January 27 is a date of special significance at every Ursuline school. It is the Feast Day of St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters. Angela lived in the late 15th/early 16th century in Italy. At that time, the only options women had were to either get married or enter a convent and become a nun. St. Angela was an innovator as she founded a group of women called the Company of St. Ursula. These women continued to live in their own homes, devoted to lives of prayer and service. The Company of St. Ursula eventually evolved into the Ursuline Sisters who established our school in 1897.
On January 27, 2021, we celebrated the remarkable life of St. Angela Merici with an all-school liturgy. In one of the readings, we listened to Angela’s own words imploring her companions to live in unity: united in one heart and one will, bound to one another, helping each other and bearing with each other in Jesus Christ. Most importantly, St. Angela promised to always be in our midst, lending aid to our prayers.
Sr. Maureen Welch, OSU, Provincial of the Eastern Province-USA, was kind enough to prepare a reflection on St. Angela and how she can still inspire our Ursuline School community in 2021. We invite you to click Here or on the video image below to listen to Sr. Maureen as she helps us to embody St. Angela’s spirit in our time.