Commencement ceremonies are in full swing as graduates prepare with joy and a little trepidation to move on to the next stage of their life journeys. Some of the seniors at Ursuline Academy in St. Louis recently visited our province offices. Besides a tour and refreshments, we had small group meetings to hear what’s been best about their Ursuline education, what they’d say to a new student, and what plans they now have. What a joy! They feel it’s all gone too fast and they praised their teachers. They spoke of how they’ve grown, learning to respect all others, make service a way of life, and lead in ways rooted in faith. Their advice to new students? Don’t waste these wonderful years and reach out to others every day.
Each year I have the privilege of visiting all 7 of our Ursuline-sponsored high schools in this country. Every school is richly blessed by its students and by supremely gifted and dedicated teachers and co-workers. Expand that group to include parents who value Ursuline education enough to make big sacrifices to send their daughters and the hundreds of alums who keep supporting our mission. It’s much more than a village!
When St. Angela said, almost 500 years ago, to the first women of her Company, “Act, move, believe, strive, hope, . . . for without doubt you will see marvelous things,” I’m sure she never imagined how significantly her directives would be carried into the future. We Ursulines are deeply proud of and grateful to all who share this effort with us.