Welcome to Vocations
On behalf of the Ursuline Sisters of the U.S. provinces—Central, East and West—we welcome you. Founded by St. Angela Merici in Brescia, Italy in 1535, the Ursulines were the first women religious to serve in North America, arriving in Canada in 1639 and in New Orleans in 1727.
We are members of a worldwide community whose lives and mission are rooted in the Gospel of Jesus and the spirit of our foundress. We are grounded and empowered by our relationships with God and one another, in prayer and community, seeking always to be a compassionate, reconciling presence of God in our world.
We would love to share something with you about Ursuline life today. Please let us know how we can help you as you discern God’s call in your life.
I’m Thinking about Ursuline Life
The Ursuline Sisters’ incorporation process offers women an opportunity to experience Ursuline life and to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. A woman who is considering religious life as an Ursuline journeys through four distinct steps as she grows in her understanding of God’s call for her. These steps are Affiliacy, Candidacy, Novitiate and Temporary Profession.
Who Is a Candidate?
A candidate must be a woman who is:
We look for those who are able to…
Guidance for Hearing God’s Call
Answering God’s Call
God’s desire for each of us is that we be holy, healthy, happy people who are in relationship with Him and of service to those around us. There are many ways to become this kind of person, one of which is to answer God’s call to religious life. These things can help you answer God’s call for you:
Honesty with Yourself
You need to know yourself and be able to share yourself with someone. This should be someone whom you trust and respect and who has your best interest at heart.
The Help of Trusted Others
These people can be wonderful sounding boards. And often they hear and see things that you may have missed.
Regular, Consistent Prayer
It is important that this be REAL prayer: the real you before the real God.
Watch Our Video
We offer “In Solitude with Angela” to acquaint you with the peace that is our Ursuline foundress, St. Angela Merici.