We recently welcomed freshmen from Ursuline Academy, St. Louis, to our province offices. It’s always fun to introduce them to who we sisters are. After a brief tour, they met with us in small groups, and could ask questions. As always, one asked me what I like about being a sister, and I said one thing I love most is being connected to people on every continent whom I can call “sister” and “friend.”

The international Ursuline links we have are truly remarkable.  In just one day last week, we received photos of children from our school in Jakarta, Indonesia where Ursuline leaders from Rome are visiting. There was news of a new mission school in a rural area of Senegal, with a picture of the Ursulines and their teaching team, dressed in the glorious colors one finds only in Africa. Later that same day, we made contact with Ursulines in Puebla, Mexico, anxious to know they are safe after the earthquake, but understanding how they suffer with their people who have lost so much.

The new freshmen at Ursuline Academy have the whole world of high school ahead of them.  They also have a global network of Ursuline sisters, collaborators, and schools ready to embrace them into this family that is alive and serving every day.