Dear Ursuline Family,
It is with great pleasure that we open the doors of Ursuline Academy of Dallas for its 145th academic school year. What an awesome responsibility and incredible joy! With the beginning of another year, 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.
To be involved in the Ursuline tradition means we stand where Christ stands today — where forgiveness and reconciliation become not personal sanctuaries or private well-being, but energy to share the good news one has experienced. The tradition is not escape but engagement with the world and contemporary culture, which will be the ground of choice for the young people we teach and guide and care for.
One of my favorite movies is "A Man For All Seasons" which celebrates the life of Thomas Moore. When Thomas Moore is just about to be arrested for treason, for not going along with the oath of supremacy, he is asked why he resists it. This is an exercise for him — it's not being petulant, it's not being mean, it's not being stubborn — of his human dignity. He says:
"God made the angels to show him splendor as he made plants for their
simplicity and animals for their innocence. But, human beings God
made to serve him wittily in the tangle of their minds."
I think that's what St. Angela, foundress of the Ursuline Order, would say — that our whole purpose is to serve God wittily — to use our minds to know the truth and to love what is good.
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