sr. Frances E. Moore, CDP

Sr. Mary Luke Murphy, CDP

Sr. M. Fidelis Tracy, CDP


Sr. Rosemary Lee, CDP

Sr. M. Carleen Schumacher, CDP

Sr. Lynn Stenken, CDP

Sr. Mary Jana Foltz, SND

Sr. Marla Monahan, SND


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On Transfiguration

“I doubt …

that we could produce a more spectacular example of the principle of transfiguration than the cross itself. …

It was a ghastly instrument of death, of an excruciatingly awful death reserved for the most notorious malefactors.

It was an object of dread and shame.

This instrument of a horrendous death has been spectacularly transfigured. Once a means of death, it is now perceived by Christians to be the source of life eternal.”

Desmond Tutu, “God Has a Dream”