St. Louis area Catholic Sisters are hosting an event for young adults and teens on Saturday, April 7, at Saints Teresa and Bridget Catholic Church. The Ursulines will be there! Come join us for a fun evening that will include dinner, a panel discussion, time for prayer and reflection, and adoration.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Sister Clare Bass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saint Louis Public Library, in conjunction with the Communicators for St. Louis Sisters, will host a special exhibit, Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis, in conjunction with National Catholic Sisters Week, which runs from March 8 to 14.
The exhibit, which celebrates 200 years of Catholic Sisters’ presence in the St. Louis area, is on display Saturday, March 3, through Saturday, April 28 at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street. The free exhibit is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photos, artifacts, books and memorabilia will be on display.
This exhibit offers a wonderful opportunity for the people of metropolitan St. Louis to celebrate with the Catholic Sisters 200 years of presence, as well as to recall memories and the influence Sisters have had on their lives, say Sister Judy Bell of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. “For those not familiar with Catholic Sisters, the exhibit provides an educational forum that shows the impact women religious have had in the greater St. Louis area, meeting the needs of many people throughout these 200 years.”
Catholic Sisters first arrived in the St. Louis area some 200 years ago. Over the past two centuries Sisters have devoted their lives to God through a host of ministries. Some 56 congregations of women religious are currently present in the St Louis area. This exhibit represents the 15 communities that are a part of the St. Louis Catholic Sisters group.
A Spirit of Healing
Some have brought healing and care to the sick regardless of their ability to pay. Sisters have built many of our area hospitals and care centers and have been responsible for amazing advances in technology and healthcare. Serving as administrators, doctors, nurses, educators, laboratory technologists, researchers, dietitians, physical therapists, etc., Sisters have combined expertise with presence and compassion to take healthcare to new levels.
A Spirit of Teaching
Some Sisters came to St. Louis to teach, opening schools and universities, providing a quality education for girls as well as boys, for immigrants and those who could not afford an education as well as for those who could. They often staffed public schools in rural areas, teaching religion before or after regular classes. Committed to learning, they have often spent summers and Saturdays working on advanced degrees.
A Spirit of Serving
Sisters have sponsored soup kitchens, food pantries, orphanages, daycare centers, safe shelters for those in danger, wise counsel for those needing guidance. Some are lawyers and advocates. And even now, though you may not find them in the traditional places or in their traditional garb, they continue to live out their call to be the hand and feet, heart and face of Jesus in our world, in whatever new directions the call of the Spirit takes them.
Come find out more about these women of spirit ̶ Visit Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis.
The Roman Union Ursuline Sisters in the United States are united in prayer for those in Parkland, Florida – the victims, their families and the countless others whose sense of safety and security have been shattered.
We stand with all those, especially the young people, who are crying out that prayer alone is not enough – We must do something. Now is an acceptable time to act – to be the change we wish to see in the world. This is what our Chapter mission statement challenges us to be.
As Ursulines we commit ourselves to nonviolence and peacemaking. This is the acceptable time to speak and act for reasonable gun control and support services to identify and address the real needs of those who suffer from emotional, psychological and mental challenges.
As our commitment to young people, the future of our nation, we too will raise our voice to speak out against any legislation, the gun lobby, industry and organization that perpetuate a culture of hate and violence. We stand in solidarity with all who have the courage to speak out and act for the common good of our nation.
St. Angela, our foundress, urges us to seek peace and harmony wherever we are. Like countless others who stand in the Christian tradition, we affirm the centrality of active nonviolence to the vision and message of Jesus, to our vibrant tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and to our vocation of being healers and reconcilers for our earth and its people.
February 19, 2018
This year 14 of our sisters have reached new milestones in ministry, celebrating jubilees ranging from 50th to 75th for a combined 850 years of service in God’s name.
See our jubilarians
Sister Elisa Ryan shares the following reflection in honor of the Feast of St. Angela.
Angela Merici: Here Today
How often have we longed for assurance that loved ones who have died are still with us? We need their presence. I sometimes “talk” to family and friends who I believe live on in a new way after death. Relationships with them are still real and very meaningful, though I can no longer see them.
“Understand that now I am more alive than I was when I lived on earth. . . . and now, even more, I want and am able to help you.” – Angela Merici
When St. Angela, foundress of the Ursulines, said in the 1500s that she would be “more alive” after her death, she certainly already knew God intimately. It’s this faith and complete trust, her kindness and pleasantness (“piacevolezza” in Italian), her passion and courage to respond to God and lead other women in the process, that makes me love her and believe she is with us today. For her feast which is Saturday, January 27, talk to her a bit about how you’d like her help. She’s alive and wants to do good for us.
Icon of Angela Merici by Regina Testoni. Used with permission.
We Ursulines stand with all members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in strongly denouncing “the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans.
“El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.
“The TPS program is designed to protect people from being returned to harm. That is precisely what Salvadorans will face if they are deported. El Salvador is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere and continues to suffer from endemic poverty, lack of access to quality education, and healthcare.
“TPS holders are our neighbors and friends. They have been contributing members of our communities for decades. Rescinding TPS protection for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan and threatening Hondurans with the same, places us all at risk. Ending their protection will tear families apart, fragment our communities, and disrupt local economies.
“Catholic sisters will continue to heed the scriptural command to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. We urge the Trump administrations to reconsider its decisions and we call on Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to develop legislative solutions to protect vulnerable people.” -- LCWR