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Jubilarians Celebrate God's Call to Religious

Celebrating their 60th Anniversary of entrance into the Ursuline Community on August 22, 2014 at the weekday liturgy at 11:00 a.m. are Sisters Beth Hemminger and Regina SmithSister Angelita Abair will be celebrating her 65th Jubilee. 

Sister Angelita currently resides at the Ursuline Center and is involved in volunteer ministry.  Sister Beth currently volunteers at the Ursuline Center assisting with sewing, alterations and baking.  Sister Regina is on the Spiritual Ministy team at the Ursuline Center and volunteers at nursing homes and hospice.


Top Left:         Sister Angelita

Bottom Left:    Sister Beth

Bottom Right:  Sister Regina

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Ursuline Experience in Montana

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Sister Carol Kronfield, Sister Donna Frey and Associate Janet Ellzey headed for the Ursuline Centre in Great Falls, MT on July 19 arriving July 21.  While driving for two days, they spoke of Mother Amadeus Dunne, who with five other Ursuline Sisters set out for Miles City, MT in January of 1884 to help set schools for girls of the Native American tribes in the area.  Recalling the journey in 1884, they noted the beautiful country yet remembered the difficulties and challenges the sisters must have experienced in the more primitive land.

While in Montana, the missions of St. Ignatius and St. Paul's were visited.  After mass at St. Paul's they met Tootsie who was a boarder in the school in the early 1930's.  Getting acquainted with the other seven missions was done through presentations give during the week and visiting the burial sites of Mother Amadeus Dunne and her good friend, Mary Fields.  The group of 20 enjoyed one another, the tours, the talks, the sharing of their Ursuline connections.  There were participants from Dallas, TX, Laredo, TX, California, New York and Cincinnati. plus Toledo.  Toledo was honored to be present at this experience because it was their sisters whose stories were told. 

When this opportunity comes along next summer, please consider participating.  The Toledo Ursulines were warmly welcomed because of Mother Amadeus and the sisters who accompanied her on this great mission to the west.

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Sister Carol

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Sister Donna

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Janet Ellzey



Rahab’s Heart, located in the center of North Toledo, will be a resource and recovery home for adult woman trapped in adult prostitution. For more information about the work of Rahab's Heart please go to www.city-hope-toledo.org/rahab-s-heart.





L to R Sr. Ann-Marie Borgess, SND, Sr. Mary Alice Henkel, OSU, Tina Hibbs, Corpus Christi University Parish, and Sr. Sandy Sherman, share stories from street outreach.


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Ursuline Chapel was filled with Sisters, Associates, and Friends interested in the ministry of Rahab's Heart to women trapped in street prostitution

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Ursuline Chapel was filled with Sisters, Associates, and Friends interested in the ministry of Rahab's Heart to women trapped in street prostitution


Lee Ann Campbell shares her personal story and her dream for Rahab's Heart.

August Reflection

In "Also in Your Midst" by Sister Martha Buser, OSU, she says "Our light must be able to shine so the world knows as it looks at us that redemption has comeoutdoor chair.JPG about." St. Angela showed us how to be contemplative in our approach to life through her selfless giving, hope and faith. We are to be that shining light that speaks loudly of the joy that is a part of being Christian – being alleluia from head to toe. Her openness and freedom grew out of her spirit of contemplation.

We might reflect on how our light is projecting redemption to others and how we have been changed because of our contemplative stance toward life. Contemplation is all about seeing God in new ways and how we see things differently because we have loved God.

Down Memory Lane

Mother Catherine Raynor

catherine raynor134.jpgMother Catherine Raynor was born Mary Frances Raynor in Conneaut, OH on August 22, 1884 and entered the Convent from there in 1904. She had taught in the public schools in Conneaut and Lorain before entering. Her teaching career in the convent began at Good Shepherd and then on to St. Patrick and St. Francis de Sales elementary schools before going on to Cathedral High School and Central Catholic High School.

Mother Catherine was elected Assistant Superior while teaching at Mary Manse in 1926-1932. Mother Catherine went on for studies (and teaching in the summer school) at The Catholic University of America. She was preparing to receive a PhD. when she was elected Superior in 1935. She then became the Dean of Mary Manse College until 1947 when she was elected Superior again. In 1949 after a new Constitution was adopted and in a new election she was elected Assistant Superior when Mother Vincent de Paul became the Superior.

Many Sisters recall the classes of Fraternal Charity which Mother Catherine taught to the Novices. She was always available for consultation and consolation to her Sisters and is fondly remembered for her generosity to all. Sister died August 8, 1970.


Contact Information

Ursuline Convent Offices, 4045 Indian Road, Toledo, OH 43606

Ursuline Center, 4035 Indian Road, Toledo, OH 43606


St. Angela

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Water Color of Angela - Camelia


Edward Gerrity and daughter, Madeline, in front of the Ursuline Convent in Quebec City.
Great place for a few vacation days!

International Ursuline Website

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A Project of National Catholic Reporter

Recently National Catholic Reporter launched an online project that gives greater voice to Catholic Sisgters around the world.  This is called the Global Sisters Report.  The project, funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is dedicated to Catholic Sisters.  Articles, columns, blogs and other types of presentations provide the opportunity to give a face to the Sisters in a world that is ever-changing.  Go to www.globalsistersreport.org to check this out for yourself.

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