Ursuline News

A Back-to-School Message From The President

Dear Ursuline Family,

It is with great pleasure that we open the doors of Ursuline Academy of Dallas for its 148th academic school year. What an awesome responsibility and incredible joy! And with at least some of the challenges of the past 18 months behind us, we have the gifts of renewed spirit and abundant opportunities.

As the oldest Catholic school in our great city, Ursuline has a wonderfully rich history. That history reminds us of the traditions that have formed us and now challenge us to translate their meaning in new contexts for new generations. Apostolic care, which our Ursuline ministry entrusts to us, begins in the care we bring to identify our integral mission as educators with the mission of Christ.

We begin our year with great anticipation and excitement. We look forward to opening our new East Campus building where students and faculty will explore the benefits of new learning spaces for visual arts, English, Journalism, and Social Studies, as well as a new engineering classroom paired with two fabrication labs and a 3D print studio. The facilities vastly increase the number of collaboration spaces available to our students and offer a secondary dining facility with indoor and outdoor seating. On the west side of campus, Haggar Center has been expanded by 4,000 feet on both the upper and lower levels, allowing Ursuline to consolidate the daily schedule from three lunch periods down to two.

Still, 486 years after St. Angela Merici founded the Ursuline Sisters and 147 years after the founding of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, cultivating a sense of gratitude is at the heart of St. Angela’s charism. We need to be filled with gratitude for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Only then do we ask what we can do for Christ.

It is with profound gratitude that I thank you for sharing the Ursuline mission with us as we continue to work together to make our extraordinary school the best it can be for your daughters. On behalf of the Academy, allow me to welcome everyone back to the Walnut Hill Lane campus. Please join me in praying for a successful school year.

Yours in Christ,

Gretchen Z. Kane