Dear Ursuline Family,
As Ursuline Academy prepares for the Christmas holidays, we leave 2020 and all the emotions this year evokes behind us. For me, personally, it has been the most “different” first semester I have experienced in 41 years of Catholic secondary education. Through all the ups and downs, I have been so impressed by the eagerness and enthusiasm of our faculty, students, and parents who have demonstrated resiliency and flexibility as we’ve navigated these times together.
Now we have the chance to prepare for a new semester and a brand-new year. A great strength of our Ursuline community is the determination and ability to always move forward, all of us working to achieve great things for our students who will shape our world of tomorrow. The campus transformation now underway is just the latest in a long history of new beginnings for Ursuline education in Dallas. Hope and promise remains at the core of our mission.
Similarly, this season of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year, a time of newness, a fresh start. But more importantly, Advent is a time of preparation as we anticipate the coming of Christ once again into our hearts, minds, families, and lives. Advent anticipates eagerly. The most wonderful guest in human history arrives in our hearts and homes on Christmas. What Christ brings last forever and ever. He brings that love we all so desperately need and want.
Through the giving of God’s Son, God opens the door to salvation and eternal life for all of us. Jesus reveals to us that we each are a part of God’s great plan for humanity, and that God has a plan and purpose for each of us. So, Advent is a time of change, a time of preparation, and a time of new beginnings and hope.
On behalf of the Academy, please accept my warmest wishes for a joyous and blessed Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year!
Yours in Christ,
Gretchen Z. Kane