Women and Men Religious in the Diocese of Covington

Sister Marla Monahan, SND

Sister Marla Monahan, SND

Vicar for Religious

Meet the Vicar for Religious

In her role as Vicar for Religious, Sister Marla serves as the liaison between the Bishop and the men and women religious ministering in the Diocese.  She coordinates meetings between the Bishop and religious superiors, serves as a resource for religious communities, facilitates collaboration among communities, coordinates celebrations of religious life and prepares communications related to religious life.  For information about the men and religious of the diocese, contact Sister Marla 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.

It’s Spring!

… A reflection by Sr. Fran Moore, CDP

Spring is a beautiful time of the year when the cold, dark days of winter give way to fresh new blossoms.  The weather turns warmer and the days get longer.  To me it always seems that the grass turns green overnight and I am always looking for the flowers to begin to blossom. The beauty of spring wouldn’t have the same impact without winter.  If we didn’t have the cold and the snow, we wouldn’t appreciate the sunshine and the warmer weather.  

I often wonder about the slow, unseen process that happens to the flowers and trees during the winter months that allows them to blossom in the spring.  The quiet working of nature while it is cold gives way to the luxurious colors of spring.

It reminds me of the quiet ways of St. Joseph.  He was not a famous person.  He was not rich or powerful.  He worked quietly as a carpenter.  Scripture does not record a single word of St. Joseph.  We do know, however, of one word he must have spoken.  Traditionally it was the father who spoke the name of the child. Joseph must have been the first one to speak the name Jesus.  A quiet, unnoticed man was given the task to speak the name of the One who would usher in the springtime of the new covenant. After years of preparation detailed in the Old Testament, Joseph and Mary bring the newborn Jesus into the Temple; the springtime of redemption begins. 

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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Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker

Franciscan Daughters of Mary

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”