Serviam, I Will Serve
The motto of Ursuline Academy is Serviam, Latin for “I will serve.” It’s a way to deepen your concern for others and turn it into meaningful action. It’s a calling to use your unique gifts and talents to help those in need. It’s an attitude and a spirit that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
At Ursuline, students may choose from a variety of Ursuline-sponsored service opportunities. Many students also find independent ways to serve the community suited to their own unique needs and interests. During the freshman, sophomore, and junior years, students live out the spirit of Serviam by getting involved in activities organized each year by Campus Ministry and school clubs to serve non-profit organizations. During senior year, students choose a non-profit organization for an extended service placement off-campus.
Each year, Ursuline also offers international mission trips in partnership with the Diocese of Dallas and other Catholic schools in the area. These transformative experiences give students a broader perspective of the world through immersion in different cultures.
The mindset of helping others applies at school, too. Ursuline students help one another and their school community with the same enthusiasm that distinguishes their service to the world outside of the Academy.
“Throughout my years at Ursuline, Serviam, I will serve, has taught me the importance of dedicating myself to others. Ursuline girls serve their community in many different ways. But Serviam is also present every day in our school when we smile at our sisters in the hallways, comfort our friends in troubled times, or help a freshman find her classes. Serving my community has strengthened my leadership abilities and contributed to my growth as a servant of God. This guiding motto unites us all as servant leaders. Serviam is one of the main reasons why I decided to become a member of the Class of 2017, and I could not imagine it any other way.”
Hallie Tomlinson, Class of 2017
Ursuline Academy students, faculty and staff volunteer to support the work of many different community service agencies and other non-profit groups each year. The following is a representative list of organizations that Ursuline works with on a consistent basis:
AIDS Services of Dallas
Austin Street Center
Brother Bills Helping Hand
Community Partners of Dallas
Crossroads Community Services
Dallas Rays of Light
Meals on Wheels
Ronald McDonald house
Seven Loaves Community
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Town North Family YMCA