San AntonioSAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—-city of Spanish missions and Old West cultures, of the Alamo and the River Walk, of great museums, mariachi bands and scrumptious food.  Sr. Jean and I are “on the road” in Texas, and these past two days we were in the beautiful city of San Antonio.  We enjoyed time with our five Ursuline sisters there, catching up on their lives and ministries and sharing our vocation efforts.  We also had fun together, taking in some of the wonderful things to see in this city.

The story of the Ursulines coming to San Antonio is like so many others. Having arrived by stagecoach, “the nuns and Father Dubuis found a building with nothing more than walls and a leaky roof. However, on November 3, 1851, the resourceful priest and nuns opened their school,” says the website of the Southwest School of Art.  “Ursuline Academy managed to open within a few short months,” says the City’s official website.

Determined, fearless, self-sacrificing, on fire with the mission of Jesus—that’s what describes these religious pioneers of the past.  I think it can also can be said of so many religious today and of the young people taking steps to begin religious life.  Let’s pray for new pioneers who are ready to give themselves in mission for the Gospel!