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Easter FlierSt. 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.

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Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. LouisThe 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.

Gun Violence America 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


2018 Jubilarians

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 Marilyn Jean Burkemper, OSUSister Marilyn Jean Burkemper, OSU, also known as Sister Edmund Marie, died peacefully Jan. 27, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She served in parish schools in Missouri, Illinois and Texas and is remembered as a tremendously gifted teacher and counselor for primary grades and special needs students.

The daughter of Edmund and Catherine Gnade Burkemper, Sister Marilyn was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Old Monroe, Missouri. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri, and entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1961, professing her vows in January 1964.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and a master’s degree in elementary school counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In Illinois, she taught at St. Patrick School in Decatur from 1973-75, Ascension School in Oak Park from 1979-84, and St. Ambrose School in Godfrey from 1992-93.

In Missouri, she taught at St. Peter School in Kirkwood from 1984-91 and at St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Louis from 1996-2002. She was a teacher and counselor at John Paul II School in St. Louis from 2002-04

She also taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston, Texas, from 1967-73 and was principal from 1975-79.

At the time of her death, Sister Marilyn was a resource teacher and learning consultant at St. Ferdinand School in Florissant, where she had served since 2005.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Florissant. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Peter Cemetery in Kirkwood. 

Santa Angela MericiSister 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.


A Message from the Leadership Conference of Women ReligiousWe 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

Merry Christmas 2017















Reflections Third Sunday of Advent 2017Reflections for Third Sunday of Advent


Her hand rests with love
on the yet-to-be-born
And we keep praying, “Come!” 

We wait there with her
If only in our hearts
As we keep praying, “Come!”

Odd, these Advent days  ̶
Our waiting for this birth  ̶
When we keep begging, “Come!”

Yearning for a gift
We know already given
We keep on signing, “Come!”

Could there still be more?

A trumpet blast, perhaps?
In wonder, we call, “Come!”

Our hope beckons  ̶  strong:
A birth in you and me!
For this we beg Him, “Come!”

Poem and art by Anne Therese Dillen, OSU
Bronx, New York


Reflections Second Sunday of AdventReflections for Second Sunday of Advent

Cry out at the top of your voice…herald of good news!” (Is. 40:9)
“Truth shall spring out of the earth!” (PS. 85:11)
“The promised new heavens and the promised new earth…” (2 Pt. 3:13)
“The Spirit will change you from the inside out.” (Mk 1:8)

We are to be mebassereth  ̶ heralds of good news!

“A mistake in one’s understanding of Creation will necessarily cause a mistake in one’s understanding of God.”  (Thomas Aquinas)

“All creatures are preparing the way, participating in the birth of Christ who was, is, and is to come. We are also involved in birthing Christ, now that Jesus has performed his song of love, has released his Spirit upon us, and has sent us to incarnate the advent of love.” (Ivan Nicoletto: Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe)

“We need to grow up and do so rapidly! We have been endowed with all the incarnational blessings any species could hope for. First, we are born out of an organic thriving universe, earthed in a vibrant energetic planet…Advent and Christmas serve as perpetual reminders to us that we have been birthed from the womb of a birthing universe, in the enduring empowerment of the energetic Spirit. As our task is to continue the creative process of birthing anew the creation that has birthed us. That more than anything else is what Advent and Christmas are all about.” (Diarmuid O’Murchu: Incarnation, Chapter 10)

I have been pondering these words in recent weeks, as I continue to challenge myself regarding a new consciousness in living this new universe story. Too often I find myself falling back to the image of the cosmology from the Hebrew Scriptures. I know this image isn’t reality, but it is so engrained in my religious consciousness.

How can one be “mebassereth” in sharing the reality of the New Universe Store? This Advent, in what ways might one invite others “to continue the creative process of birthing anew the reation that has birthed us”?

Julie Hickey, OSU
San Antonio, Texas


A frontier beckons to me now,
the trajectory of a story 13.8 billion years old
the revolutionizes the meaning of my life.

I journey
enlightened and inspired by Jesus,
One of countless supernovas,
Who changed the course of history 20 centuries ago
by living a life of LOVE
that was compassionate, inclusive and non-judgmental.

As I venture
I celebrate incomprehensible Mystery
that needs the language of metaphor
to express the opening of new vistas
in my journey.

I celebrate the MAJESTIC wonder of INCARNATION,
as waves and particles of matter reveal Divine energy.

Advent is all about waiting
for the store to continue to unfold.

Glenda Bourgeois, OSU
allas, Texas

Reflections for First Sunday of AdventReflections for First Sunday of Advent

“You lack no spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“He will keep you firm to the end.”

“Be watchful, be alert.”

“Watch therefore, you do not know when the Lord of the house if coming.” 
As I read and reflected on the readings for the First Sunday of Advent the above phrases jumped out at me. I can hear Angela speak to us through them as well, as echoed in her Prologue and her Counsels, sometimes almost verbatim. Advent has taken on a new meaning of anticipation and hope this year. I cannot go to prayer nor reflect on this liturgical season without seeing, feeling and experiencing the recent events of the California fires. It is a backdrop for my reality these past weeks. Perhaps, I can say we are blessed by a heightened sensitivity to the needs and suffering of our neighbors and all who have been touched by the firestorms. I am also overcome by the recent acts of terror and violence that have cut short the lives of too many; the needless deaths and losses for which no one was prepared. We are a world overcome by the pain of grief, seeking signs of hope and life.

As we prepare for the birth of Christ anew within us, I recognize the paschal mystery at play in us daily. The reality that with birth comes death…with death comes life. As we put to rest the past we open ourselves to new life. “We rise again from ashes.” There is life all around us. We seek signs of hope and find them in “communion”. The “communion” that comes through the kind word of another, the acknowledgement of need, the offering of help, the quiet reverence of another’s pain, the rosary offered in silent prayer. At this time, we share in the grief of all humanity. We stand in solidarity with the poor and all in need, seeking to hear, seeking to find our way.

Let us be alert, let us be watchful, let us be attentive to the future within us. Let us give birth to that which God’s fidelity will bring to fruition in us. Amen!

eanette Lombardi, OSU
Novato, California


Sister Margaret Ann Moser, OSUSister Margaret Ann Moser, OSU, died Nov. 16, 2017, after a brief stay in hospice.

Born Oct. 9, 1937, Sister Margaret Ann graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1956 and shortly thereafter joined the Ursuline Sisters. She professed her vows in 1959.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and her master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Her outstanding career included teaching and administrative positions at Ursuline schools in Galveston, Texas; Springfield, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and New Orleans, Louisiana. After 31 years in these ministries, she returned to Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she served as President from 1989 to 2012.

Sister Margaret Ann received the Catholic Foundation Award in 2012 in recognition of her commitment to Catholic education and the Dallas community. She also served on the boards of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Alcuin Montessori School in Dallas, the Catholic Housing Initiative, and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas. May Sister Margaret Ann, a most gracious woman who showered all who knew her with kindness, love, humor and a generous spirit, rest in peace.

Heartbeats“Above all, obey the Holy Spirit who speaks to you in your heart.” ~ St. Angela 

The November issue of “Heartbeats,” our monthly newsletter that focuses on the charism of St. Angela, is now online. As we continue to explore St. Angela’s contemplative spirit, we focus this month on discernment and gratitude.

“Heartbeats” is a collaborative effort of the three U.S. provinces—Central, East and West—intended to integrate and focus a shared exploration of Angela’s charism and spirit as the Ursulines, associates, colleagues and companions are called to live it today and into the future.

Read “Heartbeats.”

Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSUSister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU, formerly known as Mother Mary Julian, died peacefully Nov.13, 2017, at Loretto Home in Springfield, Illinois. She was 98.

The daughter of Frederick William and Elsie Louise Boehm Schmitz, Sister Helen Louise was born in Glendale, Missouri, on May 26, 1919. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1939 and professed her vows on July 16, 1941.

Sister Helen Louise taught organ, piano, clarinet, violin and guitar. She was church organist and director of children’s mixed choirs, boys’ choir and adult choirs. She taught in grade schools and high schools in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana and Minnesota. She also taught at Dominican College in New Orleans and Springfield College in Springfield. She was a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission in the diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

In addition to teaching on all grade levels and playing five musical instruments, she was gifted in music and art. She composed a Mass in honor of St. Patrick in 1994. Her preferred medium in art was design and sketching in pen and ink. She did tatting on cards/stationery, embroidered, knitted, created her own designs on plastic canvas, made church banners and sewed much of her own clothing.

Read more.


Feast of St. UrsulaOn Oct. 21 we celebrate the Feast of St. Ursula, whom Angela chose as the patron of her Company. Historically we know very little about this woman who came to be called Ursula. Mary Cabrini Durkin, in her book, “Angela’s Journey of Heart,” tells us:  Today it is only through legend, sacred art and institutions dedicated to God under Ursula’s patronage that we know something of this Christian woman, virgin and martyr of the 4th century and the spirit she engendered.”

The basic outline of the legend of Ursula and her companions is this: Ursula was the only child of a Christian king and queen in Britain. She dedicated herself to Christ at an early age. A neighboring pagan ruler sought to annex her parents’ realm by forcing marriage between Ursula and his son. Inspired in a dream, Ursula offered a creative plan: delay marriage three years while she and her ten young female companions made a voyage, each accompanied by a thousand girls. Ursula was their captain and leader in faith. She saw this adventure as an opportunity to lead them, and her suiter as well, to Christ. However, two commanders became suspicious of this group of young women as they saw the influence the women were having among others on the ship. The two men plotted to ambush the pilgrims at Cologne, where all the women but Ursula were massacred. The chief spared Ursula and sought her as his wife. When she rejected his offer, he shot her with an arrow.

As a virgin and martyr, Ursula lived a counter-cultural life, which was fostered by a prayerful spirit. As a risk taker and leader, she attracted many others to Christ and to a new way of life. As Cabrini Durkin tells us, “She is a leader of brave women of faith, loyal to Christ.” 

HeartbeatsThe October issue of “Heartbeats,” our monthly newsletter that focuses on the charism—or special gift—of St. Angela is now online. In this issue, our reflection on Angela’s contemplative spirit focuses on the counter-cultural aspect of living contemplatively.

“Heartbeats” is a collaborative effort of the three U.S. provinces—Central, East and West—intended to integrate and focus a shared exploration of Angela’s charism and spirit as the Ursulines, associates, colleagues and companions are called to live it today and into the future.

Read “Heartbeats.”

Sister Darlene Fulgenzi, OSUSister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully on Oct. 11, 2017, at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Missouri.

The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on February 28, 1938, in Springfield, Illinois. Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s elementary school and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and her Master of Arts degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied scripture and spirituality at the Ursuline Generalate in Rome during her tertian year of spiritual renewal in 1977-1978.

Her many years of ministry included teaching elementary grades at SS. Peter and Paul in Alton, Illinois, and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston, Texas, and teaching high school students at Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Marquette High School in Alton, Illinois. Sister Darlene also served as the prioress of Ursuline communities in Alton; Galveston, Texas; Kirkwood; and Springfield. In her semi-retirement, she was the assistant archivist for the Alton Ursuline community. She retired to Francis Place in 2016.

A celebration of Sister Darlene’s life will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 1345 N. 6th St., Springfield, Illinois, 62702. The visitation will be at 9 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. funeral and interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Ursuline CrossWe, the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, United States Provinces, stand with our Catholic Bishops in support of the Dream Act of 2017 (S1615). This past Sunday evening, October 8, the Trump Administration Immigration Policy priorities were issued. We strongly reject these anti-immigrant, anti-human rights, anti-family provisions as basically immoral.

These provisions propose the building of southern border walls and expedited deportations as condition for acting to protect young undocumented immigrants, the Dreamers, who were brought to the United States as children and now know no other home. These young people cannot become the bargaining chips in the game of politics. President Trump made a promise and acknowledged responsibilities to the Dreamers. These Policy Priorities are in direct opposition to these promises.

Children and young people are our future. Those brought to the United States as children are among those who warrant the security of a legal status to fulfill their dreams in the only country they have known, complete their education and continue contributing to society. Testimony abounds to their contributions in our country. The Dream Act helps our country towards a more secure future by providing a path for those individuals who meet the requirements to fully develop their potential without fear of deportation and with the hope of citizenship.

We urge Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017. This continues
our corporate stance regarding comprehensive immigration reform:

The Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union in the United States
are committed to comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform. 
This is rooted in our profound belief in the dignity of each human person created in God’s image. We are all brothers and sisters. 
Our foundress, Angela Merici invites us to…
“love them all…because they are God’s children…
                       Welcome them and bear with all of them impartially.”

October 11, 2017

Convent Camino  December 8-9The Ursulines are participating in the Dec. 8-9 Convent Camino vocation retreat Dec. 8-9 in St. Louis.

 A Convent Camino is an opportunity for single women, ages 18-40, to visit with Catholic sisters in their houses and convents. This experience allows women to discover firsthand how sisters’ communities and ministries are making an impact in the world today, join sisters for prayer, and get to know them and ask them questions.

The event will begin at Mercy Center, and transportation will be provided to all other locations. All one needs to bring is “a curious spirit, overnight bag and an open heart.” The retreat costs $25, and scholarships are available. 

For more information or to register click here. (

Heartbeats September 2017“Nature is a balm, permeating and penetrating, soothing and revitalizing, re-greening the parched dry spaces of the land that is me. Nature is pure gift waiting to be received by anyone regardless of belief system, nationality, skin color, gender. Nature immersion quiets my thinking and opens me to mystery. Nature calls me to respect others and live in solidarity with them.” - Sister Paula Hartwig

Five Ursulines in the U.S. provinces share reflections on personal experiences of nature’s gifts in the September issue of “Heartbeats.”

Sister Maria Teresa de Llano at the borderLCWR Urges Action to Protect Dreamers – (Silver Spring, MD) The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common-sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.

In the wake of the unconscionable action by President Trump, we urge Congress to immediately take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

As women of faith we take seriously the gospel call to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. LCWR and its members will continue to press for compassion for our neighbors, relief for families, and an end to needless deportations. “We will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses our outdated immigration system,” said LCWR Executive Director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC. “We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. We will continue to walk with Dreamers and together with people of goodwill we will work to ensure that the dignity of all people is fully protected.”

Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. They continue to minister to these aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies along the southern border and across the country. They see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day. They share the hopes and dreams of these young Americans who represent so much of what is right and good about this country we all call home.

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1,300 members, including the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.

Ursuline Sister Maria Teresa de Llano serving immigrants at the border in Laredo.  

HeartbeatsThe Ursuline Sisters of the three U.S. provinces—Central, East and West—have launched Heartbeats, a monthly newsletter that focuses on the charism—or special gift—of St. Angela. This collaborative effort is intended to integrate and focus a shared exploration of Angela’s charism and spirit as the Ursulines, associates, colleagues and companions are called to live it today and into the future.

Different facets of Angela’s charism will be explored in this publication. Beginning with the August issue, Heartbeats will focus on Angela’s contemplative spirit for several issues.

Read Heartbeats

LCWRThe Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, members of LCWR, support the following statement issued by the organization:

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.

We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear.

We acknowledge our own complicity in institutional racism. We commit ourselves to cleanse our hearts and rid our land of this evil. We promise to pray for our country and to continue to use our voice and our energy to build God’s beloved community where all are one in Christ Jesus.

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1,300 members who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.

Sister Anne Dorothy Schober, OSUSister Anne Dorothy Schober died peacefully on Aug. 14, 2017, in Los Roblas Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. A celebration of her life was held Aug. 17 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino. 

The daughter of Robert J. Schober and Marguerite J. Sheils, she was born Jeanne Marie Schober on Oct. 17, 1945, in Jamaica, New York. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Crystal City, Missouri, in July 1964 and professed her first vows in January 1967. In July she celebrated her golden jubilee among her Ursuline Sisters, family and friends in St. Louis.

A gentle woman of dispatch, Sister Anne Dorothy will be remembered for her deep faith, love for students and the teaching profession, and her wickedly keen sense of humor.

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Sister Anne Dorothy Schober in Encino, California


Sisters Maria Teresa de Llano, Rita Ann Bregenhorn, and Jean HopmanThe Ursulines of the Central Province installed a new leadership team during a blessing ceremony held June 2 in the provincial offices in St. Louis. Team members are Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn, provincial; Sister Maria Teresa de Llano, councilor; and Sister Jean Hopman, councilor. Sister Rita Ann is beginning her second term as provincial after having served as a councilor for six years. Sister Jean is beginning her second three-year term on the council, and Sister Maria Teresa is a new member of the team.

We ask for your prayers for these three women who have answered the call from their sisters to serve the Central Province for the next three years. 

Sisters Maria Teresa de Llano, Rita Ann Bregenhorn and Jean Hopman