Honoring the Past, Transforming the Future

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As the oldest Catholic school and oldest girls’ school in Dallas, we not only owe a debt of gratitude to the Ursuline Sisters who began their educational ministry here almost 150 years ago, but we also have a responsibility to continue their work and keep that legacy alive for many, many future generations of young women.

From the time of the founding of Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1874, the Ursuline Sisters have persevered, risked new things, and relied on the Serviam spirit of the community. But they have never wavered from their ultimate goal – the fullest possible development of the individual student…development that leads to action, and action especially suffused with the spirit and presence of Jesus Christ.

As we consider our sesquicentennial milestone, we will continually strive to improve both as an educational institution and as a center of culture and faith. That improvement implies action, action that is a labor of love for an extraordinary school. Through your invaluable partnership, you are that action, and you represent that love.

This landmark donor report celebrates the success of the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in Ursuline Academy history. Surpassing its goal of $85 million, the campaign considered all of Ursuline’s philanthropic needs including operations, scholarship support, and endowment, in addition to the fundraising required for major capital improvements.

Lived out at Ursuline each and every day, Serviam has been unmistakable among those who have supported The Campaign for Ursuline: Act, Move Believe. Thanks to each of you, the dream of a campus transformed to align with the extraordinary curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programming offered at Ursuline is now a reality.

Our new campus preserves a central axis focus on the formal and celebrated main entrance of the school. It also creates a uniquely innovative environment that enhances and facilitates students’ construction of their own powers of thinking. And it promotes emotional and social well-being of students through design for connectivity, agility, and creativity.

As I walk into any of our new or newly transformed spaces, I do so with deep gratitude and admiration for those who have supported the efforts to make our dream a reality. On behalf of all of us in the Ursuline community, a very grateful THANK YOU!


Yours in Christ,

Gretchen Z. Kane

“Persevere faithfully and joyfully in the work we have begun.”

St. Angela Merici