Sr. Maria Teresa de Llano, OSU

How We Serve

We are proud of our rich history and heritage, committed to the challenges of the present, and hopeful about building the future. Engaging society through service and faithful to our mission in the church, Ursulines collaborate with like-minded men and women to extend the ministry of Jesus in our times.

Service trip, San Antonio, 2017, Mission San Jose

Meeting Today’s Needs

Known primarily as educators, Ursulines remain active in the schools as sponsors and board members, with some sisters holding teaching, support and mission positions. But today we serve in a multitude of ways, reaching out to the poor and marginalized in our communities and beyond, with special focus on the needs of women and children. We serve in spiritual and social services fields with outreach to immigrants, the dying, elderly, homeless and other disenfranchised populations.

You can find us working with clients in food pantries, sharing the Gospel with women in jail, and teaching English in the living rooms of immigrant women. We minister to the homeless in inner cities and are active in eco-spirituality. We tutor economically disadvantaged girls, visit the elderly who are homebound or in nursing homes, and work with young people discerning their vocations.

According to the needs of the times, we are a voice for justice, peace and integrity of creation. We are spiritual guides and prayer companions while offering our own prayers for the world and all who are in need.

Our Ministries

Our sponsorship of Ursuline ministries continues to be rooted in the gospel call to mission lived in the spirit of St. Angela Merici. The Ursulines of the Central Province sponsor these ministries:

New Orleans, Louisiana
URSULINE ACADEMY, New Orleans, Louisiana
URSULINE ACADEMY, Dedham, Massachusetts
URSULINE ACADEMY, St. Louis, Missouri


The Ursuline spirit is rooted in and draws its nourishment from prayer. Ursulines set aside a time and a place each day for prayer, said in quiet devotion or from reading a passage in the Gospels. It is our face-to-face encounter with the living God in which we feel presence and joy without words. We experience God as creator, savior, Spirit among us.

When we pray, we take with us before God the people and events that are part of our everyday lives—our families and those we love, those we live and work with, those who need our care, wherever they are. We will gladly pray with you.

Photo: © Sister Madeline Kelly, OSU

Request a Prayer

Carry on steadfastly and faithfully the work you have undertaken.

St. Angela Merici

You have more need to serve others than they have to be served.

St. Angela Merici

With the help of God, you will do much good for others.

St. Angela Merici