Thursday, January 27, 2011

St. Angela Merici

Saint Angela was an ordinary, yet extraordinary woman. Through her contemplative stance toward life, Angela saw the needs of the world and responded to them.

Over 465 years ago, The Company of Saint Ursula came together in Brescia, Italy, under the leadership of this remarkable, visionary laywoman who was the first to found a non-cloistered women’s community devoted to ministry among the people.

The first 28 members lived with their families and dedicated themselves to serve God and the needy around them, particularly women. Angela chose to name her foundation after Saint Ursula, an early martyr venerated as a patron of education and youth.

The Company grew quickly, crossing national boundaries and even oceans as the educational needs of the Church required. Today Ursuline Sisters minister on six continents.

1 comment:

  1. You don't say anything about the incredible importance of the Ursuline sisters in the history of Canada. Their story here is something anyone who cares about Canadian history and the history of the Catholic church here would find interesting. There are also two exceptionally beautiful convents to visit in Quebec and Trois Rivieres.