Yesterday, the graduating seniors of Ursuline Academy, St. Louis, were inducted into the school’s Alumnae Association. It was my privilege to give a little reflection for that ceremony, so I used the opportunity to remind them of the worldwide Ursuline family they belong to. I emphasized both the joy and responsibility of this. It’s a joy because the Ursuline Cross, Serviam shield, and name “Ursuline” can be discovered all over the world and remind us of this international sisterhood.
It’s also a responsibility, because it means we live in solidarity with one another. When there is a tragedy, natural disaster, war or struggle elsewhere in our world, we have family in those places, and we must pray for them, care about them, find out what can be done to help them.
We Ursuline Sisters are preparing for a General Chapter in September in Rome. Each geographical province of the Roman Union Ursulines has chosen sisters to attend that meeting, where the vision for our life and mission will be discussed. Before they go, those who will participate have been invited to visit and get to know better another region where our Sisters are. This, also, is an experience of the joy and responsibility of belonging to our world-wide Ursuline family.
Pray for us, and pray for our students, that while we delight in the vastness of the Ursuline outreach, we may also really take to heart St. Angela’s words: “Be bound to one another by the bonds of charity, esteeming each other and helping each other.”