With the arrival of 2 more visitors, I am again in awe at the amazing connections in our Ursuline family. Sisters Marija and Bozena of Slovenia came just days ago. Like Sr. Colette-Marie of France (who is now visiting in New Orleans), they are here for an “immersion” in our culture as preparation for their tertianship. In November, they’ll go to Rome for 7 months of renewal at the heart of the Church and the Roman Union Ursulines. Their program will include reflection on life experience, spiritual and theological updating, pilgrimages to the hallowed places of Saints Angela and Francis of Assisi, a 30 day retreat in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and time to enjoy the diversity of cultures in our international Ursuline community.
For now, our Sisters are wasting no time enjoying what St. Louis has to offer. They have entered into our local Ursuline communities, are celebrating the beauty of parish liturgies, learning about the “Gateway to the West” and local history, and witnessing American life all around them. Even the weather has cooperated by offering spectacular sunshine and blue skies.