Ursuline Sisters in America

ursuline sisters in america1535  

St. Angela Merici (upper left, UA chapel) founded the Ursulines in Brescia, Italy, and began a totally new kind of religious life for women with an apostolic mission. She named the Ursulines after St. Ursula, a fourth century martyr and model of faith, courage and leadership, a favorite saint of young women in her day.

 

1639 

Marie of the Incarnation, an Ursuline Sister from Tours, France, went to Canada as the first female missionary in North America (lower left, Quebec).

    
1727 

Ursuline Sisters from France arrived in New Orleans, becoming the first community of women religious and opening the first Catholic school in what is now the United States.