Elizabethtown Catholics to welcome Dominican sisters, construct new convent

Elizabethtown Catholics to welcome Dominican sisters, construct new convent

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown will pave the way for a new era in the spiritual lives of its parishioners by breaking ground later this month for a convent that will house members of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia.

Three Dominican sisters will join the parish this summer: Sister Marie Hannah Seiler will serve as principal of St. James Catholic School beginning at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, and Sister Augusta Nickel and Sister Maria Clemens Wolf will serve in parish ministries assisting with religious education within the school and the faith formation of all parishioners.

This will be the order's first mission in the Archdiocese of Louisville and the state of Kentucky.

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"I am thrilled to welcome the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia to Saint James Catholic Church as well as the Archdiocese of Louisville," pastor Fr. Martin Lineback said. "It is difficult for me to articulate in words the significance of this for St. James, the Hardin County community, as well as for me personally."

The Motherhouse for the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation is located in Nashville, TN, and the order is thriving and growing, according to a news release from St. James. The sisters, with a median age of 36, serve 43 schools in 23 U.S. dioceses.

"These women religious are like no other that I have been privileged to know in my years," Lineback said. "The Dominican Sisters are not just spiritual and committed to their vowed life, but they provide an overwhelming sense of joy for the work they do, service to God and others. It is difficult to imagine today the impact and influence they will have on our spiritual lives and educational endeavors in the days and years ahead."

The three sisters joining St. James will be among an estimated 20 sisters making the trip from Nashville to attend the convent groundbreaking on April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. It will be held adjacent to St. James School at 401 Robinbrooke Blvd. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Elizabethtown community leaders and clergy and religious from throughout the Archdiocese will be among the special guests.

A barbecue dinner provided by Texas Outlaw, activities for children, and school tours will be available after the groundbreaking ceremony.

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