Founded in 1874, Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters.
About the Ursuline Sisters
When Saint Angela Merici founded the company of Saint Ursula in 1535, the young women of Brescia, Italy had two options in life: they could marry or enter a cloister. Angela gave them a new option: they could live with their families and stay at their workplaces, while living a life dedicated to God and to the service of others. This desire to empower women is still an important part of Ursuline life today.
The Spirit of Angela Today
The Ursuline Sisters are modern women who carry on Angela's tradition of progressive ministry in their communities. We dare each day to confront the oppression of women and to stand in solidarity with the poor. As women who profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we are committed to education and action for social justice. We bring the Gospel of Jesus to all while acting as agents of peace through justice in all our relationships, towards all peoples and cultures, towards the earth and all creation.
Put your whole soul into the enterprise you have undertaken — Rejoice!
St. Angela Merici
In addition to educating young people in schools, Ursuline sisters in 36 countries respond to the needs of God's people in parishes, in ministry with the poor and marginalized, in retreat work, counseling, and pastoral care. We are proud of our rich history and heritage, committed to the challenges of the present, and excited about the future before us. Today, Ursuline schools continue to benefit over 40,000 students annually.
The Ursuline Sisters Community of Dallas
Sr. Adele Brennan, O.S.U., Prioress
Sr. Glenda Bourgeois, O.S.U.
Sr. Louis Marie Carter, O.S.U.
Sr. Lois Castillon, O.S.U.
Sr. Lorene Griffin, O.S.U.
Sr. Jill Jaeb, O.S.U.
Sr. Madeline Kelly, O.S.U.
Sr. Ann Mangelsdorf, O.S.U.
Sr. Mary Troy, O.S.U.
The Ursuline Education Network fosters collaboration among educational institutions sponsored by or affiliated with Ursuline congregations in the United States and Canada. The organization promotes the preservation and development of the Ursuline charism and fosters educational excellence, innovation and global connectedness.
Give Us Hearts Ready to Welcome All — Message of the General Chapter 2013
I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries. A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you.
— Ezekiel 36: 24, 26
As communities of faith in mission, we respond to God’s gift of a new heart and a new spirit.
With the courage of Angela, we dare to be the change we wish to see in our world.
In solidarity and compassion, and compelled by the Gospel, we open our hearts to the cries of our earth and its people.
Act, move, believe, strive, hope, cry out to God with all your heart…
Prologue to the Counsels, 17
Visit the website of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union Central Province to learn more about the history and heritage of the sisters, find out who they are and what they do in their ministries, make prayer requests, see what's new and much more.
Backlit with Joy is the vocation blog of the four U.S. provinces of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union.
Ursuline educators Sr. Pat Schifini and Sr. Jeannie Humphries offer glimpses into their community, ministries, how they live and what is important to them on this blog.